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26 Oct 2022, 11:43  |  Čeština

Newsletter for employees

An introductory word from the Dean

Dear colleagues,

The first half of the semester, which is now almost over, offered plenty of sunny days that we were able to make use of for a range of great events which allowed us once again to have personal meetings, something we really missed during the COVID pandemic. We started the academic year at the Kotlářská campus, where we baptised the long-awaited book ‘History written by scientists (Dějiny psané přírodovědci)’, and even planted a tree. On Bohunice Campus, we were once again able to hold a barbecue with the Deans.

More recently, we managed to launch the prestigious MUNI Mendel Doctorandus Award Programme, celebrate the 99th birthday of our Emeritus Professor of Physics and Rector of the University of Silesia in Opava, Martin Černohorský, and arouse interest in science among potential students and wide public at the Festival of Science, the Researchers’ Night and the Open Day. At the same time, we also managed to teach and learn and devoted ourselves to science.

Human and Landscape in the Changing Ages

November 7, 2022 | CEITEC MU

What goes wrong now will be hard to fix! The magazine Vesmír, the MU Faculty of Science and CEITEC MU are organising a panel debate on how our actions and decisions affect the landscape we leave to our descendants. Botanists, zoologists, paleoecologists and archaeologists represented by Michal Horsák, Milan Chytrý, Jan Roleček from the MU Faculty of Science, Jiří Macháček from the MU Faculty of Arts, Lucie Juřičková from the Faculty of Science, Charles University will discuss. The moderator will be Petr Pokorný, member of the reaction board of Vesmir.

Faculty of Science attracted 3031 visitors to the Night of Scientists

On Friday, September 30, 2022, after a two-year online period, the Night of Scientists was once again held "live". At the Faculty of Science of MU, both campuses, the centre on Kotlářská Street and the Bohunice University Campus, came alive with science from 6 pm to midnight. The event involved over 300 performers from the ranks of scientists, researchers, teachers and students. They prepared a total of 55 stations, where they presented "science with all their hands", as was the theme of this year's edition of this regularly well-attended and popular event popularising science.

Read the article  Externí odkaz

Interview

Marketing should be understood as a professional discipline built on data

Hana Svatoňová has held the role of Vice-Dean for external relations, communication and marketing at the faculty since spring of this year. She graduated in mathematics and geography at the Faculty of Science, majoring in cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing. She already has some experience in this management role, having held the role off Vice-Rector for external relations of the entire university between 2016 and 2020, and before that as Vice-Dean for development and external relations at the Faculty of Education.

HR Award

Support for Work-life Balance of Parents at the Faculty of Science: Need Your Cooperation

We are trying to get a project support to improve working conditions of parents at the Faculty of Science MU. In the nearest future you will receive an email with a link to an online questionnaire issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Please fill it in for us to get the support. We need at least 400 participants, we are counting on you. You can already find a preview of the questionnaire here.

MjUNI at the Faculty of Science

On November 12, the faculty of Science at Kotlářská will come to life thanks to MjUNI. This year, lectures and workshops will be enjoyed by twice as many participants as in previous years, an incredible 250 of them have registered! They will visit the Bohunice Campus in the spring.

Interview

We need more teachers that students remember with fondness

According to Zdeněk Bochníček, the Vice-Dean for Teacher Programs at the Faculty of Science, the prestige of the teaching profession will improve when there will be a preponderance of teachers who are fondly remembered by students and pupils throughout their lives. Vice-Dean Bochníček, who teaches physics for students in physics and non-physics programs, is one of them. He has already won the university prize for outstanding teachers twice, as well as the Minister of Education’s prize. We asked Zdeněk what challenges teacher programs face?

 

Interview

The Faculty can handle the energy crisis but measures must also be taken elsewhere

The budgetary impacts of the present energy/economic crises are currently being addressed not only at the level of governments, ministries or managers of large organisations, such as universities, but also within individual faculties. The topic is presently being handled by the Vice-Dean for Economics, Roman Simon Hilscher, who fully believes that the faculty can handle the current crisis.

