ČSSI 2020: Inaugural meeting of the Czech Society for Stable Isotopes Umělecko-Vědecká Spolupráce České Společnosti pro Stabilní izotopy / Art-Science collaboration of the Czech Society for Stable Isotopes


Save the Dates: Nov 11-13th, 2020 postponed to Dec 9-11th, 2020

The inaugural ČSSI 2020 workshop aims (i) to develop communication between stable isotope researchers [in the natural sciences] from Czechia and surrounding countries and (ii) to foster art-science collaborations that will deliver customized graphic designs for public outreach and education. The latter goal will capitalize on the independent talents of artists and scientists to remove barriers in transferring knowledge, specifically via presentation of these posters during the opening ceremony of the workshop (Nov. 11, 2020). This unique component will enable scientists, artists, and the general public to explore the inherent connection between art and science, and to grasp how the latest discoveries by isotope researchers in Czechia and the surrounding countries inform human activity and environmental processes.

COVID update 1 (05.10.2020): The ČSSI 2020 meeting is being adapted to comply with the Czech government's restriction measures that begin today and are planned to continue until 18 Oct. 2020. We are still planning to host the conference at the venue in České Budějovice, which offers 220 m2 that can be divided into at least three viewing rooms. We further plan to create a virtual attendance option with reduced registration fees for participants who are unable to travel and/or join the meeting in person.

COVID update 2 (23.10.2020)The meeting is tentatively moved to a virtual event and/or postponed to DECEMBER 9-11, pending approval. We are continuing to adapt the ČSSI 2020 meeting to comply with the increasing public health concerns related to the COVID virus and fundamental restrictions on free movement within Czechia enforced this week. We are attempting to postpone the 2020 program to Dec. 9-11th, pending approval of our principal source of funding. If an in-person event will not be possible this year, we will look forward to meeting in 2021, though with reduced financial resources. In any case, we plan to proceed with the virtual component of ČSSI 2020 and will keep participants informed about how to prepare their presentations. 
We encourage all participants to contact us to join the Art-Science collaboration, for which funding is still available and infographic works are now being produced.

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for EARLY registration and abstract submission has passed. Please contact organizers directly to register and/or submit an abstract.

Researchers who are interested to participate in the art/science collaboration should submit infographci abstracts describing their over-arching research question(s) and their stable isotope approach to make new discoveries. Infographic abstracts should focus on scientific concepts, framing of the research question, and discoveries as opposed to explicitly reporting data. The abstracts will be first evaluated for scientific merit and relevance and then presented to a panel of artists who will select winning, inspiring abstracts for development of customized, educational, infographic designs. In short, the role of the scientist will be to suggest a theme, theory, and rationale, which artist will conceptualize into a graphical narrative to inform the public.



Dec 10-11 – Poster session, including Art/Science collaborative posters and traditional scientific results posters will be made available via MS Teams portal link

Dec 10, 09:00 - 14:30 – oral presentations (20 min. + 10 min. question and answer period)

Dec 11, 09:00 - 15:00 – oral presentations (20 min. + 10 min. question and answer period)

Poster session - downloadable from MS Teams portal

Balzhan Askanbayeva, Amphistomy level is linked to δ13C difference in epicuticular wax from opposite leaf sides
Stanislav Jabinski, First insights into isotope signatures from substrate utilization by different Fungal ecotypes via a Dual-SIP approach
Kateřina Jandová, 14C-free sedimentary organic matter sustains soil organisms at initial stages of succession of post-mining sites as revealed by isotope analyses
Tereza Kalistová, Wax regeneration of the Clusia rosea leaves
Martina Moravcová, Stable isotopes takes us back in time and reveal forgotten secrets of Palaeolithic
Martin Šanda, Subsurface flow observation and modeling employing combined isotopic approach
Zuzana Vavrušková, Metabolic rate during simulated dispersal in strictly subterranean rodent, the Giant mole-rat (F. mechowii)
Daniel Vrábl, The use of 13C fractionation to determine the effect of light and internal CO2 concentration on stomatal development on the leaf
Dave Wanless, LIDI2 Software Workflow - New evaluation strategy for accurate and precise for clumped isotope CO2 analysis on carbonate samples

Thursday, December 10th 2020, Biology Centre CAS (Na Sádkách campus)

9:00 9:30 Travis Meador; Opening comments & Investigating the ecology of sedimentary archaea using stable isotope probing 
9:30 10:00 Roey Angel; Stable isotope probing (SIP) to link identity of microbes to ecological functions
10:00 10:30 Meri Eichner; A single-cell view of the ecophysiology of marine N2 fixers
10:30 11:00 Jan Jansa; Arbuscular mycorrhiza mediates efficient recycling from soil to plants of nitrogen bound in chitin
11:00 11:30 Veronika Jílková; Differences in the flow of spruce-derived needle leachates and root exudates through a temperate coniferous forest mineral soil
11:30 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 14:30 Vojtěch Brlík; Spatial distribution of feather δ34S in Africa and Europe and its application in movement ecology of birds
14:30 Poster Introductions (by alphabetical order of presenting author, as above)

Friday, December 11th 2020, Biology Centre CAS (Na Sádkách campus)

9:00 9:30 Petra Horká, Fish community trophic structure and interactions in anthropogenically modified rivers
9:30 10:00 Ivana Vejřiková, Long-term or short-term individual diet specialization of European catfish
10:00 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
10:30 11:00 Susanne Schmidt, Chemical and isotopic variability indicate hydrological pathways in a mountain lake catchment
11:00 11:30 Yuliya Vystavna, IAEA, Development of the regional isotope networks based on 60 years experience in the GNIP and GNIR
11:30 13:00 LUNCH BREAK
13:00 13:30 Marie Hronková, Carbon isotope ratio in plant biomass and water use efficiency
13:30 14:00 Jiří Šantrůček, Biochemistry of cuticular wax synthesis and associated carbon isotope fractionation 
14:00 14:30 Jiří Kubásek, Toward understanding of plant cuticle dynamics – 13CO2 pulse-chase approach
14:30 15:00 Patrik Mráz, Long-term changes in elemental and isotopic compositions of plants: effect of global environmental change, local conditions and species-specific responses 



Dec 9th - Art / Science Collaboration & Poster presentations
Rabenštejn Tower
Panská 4/207 
370 01 České Budějovice

Dec 10-11th - Oral Presentations
Riegrova51 - Gallery
Riegrova 1756/51
370 01 České Budějovice


This project is co-financed by the Statutory City of České Budějovice
Sercon Ltd.
Thermofisher Scientific
IVA Analysentechnik GmbH & Co. KG 

Czech Budejovice


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Hana Šantrůčková ( )

Jiří Šantrůček ( )

Hotels with special rates for ČSSI 2020 participants (mention when booking!)

Clarion Congress Hotel
Prague Class 14
CZ - 370 04 Czech Budejovice

Single room (DBL sgl use)

DBL or TWIN room

42 EUR (1150, -CZK)

46 EUR (1250, - CZK)

  • The rates for the accommodation include buffet breakfast and VAT. City tax is paid on spot.
  • All the guests can park in our hotel own parking area for the rate of 6 EUR/car/nigh