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Prague, 2 OCT 2019 – At the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT), a prestigious new position called Chair – Medicinal Chemistry is being established for a leading foreign expert in drug discovery and development. It offers an unconventional form of collaboration with the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague), which will be supporting the new researcher with a grant of 7M CZK over a period of five years. That money will also assist in starting an excellent new research group at UCT.
The agreement was signed by representatives of both institutions on 2 October 2019. The application process for an international competition will be opened this coming winter, with the selection committee comprising experts from UCT and IOCB Prague alongside two foreign scientists.
Meet the UCT Prague representatives at the International Education Fairs in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey!
IEF Kazakhstan 2019 – NURSULTAN, SHYMKENT, ALMATY, Kazakhstan
- 5-6 October - Nursultan, Congress Center
- 8-9 October - Shymkent, Rixos Khadisha Shymkent
- 11-13 October – Almaty, Palace of sport and culture named after Baluan Sholak
Presentation of UCT Prague study programmes – BAKU, Azerbaijan
- 19 October - Jafar Jabbarly 44, Caspian Plaza III, I. Floor
Begin Edu Fair 2019 – BAKU, Azerbaijan
- 19 October – Baku, JW Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel
IEFT Turkey Fairs Fall 2019 – ISTANBUL, Turkey
- 25 October – Istanbul Asian Side, Bostanaci Dedeman Hotel
- 26-27 October – Istanbul European Side, Istanbul Congress Centre
For the first time, UCT Prague has been ranked among the 1,000 best universities in the world, rising to 355th place, the second best position among Czech universities this year.
These excellent results in the QS World University Rankings 2020 was largely due to the small student-to-academic instructor ratio. Individual support for the educational process and the consequential involvement of students in research activities has finally carried UCT Prague to 47th place in the world and first in the Czech Republic.
“We are pleased that student support at UCT Prague is also appreciated at the international level. But we are really talking about students and their individual growth, so the rankings results are just a pleasant consequence,” said Karel Melzoch, Rector of UCT Prague.
Contributing to this year’s ranking was the international environment of our university—for the Czech context, a relatively high number of students from abroad. In recent years, the university has also attracted international researchers who decided to pursue their careers at UCT Prague.
“Placing in the first 400 can help us attract more excellent students and researchers from abroad,” said Pavel Matějka, Vice-Rector for External Relations and Communication. “On the other hand, I don’t want to overstate one year’s ranking; we don’t know how the numbers will look like next time, particularly because we ranked in the first 1,000 for the first time,” added Matějka, who sees room for further improvement. “As a disciplinary-focused university, we will never have as much recognition as the larger universities. Yet solid work in science and research as well as collaboration with companies and institutions can push us even higher.”
This year was a good year for all Czech universities included in the rankings. Charles University broke through to the top 300 in the world, and all other Czech universities have improved. CTU Prague was ranked 498th, Masaryk University 551-560th, Palacký University Olomouc 601-650th, and BUT Brno 651-700th. New to the rankings were TU Liberec (751-800th) as well as the the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) and the University of Ostrava, both in the 810-1,000th ranking band.
All rankings together with ranking methodology can be found online at: QS World University Rankings 2020.
The 9th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2019) will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 5-8 November, 2019.
The RAFA organizers, the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague, Czech Republic) and Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), part of Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands), would like to invite food scientists from academia and industry, and representatives of national and international agencies, control authorities, governmental and commercial laboratories to attend this event.
RAFA has grown since the conference was launched in 2003. The previous events were usually attended by 800 participants from more than 60 countries of Europe, Asia, America, Australia and Africa, and supported by more than 50 sponsors, exhibitors and media partners.
The RAFA 2019 symposium will provide an overview of contemporary trends in analytical & bioanalytical strategies in food quality and safety control and discuss challenges / novel approaches in food and natural products analysis. Following areas related to recent & emerging issues will be addressed within the RAFA 2019 sessions:
- Mycotoxins, marine and plant toxins
- Migrants from food contact materials
- Processing contaminants
- Pesticide & veterinary drug residues
- Industrial contaminants
- Allergens, antinutrients
- Metals & metalloids & speciation
- Healthy nutrients & vitamins
- Flavour significant compounds
- QA/QC & Chemometrics & Big data handling
- Authenticity & food fraud
- Omics in food analysis
- Food forensics
- Microplastics in food
- Novel food bioactives & supplements
- Organic crops & foodstuffs
- Human biomonitoring
- Portable on-site food analysis
The conference programme will be accompanied by several satellite events alongside workshops, seminars, and tutorials on novel analytical strategies, including workshops on “Vibrational Spectroscopy and Chemometrics for the Monitoring of Food and Feed Products and Contaminants Detection”, and “Human Biomonitoring in Food Quality and Safety”, and “Microplastics in the Food Chain”, and “Portable Food Analysis and Citizen Science”. Other sessions include “Data Quality and Smart Data Handling in Food Analysis” and “METROFOOD-RI: Workshop on Metrology in Food and Nutrition”.
An interactive seminar will discuss “Step by Step Strategies for Fast development of Smart Analytical Methods”.
The EU Reference Laboratories Colloquium will include a workshop on “Experiences, Achievements and Challenges Addressed by EU Reference Laboratories”.
The Food Authorities’ Summit — EU and Beyond, will include a seminar from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on “Food Safety Issues Beyond the EU” as well as workshops on “Food Safety in China: Past, Present and Future” led by China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA).
An open day of the EU-China-Safe: Delivering an Effective, Resilient and Sustainable EU-China Food Safety Partnership, will focus on the latest developments and strategies in food safety and authenticity control and demonstration of the best practice for a joint EU-China food safety control system. RAFA Smart Lab showcasing FoodSmartphone and PhasmaFood projects will demonstrate smart analysers and applications for on-site testing of food quality and safety. Another session will discuss the collaboration challenges within the EU framework programme for research and innovation.
Vendor Seminar and Exhibition
Vendor seminars provide the opportunity for leading companies to introduce recent instrumentation and analytical strategies for advanced food quality and safety control. An exhibition of modern instruments, laboratory equipment, reference materials, and consumables used in food analysis will be an important part of the symposium.
Young Scientist Opportunities
A platform for young scientists will be offered to present their scientific work; typically 20% of the contributed oral presentations is assigned to the next generation. Also a number of RAFA 2019 Student Travel Grants has been provided. The best poster presentation(s) by a young scientist(s) will be awarded with the prestigious RAFA Poster Award and sponsored poster award(s).
In summary, RAFA 2019 will offer again a high-quality scientific programme with top-quality presentations followed by stimulating discussions, a series of satellite events, a large state-of-the-art exhibition and an attractive social programme. Scientific contributions will be presented by leading scientists through keynote lectures and by contributed oral and poster presentations. The RAFA 2019 programme will be tailored to provide a lot of opportunities for networking as well as exploration of the latest results of the food analysis community.
More details can be found on the RAFA 2019 website www.rafa2019.eu.
Prof. Jana Hajslova, Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition, UCT Prague
and Prof. Michel Nielen, Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), part of Wageningen University & Research
RAFA 2019 chairs
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