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17. 12. 2020

The Czech Academy of Sciences, the largest research performing organization in the Czech Republic’s research, development and innovation system, welcomes that the political agreement on the EU 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework has been reached, making it possible to commence the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon Europe from January 2021 as planned.

02. 12. 2020

Methanol is a colorless liquid with a distinctive alcoholic odor. The scientists from the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS have now created and described a new way to produce it cheaply. For their discovery, they received the Czech Intellect award in the Invention category. If methanol can be produced economically, it could partially replace existing engine fuels.

22. 10. 2020


Due to the current hygienic and epidemic situation pertaining to the occurrence of the new type of coronavirus and due to active medical prevention, with consent of the administration of the CAS,
the building of the Academy of Sciences
at Národní 1009/3 is closed both for professional and general public,
including the premises of the Science and Art gallery and Gastronomic Services Národní, with effect from 22 October 2020 until further notice.

At the same time, all events for public, lectures, and conferences are cancelled.

Attendees of business meetings and work courses shall report at the reception where they will be informed about the rules regarding the entry into the building.

Ing. Tomáš Wencel, MBA
director of the Centre of Administration and Operations of the CAS

19. 10. 2020

Nuclear genome size, corresponding to the total length of DNA molecules in cell nuclei, varies more than 2,000-fold between different plant species. The genome size is not proportional to the number of genes, complexity, or size of the plant species. For example, the genome of the oak tree is surprisingly 65-fold smaller than the genome of some herbs like Paris quadrifolia (Figure). This herb carries 58.8 billion DNA base pairs in its nuclei, making its giant genome 20-fold larger than that of humans. 

22. 09. 2020

The Czech Academy of Sciences, the largest research-performing institution in the Czech Republic, highly appreciates the intention of the European Commission to redesign and invigorate the European Research Area. Hereby, we would like to contribute to the ongoing debate on the future of research and innovation in the EU. Our position can be summarized into five crucial points that ought to be considered when conceptualizing the future shape of the ERA.

05. 06. 2020

What does it mean to be a metal and how is a metal formed? These seem like textbook questions with a simple answer: Metal is characterized by free electrons which give rise to its high electric conductivity. But how exactly is a metallic conduction band formed from originally localized electrons and what is the corresponding microscopic picture for the material involved? In collaboration involving scientists from the Czech Republic, USA, and Germany, the research team of Pavel Jungwirth from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague) has succeeded in mapping at the molecular level the electrolyte-to-metal transition in alkali metal – liquid ammonia solutions using a combination of photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and electronic structure calculations. The results of their research were recently published as a Research Article in Science, one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world, which also selected the study for cover image.

19. 05. 2020

Scientists from several institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) assist with testing samples for the new type of coronavirus causing the Covid-19 disease, they develop new diagnosing methods and analyse materials for the production of protective masks and respirators. All the news related to the assistance of the CAS in the struggle against the contagion can be found at social media under the hashtag #Veda_proti_covidu (science against covid) and outlined in the following article. The survey is regularly brought up to date and its items are sorted from the most recent to the oldest ones.

18. 05. 2020

Exploration of Mars has revealed the presence of large outflow channels which have been interpreted as the products of catastrophic flood events during which a large quantity of water was released from the subsurface. The rapid burial of water-rich sediments following such flooding may have promoted an ideal setting to trigger sedimentary volcanism, in which mixtures of rock fragments and water erupt to the surface in the form of mud. The study of the international team led by Petr Brož from the Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences has been published in Nature Geoscience.

08. 04. 2020

A technology developed by a team of researchers, led by Hana Lísalová from the Department of Optical and Biophysical Systems of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, should enable to detect SARS-COV-2 virus particles directly - in contrast to the demanding detection of antibodies in patients' bodies.

07. 04. 2020

The overlooked marine single-celled protists, which have a major impact on life on the planet, has now received greater scientific attention. One hundred and thirteen scientists from 53 laboratories from 14 countries around the world have united forces to develop genetic methods to investigate these microscopic organisms, taking ocean research a step further. This extensive study was coordinated by molecular biologists Drahomíra Faktorová and Julius Lukeš from the Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre (BC), Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), and it was published on 6th April, 2020 in Nature Methods. The study was funded primarily by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, EMS Program of the Marine Microbiology Initiative.