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26. 01. 2023

Trilobite larvae played a vital role as a source of food for certain marine animals. Researchers discovered that the larvae served as an intermediary in the food chain for larger sea organisms that were unable to feed on plankton due to its size. The lead author of the study, published in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, is paleontologist Lukáš Laibl from the Institute of Geology of the CAS. Farid Saleh and Francesc Pérez-Peris from the University of Lausanne also collaborated on the research.

23. 01. 2023

Research results can unintentionally, often inadvertently, serve a purpose different to the one that gave rise to it. Below, David Honys from the Academy Council of the CAS explains what the influence operations of foreign powers in science can look like and why it’s prudent not to underestimate them.

12. 01. 2023

It’s called Blastocrithidia nonstop and it’s a parasite – unknown until now to the scientific community and very unique at the same time. Why is its discovery so extraordinary? Experts have discovered that this newly described protozoan exhibits a completely unpredictable and distinct deviation from the genetic code that is otherwise identical in the vast majority of organisms, including humans. The genetic mystery was cracked by Czech molecular biologists, primarily from the Institute of Microbiology of the CAS and the Institute of Parasitology of the Biology Centre of the CAS. The project was supported by the Czech Science Foundation and the study was published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.

10. 01. 2023

While the modernisation of the countryside has given us clean farm buildings equipped with the latest technology that increases the competitiveness of livestock production, it also has its negative aspects. It has resulted in there being dramatically less space for nesting birds such as the swallow, the martin, and the little owl. Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the CAS have issued a warning and are proposing measures to help the birds. The results of their study were published in the Journal of Applied Ecology in 2022.

06. 01. 2023

He has helped Czech researchers develop innovative methodological approaches as well as ecosystem experiments. For this and many other contributions to science, Austrian bioclimatologist and IPCC member Professor Christian Körner has received the Gregor Johann Mendel Honorary Medal for Merit in the Biological Sciences. On behalf of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the medal was awarded by CAS Vice President Zdeněk Havlas and Michal Marek, the director of the Global Change Research Institute of the CAS.

02. 01. 2023

Greenhouse gases are an unwanted byproduct of industrial activity, resulting in global warming. But what if they could be effectively captured and actually utilised? Research by an enthusiastic young scientist, Eva Krupičková Pluhařová from the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, is contributing to the development of a catalyst for converting carbon dioxide into useful substances. An interview with her was published in the CAS magazine AΩ / Věda pro každého and can be read in English below.

20. 12. 2022

Energy prices have been afflicting Europe throughout the year, and the unprecedented situation has also affected the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS). In the November issue of our Academic bulletin e-magazine, directors of the CAS institutes detail how they have been coping with the energy crisis.

14. 12. 2022

In the light of the energy crisis, planning the 2023 budget of the Czech Academy of Sciences proved to be a challenge. The 60th session of the Academy Assembly of the CAS tackled issues related to science and research funding when energy costs are currently on the rise. The Assembly took place at the National House Vinohrady in Prague on 13 December 2022.

08. 12. 2022

The empirical data of a team of Czech researchers shows that a large part of the public has misconceptions about doctors' views on COVID-19 vaccination. Although the vast majority of physicians trust and support the vaccines, there is a common belief among the public that doctors' opinions are split roughly 50–50. Informing the public of the broad consensus of the doctors' opinions has persistently increased vaccination rates and has played an important role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The research findings were published by one of the world's most prestigious scientific journals, Nature.

02. 12. 2022

Science is not just about lab coats, long equations, complex graphs, and detailed studies. It can also give rise to unique moments and unsuspected beauty. The Czech Academy of Sciences employees captured the aesthetics of science in their photos and videos as part of the in-house Photogenic Science contest. The winning entries are now on display at the CAS headquarters on Národní Street in Prague, where visitors can behold the captivating world of research at the Věda fotogenická (Photogenic Science) exhibition.

The Czech Academy of Sciences (the CAS)

The mission of the CAS

The primary mission of the CAS is to conduct research in a broad spectrum of natural, technical and social sciences as well as humanities. This research aims to advance progress of scientific knowledge at the international level, considering, however, the specific needs of the Czech society and the national culture.

President of the CAS

Prof. Eva Zažímalová has started her second term of office in May 2021. She is a respected scientist, and a Professor of Plant Anatomy and Physiology.

She is also a part of GCSA of the EU.