Advent meeting with the lighting of the Christmas tree

A festive meeting with the dean, vice-deans, faculty management, as well as all our dear colleagues in the atmosphere of the first week of Advent. We are looking forward to seeing you on November 28, 2022 at Kotlářská Campus!

The Rector's Award for Outstanding Teachers

The Masaryk University Rector's Award for outstanding teachers in the field of natural sciences and medicine was awarded to Jan Šmarda, Head of the Department of Experimental Biology. Congratulations!

MUNI Mendel Doctorandus programme offers new benefits

As part of inter-faculty cooperation within Masaryk University, four faculties and one research facility have signed an agreement on common standards for doctoral studies. MUNI Mendel Doctorandus is a new developmental programme for the most active students of doctoral studies.

Science and Research

Participants of the ICRI international conference impressed by the new CELSPAC Biobank

The CELSPAC biobank that collects, processes, stores, and subsequently, distributes various types of biological samples used for basic scientific research and the development of new diagnostic methods, was recently presented to the participants of the ICRI 2022 International Conference on Research Infrastructures. The The Minister of Education, Vladimír Balaš, and the Director for European Research Area and Innovation, Anna Panagopoulou, identified the project as a prime example of a functioning research infrastructure that uses synergistic effects.

 

The Faculty has been actively involved in the preparation of the new science focus gymnasium

The South Moravian Region wants to open a new gymnasium with a science profile from September 2024. The project was initiated by the management of SPŠCH Brno. It will be located in the building of the former business academy on Pionýrská street, which will be reconstructed. The content, form and structure of the courses of the new gymnasium have already been discussed at the SPŠCH Brno.

Science and Research

A new global map of plant biodiversity will help nature conservation

Apparently, there are many places on Earth that have plant species diversity similar to that of the Amazon rainforest. This surprising finding was revealed by an international team of researchers who used artificial intelligence to analyse a dataset of approximately 170,000 vegetation samples from all climate zones and determined how estimates of plant diversity changed as the sampling area varied from a few square metres to hectares. The researchers have created a new global map of plant diversity based on surveys of small areas (10–1000 m2).

Mendel 200

G. J. Mendel and his low resistance to stress

Several times in Mendel’s life, his low resistance to stress became apparent. According to documents, he struggled with certain mental problems from a young age during his high school studies. He writes in his biography that he got into a deplorable position when he had to take care of himself on his own, but that he managed to earn at least enough by private tuition that he could “live in misery”. For him, this hardship was both a physical burden and a mental strain, and it caused him to become seriously ill on Pentecost while in the 5th grade. His father took him home to recover, and Mendel did not return to school until after the holidays.

Invitation

The Czech Antarctic Research Program presents its research in the Gallery on the dean's office staircase

Come and see 15 posters representing the unique and varied research activities of the Czech Antarctic Research Program.

A Look Back at PhD Day 2022

On 14 September 2022, the Bohunice Campus became the host of the inter-faculty PhD day. The event was designed as an information session for new PhD students, providing them with the necessary information regarding doctoral studies, interdisciplinary training opportunities, student competitions, and presentations of popular mobility programmes. Existing Master's students already considering PhD studies were also invited, and the PhD day gave them insight into the demands that this study will require.

 

Popularization of Science

Václav Moravec Focus: Science as Salvation

Health emergency, climate emergency, food emergency. What can scientists cope with and what is the human brain short of? Watch the 72nd episode of Václav Moravec's monthly Fokus, filmed at the CEITEC MU research centre. Guests included Jana Klánová, Head of RECETOX, Karel Říha, Deputy Director for Research at CEITEC, and Pavel Plevka, who also work at our Faculty of Science. (Available in Czech only.)

