Introductory word

Ivo Frébort, the Dean of the Faculty of Science awarded ten authors of prestigious scientific publications and two excellent teachers with the Dean´s Award on Wednesday afternoon. Building on last year´s success, scientists from RCPTM received the majority of the awards again.

 "I am delighted to see that we are capable of generating excellent publications at the Faculty.  Even though strict rules apply simply to qualify for the competition, we received more papers than we could actually reward. We tried to take into account individual disciplines and to maintain the ratio of surveys to full text articles containing original data," said Zdeněk Dvořák, the Vice-Dean for Science and Research. A total of 50 works were submitted to the competition.

The competition was open to authors of publications published in journals with impact factor, whose value is in top ten percent of magazines from the respective category according to the Web of Science database. However, the impact factor of the rewarded publications was in top five or even top two percent in the given category. The Dean´s award may be granted to Faculty employees only with at least 0,5 working time, who are the first or primary (corresponding) authors of the publication and have stated our Faculty as their main workplace in affiliations.

 "First of all I would like to thank the Dean and all members of the evaluating team. I perceive this as a sign that we most likely do a good job," said Štěpán Kment of the RCPTM, whose awarded work has been published in the Chemical Society Reviews. The publication is focused on photoelectrochemical water splitting and above all on use of titanium dioxide and iron oxide, two basic materials, which are considered the most perspective in the field. "The research has been conducted in cooperation with Patrik Schmuki, who is one of the most significant scientists in this field. Although the article was published recently, it has become the second most cited article in the issue," said Kment. A list of all the award winning authors is available here.

As in previous years, the Dean also awarded two excellent teachers, Jaroslav Burian from Department of Geoinformatics and Ivan Chajda from department of Algebra and Geometry.

"I see this reward as an appreciation of my lifelong work at the Faculty, it is very important for me. I did not expect it at all, it was such a pleasant surprise. I am very happy," said Chajda.

Science and Research

IGA University students´ grant competition
The Rector of Palacký University has announced the ninth annual grant competition to support projects of students of Master's and Doctoral study programs. The eligible candidates for project manager positions shall be academics or post gradual students of Palacký University. Each project manager is allowed to submit one project proposal only. It is not possible to apply for investment funds within this call. The minimum financial limit for a project is CZK 250,000, money may be drawn in 2018 only.
Project proposals shall be submitted electronically via OBD database by January 15 at 5:00 p.m. For further information please contact Jaroslav Skácel, e-mail:

For Students

Department of Study reminds students who wish to take their state final exam or defend their final thesis in January or February of the obligation to conclude their studies at least three weeks before the date of their state final examination or the defense. You may register to the certain date via STAG.

Doctoral study
We kindly request students of Doctoral study programs who wish to make any major changes regarding their studies (discontinuing their studies, changing a supervisor or a form of study) to first register their application at the Faculty registry and keep a copy of the document.
Students who wish to terminate their studies at their own request shall do so by the 25th day of the month due to scholarship payment administration procedure deadline.

Crytur Prize for the best Master thesis
CRYTUR, Ltd. in cooperation with have announced a competition for the best Master thesis in Material Science which has been registered for defense from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The deadline for submitting applications is May 15. Authors and supervisors of the best thesis will be rewarded financially. Thesis may be written in Czech, Slovak or English. For more information please contact Mrs. Tereza Prevužňáková,

Opening hours of Department of Study during Christmas
We would like to inform you that Department of Study will be closed from December 22 to January 1.

International and outer University Information

French PhD scholarships and internships in 2018
The French Embassy in the Czech Republic offers  a co-supervised PhD thesis (“cotutelle“) with a French university or an internships for a period of one to three months in French research laboratories to students of the Doctoral study programs. Applications shall be submitted by March 16. For further information please contact Julie Hallac at

Academic Senate

The forthcoming meeting of the Faculty Academic Senate will be held on December 13 at 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the Dean´s Office on the sixth floor of the Faculty. Senators will elect the Dean of the Faculty of Science.

