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4th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition

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Faculty of Science of University of South Bohemia hosted the 4th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition on 7th and 8th September 2017.

The conference programme offered two great keynote speakers and renowned scientists: Dr. Kate Arnold from University of St. Andrews with her keynote talk The search for language in wild West African primates: going against the grain and prof. Thomas Bugnyar from University of Vienna with keynote speach Raven Politics - Understanding and Use of Social Relations.

The main aim of this conference was bring together students from all across the Europe and enable them to present and discuss their research in the field of animal and human behaviour and cognition in friendly and informal atmosphere. The tight conference schedule offered also several trips and excursions like guided tour to laboratory of subterranean rodents of Department of zoology, guided tour to Budweiser Budvar brewery or to zoological garden Ohrada. Registration for the conference was free and the conference was organized with the support of sponsors: Faculty of Science, The Royal Society Publishing, University of South Bohemia and Recall.

Altogether, 45 msc and phd students from 11 different countries and 25 institutions attended the conference. Bawan Amin from Leiden University received an award for the best talk. The prize for best poster went to Christin Osadnik from University of Duisburg-Essen. University of South Bohemia was represented by students of Department of zoology: Pavla Dudová, Tereza Drábková and Martina Karásková.

5th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition will be held in Vienna in September 2018.

Website of the conference: https://escbc2017.wordpress.com/

Ceremonial handover of the new Dean

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On the first day of spring, an unofficial handover of the dean's office took place at the Faculty of Science, accompanied by Šuspa's cacophonic ensemble.

Dean Prof. František Vácha gave a symbolic scepter to his colleague Prof. Hana Šantrůčková. The official appointment will take place on April 1, 2019.

You can have a look on photos from the whole evening.

European Researchers Night 2019

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On Friday, September 27, a science-popularizing event called Night of Scientists has taken place on the University of South Bohemia

On that day, not only in the Czech Republic, but through the Europe, the gates of universities and scientific institutions were open to give the public an idea of the work of their employees.

This year's theme of the event was the "Gentle approach to our planet" and visitors of the Faculty of Science of South Bohemia could see an interesting program connected to this topic.

Academics presented examples of their research. Visitors could try a ride with robots, watch an educational film about the Josef Svoboda station in Svalbard, where students of the Faculty of Science have the opportunity to travel as part of a polar ecology course.

We are looking forward to the next year.

International Conference Plant Biology CS 2019

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Every three years, the Czech Society of Experimental Plant Biology and Plant Physiology section of the Slovak Botanical Society jointly organize meetings, which are hosted by alternating Czech and Slovak university cities.

The last conference (titled Plant Biology CS, 2019) took place in České Budějovice (at the joint campus of the University of South Bohemia and Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences) from 25th to 30th August 2019. The first two days were devoted to PhD student meeting, the rest of the time to regular conference.

The program, which was attended by more than 300 students and scientists from all around the world, was divided into twenty thematic sections dealing with a wide range of plant biology issues, such as reproduction, water management, nutrition and nutrient transport, photosynthesis, genetic manipulation, breeding or adaptation of plants to the environment (their adaptation to climate change) or defense against pathogens or pests.

MAID - The first round of the admission procedure

And here it is, the moment we’ve been waiting for! The first round of admission to our newly accredited joint cross-border Master-level study program in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (MAID) is launched today. This is a very exclusive study program within the university taught only in English and as such we opted for a non-traditional form of admission procedure - only in person and only in the form of a motivating admission interview. We want not to only get to know you in person, but above all know your motivation, why you want to study MAID!

 

  • Applications via electronic admission system here until 24th of July 2022:

       https://wstag.jcu.cz/portal/studium/uchazec/eprihlaska.html?pc_lang=en

 

More information about the study program:

 

  • Brief leaflet below

 

 

PDF here

Multivariate analysis of ecological data

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At the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia, the 22nd annual multivariate analysis of ecological data took place last week with the participation of students and academics from Europe and the USA.

Theoretical lectures were interspaced with the participants' work on their own data analysis.

The course takes place in two consecutive weekly blocks, in which twenty scientists, for example from Norway, Estonia, Holland, Spain, Brazil, Canada or Iceland, will participate.

The intensive block of lectures and seminars is primarily about getting to know the latest developments in environmental data analysis and working with the Canoco 5 software. The workshop is organized by experts from the Department of Botany, lecturers of the lessons are Doc. Petr Šmilauer and Prof. Jan Lepš.

New Trends in bioScience 2019

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Faculty of Science on 10. - 11. 10. 2019 organized the first symposium New trends in biosciences.

The minisymposium was organized to acquaint participants with news in the field of structural biochemistry and biomedicine. Emphasis was placed on new and rapidly increasing techniques and the possibility of applying new knowledge into practice.

The symposium was preceded by the opening of the traveling exhibition “CRISTALES: a world to discover” opened by RNDr. Pavlína Řežáčová from IOChB and IMG AS CR in Prague and prof. Tomáš Polívka, Vice-Rector of the University of South Bohemia. The exhibition presents a collection of 14 posters depicting the world of crystals through the eyes of scientists and artists.

