3. 3. 2023, 9:41

Newsletter for PhD students and Postdocs

Dear PhD students and Postdocs,

The enrolment of courses as well as the start of the new semester is successfully over. What new things did we encounter at the beginning of the semester, and what is ahead of us? Read the March newsletter for Early-Stage Researchers to learn more!

MMD 2.0 - Second Semester in MUNI Mendel Doctorandus Programme

MUNI Mendel Doctorandus welcomes the new semester with new students and a brand-new logo

The MUNI Mendel Doctorandus programme for talented PhD students opened another admission procedure in January 2023. A total of 14 students across the faculties of the Bohunice Campus and CEITEC applied, and members of the MMD Committee reviewed their applications. After the evaluation, all applicans were admitted to the programme. There are, therefore, now a total of 57 students who are members of the MMD family and are enjoying support in their acquisition of interdisciplinary education and soft skills training.

The next round of admissions will be open in September 2023 and will be followed by an informational reminder for those interested in joining the programme.

Another innovation in the new semester is a dedicated logo for the MMD programme, which has been created in collaboration with the MU Rector's Office to identify the programme from the outset and link it to J. G. Mendel as the father of genetics. For the new logo, the portrait of J. G. Mendel was used, which not only students and employees could meet throughout last year during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of this famous Brno-born scientist. Now, this portrait is becoming synonymous with the MUNI Mendel Doctorandus programme. We hope you will like the new logo and that it will be used to promote the programme and as an explicit identifier of the students engaged in it. You can download the logo for your signature here.

If you, too, would like to be part of the MUNI Mendel Doctorandus programme, prepare your application for September 2023, when we will open the next round of the selection process.


Call for Active Students: Become Part of the PhD Team!

We are looking for 1-2 PhD students for the student committee. Your task would be to communicate from the students' side towards the faculty management, to help solve problem situations of other students and last but not least, to participate in organizing events for PhD students. This activity will require empathy, enthusiasm for problem-solving and also a little bit of your time. In return, you will be involved in projects specifically addressed to PhD students, which you can influence to some extent.

Join us; you can be heard!

Contact: Mrs. Nosková (noskova@sci.muni.cz)


Rudolf Lukeš Prize – Open call!

The Czech Chemical Society, in cooperation with the Experientia Foundation, is launching a new call for the Rudolf Lukes Prize with a personal bonus of CZK 100,000. The competition is open until March 31, 2023, to scientists without age limitation, working at any of the Czech research institutes with a set of papers in the field of organic, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, which have been published in prestigious international journals in the last five years.

The application should be submitted in English as a pdf file sent electronically to the CSCH Secretariat (lukes.award@csvts.cz).

The application must include the following:

Brief CV (1 page), Brief research report (max. 3 pages) summarizing the most important results of the last 5 years, List of all publications in the last five years,The five most significant publications from the last five years, where the nominee must be a corresponding author (pdf format of the articles).

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Make Our Planet Great Again – Prize for Environment and Climate Research

BNP Paribas and the French Embassy in the Czech Republic organize a competition, the aim of which is to reward the best PhD research work in all areas of environmental and climate research.

The winners will receive a financial reward (CZK 65, 40, and 25,000), and the first two also receive a scholarship for an internship abroad in France.

Conditions of participation:

  • doctoral research in the fields of environmental and climate research
  • persons of Czech or Slovak nationality under the age of 33 (as of May 1, 2023)
  • students of a PhD programme at a Czech research institution or university or young researchers who defended their dissertation in 2022 or 2023
  • their doctoral studies do not conflict with their work for BNP Paribas
  • authorship of at least one scientific article published (or accepted) in an international peer-reviewed journal

Please send applications to Mrs. Procházková (prochazkova@sci.muni.cz) until March 20, 2023.

Further information can be found on the Competitions and awards website.

Jean-Marie Lehn Prize for Chemistry

The French Embassy in the Czech Republic organizes a competition, the aim of which is to support the best doctoral research work in the field of chemistry.

The winners will receive a financial reward (CZK 65, 000, 40, 000, and 25,000), and the first two also receive a scholarship for an internship in France.

Conditions of participation:

  • doctoral thesis in the field of chemistry
  • persons of Czech or Slovak nationality under the age of 33 (as of May 1, 2023)
  • students of a PhD programme at a Czech research institution or university, or young researchers who defended their dissertation in 2022 or 2023
  • authorship of at least one scientific article published (or accepted) in a peer-reviewed international journal

Please send applications to Mrs. Procházková (prochazkova@sci.muni.cz) until March 20, 2023.

Further information can be found on the Competitions and awards website.

Collaboration / Research Opportunity for PhD Students and Postdocs:

Are you Attracted by the Cooperation with the Leading European Research Institute ISTA? Then it's the Right Time to Get Started!

