An exceptional opportunity for CU and the City of Prague

Author : Martin Rychlík
Photo: Michal Novotný
Sunday, 12 September 2021 19:08

“At Kampus Hybernská we are offering all Charles University faculties and components a common space to meet each other as well as city partners or others in the application sphere,” says Marcel Kraus, project manager of Hyb4City since January of this year.

Tomáš Vokáč completed a Ph.D. at Charles University in 2012, focusing on language in modern French theatre. Over the years, he has held top posts in management. He is the executive director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Czech Republic (DofE).

A step into the unknown - Podcast

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Wednesday, 04 August 2021 19:45

“We both have degrees in international relations and we like to talk about what’s going on in the world, so we decided to record our conversations. Let’s see what’s next door,” is how Barbora Chaloupková and Hana Martínková explain their podcast Za Humny (Not far from home) which examines international relations and public affairs.

Tools for combatting Covid

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: V. Šigut, M. Pinkas, M. Novotný, interviewee's archive
Monday, 28 June 2021 09:28

“My respect for the novel coronavirus grew proportionately the more we learned,” recalls Dr. Milan Trojánek from the Second Faculty of Medicine and Bulovka University Hospital. He admits there were many aspects of the virus that caught the medical profession by surprise.

There is plenty of psychology in golf

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Shutterstock
Monday, 31 May 2021 08:08

“Is there anything nicer than walking out onto the course at 6 am and taking in the sight of the dew-covered grass?” psychologist Lenka Šulová of the Faculty of Arts wonders. Fifteen years ago she fell in love with golf, a sport she cannot imagine being without in her free time or on travels in Europe and further abroad.

Pharmacy offers unique career paths

Author : Sabina Ali
Photo: Martin Pinkas, CU archive
Friday, 21 May 2021 08:41

“Pharmacy is unique because it both opens a door for students to learn more about the natural sciences and provides the stability of a good career,” says the dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové Tomáš Šimůnek. in the following Forum interview, he discusses not only life at the faculty but also vaccines against the coronavirus.

4EU+ brimming with new opportunities

Author : Kristýna Kolínová, Petr Podzimek
Photo: René Volfík, Shutterstock
Sunday, 09 May 2021 22:54

Last month, the rectors of the 4EU+ Alliance established a new legal entity. The association, based in Heidelberg, aims to strengthen cooperation among all six member universities, says Charles University’s Vice-Rector for European Affairs Lenka Rovná.

The Hobbit opened door to Nordic sagas

Author : Martin Rychlík
Photo: Lucie Korecká, Shutterstock
Thursday, 06 May 2021 21:13

As a little girl, Lucie Korecká received a copy of The Hobbit and was enchanted by J.R.R. Tolkien’s world, explored further in fantastic detail in The Lord of the Rings. The work was influenced by Icelandic and Norse mythology and later Korecká pursued her passion for Old Norse at the Faculty of Arts, where she is completing her PhD.

Lukáš Dolanský - Czech TV's man in Brussels

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Lukáš Dolanský, Shutterstock
Sunday, 02 May 2021 16:25

For viewers of public broadcaster Czech TV, he is both a trusted reporter and a familiar face: Charles University graduate Lukáš Dolanský. The reporter began in domestic affairs 11 years ago but has focused on foreign affairs for the last four or so, reporting as Czech TV's man in Belgium.

Hydrogeologist Hrkal: 79 countries and back

Author : Martin Rychlík
Photo: Z. Hrkal's personal archive, Shutterstock
Sunday, 18 April 2021 20:42

“Of all the countries I have visited, Israel is among the most exceptional. It’s admirable that in such unfavourable conditions – both natural and political – they’ve built such a well-functioning society,” says hydrogeologist Zbyněk Hrkal, who has travelled to an incredible 79 countries around the globe.

Stanislav Komárek’s Ukrainian Odyssey

Author : Michal Andrle
Photo: Stanislav Komárek’s archive
Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:21

Winning the “Book of the Year” award in one of Europe’s largest countries is a major success, not just for the author but for Czech culture as a whole. When it happens twice in a row, it speaks to something more: obsession, in a positive sense. That is the kind of success scientist Stanislav Komárek has enjoyed in Ukraine.

Why I dance, meditate and have a dog

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Monday, 15 March 2021 00:49

Lucie Bankovská Motlová teaches at the Dept. of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology at the Third Faculty of Medicine at Charles University. She is outspoken about her field, how it can help patients live regular lives and gives valuable advice on how to maintain good mental health during the pandemic. 

Zoologist Hulva: “The fear of wolves is an evolutionary atavism”

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Pavel Hulva's archive, Shutterstock
Sunday, 07 March 2021 17:35

The Carpathian Mountains, ranging across seven countries including neighbouring Slovakia, are often considered one of the last areas of true wilderness in Central Europe, and for zoologist, microbiologist and ecologist Pavel Hulva they are something like a second home.

Historian Franc – The Czechs changed goulash forever

Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Shutterstock
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:52

If you understand Czech and are interested in Czech cuisine, you will want to look up the popular internet series Zmlsané dějiny co-hosted by historian Martin Franc. Franc, who teaches at Charles University, delights in debunking culinary myths but also gives credit where it is historically due.

Med students gain from scientific training

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Sunday, 21 February 2021 19:58

Hematologist Jan Trka grew up in a family of teacher-scientists, so from an early age science was an integral part of life. Perhaps it is why he became the head of the scientific-diagnostic laboratory at  Motol University Hospital and is now the vice-dean at CU’s Second Faculty of Medicine.

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