Today we commemorate Africa Day, an annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity on 25 May 1963. Currently, more than 150 African students are studying at our faculty in bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral programs, they are mainly from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Zambia, Rwanda, Senegal and other countries.
The Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) organizes an annual student scientific conference for students from ELLS universities. The main theme of this year is The Power of Science - Many Perspectives on our World.
One year ago, I was offered an internship at the National Coffee Research Centre of Colombia (Cenicafé). Cenicafé has bred new coffee varieties resistant to diseases, so it seemed relevant to calculate these thermal and physical properties because the country is rapidly changing and renewing the coffee crops towards disease-resistant types.
On April 28, 2023, FTA together with the Czech Evaluation Society organized a competition for students of bachelor's and master's programs in relevant fields related to the project cycle and evaluation.
The Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences hosted the Agrinatura General Assembly 2023 and scientific conference held from 10th May to 12th May. The General Assembly and international conference have proved to be a platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration in agriculture for development. The Agrinatura General Assembly and conference brought together experts and professionals from different parts of the world to share ideas, experiences, and insights on various aspects of agriculture.
Almost 90 participants from 30 international institutions took part in these events and were actively engaged in the presentations, discussions, and networking sessions. Their presence made a significant impact on the quality of the event and helped create a platform for exchange and collaboration among attendees.
We would like to express gratitude to the esteemed speakers and presenters who shared their invaluable expertise and experiences during the conference.
The key topics discussed during the conference were:
The programme of the conference is available here: Agrinatura 2nd Conference 2023 | Agrinatura (agrinatura-eu.eu)
Let us invite you to the last CINeZ seminar in this academic year. The talk entitled "Long-term, enzootic persistence and cross-species transmission of canine distemper virus in Arctic wildlife in North America" will be given by Dr. Nicole Nova from the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. The seminar will take place exceptionally on Tuesday, June 13th, from 15:00 CEST in room 401 at FTZ.
You can also join the seminar at MS Teams via this link.
All important information, including a flyer propagating the seminar, the abstract, and Nicole´s CV, are attached.
Please feel free to spread the information about the seminar to all your colleagues who could be interested in it.
Dear colleagues, We would like to invite you to participate in the conference we are organizing in cooperation with the international association Agrinatura.
Global Research Collaboration: Harnessing Innovation for Food Systems Transition
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic, 11 May 2023
As part of CZU's involvement in the centralized development program University Leaders in SDG (CRP UNILEAD) and the International Biodiversity Day (May 22), we decided to organize guided walks for the biodiversity in the CZU campus. Our experts will guide you through the walks.
We would like to warmly invite you to the Invited lectures by Ana Mandic and Adriajana Filipovic, which will take place today, 27.4.2023 in room 127 from 10:30.
Prof. Lesia Karpuk is a Professor at Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University (Ukraine). Nataliia Dyman is a Master of Ecology, a junior lecturer at the Department of language training for foreign students at Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University
THURSDAY, 11 MAY 2023 CZECH UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. We would like to invite you to participate at the 2nd Agrinatura Conference dur ing this year General Assembly at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic.
Our newly launched online MSc degree programme offers students from all over the world the opportunity to specialise in Tropical Agroecology!
The newly launched Horizon EU project AGRIGEP contributes to creating equal opportunities for all through responsive Gender Equality Plans & Inclusive Action at Agriculture and Life Science Universities.
Tropentag 2023, hybrid conference (Berlin and online); September 20-22, 2023; 'Competing pathways for equitable food systems transformation: trade-offs and synergies.'
On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, the new informal advisory body of the Minister of Science, Helena Langšádlová, consisting of young talented scientists, innovators, met for the first time. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hynek Roubík was invited to join this Advisory board as well.
Aleš Buček is a new project leader at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences. He is starting his Evolutionary Entomology research team in the Department of Sustainable Technologies with a 5-year funding from the highly competitive JUNIOR STAR GAČR fund. He is now recruiting two highly motivated PhD students and one Postdoc to work on research of evolutionary trends and trajectories in insects that convergently adapt to same environment selection pressures. Visit Aleš's web for more info on the position and his research.
Group leader of BRT Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hynek Roubík has been selected and rewarded by the Dean Prof. Patrick Van Damme and the members of Dean´s College for his contribution, both scientific and in terms of popularization of science.
The ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war is the most powerful and largest conflict in Europe since World War II. Since the beginning of the war, significant damage has been caused to the infrastructure of settlements, the agro-industrial complex, the state of the natural environment of Ukraine, etc. Natural objects suffer from explosions, fires, atypical emissions, loads, changing landscapes. The situation with waste in Ukraine was difficult even before the war, as a large volume of waste was not only in landfills but also in unauthorized areas. The problem remains in sorting and processing. This presentation shows the state of environment in Ukraine and problems of waste during the war time.
The international pre-incubation programme "Green HExagon" is open for applications. Apply till February 15th by following this link: https://greenhexagon.eu/apply/
Study the first year at the home university and the second year at the host university abroad. Live an experience abroad and study in a cosmopolitan and multicultural environment. Do you like it? You can find more information at www.agritropics.eu
Dear students, colleagues, alumni, and FTA friends, Welcome to the sixth issue of Tropical News.
Our newsletter will give you a brief insight into the latest activities and international cooperation at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
This newsletter is distributed twice a year and we would like to inform all our current and future partners of the news from our faculty to create new opportunities for cooperation.
We will be happy to get you involved in FTA activities, so feel free to get in touch with us!
Thank you for your continued support!
