The Czech Republic knows the best student fighting for nature

The first year of the national Czech Envi Thesis competition for the best bachelor or diploma thesis in the field of the environment knows its winner. In the competition of 21 entries across universities in the Czech Republic, it became Kateřina Tumová from Masaryk University in Brno. The winner assessed the possibility of using the so-called gray waste water for flushing and watering, which in the household flows eg from bathrooms and sinks. Monika Kumstová (UJEP) took the podium behind the winner, examining the factors affecting the quality of the urban environment. Tatiana Filippová (University of Economics, Prague) and her work on the impact of environmental campaigns on the change in the behavior of individuals in the consumption of plastics won an imaginary bronze.

The final round was on 27th November at the University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem. A total of five top students fighting for nature defended their work before the public and experts. In addition to the winning themes, the finalists also addressed the impact of globalization and economic growth on the environment or the attitude of farmers to planting trees in the landscape. Prior to the announcement of the results, there was a discussion of all finalists, which was opened by Ondřej Vetchý and moderated by Viktorie Tenzerová. The students agreed that key issues include not only climate change, but also the attitude of individuals to the environment and their consumption behavior. The theme of disposable plastics also created great emotions.

We wrote about the competition here and here.

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Czech-German conference and green and blue infrastructure

On Thursday, November 28, 2019, a Czech-German conference was held at UJEP dealing with the importance of green and blue infrastructure for the quality of life in cities. The aim of the conference was to present and discuss partial results of the cross-border project BIDELIN, which focuses on the evaluation of ecosystem services in the partner cities of Liberec, Děčín and Dresden.

Ecosystem services are the benefits that one obtains from nature. Especially in cities, it is important to cool the surroundings and reduce the costs of air-conditioning, water retention and flood damage, capture of harmful substances from the air, but also aesthetic function and positive impacts on the health of the population. The conference presented the evaluation of parks and other greenery in cities. The network of interconnected water and green elements in the urban environment is referred to as green-blue infrastructure.

Program of the event HERE.

Hydrogen partnership

The Memorandum of Partnership and Cooperation in the Development of Complex Use of Hydrogen as a Clean Energy Source in the Ústí Region was signed by 18 entities on 19 November at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University.

In companies operating in the Ústí Region, hydrogen is produced which has a great potential for use. Its subsequent processing and distribution as a “clean” energy source is the subject of a memorandum, which represents a unique project within the whole Czech Republic.

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Life with floods

Steven Forrest from Holland is going to give us a lecture Life with floods: civil society and flood resistance. Steven is working with UJEP on the Smart City project and is working with colleagues to develop an experiment to explore the flood protection negotiations.
The lecture will take place on Wednesday 27th November from 10:30 at FSE in room MO10.

Digital data platform of the Ústí Region

Portabo – this is the gateway to regional data and effective work with them. The unified data platform of the Ústí Region will be available to municipalities, towns, regions, among others experts who will be able to evaluate the data. Meaningful use of data should increase the attractiveness and quality of life in the region.

The Memorandum of Understanding PORTABO Platform was signed on 3 October 2019 by the founding members:

Web with basic information and future portal:

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The importance of greenery and water for quality of life in the city

The Czech-Saxon project BIDELIN hosts a conference that will culminate in the three-year effort of FSE, IEEP and LIOR scientists in the fields of green and blue infrastructure, ecosystem services, climate change and quality of life. The meaning of these terms and experience with their fulfillment will be presented on November 28 at UJEP.

The conference The importance of green and blue infrastructure for the quality of life in cities will take place on November 28, 2019 at the UJEP Multifunctional Center, in the purple auditorium at the university campus.

Registration for the conference by e-mail to by November 14, 2019.

The conference will speak Czech and German (simultaneous interpretation provided).

Participation in the conference is free of charge.

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Eye Tracking: objective data on unconscious reactions

We invite you to a lecture on EYE TRACKING: A METHOD FOR EXAMINING HUMAN BEHAVIOR, which will be held at FSE on November 14 from 9:30 am. The lecture will present the technology but will also focus on its use in science and research and reveal the work with the data it provides.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the University Campus in the MN N2 UJEP room from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.

The lecture will be led by Ing. Miroslav Suchý from UX Focus.

How to use Eye tracking is very clearly presented by UX Focus on its website.

The lecture takes place as a part of research activities in the projects SMART CITY – SMART REGION – SMART COMMUNITY and the project REGBE – Center of Regulation and Behavioral Studies.

John Sheehan again at FSE

Prof. John Sheehan of the University of Technology in Sydney returns to FSE with a new lecture.

On November 19, 2019 from 16:00, he will give a lecture in the building of the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies at MO 311 on the topic:

Uncovering Private Property Rights
Why does land ownership matter?
Why can’t land development do without them?

Prof. Since 2017, John Sheehan has been a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Socio-Economic UJEP.

Professor John Sheehan works at the University of Technology in Sydney and what lawyer specializes in common law.

Public performance of Czech Envi Thesis finalists

The first year of the nationwide competition for the best graduate work in the environment is coming to an end and the competition knows its finalists! The final afternoon will take place on 27 November at UJEP in Ústí nad Labem in the presence of interesting members of the Scientific Board, Ondřej Vetchý and above all the finalists themselves.

The event will take place in the Red Hall of the Multifunction Center at UJEP Campus from 14:00. After the opening ceremony, the work of the finalists will be presented with the participation of the Scientific Council, which will include, for example, former Minister of the Environment Bedřich Moldan or chairwoman of the Commission for Regulatory Impact Assessment at the Legislative Council of the Government Jiřina Jílková. In the second part of the program, Ondřej Vetchý will be discussing the topics the thesis deals with and eventually the winners will be announced.

Brief information about all the works we bring on facebook competition.
Program of the event here.

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