15 Dec 2023, 13:59  |  Čeština

Newsletter for employees

We wish you and your families a happy holiday season and best wishes for the New Year.

A spark discharge on the silicon surface resembling ice flowers on glass. Captured by the MIRA3 microscope. Photo: Jan Čech, Department of Plasma Physics and Technology SCI MUNI.

An introductory word from the Dean

Dear colleagues,

The snow that arrived a little earlier than usual this year tells us that the end of the year is near. So let me pause for a moment and, before tearing off the imaginary last leaf from this year’s calendar, recall the main things that 2023 brought.

Unfortunately, our attention was drawn to the ongoing war in Ukraine and, above all, uncertainty in energy prices and supplies. I am truly glad that we were all able to manage what seemed threatening at the start. I really appreciate how our faculty, and each of you, have handled this situation.

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The Grant Agency of Masaryk University presented the MUNI Scientist Awards. In total, forty-six scientists were awarded, twenty-one of them are associated with our Faculty of Science. Congratulations to all of them!

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Zdenek Losos and Ctibor Mazal receive the MU Bronze medals

The Dean of Masaryk University’s (MU) Faculty of Science, Tomáš Kašparovský, thanked Zdenek Losos and Ctibor Mazal for the extraordinary results they have achieved as directors of their respective departments by presenting them with MU Bronze Medals.

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Martin Toul wins the Doctorandus Prize in this year’s Česká hlava Awards

This year, Martin Toul from Masaryk University’s Faculty of Science was one of the winners of the highest Czech award for scientists and their patents and discoveries, Česká hlava 2023 (Czech Mind 2023). He received the Doctorandus prize, which is awarded to young scientists for research in the natural sciences, for his work on the functions of the staphylokinase protein, which is used to treat stroke patients.

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The 2024 JUNIOR STAR grant has been awarded to astrophysicist Michal Zajaček

This year, the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic will support 17 projects as part of the JUNIOR STAR challenge, one of which will go to astrophysicists at Masaryk University. The young researcher being supported is Dr. Michal Zajaček, who has received funding for his project ‘Stars in Galactic Nuclei: Interrelation with Massive Black Holes’.

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MjUNI on Kotlářská introduced natural sciences and mathematics in a fun way

On Saturday 11 November, the faculty's campus on Kotlářská Street was opened for 250 children studying at the Junior University (MjUNI). Natural scientists prepared special lectures for their curious parents as well. An interesting programme was prepared by Department of Geography, Department of Geological Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Department of Plasma Physics and Technology and Department of Anthropology.

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TA CR has awarded a price to our research on the environmental impact of snow-making

For the eleventh time the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) has awarded prices to the best projects in applied research for the past year. The price in the category GOVERNANCE was awarded to a unique project of researchers from Masaryk University looking into the effects of snow-making on biological components of the natural environment in the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše) National Park and its buffer zone.

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The President handed over the decrees to the new professors

President Petr Pavel and education minister Mikuláš Bek handed over appointment decrees to new professors, including Slavomir Nehyba from the Department of Geological Sciences. Congratulations!


Research on light-emitting enzymes impresses at TTDay 2023

Research on light-emitting enzymes undertaken by scientists at Masaryk University was recognised by an expert jury composed of representatives of investors and scientific research institutions at the Transfer Technology Day event 2023. During the event, the expert jury assessed both the innovativeness and commercial potential of the 12 finalists.

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Brno announces its PhD talents for 2023

We would like to share the great news from the Brno PhD Talent Competition, which already knows its winners. In this year's competition, in which SCI MUNI has traditionally had a great success rate, 12 of our PhD students out of 130 registered students succeeded.

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This year, the Christmas tree at Kotlářská was lit up accompanied by a string trio

On Monday, December 4, employees and their children watched the lighting of the Christmas tree and enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere of the Advent gathering in the Faculty of Science park on Kotlářská.