The symposium ended with a lecture by colleague Pawl Kania from NanoTemper Technologies (Poland), which organized a workshop the second day and allowed participants to measure their own samples using nanoDSF and MST technology. To the symposium was invited a number of outstanding speakers from abroad, namely dr. Oksana Degtjarik of the Weizman Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel), dr. Naoko Mizuno, dr. Dr. Christian Biertümpfel, dr. Iuliia Iermak and Matthias Pöge, all from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (Martinsried, Germany), dr. Iosifina Sarrou of DESY Hamburg (Germany), dr. Imrich Barák and dr. Ľubica Urbániková from the Institute of Molecular Biology, SAS (Bratislava, Slovakia) and also Czech colleagues doc. Radka Chaloupková from MU Brno, dr. Pavlína Řežáčová from IOChB and IMG AS CR Prague, dr. Vít Straňák and dr. Roman Tůma from the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.

PERSPECTIVES OF CZECH SCIENCE 2018

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On Friday, December 7, 2018, PERSPECTIVES OF CZECH SCIENCE 2018 was held in České Budějovice, organized by the Biology Center of the ASCR in cooperation with the University of South Bohemia.

The subtitle of this event was "Coming to the Czech Republic to Excellent Research" and the conference was attended by Czech scientists, science managers, foreign workers working in Czech institutions, and foreign guests. Issues of research strategy in the Czech Republic were discussed.

Photographic book by prof. Kopecký Jan

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Jan Kopecký, long-time teacher at the Faculty of Science, launched his book named “Czech Nature, Beauties and Remarkablenesses”. Although he focuses in his research on ticks and tick-borne diseases, his passion and lifelong love is the nature photography, especially animals and plants. His book shows pictures of rare and protected animals and plants accompanied with their description and author’s experience from taking the photographs.

František Weyda, long-time friend of Jan Kopecký and excellent photographer himself, who specializes in scientific and microscopy photograph, introduced the author. Afterwards, author presented a series of photographs from the book with a commentary.

Polytechnic Education Course - 3D Print

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In cooperation with NIDV - National Institute for Further Education we have prepared a course of Polytechnic Education - use of 3D print in teaching.

During the training program, educators were introduced to the possibilities of using 3D output devices. The content of the seminar was to use these outputs when working with interactive electronic robot robots (an active form of experiments), to improve the fine motoring and technical and critical thinking especially in the implementation of individual extensions of the standard robotic kit with its own 3D design elements.

First, the principles of 3D printing and the current possibilities, advantages and disadvantages of this technology were discussed. The students were then acquainted with the preparation and 3D model and its preparation for 3D printing. It was followed by a 3D print demonstration with a description of alternative preparation options and printing itself.

Presentation of candidates to the Academic Senate

  • Petr Nguyen

    I am a chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and a head of one of its laboratories, faculty representative in the AS JU and currently a chair of the AS PřF.

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  • Michal Choma

    I work in the soil group at the Dept of Ecosystem Biology and my interest is ecology of soil microorganisms I aim to contribute to understanding the role of soil microbiomes in ecosystem functioning

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  • Zuzana Dvorníková

    At our faculty the chemistry study program with the subsequent master's program is a minority. For this reason, I decided to candidate in order to represent my present and future classmates because in many cases we are completely forgotten.

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  • Michaela Uhrová

    After finishing the bachelor and master programmes right at the Faculty of Science USB, I decided to get involved into its affairs and organization and so to candidate to the Academic Senate.

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  • Kseniya Bobryshava

    I am a 3rd year BMLT student and I work as a laboratoy manager in the Laboratoy of Chromosomics. Next year I am going to continue my studies at FSC in one of biological master's degree programme.

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  • Jan Štefka

    Since September 2022, I lead the Department of Parasitology. I do my research also in the Lab. of Molecular Ecology and Evolution (Biol. Centre CAS), where I study the host-parasite relationships (mostly in parasites of vertebrates) and I use genetics to trace introduced parasite species.

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  • Petr Blabolil

    Staff member of the Department of Ecosystem Biology. At the Faculty of Biology and later Faculty of Science, I studied a bachelor's degree in Biology, a master's degree in Ecosystem Biology and a Ph.D. degree in Hydrobiology.

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  • Petr Březina

    I’m a member of algology lab at Department of Botany, where I deal with modern methods and approaches in didactics of biology, focusing on Cyanobacteria and Algae. And I’m of the opinion that even teacher trainees deserve to be represented in Faculty Senate.

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  • Libor Ekrt

    I work at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, JU and within the systematic group I focus on research on biology, distribution, genome size and phylogeny of ferns and lycophytes. I am interested in nature conservation and I collaborate with nature conservation authorities in the Czech Republic.

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  • Jakub Geyer

    In the years 2009–2015, I completed the Bc and Master study program in Applied Informatics at the Faculty of Science, since 2017 I have been working at the Department of Informatics (formerly the Institute of Applied Informatics) as an assistant and researcher

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  • Jan Hůda

    I've been studying at the Faculty of Science for a four years now. That's why I think it's time to try something new. I don´t promise any changes, but together with other colleagues I will try to make our faculty prosperous. Therefore, I will support your suggestions. I'm here for you! So go to the elections and vote wisely.

