Charles Games was founded in 2020 as a successful spin-off at Charles University. The firm is the name behind the highly successful historical games Atentát 1942 and its sequel Svoboda 1945: LiberationForum spoke to project director Lukáš Kolek.

Halík: Havel combined bravery and wisdom

Author : Jitka Jiřičková
Photo: CU archives, Shutterstock
Friday, 17 December 2021 09:19

“God or fate or history willed that I become a doctor here without having studied properly here...,” are memorable words Václav Havel said in his thank-you speech after receiving an honorary doctorate in the Great Hall of Charles University in 1990. Havel was the first person to be awarded the doctorate after the fall of communism.

Podcast - Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon

Author : Petr Jandáček
Photo: SIA archive, Shutterstock
Thursday, 09 December 2021 09:41

In the latest of #deeptalk series of the podcast Steppin Into Asia Petr Jandáček interviews Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, professor of cultural history and renowned microhistorian. Sigurður Gylfi talks about his studies at Carnegie Mellon University, his first published book, his first article and his years as an independent researcher.

Last Friday, saw the awarding of an extraordinary scholarship recognising the work and talents of international students studying at top Czech universities. The award is named after the late Miroslav Vlček – one of the main proponents of the Study in Prague programme.

Trainer: Youth soccer needs role models

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Hynek Glos
Monday, 22 November 2021 13:08

Football is not just Messi and Ronaldo. Many exceptional players over the years emerged even from modest conditions in Czechia. Jan Kozel, a young football coach and CU graduate, says famous Czechs athletes should be role models for up-and-coming talent today. And not just from the world of soccer.

CU's discovery service: Searching made easy

Photo: Shutterstock, Denis Škopan
Sunday, 14 November 2021 16:25

Charles University recently launched its new discovery service, UKAŽ, facilitating the simultaneous and smooth search of printed, digitised and electronic resources. The system was a complete redesign of its forerunner, integrating the catalogues of more than 60 CU libraries. Searching for books has never been more convenient.

Life is all about managing risk

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Hynek Glos
Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:54

As a little girl, she dreamed of working as a veterinarian and animal conservationist in a national park in Africa. Her love of animals led her to study zoogeography. Today, Dagmar Dzúrová teaches about One Health at the Faculty of Science, a transdisciplinary approach to optimal health that recognises balance in nature as crucially important.

Who is the new rectress-elect?

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Milena Králíčková's archive
Monday, 25 October 2021 09:36

“The university has been part of my life for more than 30 years,” says Professor Milena Králíčková and “it comes first.”  Králíčková is rectress-elect of Charles University. The physician and scientist in the field of gynaecology and infertility will be the first woman in the history of Charles University to hold the top post.

The legacy of the Vienna Circle

Photo: Michal Novotný, Shutterstock
Thursday, 14 October 2021 12:21

This month, Charles University became the first stop for a traveling exhibition about the Vienna Circle from the University of Vienna. The show was accompanied by a conference on the lasting influence of the group – which included philosophers and scientists such as Moritz Schlick and Otto Neurath.

A fascinating time to be a virologist

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Shutterstock
Tuesday, 12 October 2021 18:20

"I have always been attracted to science from a medical point of view. The choice of virology was a combination of relevance to human health and the technical possibilities of that time," says Professor Hans-Georg Kraeusslich, explaining why he became a virologist. Professor Kraeusslich was recently honoured by Charles University. 

Babor: Many misjudge risks of alcohol abuse

Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Shutterstock
Friday, 08 October 2021 08:43

Thomas F. Babor is a renowned researcher and professor of Public Health Studies at the University of Connecticut and author of more than 15 books. In the late 1980s, Prof. Babor was one of the main scientists involved in the creation of AUDIT for WHO. This week he received an honorary degree from Charles University.

New pipe organ at Carolinum “a gem”

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Sunday, 03 October 2021 18:53

Recent graduates may already have been lucky to hear the newly installed pipe organ at the Carolinum; additional invited guests will have the pleasure on Tuesday, 5 October, at a concert including works by Bach and Mozart. The new pipe organ in the Carolinum’s Great Hall has been described as a “resonant jewel”.

Refining ideas in the Innovation Lab

Author : Martin Rychlík
Photo: Michal Novotný
Sunday, 26 September 2021 22:27

“It’s not so much about gaining knowledge. For me it’s mainly about participants outperforming themselves. It’s an experiential course in which students are pushed beyond their comfort zones,” says Jan Veselý. He’s guiding a cohort of creative students – his sixth round already – and “toughening them up.”

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is a world-renowned anthropologist whose research has taken him around the globe. The author of the seminal Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age was honoured by Charles University this week.

With vaccines widely available in Europe, it is easy to forget, even just a year-and-a-half later, the urgency with which they were developed. Duncan Matthews, an expert on IP law at Queen Mary University of London, was a key guest at the WIPO Summer School at Charles University. One of his lectures focused on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

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