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Workshop for International Employees of Faculty of Science MU

Storytelling, How to Make Convincing Arguments and Leadership Basics – three workshops held in English language that were prepared for international employees of Faculty of Science MU in cooperation with CERPEK.

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MU best in Czechia in QS Sustainability Rankings

A total of 1,403 higher education institutions from 95 countries were assessed in the second edition of the QS Sustainability Rankings, which evaluates the contribution of universities to tackling the challenges of sustainable development. Masaryk University is ranked first in the Czech Republic and 161st in the world.

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Mendel Refectory hosted habilitation ceremony

The Mendel Refectory at the Old Brno Abbey saw on 30 November the habilitation ceremony of fifteen colleagues from six faculties who have earned the Czech academic degree of associate professors.

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Setting up an automatic reply and signature in an email

To create an automatic reply in your absence, you can now use the app to help you set it up. You can also create an official email signature in the app without having to fill out the signature.

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Ongoing Competitions and Awards

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PhD Day 2023: PhD is Just Beginning – Start Your Career!  Externí odkaz

Events calendar

22 – 23 May

MSCA-PF Workshop (Improve)

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23 May

Elucidating the functional impact of the tumour microenvironment on mTOR signalling in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Speaker: prof. Alison Michie

In English

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23 May

The Making of MicroRNA (Seminar Series)

Mendel´s refectory in the Mendel Museum Brno

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27 – 31 May

18th Czech – Slovak Spectroscopy Conference (18 CSSK) and the Mössbauer Spectroscopy in Materials Science (MSMS) conference

The joint scientific conferences are held under the auspices of the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, prof. Tomáš Kašparovský and the Czech Commission for UNESCO.

Part of the 18th CSSK is the microsymposium Recent progress in Vibrational Spectroscopy – 50 Years of Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. The microsymposium is connected with the 65th anniversary of the death of the prominent physicist Adolf Smekal, who theoretically predicted the Raman effect.

The program also includes awarding important scientific personalities. The Medals bear the names of famous historical scientific personalities: Ioannes Marcus Marci of Kronland and Nicolaus Konkoly-Thege.

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29 May

Student Geological Conference

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30 May

120 Seconds: Meet brnoregion microscopy

Do you deal with electron microscopy or work indirectly with its results? Come to the Brnoregion Microscopy Community biannual meeting to meet old friends, get new contacts, inspiration and introduce your work to partners.

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31 May – 9 Jun

Carnivorous plants exhibition

Sales exhibition Carnivorous Plants, during which you will also be welcome to attend interesting lectures on carnivorous plants.

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31 May

Cancer cell plasticity as a therapeutic target

Speaker: Mgr. Karel Souček, Ph.D.

In English

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1 Jun

Botanical field trip to the Vratíkov Karst near Boskovice

Botanical excursion | We will meet at 9:35 in Boskovice at the train station

Guides: Pavel Lustyk and Pavel Novák

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3 – 4 Jun

Climate and Migration: Historical and Present Perspectives

We would like to invite you to the international workshop Climate and Migration: Historical and Present Perspectives. The workshop will be held on 3-4 June 2024 at the Institute of Geography, Faculty of Science, MU. The event is organized by GÚ PřF MU and research group CRIAS PAGES. In addition to the director of the GÚ, the Czech Geographical Society also granted patronage.

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12 Jun

Dean's Awards 2024

Dean Tomáš Kašparovský will present awards to the best students of the Faculty of Science of MU. This year's Dean's Awards will be presented to the winners in the category of the Best Bachelor's and Master's Student and to promising scientists in the category of the Best Doctoral Student. It will also recognize a collective of outstanding students.

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9 – 13 Jul


Conference ESCAMPIG (Europhysics Conference on Atomic and Molecular Physics and Ionized Gases) will be held in Czechia for the first time in Brno at Božetěchova campus of Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology. Department of Plasma Physics and Technology of Masaryk University, the CEPLANT center, and the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists are the event organizers.

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The editorial deadline for the next employee newsletter is February 4, 2024. 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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