Why sleep? and Cold War win Science Slam

Author : Jitka Jiřičková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Thursday, 04 November 2021 15:09

Science Slam is a popular stand-up comedy show held annually at Charles University. In it, students poke fun at their academic and research projects. Monday saw outstanding performances at Kampus Hybernská which wowed not only the audience but the expert panel of judges. This year's winners were CU's Lucie Urbanová and Jakub Mazanec.

Not just hockey: A look at university sports

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Jiří Novák, CUSA archive
Monday, 01 November 2021 03:19

Along with ice hockey, Czech universities can now compete in an additional leagues as of this academic year. The university leagues include football, futsal, basketball, floorball and volleyball. How did they come together and what are the ambitions of Charles University’s teams when it comes to different sports?

A top swimmer on life “outside of the pool”

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Hynek Glos
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 14:36

Charles University student Ondřej Gemov spends a lot of time in the pool: “I haven’t left the water since I was six months old,” he jokes. Recent years have seen him clinch medals and spots on the podium. At 22, Gemov is one of the Czech Republic’s most promising swimming talents. When he has time, he follows fashion and Czech rap.

Students reflect on pandemic year

Author : Tracy Okine
Photo: V. Šigut, personal archives, Shutterstock
Sunday, 05 September 2021 18:44

The last year-and-a-half brought many changes and challenges for the education sector, given little choice but to adapt - as quickly and effectively as possible. Many enrolled at Charles University reassessed their aims with new vigour. Tracy Okine writes about two foreign students who took stock of the situation and persevered.

Four wheels, one (long)board

Photo: Martin Pinkas, Michal Novotný
Thursday, 15 July 2021 09:57

Over the last few years, more and more young people in the Czech Republic have taken up longboarding, a hobby and sport related to skateboarding but different in many respects. Longboards, as the name suggests, utilise a longer deck but feel very different, offering a more stable ride on softer polyurethane wheels.

Destination: Prague – A Fulbright scholar's journey

Author : Tracy Okine
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Thursday, 01 July 2021 12:53

Tracy Okine, an American Ph.D. student and Fulbright scholar,  began her scientific and cultural exchange in the Czech Republic in January of this year, in the midst of the third wave. In Forum, she writes about what inspired her to conduct research in Prague.

Studying in Australia was an adventure!

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Shutterstock, interviewee's personal archive
Monday, 21 June 2021 00:50

Karolína Bartošová is a student at Charles University who was accepted for a six-month internship at Australia's Macquarie University. She had a fabulous time and told Forum not only about what studying there was like but also about travel and adventures in the Australian outback.

Three brothers, one sport, one berth at the Olympics

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Hynek Glos
Sunday, 06 June 2021 19:56

Three brothers, all slalom canoeists; two have competed for the Czech Republic. That's the Hegers. Vojtěch, the middle brother, clinched a spot in canoe slalom for the Czech Republic in the upcoming Olympics. But he won’t be heading to Tokyo this summer.

Sci-fi: A sandbox for daring new ideas

Photo: J. Nováková's archive, Shutterstock
Friday, 16 April 2021 08:37

“Have you ever imagined what life would be like if it evolved in a cold ocean beneath an impenetrable shell of ice, or on a world whose haze obscured the universe beyond?” That is a question posed by members of EAI such as Julie Nováková, a biologist and PhD student at Charles University, launching a campaign to publish a new sci-fi anthology.

Diabetes is the reason I am a professional cyclist

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Team Novo Nordisk, V. Šňupárek archive
Monday, 29 March 2021 20:26

Václav Šňupárek is a Master’s student at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport who competed in many sports before becoming a professional cyclist. He is a member of Team Novo Nordisk, a team unlike any other whose athletes all have Type-1 diabetes. 

A med student making a difference in Uganda

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, interviewee's archive
Sunday, 21 March 2021 18:07

Even as a little girl she dreamed of being a doctor one day and later admired the organisation Doctors without Borders. Now, med student Markéta Malecová is a few months away from completing her studies and becoming a doctor herself. She has already made an impact, helping children at a very special hospital in Uganda.

Clear masks are essential

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 22:35

The idea to sew face masks came to her long before they were widely needed during the pandemic: Faculty of Arts student Kristýna Šimralová attended a lecture on opportunities for the Deaf, showing how even tough barriers can be overcome. She opted to make face masks with a clear window, which make it easier to read lips.

Makeup at the starting line, mud at the finish

Author : Jitka Jiřičková
Photo: Miloš Lubas
Sunday, 03 January 2021 15:41

In her third year at the Faculty of Education, Tereza Neumanová is a woman of contrasts: someone who lives for the bike but also hopes to teach one day. Who has no qualms about grinding through the mud but carefully applies makeup before every race.

I live for hockey but it’s important to have a backup plan

Photo: Jiří Novák, Ronald Hansel
Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:45

CU student and Slavia Prague hockey player Jaroslav Brož had never had such a long break: not until the outbreak of Covid-19. As the country locked down in March, no one knew what would come next.

Lenka Štěrbová began swimming when she was four; 12 years later, she became the youngest Czech to swim the English Channel. Today, she dreams of taking on the Channel again but just a little later in her sports career. This time there and back.

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