Introductory word

Dear colleagues, dear students,

welcome to the beginning of a new academic year 2020/2021. I would especially like to welcome our first-year students. In the past semester, we encountered an unexpected situation that we had to deal with in a very short time. The coronavirus epidemic significantly affected not only our faculty but also the entire University. The transition to online study meant more tolerance from both, teachers as well as students. It also meant more work for teachers and a more responsible approach of students to their own education.

The current measures are not as tough as in the spring, but we expect them to become stricter again. After previous experience, we are ready for the online teaching regime, but as long as we can, we will teach in present form of study. Students will have access to new classrooms in the reconstructed building 47 in the Holice campus, and we are also preparing a new audiovisual classroom for online teaching in the main building of the Faculty of Science.

On behalf of the management of the Faculty of Science, I would like to assure you that we approach the current situation with great responsibility and I firmly believe that we will be able to handle it well.

Martin Kubala

Science and Research

IV. call of the Proof of Concept program
The Ministry of Industry and Trade announced the IV. call of the Proof of Concept program within the implementation of the Operational Program Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness 2014-2020 (OP EIC). The allocation is set at CZK 200 million. Applications will be accepted from June 30 to October 30, 2020. The contact person for submitting proposals is Silvie Šavrňáková, an employee of the Department of Science and Research ( More information here.

Revision of Directive of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic No. 7 - Project change management
The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR) informs the beneficiary that with effect from August 24, 2020, Directive of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic No. 7 - Project Change Management was revised.

The revision of the directive brings, for example, the following significant changes:

  • The change in the amount of a budget item within the calendar year for all versions of the General Conditions is now announced only in the Interim / Final Report.
  • The beneficiary is obliged to report a change in the name of the organization, the seat of the organization and the statutory body.
  • The original deadline (60 days before the end of the relevant calendar year) for the latest submission of any changes has been changed to October 31 of the relevant calendar year.
  • The obligation to report changes to the deadline is now only valid for the general conditions of versions 1 - 4.
  • Annex F-233 The Typology of Changes and the list of mandatory annexes have been revised, in which some changes have been moved to other change groups and some change groups have been eliminated.

If you have any questions, please contact the TACR Project Implementation Officer. You can find the contact details of your project referent on the project card in the ISTA system. More information here.

Announcement of the public tender TA ČR - ETA
The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) has announced the fifth public tender in the ETA Program for the Support of Applied Research in Social Science and Humanities, Experimental Development and Innovation.

The aim of this public tender is the selection of project proposals for applied research, experimental development and innovation supported from public funds of the TA CR in order to meet the objectives of the ETA Program.

The main goal of the program is to support the use of innovative potential of social sciences, humanities and arts as key players in addressing the social, economic, technological, cultural or globalization challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. More information on the public tender can be found here.

Send the confirmation of submission of the project proposal generated by the ISTA system no later than October 13, 2020 to: Prior to the submission of the project proposal, the consent of the Dean and the Faculty Secretary with the submission of the project is required. In case of any questions, please contact Ivana Saitzová, who will send the consent form, provide further information and secure the signatures on the application form. Sending a solemn declaration to the grant provider for UPOL will be ensured.

Honorable mention of the Rector to the authors of professional books 2020
The Rector will once again appreciate the authors of selected books in the fields of natural, medical and humanities, as well as in arts. Any employee of the university, including the author, can submit a proposal for honorable mention. The book must formally meet the criteria of "B" result according to the valid Methodology of evaluation of research organizations and evaluation of targeted support programs for research, development and innovation (methodology 17+). To be included in the competition, hand in the book in printed form and the cover sheet in electronic form Mgr. Silvia Šavrňáková, e-mail: at the Department of Science and Research until Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Popular scientific publication and textbooks will not be included in the competition.

Project contracts and amendments - records in CES
We would like to inform all employees of the Faculty of Science, who are Applicants of contracts for implemented projects within the UP, that all contracts and amendments with domestic or foreign organizations must be provided for administration at the UP R&D department. Keeping records of contracts at UP is binding and is regulated by Rector's Directive B3-17 / 5-SR. According to the directive, each submitter of the contract is obliged to submit information about the contract to the so-called key user, who enters the contract or amendment into the CES platform. Why is it important? Act No. 340/2015 Coll. regulates special conditions for the effectiveness of contracts and their publication. Through the Register of Contracts (RS) of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, for example, a contract on the provision of a subsidy is obligatorily published. According to the Act on the Register of Contracts, the deadline for sending the contract to the RS is a maximum of 30 days from the conclusion of the contract, i.e. from the latest date specified in the signature in the contract. Furthermore, if the contract or amendment is not published in the RS within three months from the date of the last signature, the contract or amendment loses its validity.