You can find the Newsletter in the attached file below and previous Newsletters here.
DECEMBER 15TH at 11 am (CET). Discover our world-class Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Global Forestry in a dedicated worldwide event!
Any employee of FTA is eligible to be nominated for the award. Journal articles (popular articles, articles series), proceedings articles, books, book chapters, and monographs, pieces of art, patents, methodologies, organization of the seminar, conference or public events et cetera … copyrighted (organized) in last three years are eligible for the award. Nominations for the award may be made by anyone, including the author(s), but they may not be made anonymously and must include the signature of the nominee (author).
on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022, at 11:00 AM, in room NFTZ 401. Topics: „Smallholder farmer's adoption of digital extension services“ and “The dual purposes of using of the Black Soldier Fly larvae as organic waste treatment and animal feeds: A Case Study in VietNam“
What's going on elsewhere while the FTA is having an open day? For example, there is a conference in Mostar, which is organised by FTA together with colleagues from the universities in Mostar: Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar and University of Mostar.
Dear colleagues, Let us invite you to the ONLINE seminar in English entitled Building institutional capacities for gender equality plan at CZU.
The seminar is recommended for Scientific and HR managers (high/medium level), study and degree supervisors, communication officers, labour unions and students’ representatives.
The details are provided below and EDUportal.
Here is the link for ONLINE participation - https://sciencespo.zoom.us/j/5507644258
Feel free to share the invitation with your colleagues.
The first event was an Online “Multicultural Environment and Study in the Czech Republic”, in which Student Ambassadors shared their experiences with studying at the FTA and living in a multicultural environment. The program also included an opening speech by the vice-dean Dr. Jana Mazancová, a presentation of the Study Administration Office and the Counseling Center for Integration.
Dear colleagues, Let us invite you to in-person seminars in English jointly entitled Gender Dimension in Horizon Europe. There are two parts of the seminar which can be taken separately, however, for a synergy effect, both are recommended. The lecturer is dr. Maxime Forest from Yellow Window with long-term experience. The details are provided below.
Please, register for each via EduPortal.
Feel free to share the invitation with your colleagues.
The 15-year cooperation between the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences CZU in Prague and the University of Agriculture and Forestry in Hue, Vietnam was newly expanded by taking on board the staff members of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences on a recent visit to Vietnam.
The Czech University of Life Sciences (CZU) hosted on Sep 14-16 an interdisciplinary conference, Tropentag 2022, which focused on tropical agriculture and rural development. Renowned experts debated if agroecological farming can feed the world.
The FTA Dean Prof. Patrick Van Damme summarizes this year´s conference:
“Tropentag Conference is a yearly high mass celebrating and presenting innovative developments in the broad field of tropical agriculture R&D - the interaction between vested and young researchers creates a living laboratory where ideas are exchanged, and new collaborations originate. As dean of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, I am proud we hosted this year's - very successful - edition to the satisfaction of most if not all participants.”
The semester is divided into 2 periods/blocks (1st – weeks 1-6; 2nd – weeks 7-12) - BE CARERUL WHEN PREPARING YOUR SCHEDULE!! – pay attention to the footnotes under the each timetable!!!
Please, let us invite you to the workshop „Meet the FTA Project centre and FTA experts” which will take place on 20th September 2022 from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences room no. 401, the event will be held in English.
Students, employees and others interested in projects are welcome.
The programme is attached.
We look forward to seeing you,
On behalf of the FTA Project centre
Tereza Žáková and Jan Staš
Interview with Prof. Dr. Phung Le Dinh, the Vice-Rector of HUAF. By Klára Jiřičná
A team of experts led by prof. Van Damme of FTA CZU published the final evaluation of FAO’s Action Against Desertification that mainly operated under the Great Green Wall initiative and was implemented in 2014-2020 aiming at tackling environmental impacts linked to drought and desertification in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Fiji, the Gambia, Haiti, the Niger, Nigeria and Senegal (partly during the COVID-19 pandemic).
The evaluation involved online and face-to-face interviews, field visits in 8 countries allowing for direct observation of land restoration and livelihood activities and came to the following conclusions.
The Government of the Czech Republic offers scholarships within the framework of its Foreign Development Assistance in support of the study of foreign nationals from developing countries listed below at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic. The deadline for submitting applications for the academic year 2023/2024 is on 30 September 2022.
It´s all about new beginnings for all the fresh graduates at the FTA. 75 BSc and MScs students of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences marched into the CZU AULA on June 23 to receive their diplomas. This year´s graduation provided a dignified opportunity to get together and celebrate the success after a difficult period of pandemic that would not allow students from different parts of the world to meet in person or even arrive in the Czech Republic to the faculty to enter the newly opened faculty building and experience friendly multicultural environment first hand.
Dear students, colleagues, alumni, and FTA friends, Welcome to the fifth issue of Tropical News. Our newsletter will give you a brief insight into the latest activities and international cooperation at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
...which will take place during 14 – 16 September 2022, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers' and academia's views
This year's Conference of the Czech Evaluation Society 2022, which was co-organized by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague on 15-16 June, was held in the spirit of discussions on benefits of evaluation and policy-making based on evidence and date for a better future for our planet. In a discussion with the authors of the publication Transformational Change for people and the Planet: Evaluating Environment and Development, co-authored with Juha Uitto, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office, the questions of how to achieve a sustainable future, how to achieve transformational change and how to apply these questions by using evaluations were addressed. According to Uitto, evaluation and feedback assessment must be an active tool in making the necessary changes. A holistic perspective must be taken into account - the environment is the main focus, but all sectors are equal because everything we create affects it.