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) is an international institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the physical, mathematical, computer, and life sciences. ISTA is located on the outskirts of Vienna, in Klosterneuburg. We bring together scientists from all over the world and encourage communication and collaboration across scientific fields. Please find further information of our institute in our website https://ist.ac.at/en/home/.

If you are looking for a postdoc position, please check our website for current open positions https://ist.ac.at/en/jobs/open-positions/. We also have fellowships for postdocs - IST Bridge fellowship. The call will be open on February 13, 2023, till May 5, 2023, https://ist.ac.at/en/education/postdocs/ist-bridge/. Before applying for any positions, we strongly encourage all prospective candidates to check the research groups and fields supported at ISTA and get in touch with potential supervisor https://ist.ac.at/en/research/.

If you are a PhD student looking for an opportunity to do your research in ISTA as a visitor, please check whether your research field is supported at ISTA and get in touch directly with the research group leader https://ist.ac.at/en/research/.

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Interdisciplinary Training for Early-stage Researchers

Activities for PhD students and Postdocs - Spring 2023

  • Seminar Series within Mathematics, Physics & Computer Sciences section

Tomasz Łuczak, Adam Mickiewicz University - "The phase transition phenomena in combinatorial structures"

When: March 8, 2023 (16:30)

Where: Baroque hall in Místodržitelský palác, Moravské nám. 1a, Brno

(Coffee break from 16:00 to discuss and meet the lecturer)

Registration is not needed / Held in English

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  • Seminar on „Research Ethics“ with Czexpats in Science 

When: April 12, 2023 (14-17)

Where: Room 300, Komenského nám. 2, Brno

Registration needed / Held in English

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Workshop for Postdocs - How to be a Better PhD Supervisor

You are cordially invited to attend a workshop for Postdocs dedicated to the proper mentoring of students in doctoral programmes. Two experienced lecturers (Mette Krogh Christensen and Sarah Robinson) will share their practical experiences in a workshop called "Danish experience: How to be a better PhD. supervisor". For more information, including an application form, please visit the CERPEK website.

The webinar will be held in English.

When: March 7, 2023 (15:00 – 17:00)

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An Interesting Event - The Night of Law

The Night of Law is an evening and night full of lectures, theater performances, film screenings and tours of courthouses and other public institutions. Everything will revolve around the law, but it certainly won't be just for lawyers. Quite the opposite - we organize the Law Night to bring the law closer to the people. The program of the festival is in the Czech language www.nocprava.cz. During the Night of Law, it is possible to visit the Supreme Court and talk to four of its judges during the tour and subsequent discussions. The Supreme Administrative Court has prepared a vibrant programme, which has several meetings with judges. The programme will also include very popular quizzes. But the Night of Law is not only about lectures and information but also about fun! That's why the Scala cinema will be screening films for free, followed by discussions: at the Faculty of Law, actor Filip Teller has prepared a dramatic reading of part of the book Off the Record. And the Faculty theatre Company has prepared a "1918: Conversations Before the Law" performance at the Husa na provázku theater.

When: March 8, 2023

Where: University Cinema Scala, the Faculty of Law, the supreme court

The event will be held in the Czech

Conferences / Workshops / Webinars = EMBO

When: June 18-23, 2023

Where: Virtual/In-Person (Prague)

When: July 5-6, 2023  

Where: Online

  • Or you can choose from a wide range of professional courses and conferences planned for 2023, which EMBO has prepared for you!
EMBO Programme for 2023

Funk Lectures - Not Only for the Students of Biogeography

International Biogeography Society presents Funk lectures which are held each last Wednesday in a month at 17:00.
Lectures are online.

Register here and join for free!

Interesting Reading from the Faculty of Science / MU:

Hrachovina - the Hidden Message

"The unique aspect of the sculpture is its message to future generations in the form of DNA of several notable personalities who played a role in the creation of the statue and the promotion of Mendel’s legacy. "Lyophilized DNA and other biological material, such as hair, was placed in special test tubes enclosed in polystyrene and placed in metal balls representing green peas all over the sculpture. The uppermost sample, somewhere around the gilded part of the artwork, is that of the DNA of Gregor Johann Mendel himself," said Vice-Rector for Research and Doctoral Studies of Masaryk University Šárka Pospíšilová. The DNA samples were taken, processed and "packed" by scientists from Masaryk University’s CEITEC."

Read the full article about MUNI hidden message to future generations through a new sculpture dedicated to the father of genetics.

Full Article Here

Vice-Rector of Masaryk University Šárka Pospíšilová and author of the sculpture Jaromír Gargulák.  Foto: G. Peringerová


 Sites we recommend to follow:

Develop Your Skills  Externí odkaz

MUNI Mendel Doctorandus  Externí odkaz


Life Science Seminar  Externí odkaz

Competitions for Students  Externí odkaz

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