BIOCEV's Ruth Tachezy: Taking aim at the unexpected

f the novel coronavirus had never hit, Ruth Tachezy would have been doing other things: applying for funding, heading a national reference laboratory, and publishing. She would have been helping her students at the Faculty of Science and would have been preparing for an upcoming conference and a mountaineering vacation. Instead, she opted to tackle a higher “mountain”.

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Marcela Uhlíková, 24 July 2020


The secret of binary star V1309

Last year, three young researchers at Charles University won the Neuron Prize for promising scientists in the Czech Republic. One of them was astrophysicist Ondřej Pejcha, an expert on binary stars who studied at CU and at Princeton University.

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Martin Rychlík, 23 July 2020


Mathematician Zdeněk Dvořák: Inspired by the real world

“Most of my work still takes place on paper,” says theoretical mathematician Zdeněk Dvořák from the Computer Science Institute of Charles University. He focuses on combinatorics, graph theory, and theoretical informatics, and he received the ERC CZ Consolidator Grant for his research.

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Pavla Hubálková, 9 July 2020


Alessandro Testa: Researching the revival of religiosity

Italian scientist Alessandro Testa has already written three book-length monographs. The works, published in Italian, focus on the relationship between ancient myths and modern mythology, folk carnivals and the history of religiosity in the region he himself comes from.

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Martin Rychlík, 10 June 2020


Scientist Radek Lučan on bats’ remarkable immunity

A number of deadly viruses are believed to have originated in bats, including Ebola and the original SARS. The indications are that the novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 also made the jump from bats, most likely through an intermediary species.

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Jan Velinger, 4 June 2020


Ecologist Marek Stibal takes on Greenland challenge

“I have actually never done anything else,” is how Marek Stibal, who has been studying biological processes in glacial ecosystems for almost 20 years.

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Marcela Uhlíková, 11 May 2020


From students on the front lines to pilots delivering medical supplies

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out large numbers of volunteers across the country, offering help in a time of unprecedented crisis.

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Jan Velinger, 21 April 2020


Ole Jann: Successful smart quarantine the first step back to normal life

As the coronavirus continues to strangle the world in its grip, it has grown apparent that an important tool is the introduction of smart quarantines

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Jan Velinger, 6 April 2020






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