The conference also included the announcement of the Evaluation Competition for university students, which was won by a team from Palacký University in Olomouc led by Zuzana Fišerová. The students were tasked to develop an evaluation proposal/proposal based on a given development intervention in Kenya. The proposals were evaluated by a panel of three professional evaluators who provided feedback. The winners received a certificate from CES as well as the opportunity to advance to the international round and compete against world-class teams. The team from FTZ/ČZU, led by Petra Chaloupková came 2dn in this year´s competition.
At the end of summer semester, evaluation of the projects, within the subject area of Plant Health and Plant Breeding started. The evaluation took place in different courses at our partners universities. Project final presentations were held face to face on 15th March at Swedish Agriculture University (SLU) and on 11th April at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU)
In recent weeks, FTA representatives Ing. Iva Kučerová, PhD and Sára Šebrlová visited the Arba Minch region in Ethiopia within the development project titled “Arba Minch Fruit Value Chain, Gamo zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia” implemented by Mendel University in Brno in cooperation with FTA, funded by the Czech Development Agency.
On Tuesday 31st May, the International Relations Office of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (IRO FTA) organized an event called “Erasmus+ ICM Coffee” to join and meet all students, who are currently studying/doing an internship at the FTA under the Erasmus+ programme, within the project of the International Credit Mobility (ICM).
Students – representatives of Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Syria and Ukraine – were sharing information about their countries, their home universities as well us about their studies and experiences gained during the mobility. There was also one presentation from FTA student, who is currently doing his internship in Vietnam, in Hue.
The purpose of the event was not only to meet students from abroad, but to offer FTA students unique opportunity to make new contacts in these countries, and to apply for the ICM for the winter semester 22/23. The event was also organized to increase the visibility of the programme and to disseminate the Erasmus+ programme opportunities.
The Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences has again prepared a program within the framework of the Garden Fest of ČZU Alumni and Friends. You can enjoy tours of the laboratories (Herbarium and Molecular Genetics) and the FTA Botanical Garden, we will show you the collection of termites and tropical botany.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport using mobility and cooperation opportunities in higher education. „International Credit Mobility“ = project supporting mobilities between programme and partner countries.
Forum for Agriculture is coming up on May 18, 2022 organized by Forum for the Future of Agriculture with our expert, Assoc. Prof. Miroslava Bavorova as a speaker on session 2 ( starting at 12: 10) tackling the theme of „Integrating climate mitigation and biodiversity regeneration in food system transformation.“
The new double degree study programme Agricultural Sciences and Farming Systems in the Tropics and Subtropics jointly coordinated by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (FTA, CZU) and the University of Hohenheim (UHOH) was officially opened. This new study programme enables students to profit from the
This year Tropentag 2022 is organised by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. All MSc and PhD students, scientists, extension workers, farmers
Fruit processing methods were presented by Jan Staš (FTA employee, food processing expert) during a 10-day training for local farmers and future trainers within the project "iAGRO - Improving the agricultural value chain in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia" implemented by CCE Diaconia and supported by the Czech Development Agency.
The International Relations Office and the Office of Science, Research and Doctoral Studies of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences are launching a call for financial support of research stays abroad (internships).
On 31st of March (2022) the 1st Café Scientifique at FTA for PhD students was organized by Associate professor Hynek Roubík (Group leader of Biogas Research Team).
Dear colleagues, students and friends of the Faculty of Tropical Agriculture, this is reportedly the first FTA annual report with a foreword in English. Rejoice and: boom drumbeat! (as Flemish poet, writer and Dada artist Paul van Ostaijen wrote in 1920).
Five representatives of the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) visited CZU between 21st – 25th March 2022. The visit was based on long-term cooperation and previous projects with FTA within Erasmus+ projects such as: EURASIA 2, ALFABET, AskAsia, SIMPLE and PISAI.
The Double degree Master study programme “Agricultural Sciences and Farming Systems in the Tropics and Subtropics” is the first Double degree (DD) programme offered by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences. It is the unique opportunity for students to simultaneously receive two Master degrees in the area of „Agricultural Sciences and Farming Systems in the Tropics and Subtropics“ in only 2 years and thus enhance their position in the European and Czech labour market. The main objective of the DD programme is to enable students to profit from the different background of teaching and research of the partner universities in the area of tropical agriculture. In addition to the existing single degree programme “Tropical Farming Systems”, the double degree shall offer an additional benefit for the students by an increased selection of modules offered on tropical agriculture, the acquirement of soft skills in different teaching environments as well as cultural backgrounds and performing scientific work under the supervision of two academics from two different universities. Students will benefit from the elective modules at the host university that are more focused on environment, resource efficiency, aspects of developing countries and interdisciplinary work.
Dear Colleagues, Dear Students, In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague is opening a public fundraiser CZU for Ukraine to help Ukrainian citizens. The fundraiser account maintained with Česká spořitelna has the number 500 201 212/0800, variable symbol 997301.
The Czech University of Life Sciences is observing with concern the Russian Federation's attack on Ukraine. Therefore, recent events have led the leaders of CZU and its components to make this joint statement.
The FTA plant swap kicked off yesterday just in time for Valentine's Day, with a lovely selection of cuttings and small plants shared by members of our faculty. It was a great first day with many visitors coming by to browse, donate, and/or adopt their very own new plant baby.
Important days of summer semester 2021/22. Summer semester - start – 7th Feb 2022. Find out more here.
