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Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences
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Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

General description


ASU is the largest research organization in the field of astrophysics and space research in the Czech Republic. The institute takes part in many international space-research projects as well as in the large ground-based observatories. The institute is a significant contributor to the research carried out by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and involved in projects on the development and construction of instruments for missions by the European Space Agency (ESA). The research conducted at the institute covers a wide range of topics; from the immediate environs of the Earth to distant galaxies and black holes in their cores. The research activities are carried out in four scientific departments: 1) Department of Solar Physics, 2) Department of Stellar Physics, 3) Department of Interplanetary Matter and 4) Department of Galaxies and Planetary Systems. About two thirds of all impact papers published by the researchers of the institute are published in the most renowned astronomical journals like Astronomy & Astrophysics, The Astrophysical Journal and Monthly Notices. Over the past years, the institute had over 90 papers published in impact journals per year, few more dozens in conference proceedings, and about the same amount of other publications in bulletins and other astronomical periodicals.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

  • Perek 2-m optical telescope: the largest optical instrument in the Czech Republic equipped with single order and echelle spectrographs, and a recently installed photometric camera. This telescope is mainly used for observations of stars and stellar systems including those with exoplanets. These objects are studied by members of department, often in an international collaboration. Other telescopes available for observations are the D50 telescope and the BART robotic telescope, both devoted mainly to observations of γ ray burst afterglows.
  • 10m-dish radiotelescope
  • HPC clusters
  • The institute hosts two Research Infrastructures listed at the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures and EU Roadmap ESFRI: The European ALMA Regional Center – Czech node and European Solar Telescope – Czech participation.


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The following research groups of this Hosting organisation are involved in the first call of MERIT. The candidates can freely formulate their own research topic aligned with activities and research focus of these research groups.

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30 fellowships
30 months