Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague

Consortium name  
Czech Consortium
Institution (Original name) 
Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy v Praze
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Albertov 6
Postal code 
128 43
City 
Praha 2
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Czech Republic
Phone 

(+420) 22 19 51 123

TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
University
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
No
If yes, please specify  
We (Faculty of Science) are part of larger entity (University), but legal body is Faculty.
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Member since 
4 May 2016
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Patrik Mráz, Ph.D., Phone: (+420) 22 19 51 642, Mail: mrazpat@natur.cuni.cz

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Prof. RNDr. Bohuslav Gaš, Phone: (+420) 22 19 51 123, Mail: dekan@natur.cuni.cz

Organigram 

Organisational structure of the Faculty is described here: https://www.natur.cuni.cz/eng/about-the-faculty/organizational-structure

Governing and executive bodies 

The governing and executive bodies of the Faculty are as follows: Dean and advisory board of dean (composed of vice-deans and head of Academic Senat), Research Council of the Faculty and Academic Senat of the Faculty.

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff50
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections44
c) Post-docs / PhD students35
d) Others (Associates, etc.)00
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)894
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions
f) Collection Managers / technicians
g) Others
TOTAL (e+f+g)
Total permanent staff 
89
Total non-permanent staff 
4
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
93
Male (%) 
65
Female (%) 
35
Any other information concerning the staff 

The number of scientific staff is only the estimation of the staff of the Faculty from three Departments (Botany, Zoology, Geology and Paleontology) who is related either to the collections and to the taxonomy / systematics research in these three departments. Not all of the staff are hired at 100%. For instance, though we have 4 persons in the herbarium collections, they are hired not at 400% but 275% only. We have also non-permanent staff for herbarium - four associates. In total, there are hired at 100% not at 400%.

R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
10
List of laboratories 

1. Fully equipped microscopy (light, fluorescent, SEM, TEM) laboratories 2. Fully equipped molecular laboratories allowing also the Next Generation Sequencing techniques. 3. Chemical laboratories (analyses of soil, rocks, element analyses) 4. Flow cytometric laboratory (measurements of ploidy levels, genome size, cell cycle)

List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

They are linked to the principal laboratories listed above

Other scientific / R&D facilities 

Equipment for aseptic cultivation and storage of algae and fungi

Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
3
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Geopark
Name 
Museum of Earth History
Name 
Mineralogical museum
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Department of Botany
Summary of your Research programme 

The research is focused on taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny, evolution and ecology of selected groups of vascular (with special attention on polyploid complexes e.g. Alyssum, Arabidopsis, Cardamine, Galium, Hieracium, Oxalis and family Zingiberaceae) and non-vascular plants and fungi; algae (green microalgae, chrysomonades and diatoms), bryophytes (Hepaticae), lichenes and economically, ecologically and medically important groups of Ascomycetes.

Research Field 
Department of Zoology
Summary of your Research programme 

The reserach is focused on world-wide phylogeny and evolution (based on extant as well as fossil taxa) of selected groups of invertebrates - Hymenoptera (particularly of bees – Apoidea (evolution of cleptoparasitic behavior) and parasitic wasps of superfamily Chalcidoidea (evolution of parasitism)), Coleoptera (particularly of Scarabaeoidea, Hydrophiloidea), bed bug (Cimex spp. – Heteroptera), Pseudoscopionida and anaerobic protoists, as well as vertebrates - fish (Cichlididae) and bats (Chiroptera). We also study phylogeography and taxonomy of selected species in a specific regions (Mediterranean region – phylogeography of Mantis religiosa (Mantodea), Lethrus spp., Oxythyrea spp., Protaetia spp. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) and Helix spp. (Gastropoda); Zealandia region – phylogeography of water and leaf-litter Hydrophiloidea) as well as world-wide taxonomy of various insect groups (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea, Scarabaeoidea; Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea, especially Mymaridae and Torymidae, Apoidea and Heteroptera).

Research Field 
Institute of Geology and Palaentology
Summary of your Research programme 

The research of the palaeontological (palaeozological and palaeobotanical) division is focused on taxonomy, phylogeny, comparative anatomy and osteology, palaeoecology of various taxonomic groups (vascular plants, sponges, graptolites, cephalophodes, vertebrates).

Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
300
Digital copy of the latest annual report 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology200000
1.2Mineralogy24000
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany15000222000002
2.2Mycology3504050100100
Total specimens (all collections) 
2,448,050
Outstanding collection features 

The herbarium of the Charles University in Prague (PRC) belongs to the 25-30 oldest herbaria in the world and houses ca 15,000 (the lowest estimate) primary type specimens. It encompasses the collections of worldwide importance of C.B. Presl (ferns worldwide, and important collections of angiosperms from Americas, Philippines and Sicily), I.F. Tausch and F.W. Sieber. The PRC is one of the most important collections of vascular plants for the Balkans (the collections of G. Beck, F.A. Novák, J. Rohlena, and J. Velenovský). There is also a large type collection of fungi described by J. Velenovský and worldwide important liwerworth collection of J. Váňa. The Geosmithia fungi culture collection (CFF) is the third biggest in the world. Off ca 250 strains of culture collection of algae (CUAP) ca 40% represent the type strains.

Our Seed and Fruit collection has 20,000 individual specimens that have 90 percent recorded cards in our database. 

Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 

No

Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

Old books (the first half of the 19th century, ca 100), art works (drawings of plants related to the type material of K.B. Presl intergrated into the herbarium (unknown #), paintings of fungi by G. Beck (some tens), teaching tables (ca 300).

Size and importance of living collections 

For culture collections see above.

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of DNA samples 
3 000
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
No
DNA or seed sample exchange 

The exchange is based on individual initiative.

COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
5 (PRC), 20 (CHMZ)
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
ca. 5000 (PRC+CHMZ)
Number of scientific visitors per year 
100
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Taxonomic expertise is related to the research projects conducted at the Faculty. See research section.
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 
Logo 
Printed news 

přírodovědci.cz (printed and e-version of the magazine issued 4x per focused on secondary school students (14-19 years))

e-Journal 

Přírodovědecký newsletter (internal informations of the faculty) http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d6f50378334bc494c8924e5aa&id=70ed0ebed9

Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Patrik Mráz, +420 221951642, mrazpat@natur.cuni.cz

Visitors
Last year:  
500
Trends (past and future) 

The Chlupáč’s Museum of Earth History: ~ 500 per year, more or less stable

Website visitors
Last year  
1 200
If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

Our institution is University – principally educational isntitution

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

No

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

As our institution is the University. There is the Study department.

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Systematic research, phylogeny, DNA barcoding

Collections, digitization

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Collections, digitizatio

Systematic research, DNA barcoding

WHICH NETWORKS OR ORGANISATIONS SHOULD CETAF BE A MEMBER OF? 

GBIF, EOL, COL, BHL

Last update 
11.23.16