Conference: Academic culture is a key enabler of quality science

On 12 June 2024, the “Through Academic Culture to Scientific Excellence” conference in Prague concluded a project supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to improve academic culture in the Czech Republic. The event brought together personalities who are key to the development of a healthy academic environment in the Czech Republic. Maria Leptin, President of the European Research Council (ERC), visited the Czech Republic for the first time upon an invitation from Czexpats in Science. High profile representatives of the Czech scientific community, government and research institutions also addressed the event.

Excellent science needs trust and good interpersonal relationships

Prague, 13 June 2024 – On Wednesday 12 June, 80 prominent figures from the Czech and European scientific community gathered at the conference “Through academic culture to scientific excellence” organised by Czexpats in Science. The keynote speakers, led by Maria Leptin, President of the European Research Council (ERC), highlighted the crucial importance of healthy interpersonal relationships, trust, equal opportunities and research integrity in achieving scientific excellence. 

Gabriel Demo: Open discussion is to me the alpha and omega of a quality research team

Structural biologist Gabriel Demo has been studying the molecular mechanisms of biological processes using cryo-electron microscopy and other biochemical and biophysical methods at CEITEC Masaryk University for four years already. He has his own research group, he is a laureate of the prestigious Neuron award for promising scientists and a holder of a Czech ERC grant, which the Czech government uses to support research projects that have succeeded in the European Research Council’s evaluation with the best rating, but no longer receive funding from EU funds. His career as a scientist was significantly influenced by stays at foreign research institutes, especially his involvement in research at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School in Worcester, USA.

Czech-French Science Meetup

On Thursday, 25 April 2024, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Paris kindly hosted a meetup of Czech scientists working and living in France. The aim of the event was to get to meet and connect the local Czech scientific community, and to lay the foundation for future meetups in France.

Where is the geologist’s playground? Kim Senger revealed 

In the June edition of the #CzexpatsOnline series, Kim Senger talked about how we can decrease carbon dioxide emissions through storage underground. Kim is a geologist and geophysicist currently working as an Associate Professor at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Norway.

Young principal investigators, let’s meet!

Charles University in cooperation with the Czexpats in Science Initiative is launching the Young Principal Investigator Forum #YPIF – a platform for meeting and exchanging information among young leaders of research groups from all institutions in the Czech Republic.