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New courses at the Department of zoology in summer semester 2019/20

Evolutionary Biology (KZO/102E): This course provides and introduction to evolutionary biology. It describes key evolutionary processes, both micro- (variability, inheritance, selection and drift) and macroevolutionary (evolutionary novelties, speciation and extinction). It describes the relationship between micro- and macroevolution, evolution and ontogeny, and evolution and phylogeny, and emphasizes the importance of phylogenetic approach in biology and ecology using a multitude of case studies. Lecturer: RNDr. Pavel Duda, Ph.D.
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Practical Writing and Communication (KZO/108): The course will provide students with practical skills necessary for writing successful grant proposals and scientific text. The students will be shown how to manage and share their data in order to improve the clarity and impact of their work. This will be supplemented by sessions focused on discussing what objectives are important to achieve in order to start a successful scientific career. The course puts a strong emphasis on practical exercise and open discussion with the students. Lecturers: RNDr. Jan Hrček, Ph.D., RNDr. Petr Klimeš, Ph.D., doc. RNDr. Oldřich Nedvěd, CSc., doc. RNDr. Adam Petrusek, Ph.D., Mgr. Kateřina Sam, Ph.D., RNDr. Martin Volf, Ph.D.

Critical Reading in Ecology (KZO/109): This is a more formal alternative to classical journal clubs. In addition to discussing the findings of the presented studies, the course focuses on reviewing and discussing the structure, clarity, and other formal aspects of the text. This aims to help the participants to improve the clarity of their own work and to avoid classical mistakes during manuscript preparation and writing. Lecturer: RNDr. Martin Volf, Ph.D.

Science Communication (KZO/100E): The lectures are going to be half frontal, consisting from discussions and practical advices. Each student will get basic tips and tricks which he/she will have chance to try herself/himself. During the lectures, students will have oportunity to practice scientific presentations (5 min, 15 min) preparation and presentation, poster preparations. Further, we will prepare experiment proposal for lab meeting, and several lectures will be devoted to grant proposal writing. Finally, different steps of manuscript submission will be discusses and practiced: letter to editor, cover letter, work with refrence managers, supplementary materiál preparations and ethics of data sharing will be discussed. Finally, the students will write a popular one page article about a paper and give a presentation about a paper. One lecture will be fully focused on forms of presentation and non-verbal comunication during the presentations. Lecturer: Mgr. Kateřina Sam, Ph.D.

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