The mood of impoverished farmers in an election period can tremendously affect or spoil data collection activities. The situation becomes more complex in view of the covid-19 pandemic which greatly limits interactions among the farmers and the researchers.
You can register for the study exchange programme Erasmus+ by uploading of the documents mentioned below by 11.2.2022, 23:59 to https://1url.cz/@Erasmus_Apps
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague was granted for the first time by the ELLS (Euroleague for Life Sciences) Fund for Incentives. This project is called the implementation of Project-Based Learning among Master’s degree students in selected ELLS Universities (iPBL-EU) and is coordinated by the FTA (CZU) together with partners from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences - BOKU (Austria) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - SLU (Sweden).
...and Christmas Greetings. “If you want to improve the world, you have to start with your own behaviour. Let´s try to be as renewable and energy-neutral as possible and cut the waste by analyzing our behaviour”, says the FTA Dean Patrick Van Damme in an interview following on his return from the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, COP26.
Dear Reader, Welcome to the fourth issue of Tropical News. Our Newsletter provides a brief insight into the latest updates about activities and international cooperation at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
The following author has been selected and rewarded by the Dean Prof. Patrick Van Damme and the members of Dean´s College as the best publication of 2021. Dr. Černá Bolfíková for her article in the scientific journal Nature.
Our PhD students Marek Jelínek, Jan Staš and Eduardo Duque Dussán, along with Assoc. Prof. Hynek Roubík, travelled to Ukraine as delegates of the FTA under the scientific cooperation project "Strengthening scientific capacities and cooperation of Ukrainian universities in AgriSciences" supported by the Czech Development Cooperation via Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Ginny was elected because of her active involvement in research, education, and activities benefiting the foreign students contributing to the motivation of those interested in studying in Prague.
On the 30th of November, the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences hosted the first of the Learn & Discuss series. The aim of this series is to focus on interesting topics and provide listeners knowledge in the form of a lecture, but also to promote discussion on the topic and hands-on involvement in a more open, fun, and collegial environment among fellow students. The topic of this first L&D series was Edible Insects.
Are you pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in a field related to agriculture? Do you want to tell us about your agricultural experience so far? Do you wish to share your agricultural perspectives and perceptions with others? YPARD, in collaboration with the AgriSciences platform and AGRINATURA, welcomes you to participate in our research essay e-competition!
This mission within the FAO funded project on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in the agricultural sector in Azerbaijan allowed us to have first direct contact with the actors in the field.
Scientists from the FTA, CZU Prague call for help for Ebogo village in Cameroon. Donors can help to protect the endangered tropical forest, sustainable development of the local rural community and children's education in Ebogo and surrounding villages.
As part of the FTA OPEN DAY, organized to mark the 60th anniversary of its founding and held in the brand-new building of the Pavilion of Tropical AgriSciences, the new Belgian-born Dean Prof. Patrick Van Damme – was solemnly crowned with the Bone and Pineapple, having sworn the following:
Our employees Marie Kalousová, Barbora Černá Bolfíková, Iva Bernáthová, Stacy Hammond and Anna Chládová recently returned from Ethiopia where they conducted activities within the project “Publication and Research Activities Development for Education in Life Sciences at Hawassa University”.
The Pavilion of Tropical AgriSciences wins the best workplace solution category in the Adapterra Awards contest among projects adapted to climate change. "We are very pleased with this award. Adaptation to climate change is not only part of the education and research taking place at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, but is also reflected in the sustainability of the "green" pavilion, which was designed with respect for the environment from the very beginning, "said Lucie Ackermann Blažková.
FTA experts (Jan Staš, Radim Kotrba and Petr Pudil) just started the final phase of the project “Integrated Farming II” in Zambia by conducting the monitoring harvests of the fishponds.
PhD students Dennis Kyereh and Marie Kalousová; from the Tropical Biodiversity Research Group (TBG) were in Cameroon for the implementation of the project entitled: “Morphological and genetic characterization of Ricinodendron heudelotii (Baill.) Heckel in natural and domesticated populations in Cameroon”.
Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences proudly welcomed alumnus, Dr. Vojtěch Havránek, founder of the successful company Titbit, who focuses on importing exotic fruits and vegetables to the Czech Republic. The Alumnus lectured on his long-term experience in business at our FTA pavilion.
In July 2021, the vice-deans of FTA – dr. Jiří Hejkrlík and dr. Jana Mazancová, extended and formalized the cooperation between FTA and The Cooperative University of Kenya in Nairobi (CUK). The start of the collaboration is dated back to 2020 when the head of the Cooperative Research Team
We would like to invite you to the Faculty Open Day at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences in Prague
The Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences cordially invites you to a public streaming of the virtual conference Tropentag 2021, 15.- 17. September 2021, Pavilion of Tropical AgriSciences, CZU
Not even the pandemic could stop members of the volleyball team of the Faculty of Tropical Agriculture of the CZU in Prague from participating in a beach volleyball tournament in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Please give us your vote and support the Pavilion of Tropical AgriSciences in the contest for the best adaptation solution to climate change. Vote HERE.
“What we have seen is that over time now, a number of crops that we equate with southern areas are also being at least tested in the Czech Republic.“ Read or listen to the full interview HERE.
A tornado such as Czechs know only from Hollywood movies swept through southern Moravia on the night of June 24 and, among other things, razed half of the HODONÍN ZOO...
The Laboratory of Plant Tissue Cultures at the Department of Crop Sciences and Agroforestry deals, among others, with in vitro mitotic polyploidization of medicinal plants.
