Teachers & Scientists


Do you teach physics at lower or upper-secondary school? Would you like to learn more about current issues in physics? Is it of interest to you how to present complex topics to students? Would you like to get to know the environment of Czech and world science?

Come to join informal discussions with scientists from the Institute of Physics, Institute of Plasma Physics, Nuclear Physics Institute and Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

What it is about and how it works

  • Our institutes welcome teachers from lower and upper secondary schools who are interested in up-to-date information from physics and related fields.
  • The meetings are informal over a cup of coffee or tea.
  • In selected topics, teachers are invited to excursions and workshops in our laboratories. Worksheets for use in classes are available in connection to some of the talks (and per request can be translated into English).
  • The topics are created by the teachers themselves - please send your suggestions to Julie Nekola Nováková at novakovajn [at] fzu [dot] cz (novakovajn[at]fzu[dot]cz). Based on your ideas we then organize individual events - your suggestions are thus a vital precondition for the events to take place.

When and where?

  • Typically the first Tuesday in a calendar month.
  • We start at 5 p.m., the duration is one to two hours depending on the topic and the possibility of a lab excursion.
  • The event itself and the selected topic is announced on this web page or on our Facebook two weeks prior to the event.
  • Once the event is announced, also registration via our registration system is opened at rezervace.fzu.cz
  • Events usually take place at our facilities in Prague 8, depending on the topic.

The participating institutes together cover virtually all areas of physics. The main directions of research for us are nuclear and particle physics, nuclear fusion, astrophysics, condensed matter physics, plasma physics, chemistry, optics, laser physics and others. Apart from basic research, a number of our experts also participate in the transfer of results to practice, e.g. in medicine, industry, photonics and electronics, transport, power engineering or environment protection. Teachers can thus ask questions about almost anything.


Fyzikální ústav: Julie Nekola Nováková, novakovajn [at] fzu [dot] cz (novakovajn[at]fzu[dot]cz)
Ústav fyziky plazmatu: Vladimír Kebza, kebza [at] ipp [dot] cas [dot] cz (kebza[at]ipp[dot]cas[dot]cz)
Ústav jaderné fyziky: Vladimír Wagner, wagner [at] ujf [dot] cas [dot] cz (wagner[at]ujf[dot]cas[dot]cz)
Ústav fotoniky a elektroniky: Petra Palečková, Paleckova [at] ufe [dot] cz (Paleckova[at]ufe[dot]cz)

List of meetings (change of programme is reserved)

[translation of the list below in-progress]


  • 20. 2.
    setkání s Ing. Prokopem Hapalou, Ph.D.
    Molekulární stroje
    Na sklonku ledna spustíme rezervaci míst na přednášku (pracoviště Slovanka).
  • 12. 3.
    setkání s RNDr. Pavlem Galářem, Ph.D.
    (téma bude upřesněno)
    Na konci února spustíme rezervaci míst na přednášku (pracoviště Slovanka).




  • 2. 6.
    online meeting with Michal Cifra (ÚFE AV ČR)
    Light of living organisms - biological autoluminiscence
  • May 5
    online meeting with Miloš Lokajíček (FZU AV ČR)
    New fundamental interaction – yes or not?
  • April 4
    online meeting with Jan Ebr (FZU AV ČR)
    Do not get lost in celestial spheres
  • March 3
    online meeting with Alexandr Špaček (ELI Beamlines, FZU AV ČR)
    The secret of the development of ultra-intense lasers
  • February 3
    online meeting with Jan Horáček (ÚFP AV ČR)
    Thermic shield of a thermonuclear reactor
  • January 6
    online meeting with Michal Žák (MFF UK, ČHMÚ)
    The climate change – facts (and myths) or what awaits us



  • November – December 2020, event cancelled due to covid restrictions
  • November 2
    U&V Speciál
    Fusion day at Institute of plasma physics CAS and tour around tokamak COMPASS
  • September 9
    Martin Ledinský (FZU AV ČR), Miloš Rotter (MFF UK)
    Experiments with liquid nitrogen
  • April – June 2020, event cancelled due to covid restrictions
  • March 4
    Petr Kužel (FZU AV ČR)
    Observing individual oscillations of infrared radiation
  • February 5
    Z. Hájková, P. Bauerová, J. Libertínová (FZU AV ČR)
    On the wings of electrons into the nanoworld
    (materials for download)
  • January 8
    Jakub Vošmera (FZU AV ČR)
    Basic principles of physics: To the limits of an experiment and beyond


  • March 6
    Vladimír Wagner (Institute of Nuclear Physics)
    Nuclear power engineering: Outlook for the future
  • April 3
    Karel Výborný (FZU)
    Quantum mechanics: Beginnings, formalism and technologies of the future
  • May 15
    Leoš Dvořák (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics)
    The special theory of relativity: how to teach it at upper-secondary school (and maybe even a little earlier)
  • June 5
    Matěj Ryston (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics)
    A general theory of relativity at upper-secondary school
  • September 11
    Irena Kratochvílová (FZU)
    Cryoprotection – a biophysical method of the future
  • October 10
    Jan Obdržálek (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics)
    New SI base units – we already have a kilogram without Sèvres
  • November 6
    Jan Obdržálek (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics)
    Centrifugal and Coriolis forces as a supplement to the equation of motion
  • December 4
    Vladimír Wagner (Institute of Nuclear Physics)
    Thermonuclear fusion – how far are we?

The event is supported by the project Improving quality of the strategic management in the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.