A new student project at the Institute of Information and Library Studies of Faculty of Arts tries to show that reading is sexy, cool and trendy. Guerrilla Readers comprises seven students. Six women and one man will try to bring young people back to reading. They would like to do this by so-called guerrilla marketing – in unusual, suprising and amusing way.
Integration of environmental information from the whole of Europe – this was the motto of a conference called Towards eEnvironment, held in Prague in March 2009 by Masaryk University. Almost four hundred specialists from all over the world discussed a shared information system, which will support not only progressive changes in the field of environmental information but will also develop effective communication within the European Community.
Masaryk University and Brno University of Technology have agreed on the next step in the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) project. The main aim of the project is to create excellent conditions for the development of biotechnology, biomedicine, advanced materials and technology. The general agreement – signed by the Rectors of both universities on 3 March 2009 – makes Masaryk University the main recipient of a grant and establishes equal partnership between Masaryk University and Brno University of Technology in project preparation.
A new permanent exhibition devoted to the world-famous "father of genetics" Gregor Johann Mendel, was opened by the Mendel Museum of Masaryk University in the middle of February 2009 in the grounds of the Abbey of the Order of St. Augustine in Brno, where Mendel - scientist and monk - made his epoch-making discoveries. This modern exhibition intends in particular to attract children and young people to Mendel's legacy.
Procedures, systems and technologies to improve early warning against natural disasters and crisis management in the course of disasters – these were the main topics of a symposium held in Prague in January 2009. The scientists present decided on a "Prague Declaration", which summarized conclusions on how better to collect, coordinate, connect and evaluate data from terrestrial, overhead and space stations and how to use these data in the efficient protection of populations against natural disasters.
A report about Brno, its people and Czech language through German eyes From August to October stayed for the second time german students in Brno. They came here with the Kafka Programme of the german Hertie foundation to do a traineeship in several institutions. Two of them worked at the Masaryk University in the Office of International Studies and in the Office for Marketing and Public Relation of the Rectorate. I was one of these two students got to know the PR-work of the university.
Nearly 300 representatives of universities from over 30 European countries have gathered in Brno, Southern Moravia, which was selected to host the autumn conference of the European University Association. Conferences of the EUA, which is the representative body of European universities and national rectors conferences, generally take place twice a year; for the first time in EUA’s history, it is being held in the Czech Republic.
On Wednesday, 14th December 2005, the Czech Government will be deciding about the future of the project of the International Clinical Research Center, which should be built during the subsequent four years in the city of Brno. On this occasion, the rectors of the three Brno universities - Masaryk University in Brno, Brno University of Technology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno - have issued a declaration, in which they express their support and the pledge of the universal collaboration.
On 21-24 September, in co-operation with Brno University of Technology, City of Brno, Brno Centre for European Studies and Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists, Masaryk University in Brno was organizing the international symposium in honour of the outstanding theoretical physicist George Placzek, who was born on 26 September 1905 in Brno and died on 9 October 1955 in Zurich. George Placzek belongs among the most important physicists of the 20th century, setting an example not only through his discoveries, but also by the extraordinary stimulating style of his scientific work. Details dealing with life and scientific work of George Placzek as well as with the symposium are available on the symposium website http://dumbell.physics.muni.cz/placzek. In the international symposium was participating also a nephew of George Placzek Mr. F. Anthony Placzek, businessman living in California, who we asked to answer our questions.