YPARD developed a mentoring toolkit, available online and free of charge which takes you from the very first stages of your first mentoring program to the final ones.
Cameroon is a country of extremes and the fieldworks there, for sure, belong to the most challenging ones. The things work either extremely well, easy and smooth, or not at all. Working at such a sinusoid of ups and downs is indeed demanding and often exhausting.
Dear Reader, Welcome to the third issue of Tropical News. Our Newsletter provides a brief insight into the latest updates about activities and international cooperation at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
Experts from the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences launched 3 units of the CZU mobiLAB - a mobile laboratory for the detection of infectious diseases
This year, for the first time, we will have several English-language sessions - come join us from wherever you happen to be!
Let us kindly invite you to the On-Line Thematic Session: Activities of central and eastern EU countries in research and Innovation partnership with Africa as a part of Stakeholder engagement week that is organized within LEAP4FNSSA project
On May 5, Prof. ir. Dr. Patrick Van Damme was inaugurated as the new Dean of the Faculty of Tropical Agriculture CZU. He was appointed to the office by the CZU rector Prof. Petr Sklenička and replaced Prof. Jan Banout.
The FTA has focused on providing a great deal of support for their international students. This has been made possible through the continuous help from the active students – “Student Ambassadors”. The Student Ambassadors consist of fellow students who are studying at FTA and are eager to support new students with a smooth transition and start with their studies at the FTA.
The team from the CZU, namely Vladimír Verner, Radim Kotrba, Zbyněk Polesný, Jan Staš from FTZ and Miloslav Petrtýl from FAPPZ, is currently conducting fieldwork in the Western Province of Zambia. The activities are realized in the frame of implementation of two development projects, namely "Integrated Farming II" led by Mendel University in Brno and "Agribussines4LIFE “ led by Charita Czech Republic.
Do not miss out our Prof. Kokoška on the upcoming panel on the Biological and Pharmacological Activity of Plant Natural Compounds
Dear colleagues, dear students, let usinform you that this year the Census 2021 will run in the Czech Republic. It is obligatory for all citizens even for foreigners living in the Czech Republic for a period longer than 90 days. The census is done once per 10 years and it is a duty regulated by law (with a penalty to those, who will not participate). You can enumerate yourself from 27 March to 9 April.
In a French interview for Radio Prague International, Professor Patrick Van Damme, the new dean at the FTA, talks about his plans to improve the faculty´s world-wide ranking #FrenchOnly
In March 2021, Prof. Patrick Van Damme became the second dean of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (FTA) but the first dean ever as a foreign national in the history of the Czech University of Life Sciences.
The Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences has a wide representation of development projects in Ethiopia under the auspices of the Czech Development Agency. However, in cooperation with Mendel University in Brno, we primarily solve two projects implemented in the vicinity of the cities of Arba Minch and Awassa. These are "Implementation of a Fruit Value Chain for Improved Nutrition and Efficient Production in Arba Minch Zuria" and "Protection of Awassa Lake through Sustainable Management of Surrounding Area".
FTA’s Student Ambassadors organized their first online event named “Online Meet and Greet,” targeted towards a first-year bachelor and master’s students, providing the opportunity for students to communicate with each other in mall group settings. This unique event was attended by a total of 68 students! The “Online Meet and Greet,” included “ice breaker” questions, music, and of course dancing!
Assoc. prof. Jan Šobotník of FTZ ČZU explores the role of immune gene expression in the lifestyle of termites in his recent publication for the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
A team of international scientists from CZU, led by Prof. Ladislav Kokoška working with Samoan Ph.D. student Julian Wong Soon from Osaka University found healing effects of two local species of Samoan nutmeg (Myristica hypargyraea and Myristica inutilis) against staphylococcus aureus and colon cancer cells.
Important days of summer semester 2020/21 can be found here
The 1st International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture (ICSAA) for Well Being and Food Security was organized by the Faculty of Natural Resources, Prince of Songkla University in Thailand on 11 and 12 January 2021. The conference was organized with the support of PISAI project and FTA is the active partner of this project financed by the Erasmus+ programme.
The postdoc position is offered for 10 months for applicants from all over the world, out of the Czech Republic. The position starts from 1st September 2021 and finishes on 30th June 2022.
You can register for the study exchange programme Erasmus+ by sending the documents mentioned below by February 12th, 2021, 11:59 AM to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the interview with our alumni Ing. Dalibor Sýkorovský (not only) about his project True Shiitake
Welcome to the second issue of Tropical News. Our Newsletter will give you a brief insight into the latest updates about activities and international cooperation at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
The Department for Science and Research announces the FTA Dean's Award for the best publication or popularization output of FTA employees
The Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague introduces a concept of mobile laboratories, CZU mobiLAB. CZU mobiLAB is ready for use in humans and veterinary medicine for the identification of any infectious agents based on nucleic acid detection in sampled individuals. The concept of CZU mobiLAB can be used in inaccessible areas of the developing world and at the same time offers solutions for developed countries in case of reaction to an unexpected threat.
Are you interested in learning more about CZU involvement in this program? Follow the Facebook profile of EU Careers ČZU or contact Lucie Dostalíková directly.
The International Relations Office and the Office of Science, Research and Doctoral Studies of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences are launching a call for financial support of research stays abroad (internships).
What has gone wrong? Dr. Jiří Černý, a leading virologist at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at Czech University of Life Sciences gave an interview to Deutsche Welle, a global English-language news and information channel, explaining the recent surge of coronavirus in the Czech Republic.