Faculty Operation

Operation of HR and Payroll Department at the end of the year
Due to a hectic period connected to the end of the year we kindly request our employees to continuously pass the following documents onto the HR and Payroll Departments of the Faculty:
HR Department (Mrs. Pokorná, Mrs. Vašková)

  • requests for extension of employment contracts ending this year
  • new agreements to perform a job, new agreements to perform a work

Payroll Department (Mrs. Pěčková, Mrs. Kristková)

  • attendance records, notice of absence, sick notes, evidence of support if caring for family members in December
  • proposals for exceptional remuneration payment
  • proposals for one-off adjustments of personal evaluations
  • requirements for food vouchers and UniCheques
  • accounting of Agreements to perform a job and Agreements to perform work for December

All the documents mentioned above shall be submitted by Wednesday, December 13, 12:00 a.m.

Any changes in attendance due to illness of an employee or family member care after the deadline shall be reported as soon as possible, however by January 2 the latest. Attendance records shall be printed after final check and closure of attendance by the payroll office on Wednesday, January 3.

Requirements for assessment of project wage costs shall be sent to both accountants,
Mrs. Pěčková and Mrs. Kristková at the same time; all requests will be processed and returned back to the further adjustments by December 19. Any adjustments will be possible by December 20, 12:00 a.m.

As of January 10 the Faculty payroll department will invite all employees via email to come to the department and sign their tax declaration in pre-scheduled date and time. Since the Financial Authority accepts tax returns in Czech language only, the payroll department has prepared English translation of the forms for basic orientation of our international staff. However, we kindly request their Czech colleagues to accompany them and help with translation.


HR and Payroll Departments will be closed from December 23 to January 1.
If you do not need a personal consultation on the matter, please submit documents via internal mail (mailbox no.6 opposite the Faculty registry). It will provide an extra time for processing payroll data.


Operation of Economic Department at the end of the year
Billing of advances as well as final invoices shall be continuously passed on to the Economic Department by December 15

All operations at the Faculty cash desk including travel accounts and payment receipts shall be settled by December 15.

Original tax documents / invoices shall be delivered regularly and as soon as possible, or by December 15. After the deadline we cannot guarantee their accounting in calendar year 2017.


Operation of the Faculty registries at the end of the year
Opening hours of the Faculty registries:

December 15
from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
December 19
from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The outgoing mail will be collected from the Faculty mailbox at 11:00 a.m. at the latest.

December 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The outgoing mail will be collected from the Faculty mailbox at 10:00 a.m. at the latest. Mail delivered after the deadline will be posted on January 2.

The Faculty registries will be closed from December 23 to January 1.


Faculty operation at the end of the year
All Faculty buildings will be closed
from December 23 to January 1.
The main faculty building at Envelopa will be opened for employees only on December 27 -  29 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Surveillance of closed buildings and premises of the Faculty will be provided by external security service. Any technical failure/malfunction shall be reported to security which will inform emergency service of Department of Technical Support.


The Dean of the Faculty of Science grants a day off to the employees and academic staff of the Faculty on December 27 based on Dean´s provision PřF-B-17/01.


PosPos gathering
The Dean of the Faculty invites all University staff, Ph.D. students and seniors of the Faculty to the winter Pospos gathering once again. It will be held at the Faculty of Science foyer at 17. listopadu street on Tuesday, December 19 at 12:00 a.m. Come to forget the pre-Christmas hustle for a while, meet your colleagues and enjoy refreshments and live music.

The Faculty Board Games Club DoUPě Olomouc is looking for new members! We meet in classroom no. 1034 on the ground floor of the Envelopa Faculty building every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. There are about 200 games available on the spot. If you do not find your favourite one, you may either  bring it with you next time or ask your new teammates to check their home supplies. For up-to-date information please visit the club's Facebook or contact us on:

The next Newsletter will be released on December 22, 2017

New Internal Rules

As of December 1, 2017 the following provisions of UP came into effect:
R-B-17/07 - Standards for institutional accreditation and standards of study programs at UP
R-B-17/08 - Thesis topic specification, terms of submitting and data recording of the Bachelor, Master, Doctoral thesis and rigorous work and the way of their publishing 

As of December 7, 2017 the following provision of UP came into effect:
K-B-17/09 - Organizational system for payout of salaries and scholarships in 2017 at UP


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