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  • Jan Robovský

    Until now, I have never run for the Academic Senate of the Faculty of Science; however, the confluence of several factors made me change this position. I believe that I have relatively rich experience in teaching and training students, in popularizing science and conservation topics, and in coordinating interest groups (I was the chairman of two groups within the Union of Czech and Slovak Zoos and in the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria).

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  • Martin Janda

    I am the head of the Laboratory of Molecular Interactions of Plants with Microorganisms at the Department of Experimental Plant Biology and I teach topics related to plant immunity and physiology.

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  • Petr Lunga

    I decided to run for the Academic Senate of PřF JU because I think that our faculty has a lot of untapped potential hidden beneath minor imperfections that could easily be fixed.

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  • Damián Dedecius

    My main motivation for running as a senator is to contribute to the work for a faculty, to which I have developed a very positive relationship in my three (and a bit) years of study.

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  • Michaela Syrová

    I graduated with a degree in Biology for Education and obtained Ph.D. in Zoology at our faculty. Now, I work at the Department of Zoology. My research interest is behavioural ecology of birds and I teach zoology of vertebrates, field courses for first year students, and interdisciplinary excursion.

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  • Jakub Opelka

    I am currently studying the second year of the master's program in Experimental Biology - Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics. I work in the laboratory of microscopy and histology at the Institute of Entomology under the supervision of Mgr. Hany Sehadová, Ph.D. and prof. RNDr Ivo Šauman Ph.D

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  • Kateřina Jaklová

    My name is Kateřina Jaklová and I am a student in the second year of the master's field of Experimental biology. Although I study molecular biology, I work at the Department of Chemistry in the Laboratory of Applied Biochemistry, and I would like to continue in the doctoral study program.

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  • Zdeněk Futera

    I'm trying to be an active member of the academic community who would like to be informed about important stuff happening at the faculty and have an opportunity to influence itsfuture development.

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  • Klára Švihovcová

    I am a third-year chemistry student, and I am going to continue in master studies at our faculty. I would like to participate in faculty events, interdisciplinary discussions, where I would represent the opinions of non-biological colleagues, from our students and teachers.

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  • Pavel Čurda

    I am currently a 3rd year student in the biophysics doctoral program. I completed my previous studies at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of West Bohemia. I spend every working day at JU, which is why I decided to run for the academic senate.

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  • David Kahoun

    I work at the Department of Chemistry, where I am involved mainly in chromatographic analyses, mostly in collaboration with other departments at the FS USB, but also at the BCAV or in the private sector.

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  • Rudolf Vohnout

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  • Josef Troup

    I am a student in the third year of a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree programme and i’d love to continue my studies in a Master’s degree programme. I would also like to participate more on events at our faculty as well as things like organization, decision making etc. and the Academic senate is the way to do it!

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  • Jakub Švarc

    In my studies, as well as in my free time, my main interests are
    robotics, free software, and privacy in the context o f information
    systems.

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  • Martina Konečná

    I am a candidate for the Employees – biological section of the academic senate. I have been an employee of FSci JU since 2011. I became head of the department of zoology in 2021. 

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  • Jan Zrzavý

    Zoologist and evolutionary biologist from the Department of Zoology (graduate of Charles University, I have been at the faculty since the very beginning). In the distant past, I went through all senate functions, both at faculty and university levels. Currently I feel that a time of crisis is coming again, when the senate can be useful once more.

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  • Pavel Duda

    I am a graduate of FSci USB, currently working as a postdoc at the Department of Zoology. I study evolution of human behavior, teach evolutionary and anthropological courses, organize seminars, and manage the department's website.

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The practical part of the polar ecology course had began

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Our infrastructure has over half of this year's expedition, and the first part of the polar ecology course is in progress. Students of the algal-microbiological group spent one week at the Nostoc field station where they had worked on their projects. They have moved to Payer's house in Longyearbyen, where they continue to work with the zoo-parasitology group. After that, group of botanists moves to the field station. We believe that the summer expedition will continue in the same calm spirit as before. More news from the 2018 season can be spotted on our FB site.

https://www.facebook.com/czechpolar/

The premiere of the Papua New Guinea Two Worlds

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The premiere of the Papua New Guinea Two Worlds - " PAGI " movie took place at the Faculty of Science in the building B (B2).

Twenty years ago, Czech biologist professor Vojtěch Novotný founded a center for the research of tropical ecology in Papua New Guinea.

Pagi Toko is in the third year of his PhD studies at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. One day, he'll replace professor Novotný at the helm of the research center. He's an entomologist, a father of three children, a husband and a manager. His family comes from the Fore tribe where the tradition of ritually eating their deceased had been upheld until the 1960s. Pagi's grandmother is one of the last living witnesses of the kuru disease. Pagi's father died early and afterwards, Pagi's mother and her two sons had to struggle. However, fortune smiled on their family and thanks to his talent and the help of his relatives, Pagi became a role model for local children. Pagi took the audience to a remote mountain village called Jagyjes where no foreigner has set foot for 30 years, but also to České Budějovice where he's studying for his PhD.

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