As part of the project “Arba Minch Fruit Value Chain”, three FTA representatives (Anna Maňourová, William Nkomoki and Jan Staš) together with experts from Mendel University in Brno went to Ethiopia to kick-off a new four-year development project. Its aim is improvement of the knowledge and skills of local farmers, diversifying the local fruit production, opening new business opportunities for farmers and last but not least on the reduction of post-harvest losses.
Through the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (FTA) of Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU), the joint secretariat of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) in Switzerland is seeking a dynamic, independent and innovative young professional for the position of the YPARD Global Network Engagement Coordinator (full-time position).
The Network Engagement Coordinator is responsible for ensuring and monitoring the active engagement of the YPARD community. The incumbent‘s work is partly framed by the communications strategies developed with the communications team and it entails the design and implementation of online and onsite innovative, collaborative and vibrant activities. The incumbent reports to the YPARD Director and works closely with the Communications Coordinator and the Digital Communication Officer. The incumbent will be based in FTA/CZU, Prague, Czech Republic, which hosts the YPARD Europe office.
Nope? You might in the future because some of these plants used in Samoan traditional medicine for treatment of wounds, burns and sores produce healing effects on the skin tissue and inhibit growth of bacteria infecting wounds.
All courses at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (FTA) from September 29, 2020, will be organized as distance teaching (online lecturing).
Important days of winter semester 2020/21 - More information can be found in attached file.
We would like to invite all those interested to the traditional exhibition of chili peppers in our Botanical Garden, which will take place from 21th to 23rd October 2020, Wed-Thu from 8:00 to 15:00, Fri from 8:00 to 12:00
The Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences could not miss the first year of a unique beach volleyball tournament which supports the UN's Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
FTA would like to invite you to public streaming of the virtual conference Tropentag 2020, at Aula CZU
Start: Wednesday 9 September, 12:30
Check-in will be available from 15th of September for mid-term and long-term stays. 4 types of rooms, 35 minutes from the CZU campus, private bathroom, silent study rooms and other benefits for you. Online application and other information with photos on the website
The inter-departmental commission appointed by the Dean's Board of the FTA selected the following best Master’s thesis of students from the AFS, WLM, SRD, IDAE, TCME and TFA programs.
The Telegraph interviewed leading health experts in the US, Germany and the Czech Republic including our virologist Dr. Jiri Cerny on the new polls that showed a great deal of scepticism towards a coronavirus vaccine.
Welcome to the first issue of Tropical News. Our Newsletter will give you a brief insight into the latest updates about activities and international cooperation at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
How does Africa become your second home? Is it an advantage to be a female scientist in Africa? These questions will be answered by our Associate Professor, Karolína Brandlová, co-founder of the Wildlife management and Conservation Programme that focuses more on research and species conservation management. Although she originally considered studying the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences eventually won. And why is Africa so special to her? Scroll down for moree…
Take a look through photographs and video in Benin, where our doctoral student Zuzana Holubová is on an internship for almost half a year, and where she is also collecting data for her dissertation thesis.
The CZU Prague placed first in the Czech Republic in the THE Impact Ranking 2020. In the overall ranking, CZU was ranked 201st - 300th in the world. A total of 766 universities from all over the world successfully participated in THE Impact Ranking this year.
In accordance with the eased measures approved by the Czech Government students ENROLLED IN ALL STUDY YEARS are allowed to participate in study activities in groups of a maximum of five people from, April 27th 2020.
The cooperation between our faculty and ICRAF (World Agroforestry Centre) is the logical outcome of more than two decades of research and development of agroforestry projects in various regions of the world
Due to the ongoing State of Emergency and the necessary measures in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, some changes have to be made to the academic year schedule. It is clear to us that the current situation increases the tension and stress to which you are exposed, so we aim to ensure that you - the students - are able to successfully complete the academic year.
Regarding the current situation with the spread of COVID-19, the date of the Final State Examinations (FSE) at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (FTA) has changed.
Upon his return from a research trip in Cameroon, tropical entomologist and new associate professor at our faculty, Jan Šobotník, had mixed feelings: on the one hand, he had seen a catastrophic decline in termite populations in the forest, on the other, however, the group collected many new termophile insects, yet unknown to science.
In connection with the current decision of the Ministry of Health which is based on the recommendation of the National Security Council, teaching at CZU is cancelled from tomorrow, 11 March until further notice.
A new state-of-the art facility called “the green building“ will be the latest expansion of the campus of the Czech Life Science University (CZU). Prospective students of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences interested in the fields of tropical agriculture and developing countries can enjoy the new premises as of this fall semester. The facility will offer top-notch technologies and space for scientific research.
Perhaps even more interesting than the number of giraffes is their coexistence with people and livestock in the "tiger bush". Giraffe here are in permanent contact with people, their crops and livestock.
You can register for the study exchange programme Erasmus+ on the board in front of the office T136. You will fill in your name, e-mail, year of study in 20/21 and length of stay to the table of university you want to study, not later than February 18th 2020, 11:59 AM.
Dr. Hynek Roubík (Group leader of our Biogas Research Team) has been appointed as member of the Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Student group BeFair at CZU has spiced things up once again at the Faculty of Tropical AgriScience at the International Fair Party (IFP) yearly event where multicultural and exotic feels like home. Everyone was invited to have a good time on Dec 11 on campus.
A year of hard work has paid off. CZU ranked 31st in the Green Metric World University Rankings, and is thus one of the world leaders in terms of consideration for the environment.
