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Science Around Us

The book series of the Academia publishing house Science Around Us is focused on science, history of science, and the most recent scientific findings popularization texts accessible to high-school students, pedagogues, and general public. The aim of the series is to address in a nutshell the individual faces of science and research but also to present the activities of the research institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech republic.

EUSJA Study Trip 2013 at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals

On Friday, March 15, 2013, a group of journalists associated in the European Science Journalists Association EUSJA visited our institute. Their visit was organized during the annual EUSJA General Assembly as a Study Trip to a scientific institution.

This year, Marina Hužvárová, the Czech EUSJA representative and Editor-in-Chief of the Academic bulletin, helped organize the EUSJA General Assembly in Prague. Member journalists thus had a possibility of a one-day visit to four institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AS CR) located in the Prague suburb Lysolaje. In the morning they were welcomed at the Institute of Geology (GLI) by the President of the Academy of Sciences Jiří Drahoš and the GLI director Pavel Bosák, after which the group visited the institute and the Laboratory of Optical Fibers of the Institute of Photonics and Electronics. After lunch, the visit continued at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals and Institute of Experimental Botany of the AS CR.

International Year of Chemisty: Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time Networking Breakfast

The event hosted by Dr. Magdalena Bendová of the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic included a pannel discussion in which biochemist Prof. Jitka Ulrichová, Vice Rector for Scientific Affairs and Research, Palacky University, Olomouc, organic chemist and biochemist Prof. Jitka Moravcová, Vice Dean for Education, Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, expert in fermentation chemistry Prof. Gabriela Basařová of the Department of Fermentation Chemistry and Bioengineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, author of book “Czech Beer”, organic and theoretical chemist Dr. Jana Roithová of the Department of Organic and Nuclear Chemistry,Charles University, Prague, and theoretical chemist Dr. Dana Nachtigallová of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic took part. Invited panellists shared their views on science in general and chemistry in particular, and on the role of women in science in a lively discussion. The event turned out a warm and enjoyable meeting for both the participants and public.  

Eduard Hála

Thermodynamics is a funny subject. The first time you go through it, you don't understand it at all. The second time you go through it, you think you understand it, except for one or two small points. The third time you go through it, you know you don't understand it, but by that time you are so used to it, it doesn't bother you anymore.

Arnold Sommerfeld

This quote by the German phycisist Arnold Sommerfeld certainly did not hold for Prof. Eduard Hala, who not only helped shape the scientific directions of the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, but more importantly was one of the world best known thermodynamicists.

Recordings of E. Hála Lectures

15th E. Hála lecture, November 4, 2013

Christopher Hardacre (Queen's University School of Chemistry, Belfast, UK):   Ionic Liquids - from Structure to Application

Zdeněk Wagner authors a theatre play "Taming the Evil Acid"

On Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 10:00 a play by Zdeněk Wagner entitled Taming the Evil Acid was premiered at Slezskoostravský hrad in Ostrava. A fairy tale that tells the story on how sulphuric acid escaped by inadvertency from a lab, devoured all it could find, and how it was finally caught and made useful, was staged by amateur actors from the Ostrava University for the Chemistry at the Castle event.

ICPF Media Coverage

March/April 2014 Unveiling the Mysteries of Ionic Liquids in Prague, Chemistry International (15th Hála Lecture and workshop Focus on Task-Specific Ionic Liquids)

Institute of chemical process fundamentals at chemistry fun fairs

This year's chemistry fun fairs organized as International Year of Chemistry 2011 events are history. The Institute of chemical process fundamentals participated in the chemistry fun fair on June 6, 2011 in Příbram and on June 23, 2011 in Prague.

Whereas in Příbram we presented experiments on how to change white carnations into couloured ones or how to determine the acidity of a sample using a red cabbage brew, our stand in Prague offered a larger choice of demonstrations. For instance experiments using a microwave oven or a quiz testing the olfactory capabilities of the visitors. The bravest then could provide saliva for a DNA sample. Have a look at our photogallery.

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