The key user responsible for registering project contracts and amendments at the Faculty of Science is Mgr. Silvie Šavrňáková. In case of questions and doubts whether to publish the contract or the amendment, do not hesitate to contact by e-mail or by phone 585 634 011. More at in the Administration section projects of the Department of Science and Research (R&D) PrF UP.

Call for proposals of candidates of GA CR Scientific Board members
The Prime Minister and Chairman of the RVVI Andrej Babiš has announced a call for proposals for 2 members of the GACR Scientific Board in the fields of inanimate sciences and humanities. Detailed information, including a form to fill out. Please submit proposals for candidates to the R&D employee of the Faculty of Science, Ivana Saitzová (, no later than October 1, 2020.

Announcement of the 4th public competition of TACR - Environment for Life program.
The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, has announced the fourth public tender to support applied research, experimental development and innovation in the field of the environment - Environment for Life, sub-program 3 - Long-term environmental and climatic perspectives.

This public tender is intended for research organizations, enterprises and organizational units of the state and their contributory organizations that are interested in participating in long-term cooperation in research on the basis of the assigned research topic No. 7 - Socioeconomic research of the environment. This competition is announced only for research topic No. 7 - Socio-economic research in environmental studies.

Detailed information at: Send the confirmation of the submission of the project proposal generated by the ISTA system no later than October 23, 2020 to Prior to the submission of the project proposal, the consent of the Dean and the Faculty Secretary with the submission of the project is required.

In case of any questions, please contact Ing. Ivana Saitzová, who will send the consent form, provide further information and secure the signatures on the application form. Sending a solemn declaration to the grant provider by UPOL will be ensured.

Dean´s Award for authors of prestigious scientific publications
The publication (set of publications) is submitted by the Head of the Department or Director of the Research Center by November 15, to the Science and Research Department to Silvie Šavrnáková, e-mail:

If more than one author is qualified for a given publication, it must be specified which one is proposed for the Dean's Award. Submitted publications must meet all of the following conditions:

  • scientific journal where the paper is published, in a given subject class, according to the Web of Science, is in the 90th percentile or above
  •  the proposed scientist is an employee of the Faculty of Science with workload of minimum 50 percent, and he / she presents the affiliation of the Faculty of Science as the main workplace
  • the main or corresponding author of a given publication must be an employee of the Faculty of Science of Palacky University Olomouc

The publication was published in 2020; papers published in 2019 can also be submitted if they were not entered in the competition in the previous year.

International and outer University Information

Government scholarships of the Swiss Confederation

We would like to draw your attention to the Scholarships of the Government of the Swiss Confederation. Every year it offers the Czech Republic:

2 scholarship places for doctoral or postdoctoral students in the categories:

  • PhD Scholarships for 12 months (with the possibility of extension to 36 months)
  • Research Fellowship for 12 months for doctoral students
  • Postdoctoral Scholarships for 12 months

The amount of the scholarship is CHF 1,920 per month for doctoral students and CHF 3,500 per month for postdoctoral students. Students who receive their bachelor's degree before July 31, 2021, but not more than three years before the start of the scholarship stay, may apply. The length of stay is 12 months with the possibility of extension to 21 months. The application deadline is November 16, 2020.

The formal requirements for scholarships, including a list of institutions where it is possible to complete a stay, are published on the website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (see Czech Republic). Applicants who meet the formal conditions for the award of a scholarship will receive, on the basis of their application (by e-mail to from the Academic Information Agency, documents for submitting an application in English.

Academic Senate

The upcoming meeting of the Academic Senate of the Faculty will take place on October 7, at 1 pm in the large boardroom of the Dean´s Office (6.014).

For students

Classes began on September 21 in standard mode in compliance with stricter hygiene measures. It can be assumed that central restrictions will be getting stricter. Current information on UP measures in connection with covid-19 can be found at

The obligation to wear masks in the interior of UP buildings will be extended to the teaching period from Friday, September 18. A mask or other respiratory protection will also have to be worn by students and teachers during lectures and seminars in classrooms and lecture halls. We ask you to respect these rules with regard to your colleagues and classmates. This obligation applies not only to classical university teaching, but also to the University of the Third Age.

Accommodation of foreign students in Olomouc with regard to current measures against covid-19.
You may find an overview of the rules and conditions of entry of foreigners into the Czech Republic during anti-coronavirus measures and information on the current situation on UP dormitories on this website.

Recharging credit to the canteen
Meal account can be recharged online on the web: Just log in, select Account Management, Payments, enter the required amount and details from the payment card (VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, etc.). Money will be credited to your account within seconds of confirmation from your bank.