On Monday, December 9, 2019, the University of Mostar with University of Džemal Bijedič (Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina) in cooperation with FTA organized Scientific Day.
FTA organized the second annual international scientific conference for young scientists and students, which was held on 5 December 2019 at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Cambodia.
On October 22th 2019, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague was hosting a meeting with Mr. René Castro Salazar, Assistant-Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and leader of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department.
Erasmus Day at CZU is going to take place on Tuesday, December 10th 2019 from 11:00 to 14:30 at Menza!
FTZ representatives organized “Project Management Training - Preparation of the EU Projects and HR Awards” at the partner universities in Ukraine - Sumy National Agrarian University, Sumy State University, Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University as part of the project “Support for young university capacities in the field of quality of education and scientific and research activities in Ukraine”.
Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences is warmly inviting you to be part of our programme during the Open Days at FTA - November 22nd 2019 from 9 AM to 3 PM.
The first project meeting took part in Brussels in October, 14, 2019. Dr. Miroslava Bavorová, from FTA CULS, participated at the meeting as a Member of Management Committee and representative of the Czech Republic.
Read about impressive research of our PhD student Anna Bernátková who just came back from her research activities in Mongolia.
This Autumn 2019, the delegates of the PISAI project (Participatory and Integrative Support for Agricultural Initiative) from Thai partner universities visited the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) as arranged by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (FTA).
Guidlines - How to conect to CULS WIFI and How to charge ISIC online
Conference Tropentag 2019 with topic "Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources management" was held on September 18th - 20th at Universities of Kassel and Goettingen, Germany.
Final Conference of the SIMPLE project, "Bridge the gap between academic and professional sector" organised by FTA and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, was held on 27th August 2019 at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand.
In recognition of her contribution and dedication to the advancements and improvements of higher education beyond the field of her expertise, and to honour her valuable outputs, the Council of the Prince of Songkla University in the Meeting 407, held on June 1, 2019, unanimously agreed to award an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Tropical Agricultural Resource Management to Dr. Petra Chaloupková. The awarding ceremony took place in the Convention Hall of the Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai on September 8, 2019. Dr. Chaloupková was honoured to receive the degree from Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, who – being scientist herself – has founded a research institute and give lectures at Mahidol University in Bangkok. Due to the presence of a member of royal family at the ceremony, a spot from the handover was on Thai national TV in the prime time news.
In August we organised the 6th summer school in Cambodia at Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh. The summer school is the integral part of the development projects supported by Czech Development Agency (CDA).
In August, we organized in Ukraine under the leadership of Ing. Hynek Roubík, Ph.D. (from our Biogas Research Team) another field research of FTA students together with students and young researchers from three other Ukrainian universities - Sumy National Agrarian University, Sumy State University and Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.
The enrollment to first year (new students) will be held in room T135, Pavilon T. Dates and times showed in attached photo.
For enrollment to next academic year (current students) for Bachelor’s and Master’s study programmes, please come to the Study Administration Office on the certain date (see attached file) at 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00. Your blue books are not needed.
Study Administration Office
This year, CULS students had another opportunity to attend the 2nd Summer School in Thailand for the MODULE 1 of this project on the topic of Value Chain Management, thanks to the cooperation of this project.
The collaboration of staff and students of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences to save the Western Derby eland in Senegal will soon turn its twenties...
Read a story of a brave young lady Frilly Andrelia Utami, who has gone through hard life time during and after the tsunami in Palu, Indonesia in 2018. Our Faculty gave her an opportunity to stundy in Czech Republic for 6 months.
The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo unites nearly 10,000 attendees each year from more than 3,500 institutions and organizations from over 100 countries. It is the most comprehensive international education event serving the diverse needs of the entire international education community. The NAFSA 2019 conference was organised on 26-31 May, 2019 in Washington D.C., USA. The 2019 annual conference theme, “Global Leadership, Learning, and Change,” encouraged reflection on the current state of the field and on how to work through the changes and challenges in the area of higher education. The opening plenary was provided by Dr. Madeleine K. Albright and General Colin L. Powell. During the fair, study programs offered at FTZ were presented and cooperation with universities from Ecuador, Chile, Spain, etc. was established.
Members of our faculty participated in World Congress on Agroforestry 2019, which was held in Motpelier, France from 19th to 22th May 2019.
From Tuesday, May 14th to Friday, May 16th, 2019, General Assembly of representatives of all members of the Agrinatura (The European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development) was held in Gembloux, Belgium.
We would like to remind you that the deadline for submission of abstracts for the Tropentag 2019 conference is Wednesday May 1, 2019.
The Local Organising Committee (two members from FTA) cordially invites you to the 16th Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists, EAAE.
The Congress will take place in Prague – Czech Republic, from Tuesday, August 25until Friday, August 28, 2020.
We are pleased to announce that our lecturer and researcher doc. Ing. Bc. Tatiana Ivanova Ph.D. was appointed an associate professor in the field of Engineering and Mechanization of Agriculture at the Faculty of Engineering, CULS Prague.
Tropentag 2019 - Call for papers! Topic: ''Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources development''
The aim of the research is to determine the size and range of the leopard population, their habitat and food preferences.
Come to learn more about the programme, see winning photos, listen to lectures and presentations of students who have already studied abroad...
February 13 - 14, 2019
10:00 – 14:00 at CULS Menza
Do you need TOEIC English certificate? You can do it at our Language department. You can find all information HERE.