HR Award

New Location Added to the Children's Groups Offer

From September 2022, moms and dads from the Faculty of Science can place their children not only in the Elánek MUNI children's group at the Campus, but also in the newly established Elánek MUNI children's group in the centre of Brno, at Komenského náměstí.

Faculty celebrated the 99th birthday of physicist Martin Černohorský with a seminar

The seminar filled with lectures and reminiscences commemorated this year's 99th birthday of Martin Černohorský, emeritus professor of physics at the Faculty of Science and emeritus rector of the Silesian University in Opava. The seminar was jointly organized by three physics departments of our faculty and the Brno branch of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists. Professor Černohorský devoted himself to teaching and scientific activities for three quarters of a century.

Read the article  Externí odkaz

Science and Research

Specially designed antibacterial coating under practical testing

Bacteria, be aware! Researchers developed a protective coating resistant to wear that inhibits the multiplication of microorganisms on exposed surfaces. Practical testing will reveal levels of coating's degradation in time and by use. This research is a joint effort of the Deposition of Thin Films and Nanostructures Research Group at the Department of Physical Electronics MU, the Czech Collection of Microorganisms at the Department of Experimental Biology MU, and the company SHM Šumperk.

 

Science and Research

The European Space Agency has given green light for preparations for a Czech space telescope

Recently, astrophysicists from MU Faculty of Science began a detailed study for the construction of the first Czech space telescope, which will be optimised for the ultraviolet part of the spectrum. The project is being led by the Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLU), with the involvement of MU, the TOPTEC research centre of the Institute of Plasma Physics at the Czech Academy of Science (CAS) and PEKASAT. The project, which has been given the name QUVIK (Quick Ultra-Violet Kilonova Surveyor), is being financed with Czech funds and will support the involvement of Czech scientists and industry in space projects. All stages of the project will have to meet the high international standards of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Garden festival at Kotlářská enjoyed by students and employees

On Monday, 12 September 2022, an event called "Garden Party on Kotlářská Campus" took place, which officially opened the new academic year at the Faculty of Science of MU (SCI MUNI). More than 350 visitors from among students, staff and other guests arrived in the park in front of the Dean's Office of SCI MUNI on the Kotlářská campus and used this sunny September day to meet together.

Read the article  Externí odkaz

BBQ with Deans 2022

An informal meeting of students of campus faculties with their deans took place after a two-year "covid" break on October 6, 2022. Hana Svatoňová, Vice-Dean for External Relations, Communication and Marketing, came to greet the students on behalf of the Faculty of Science.

Photogallery  Externí odkaz

Ongoing Competitions and Awards

Expedition Neuron Grant  Externí odkaz

Werner von Siemens Prize  Externí odkaz

Student competition for the publication of the best master's theses in book form  Externí odkaz

Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators  Externí odkaz

Albert Einstein Prize and the José Vasconcelos Prize  Externí odkaz

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science talent programme  Externí odkaz

Martin Černohorský Award  Externí odkaz

News from M Magazine

Rising energy prices won’t affect classes at MU for time being  Externí odkaz

MU ranks among TOP 500 world universities for the first time  Externí odkaz

Gold medals of MU awarded to founders of Mendel Lectures  Externí odkaz

Kalendář nejbližších akcí

Wed 19 Oct – Sun 6 Nov 2022

The long journey of the coffee bean 

A poster exhibition "The Long Journey of the Coffee Bean" will be displayed on the palm tree greenhouse about the conditions of growing coffee trees and obtaining coffee beans.

Thu 27 Oct 2022

Botanical seminar: Floristic harvest 

Come to share your botanical finds and evaluate the 2022 growing season. Presented by Jan Roleček et al. (Department of Botany and Zoology SCI MUNI).
In Czech.

Thu 27 Oct 2022

Current and Future Treatment of Alzheimer Disease 

Speaker: Professor Bengt Winblad, Group leader

Wed 2 – Thu 3 Nov 2022

Mendel Days 2022 

This year's annual Mendel Days brings both expert lectures focused on the contribution of Mendel's versatile personality and his scientific work and a rich cultural and educational programme for the general public.

