Ústí nad Labem Region vs. The Czech Republic or with trend curves of perception of quality of life against stereotypes

Reports on the polluted environment, structural problems or corruption scandals provide extensive information about life in the Ústí Region. However, it is time to let the inhabitants of this region and the rest of the republic know that everyday life here does not have to be reminiscent of an episode from the series Rapl or Pustina.

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Project number: CZ.02.1.01 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 17_048 / 0007435

Land associations and other independent initiatives to protect nature on their land

In many countries, voluntary, both community and private, initiatives have traditionally been taken to protect biodiversity. How are we in the Czech Republic? Unfortunately, detailed records of similar movements in post-socialist countries are lacking. This was the motivation for a team of experts from UJEP and IAMO to map biodiversity conservation organizations in their own “private” reservations and analyze the reasons why they do so.

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Biodiversity: Council adopts conclusions

Context of changes in geographical systems in doctoral studies

Experts in strategic and environmental planning and spatial development? With knowledge based on international policies and strategies? UJEP offers a new doctoral field of Geographies of transformations, thanks to which the number of such experts will expand. It is a newly accredited doctoral study program in English, coordinated by the Department of Geography at the Faculty of Science.

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Program information: Geographies of transformations

What will the trash tell us?

What they do in reality speaks best about household behavior. An integral part of life is the production of municipal waste, the composition of which hides many secrets. Experts from FSE UJEP are unraveling one and their efforts will bring information on how to rationalize and optimize waste management, which is now transformed into the so-called “circular management”. Within the project Smart City – Smart Region – Smart Community, this is another very specific topic that fits into the concept of improving the quality of life of people.

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We cooperate with the following entities in the analyzes:

StudKon 2020 at UJEP for the third time

The third year of the conference, at which mainly doctoral students present the results of their work and debate with experienced experts, took place on June 29, 2020 at the UJEP Faculty of Environment. As in previous years, the Faculty of the Environment and the Faculty of Science of UJEP cooperated in the organization.

This year, a total of 25 students or recent graduates of doctoral programs at the FŽP and PřF spoke at the STUDKON conference, and approximately 30 guests from the field council, trainers, consultants and other experts working outside UJEP also took part. For the first time, first-year students of the newly accredited innovative programs Environmental Chemistry and Technology (FŽP), Applied Nanotechnology and Computer Modeling in Science and Technology (PřF) also had the opportunity to participate. The topic of the contributions was very varied. It included, for example, mapping of polluted dam and river sediments, phytoremediation using energy plants, nanotechnology for biomedical use, preparation and characterization of new materials, computer modeling of various processes and much more.

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We wrote about last year’s conference here.

Green roofs are not an eccentricity but an advantage

The roof planted with greenery was perceived as an aesthetic element of the house, perhaps as an eccentricity. However, in the context of climate change, “green roofs” have become a very functional tool for tackling the problems associated with urban life. June 6 became World Green Day. On this occasion, it is appropriate to draw attention to the publication Methods of System Support for the Construction of Green Roofs, in which Jan Macháč, Lenka Dubová and Jiří Louda from FSE, published by the Association for the Establishment and Maintenance of Greenery, collaborated. The publication explains the essence of green roofs, looks at them through the eyes of an economist, lawyer, official and also presents case studies from various places in Europe.

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Projects related to the issue of green roofs and other adaptation measures to climate change, which are being solved by colleagues from UJEP from the SMART team:

RemScan – a new device in the laboratories of FŽP UJEP

Thanks to support from the INVUST project, the equipment of the FŽP UJEP laboratories in June 2020 expanded with a significant reinforcement in the form of the RemScan device. The device is used to measure the concentration of oil substances in the soil, and since it is portable, it can be used both in the laboratory and directly in the field to obtain information about soil pollution in real time.

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MATEQ Projects
STUVIN Projects

Does Ústí nad Labem have the potential to benefit from its past?

Ústí nad Labem, and thus the entire Ústí nad Labem region, has a huge industrial heritage, which is currently not perceived very positively. In the interfaculty project Smart City – Smart Region – Smart Community, proposals for interventions in public space are being created within the work package “Smart People”, which are to help use the industrial heritage of the Ústí nad Labem region and help to change its image, or help its inhabitants identify with an almost forgotten tradition.

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The “Smart People” team is also involved in the following activities:

  • Research of key factors and mechanisms shaping the perception of the region and the quality of public space
  • Wellbeing map
  • Design and calibration of selected SMART procedures to improve the perception of the region and the quality of public space / life
  • SMART Education
  • It cooperates with local action groups, actors in the industry of the Ústí Region

Project number: CZ.02.1.01 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 17_048 / 0007435

CZECH ENVI THESIS is looking for fighters for nature at Czech universities

The nationwide competition of bachelor’s and master’s theses in the field of the environment, or students for nature, is a basic characteristic of the second year of the Czech Envi Thesis competition, which will take place at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University. The competition is looking for the best students who, through their final theses, strive for nature protection at Czech universities. The aim of the competition is not only to find successful fighters for nature, but also to bring to light their final work and at the same time popularize them.

The competition is open to those who in 2020 defended (no later than September) their bachelor’s or master’s thesis dealing with the environment from a social science perspective. The competition schedule is as follows:

  • September 2020: last day for submission of applications
  • November 2020: participants will learn about their progress to the finals
  • November 2020: training for finalists will take place in Prague
  • December 2020: final round in Ústí nad Labem

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Reports about last year on the website https://smart-mateq.cz are here:

Flood risk management – who can be responsible for flood damage?

How to reduce the damage caused by floods? Have we really been so uncomfortable with nature and not so respectful of its conveniences, and with our modifications have worsened the consequences of possible floods? Or did we even cause them? The recently broadcast program on the British BBC addressed Lenka Slavíková (FSE UJEP), who contributed to this debate with the content and results of the research she conducts within the LAND4FLOOD initiative.

As the chairwoman of the pan-European LAND4FLOOD initiative, Lenka Slavíková was approached by the British BBC and took part in Caze Graham’s radio report “Flooding Britain” (from 21:00 to 26:23). The article mainly talks about the fact that nature-based solutions are multifunctional. These are wetlands, ponds, loose small streams, borders, draws, manholes and much more. These measures slow down runoff in the catchment area and allow the landscape to better soak up and retain rainwater. It is therefore appropriate to consider them together with traditional technically oriented procedures. In addition, they also promote biodiversity, humidify and cool the air, and have valuable recreational functions close to cities.

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Doc. Ing. Lenka Slavíková, Ph.D.


Pan-European project COST at FSE UJEP
LAND4FLOOD project online webinar (COST)


Platform for green and blue infrastructure

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Tree planting and the Internet of Things
Greenery in the city not only as an aesthetic element



Greenery and water in the city – clear and understandable
The importance of greenery and water for quality life in the city
Urban greenery in the hands of students


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STRIMAII: Saxon-Czech Flood Risk Management II



Development of methods for economic evaluation of green and blue infrastructure in human settlements