A New project within H2020 programme titled „Long-term Europe-Africa Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security, and Sustainable Agriculture (LEAP4FNSSA)” was officially launched in Accra, Ghana at these days.
For the last two years members of our Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences have been lecturing a summer school on “livestock-wildlife interactions”, organised by the NGO People in Need. This initial contact finally lead to signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the National University of Mongolia,
Agrinatura Association is a grouping of European universities and research organizations with a common interest in supporting the development of agriculture in a sustainable way and in order to improve the lives of the farmers.
This week, the rector of Czech University of Life Sciences Prague prof. Ing. Petr Sklenička, CSc. has joined us in the Meatless Monday campaign. He agrees and supports the idea of the campaign.
We invite all students and teachers to the Academic Community meeting and International Fair Party which will be held on Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 6 PM in Pavilion T.
As part of the development project "Support of Science and Research at the Royal University of Agriculture in Cambodia", a team of experts from the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences and the Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources
Staff team from CULS Prague, FTA and FAFNR, is helping with implementation of three development projects funded by the Czech Development Agency, in cooperation with Caritas Czech Republic, University of Barotseland,
allow me instead of electoral committee to acknowledge your active participation during elections and congratulate to Iva Bernáthová and Barbora Motýlová to be elected to AS of FTA and to Iva Bernáthová to be elected to AS of CULS. You will find more in attachments.
My best regards
Are you aware of significant impact of your eating habits on the environment? We are! Therefore, we voted last week for joining our faculty to the global Meatless Monday campaign.
The Alumni of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague were invited to visit their Alma Mater. Five selected graduates from the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Faculty of Economic and Management and Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources spent one week at the University and participated the meetings at the faculties. They were representatives of our parnetrs universities from China, Mongolia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Thailand. The main purpose was to promote actual study programmes, research and international activities at the faculties and support strengthening of further international activities. At the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences they discussed the actual research and academic issues with the dean of the Faculty and representatives of all departments, visited the botanial garden as well as the laboratories.
The International Relations Office of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences has opened a call for Bachelor, Master students and PhD candidates, who are conducting the research for their theses in cooperation with foreign universities.
On Monday 8th October we are with our beloved Prof. Pavla Hejcmanová, Ph.D for an excursion to pastures for Oxmoor ponies, European bison’s and „aurochs“ in Milovice, approx. 50 km from Prague.
On the 10th October 2018, the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) 2018 took place in Philippine capital city Manila, organised by Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.
Alexander Kandakov, Ph.D. represented the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague and the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at “Begin Central Asia Tour.
Conference Tropentag took place in Ghent, Belgium from 17th to 19th September 2018 and our faculty represented in high number of participants.
Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences officially build up a partnership with Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences (HIES) in Cameroon.
On March, Hynek Roubik from Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (from our BiogasResearchTeam) and Anna Brunerová from Faculty of Engineering, visited the University of Battambang.
Author: Markéta Swiacká. During August, in Chicago there was held the very first international conference focused on conservation of pangolins which was organized by the Chicago Zoological Society in Brookfield Zoo.
Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences is warmly inviting you to be part of our programme during Garden party for alumni and friends of CULS
Student's field research called "Agri-Cooperatives and Institutions for Rural Development" is still ongoing in Sumy, Ukraine.
FTA was visited by the representative of Sumy State University and Sumy National Agrarian University – dr. Oksana Zamora.
Dear FTA finalists,
Since our faculty would like to stay with you in touch even though you will leave our university soon, I would like to ask you to fill and register...
We warly invite all students and wide public to the thesis defense.
During the summer semester, students of BSc. study program ICARD visited the headquarter of international development NGO ADRA in Prague.
In case of your interest, send your CV and cover letter until 30th April to email@example.com
Alexander Kandakov, Ph.D. represented the CULS Prague and the FTA at International Education Fair 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria
In case of interest, send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31st.
Animal excrements, especially those of pigs, are produced in large volumes in Southeast Asia.
Ethiopian alumnus of the FTA and current the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resource of Ethiopia, H.E Dr.Eyasu Abraha Alle visited the CULS Prague.
Our PhD student Monika Kosova represented the FTA at EHEF 2017 in Manila
FTA and FAFNR organized a two-week summer school "SCIENTIFIC WORK: Step by step" at the RUA in Phnom Penh
"1st International Conference on Food, Environment and Culture"
WHEN: October, 9-13
WHERE: BOKU University, Vienna
Film "Ethnobotany and Human Nutrition: A Samoa Case Study"
Prof. RNDr. Pavla Hejcmanová, Ph.D. and Iva Bernáthová, the BSc. student of ATS study programme, visited Senegal in August.
African students and alumni: the EU needs your feedback!
Three days field excursion and excursion to arboretum Truba in the Southern Moravia
doc. Ing. Bohdan Lojka, Ph.D.
Cultural and social implications of global change on the Danube River Basin
Krems, Austria July 14th – 21st
BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young researchers from all over the world.
The deadline to apply for this position is: May 30th, 2017.
WHEN: Monday May 15th, 9:00, 10:30, 13:00
WHERE: CULS Prague, Rectorate building, room no.110
Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia,
August 20-24, 2017
Dean of FTA/CULS in Prague announces admission requirements for Bachelor's and Master's degree studies for the academic year 2017/2018
19. - 25. 2. 2017
ČZU v Praze / CULS Prague
On Wednesday the 7th of December there was the fourth International Fair Party at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences organized by the student organization BeFair.
For the third year FTA offers the course “Block of Experts”, which introduces practitioners of Czech development cooperation.