Faculty of Science, Palacký University
The Faculty of Science of Palacký University in Olomouc is a research-based faculty that offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral studies in various branches of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth Sciences. Since 2009, the majority of the facilities have been located in a newly constructed building not far from the city centre and near the dorms and the cafeteria that would serve also as the main conference venue. The building offers a pleasant modern atmosphere and during the semester, it is filled with life. Biological worksites and some laboratories are located on the south-eastern edge of the city, where you can also find new research centres. Currently, the Faculty has more than 4000 students.
The Faculty of Science has a lot of creative potential and it can be proud of its abundant profile of original scientific results, which push the limits of our findings, as well as of its multilateral international cooperation. Some of our research teams rank significantly on the international scale as well. Recently, the Faculty of Science is ranked up to tenth among all the faculties and scientific institutions in the Czech Republic. The Faculty is also successful in acquiring both local and international grants. Within the operational programme of Research and Development for Innovation, it acquired two significant projects and in 2009 started building two large new research centres: Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnology and Agricultural Research, and the Regional Centre of Advanced Technology and Material.
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About geology at Faculty of Science
In 2015, the Department of Geology of the Palacký University has passed over 55 years of its existence. With its 13 academic staff members and several PhD students it is a small but important geological institution, one of four institutions offering full-time university education in geology in the Czech Republic. Our key study programme called Environmental Geology is currently offered at Bc., MSc. and Ph.D. level. The department has also a long-lasting history in providing geology education for future high-school teachers. Research at the department is mainly focused on genetic mineralogy, geochemistry and hydrogeochemistry, sedimentology and anthropogenic contamination studies, with frequent publication output in high-rank scientific journals. Students and academic staff at the department enjoy the benefits of numerous, up-to-date instrumentation facilities including laboratories of petrophysics, shallow geophysics, a wide range of optical methods, electron microprobe and others.
Olomouc region from geological perspective
The geology in the surroundings of Olomouc is highly varied and colourful. The town lies in the heart of Central Moravian region, which is located geologically at the contact of the Variscan Bohemian Massif with the young mountain range of the Western Carpathians. Within a perimeter of 50 km from Olomouc, one can find rocks of nearly all types and ages including Precambrian and Lower Paleozoic granitoids and metamorphics of the Variscan internides, Devonian and Jurassic platform carbonates, Miocene shallow marine deposits of the Carpathian foreland basin and Quaternary basalt volcanoes. Of particular interest are the Carboniferous and Cretaceous-Paleogene deep-water flysch deposits of the Variscan and Carpathian externides, respectively – two huge accretionary prisms coming into direct contact! The Olomouc region is also interesting in terms of geomorphology. You can admire caves, dolines and deep abysses in well-developed Moravian Karst and Hranice Karst areas as well as the neotectonic, seismically still active horst-and-graben structure of the Upper Morava valley with deep river gorges and actively subsiding river floodplains. An excursion will be organized to visit the most relevant sites.