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News

Martin Loebl takes over the leadership of the Learned Society

The new President of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic is Martin Loebl, a mathematician. He will succeed Libor Grubhoffer, Director of the Biological Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, whose two-year mandate ends at the XXXth General Assembly of the Learned Society (20-21 May 2024).

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Julius Lukeš elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Julius Lukeš from the Institute of Parasitology of the Biological Centre of the CAS, a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, was elected on 30 April 2024 (as the third Czech citizen) as an international member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NSA).

Palacký Lecture: Stein Ringen – The Role of Religion in European Modernisation: The Case of Scandinavia

The Learned Society of the Czech Republic cordially invites you to attend Palacký lecture by Stein Ringen, historian and political scientist from Oxford. On Thursday 25 April 2024 in the refectory of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University on Malostranské náměstí in Prague. The lecture will be held in English.

Prof. Jiří Bičák, former President of the Learned Society, died at the age of 82

On Friday, January 26, 2024, Prof. RNDr. Jiří Bičák, DrSc., Dr.h.c., theoretical physicist, expert in the field of theory of relativity and cosmology, founding member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic and between 2014-2016 also its President, died at the age of 82.

Science & Popularization

Central European flora may be older than thought

Biogeographers have traditionally believed that most plant species in Central Europe became extinct during the last glacial maximum 26 to 19 thousand years ago. The study, co-authored by Milan Chytrý, shows that it could have been otherwise.

A computer model of the ear may help to improve cochlear implants

Pavel Jungwirth and his colleagues have developed a complete computer model of the ear. It will not only facilitate further research of the human ear but may also help to improve hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Popularising genetics and genomics on YouTube

Can we influence our DNA with our thoughts? Can the microbiome be considered a new organ? Will babies be born "on demand"? What is promiscuous DNA? Will men become extinct? How does DNA fit into a cell? Can there be silicon-based life? Did life come from outer space?

Statements

Statement of the Council of the Learned Society on the resignation of Helena Langšádlová

The Council of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic has received with regret the news of the resignation of the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, Helena Langšádlová. We are watching with concern the related destabilization in this strategically important ministry at the beginning of the second half of the election period and at the time of preparing the budget for next year. We thank the Minister for her cooperation to date and for everything she has done for the development of research, development, and innovation in the Czech Republic.

The Learned Society joins the call condemning anti-Semitism

Prof. David Jan Novotný of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University and Dr Věra Tydlitátová of the Faculty of Arts of The University of West Bohemia have formulated an appeal to their colleagues in which they warn against the growing anti-Semitism and ask the competent institutions to confront the prejudiced hatred...

Supporting Israel's universities

The Council of the Learned Society joins the Declaration of the Czech Rectors Conference in support of the universities of Israel and expresses its support for the Israeli people in their fight against the terrorist attacks...

About the Society

The Learned Society of the Czech Republic brings together prominent scientists working in the Czech Republic.

It is a successor of the Royal Bohemian Society of Sciences. Its main aim is to promote the free practice of science in all of its manifestations, inspire the desire for knowledge and joy thereof, spread scientific findings amongst the public, and champion improvement in the levels of education and creative, rational and personally responsible social environment in the Czech Republic.

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