Wed 2 Nov 2022

Data Management Planning 

RNDr. Michal Růžička, Ph.D.

Wed 2 Nov 2022

Exoplanets - the key to the biggest mysteries of humanity 

We invite you to Afternoon with Chemistry with Martin Ferus from the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS.
In Czech

Wed 2 Nov 2022

Technology Transfer – How to deal with Inventions and what Technology Transfer has to do with your day-to-day business 

Dr. Sabina Heim will shed light on the basic mechanisms of technology transfer in the life sciences and what to consider when working on a solution potentially applicable in clinical practice.

Thu 3 Nov 2022

Plant genomes from pole to pole: An unexpected latitudinal gradient and its possible causes 

Botanical seminar. Speakers: Petr Bureš, František Zedek et al. (Department of Botany and Zoology SCI MUNI).
In Czech

Thu 3 Nov 2022

Supramolecular Latch: a New Chemical Tool for Chemistry, Biology and Materials Science 

by Kimoon Kim (Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea)

Mon 7 Nov 2022

Human and Landscape in the Changing Ages 

What goes wrong now will be hard to fix! The magazine Vesmír, the MU Faculty of Science and CEITEC MU are organising a panel debate on how our actions and decisions affect the landscape we leave to our descendants. Botanists, zoologists, paleoecologists and archaeologists represented by Michal Horsák, Milan Chytrý, Jan Roleček from the MU Faculty of Science, Jiří Macháček from the MU Faculty of Arts, Lucie Juřičková from the Faculty of Science, Charles University will discuss. The moderator will be Petr Pokorný, member of the reaction board of Vesmir.

Wed 9 Nov 2022

Open Science 

Mgr. Ing. Jiří Marek

Thu 10 Nov 2022

Hormonal Regulation of Plant Adaptive Responses to Environmental Signals 

Speaker: Professor Eva Benkova, Group leader

Fri 11 – Sun 20 Nov 2022

Exhibition of exotic birds, guinea pigs and other farmed animals 

Several species of parrots and other beautifully coloured tropical birds will be on display. Guinea pigs and other farmed animals such as scarecrows, spiders, frogs, chameleons and others will be on display. Some animals will also be available for purchase or by appointment for follow-up purchase. Experienced breeders will be present at the show and will be happy to give advice on pet keeping.

Sat 12 Nov 2022

MjUNI at the Faculty of Science 

MJUNI offers pupils and students aged 9 to 18 the chance to experience university life for themselves. This time on Kotlářská Campus.

Thu 24 Nov 2022

Systems Analyses of Anti-Tumor T Cell Responses 

Speaker Dr. Roger Geiger, Assistant Professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana

Mon 28 Nov 2022

Advent meeting with the lighting of the Christmas tree 

A festive meeting with the dean, vice-deans, faculty management, as well as all our dear colleagues in the atmosphere of the first week of Advent. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Wed 30 Nov 2022

Ph.D. grant landscape and beyond 

Mgr. Jakub Zeman
Grant agenda for Ph.D. students and how to get ready for the main opportunities beyond the Ph.D.

Thu 1 Dec 2022

The Developmental Basis of Biological Diversity 

Speaker Dr. Ricardo Mallarino, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology (Princeton University)

Sat 21 Jan

Open Day at the Faculty of Science 2023 

The MU Faculty of Science cordially invites those interested in studying in the academic year 2023/2024 to an open day to be held on Saturday 21 January 2023.

Tue 24 Jan

Open Day at the Faculty of Science 2023 

The MU Faculty of Science cordially invites those interested in studying in the academic year 2023/2024 to an open day to be held on January 24, 2023.

The editorial deadline for the next employee newsletter is November 25, 2022. Please send your articles in Czech and English to pr@sci.muni.cz and we will be happy to publish them.

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