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Arctic Ecology course 2016, applications open until 15. March MORE INFO HERE.

Polar Symposium in Lublin: Progress in polar research – new experiences and challenges, 8–11th of June, 2016.

The Arctic Science Summit Week 2017 "A Dynamic Arctic in Global Change" 31 March – 7 April 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Report Teaching 2015 (pdf) - now available

Report Science 2015 (pdf) - now available

Information about new ship CPE "Motorsailer type MS Servác 'RV CLIONE'" (in Czech, contains pictures)

TNF Tsjekkisk-Norsk Forum from nov. 2015 (pdf) in Czech, the article about Czech arctic science on Svalbard (from page 6)

workshop "
SOUČASNÉ TRENDY V ČESKÉM POLÁRNÍM VÝZKUMU 2015" will take place on November 20th from 11:00 in CPE lecture room - more info here

seminar at Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic, November 19th at 12:30 "České polární aktivity, možnosti a nové výzvy"- more info here

lecture given by Kamila Weissová "Studium cirkadiánního systému u člověka: Nové metody a jejich využití v psychiatrii" will take place on October 29th at 11:00 - more info here

lecture given by Prashant Singh "Phylogenetic and taxonomic evaluation of Indian cyanobacteria: A brief overview" will take place on October 13th at 11:00 - more info here

workshop "Současné trendy v českém polárním výzkumu 2015" is held on November 20th 2015 - more info here

A new INTERACT station catalogue including Petuniabukta station just appeared - lets follow the link

Arctic Science Summit Week 2017 in Prague - advertisement here

Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Svalbard (IPSiS) Meeting Svalbard, Arctic. Info here.

Seminar 14. 4.: Greenhouse gasses emissions and microbial activity in Svalbard.

Information about conference Students In Polar Research Conference 2015

FameLab 2015 – let's talk science! invitation (in Czech), Poster (in Czech) a instruction (in Czech).

Report Teaching 2014 (pdf) - now available

Report Science 2014 (pdf) - now available

IASC Progress Winter - now available here

International Conference on the occasion of the centenary of the death of Julius Payer - 1st Central European Polar Meeting (10th � 13th November 2015, Vienna, Austria) - more info here

abstract book from "Současné trendy v českém polárním výzkumu 2014" available here

Witness the Arctic online here

CPE workshop "Zoologie - Zamrzlá evoluce Antarktida" - 12.-13. prosince 2014 - více info zde

CPE seminar with lecture - Ioan I. Ardelean 5.11.2014 at 15:00 " Cyanobacteria - a personal journey " - more info here

CPE finally on facebook - follow the link


Special issue of Polish Polar Research on research activities in Petuniabukta with major contribution of CPE members available online here!


Download the Billefjorden photos in original quality as your monitor wallpaper!


2013 expedition news and photos... 



Centre for Polar Ecology (CPE) is part of the Department of ecosystem biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. The main purpose of CPE is ensuring regular university courses of Polar Ecology and similar science topics. Foundation of the Centre for Polar Ecology was a logical consequence of the project supported by Czech ministry of education called: „Biologická a klimatická diverzita centrální části arktického souostroví Svalbard" ( INGO LA 341). This project was carried out by the CPE members in colaboration with Institute of Botany in Třeboň (Czech Academy of Sciences) and Masaryk university, Brno during the years 2007-2010. Nowadays, the university courses and research activities in Arctic are supported by funding of Czech ministry of education as a part of the project "LM2010009 � Projekt CzechPolar � České polární stanice" Stavba a operační náklady" and "Vytvoření pracovního týmu a pedagogických podmínek pro výuku a vzdělávání v oblasti polární ekologie a života v extrémním prostředí", reg. č. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0190.





The highest point of the Petuniabukta area, where the Czech research station is placed, is the Pyramiden summit (935 m a.s.l.). The present shape of the peak is a result of long-term geomorphological processes of surrounding glaciers - the large Bertil glacier on the opposite side of the mountain and just remains of the Elsa glacier (on the picture). Since 2010 a Czech automatic weather station is installed on the summit. It measures air temperature and humidity, also wind speed and direction is recorded. In the central part of the picture a system of Holocene marine teracces is very well developed. These prove the long-term process of uplifting of the whole region after the recent (Holocene) deglaciation. The diference between the upper (oldest) terrace is more than 50 metres. A fossil skelet of a whale can be found on the upper marine terrace as well.

Jan Kavan