Study plans for ac. year 2020/2021
Lists of lectures (study plans) for the academic year 2020/2021 are located on the faculty's website.

Enrollment of subjects in STAG
Enrollment of subjects in STAG for academic year 2020/2021 must be completed by September 28, 2020.

Applications for recognition of subjects
Applications for recognition of subjects, duly filled in and confirmed by the department, must be submitted to the study department no later than October 27, 2020.

Graduation ceremony of bachelor's and master's studies
We ask graduates who wish to participate in November graduations (in the period from 6 to 8 November 2020) to register by the end of September by e-mail to their study assistant. On this page during October you will also find the exact schedule of graduation ceremonies. Please note that (non)holding of graduations will be influenced by the current epidemiological situation.

Graduation ceremony of doctoral studies
The graduation ceremony of doctoral graduates will take place at the Faculty of Education on October 21, 2020. The time will be specified.

Study plan of a 1st year doctoral student
We ask students of the first years of doctoral study programs to submit their study plans and printed Assignment of the dissertation from STAG by September 30, 2020. The study plan must be signed by the student, the supervisor and the chairman of the subject committee. At the same time, we ask students to submit the topic of the dissertation into STAG and submit it together with the study plan to the study department.

English language courses for employees and PhD students
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Science, Palacky University offers English courses for the employees and PhD students of the Faculty of Science in the winter semester 2020/21. The complete list of courses is here.

CRYTUR in cooperation with the portal announces the 7th year of the competition for the best diploma thesis in material science. Competition conditions:

  • Diploma thesis focused on the study of materials (chemical and physical properties of materials, technology of processing and preparation of materials, application of materials in physical fields)
  • Study at a Czech or Slovak university
  • Date of defense from July 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020

Deadline for applications: September 30, 2020. More information can be found at

Faculty Operation

Changes in positions of Heads of departments
Department of Ecology and Environment - prof. Dr. Ing. Bořivoj Šarapatka, CSc.
Department of Physical Chemistry - doc. RNDr. Libor Kvítek, CSc.
Department of Analytical Chemistry - doc. RNDr. Petr Bednář, Ph.D.
Department of Edcuational preparation - Mgr. Vladimír Vaněk, Ph.D.

Other selection procedures have been held for heads of departments, where the original managers remain in office for the period from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2023 (the same period also applies for the above-mentioned new managers).

Department of Geoinformatics - prof. RNDr. Vít Voženílek, CSc.
Department of Cell Biology and Genetics -prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Dvořák, DrSc., Ph.D.
Department of Geology - prof. Mgr. Ondřej Bábek, Dr.
Fort Science - Mgr. Matěj Dostálek.

New brochures of the Faculty of Science
During the summer, the Department of External and Internal Relations published an offer of events and lectures at the Faculty of Science Discover Nature! 2020/2021. Here you can find its electronic form, you can request a printed brochure at

Annual Report
On this website you will find the Annual Report on the Activities of the Faculty of Science for 2019, which was approved by the Academic Senate of the Faculty of Science of UP at its meeting on 16 September.


Badatel (research) weekend seminar
The research weekend seminar of the Faculty of Science, as well as the Badatel (researcher) Summer School, will take place online. A list of lectures as well as the accompanying program with a competition and a chance to win attractive prizes will be published in the upcoming two weeks. The event is intended for high school students aged 15 and older. The Badatel weekend seminar will take place on October 23 - 25, 2020, with an informal video conference on Friday, October 23, 2020 in the afternoon. More at If you have any questions, please contact Ludmila Včelařová, e-mail:

Newton program
Talented high school students interested in science can expand their knowledge and enroll in the Newton program. It is included as an accredited study program within the Lifelong Learning at UP. Currently, 16 students are registered. Children (high school students) of Faculty staff can also apply. The student has a contact person at PřF UP who, in agreement with the student and the expert of the given field, will recommend suitable courses for completion. You can find more information at If you have any questions, please contact Jana Radová, e-mail:

UP Cash register at the Rector´s Office
Information on withdrawals in foreign currencies. The cash register can pay and return currency only in paper notes and coins of only 1 and 2 EUR, other coins are not accepted by the bank.

Researchers´ Night
Man and robot. This is the theme of this year's Researchers´ Night, which will commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Karel Čapek and 100 years since the publication of the book R.U.R. The popular popularization event, which opens the door of research institutes to the public, has been postponed to November 27, 2020 this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. This year the event will be supported by the European Commission via a prestigious Marie Curie Sklodowska grant. Thanks to this, we will be part of the map of events under European Researchers´ Night. More information at

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