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Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
The oldest university in central Europe, Charles University was founded on April 7, 1348 by Charles IV, later the Holy Roman Emperor and the King of Bohemia. From its foundation it was devoted to studia generalia and it was endowed by the emperor with all the privileges enjoyed by older European universities. The university still bears his name and still strives to fulfil the vocation, which its founder so wisely intended for it: to be a place which opens the way to education, wisdom, and knowledge. Since its foundation, however, Charles University has also been an international institution, welcoming in its lecture halls students and distinguished academics from all over the world, contributing to creation of European and world science and becoming mother or sister to many other European universities in neighbouring areas.
At present, Charles University consists of seventeen faculties and educates more than 45,000 students a year. The faculties are centres not only for teaching, but also for research and scholarship.
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics is one of the seventeen faculties of Charles University. Mathematics, physics, and astronomy which today belong among the exact or natural sciences, were lectured at the university almost from the very beginning. Among the scholars who have worked at and/or cooperated with Charles University and its faculties while staying in Prague were Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Bernard Bolzano, Ernst Mach, Albert Einstein, Rudolf Carnap and Jaroslav Heyrovský. Mathematics and physics were traditionally taught within the frame of the Philosophical Faculty (Faculty of Arts) until 1920 when the independent Faculty of Natural Sciences came into existence. Nowadays, it is the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics established in 1952, which provides education in all fields of computer science (informatics), mathematics, physics in BSc, MSc and PhD courses, and offers training for those that intend to graduate as school teachers of these subjects. A characteristic feature of the Faculty is the close interconnection of teaching activities and a wide spectrum of research work.
At this Faculty, students benefit from being taught by those at the forefront of scholarship and research in their fields. At present, teaching is provided by 295 teachers (including 70 full- and 121 associate professors) in 28 departments and Faculty Institutes (representing three sections: the School of Computer Science, the School of Mathematics and the School of Physics). The scientific reputation of the Faculty is reflected in the high success rate of domestic and international grant proposals: in 2012 scientists of the Faculty have participated in 393 projects of Czech grant agencies including 31 international projects. The same year the staff of the Faculty published 11 monographs, 12 textbooks and 1118 papers, 933 of which are original works. Together with research workers from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the committed staff of the Faculty supervised 773 postgraduate students in 27 fields of study and 77 PhD theses were successfully defended in 2012.
Week of Doctoral Students
The Faculty organizes an international student conference every year as a part of the education of postgraduate students. In this year, the activities are focused on the postgraduate students of physical study branches, only. In order to give the students an opportunity to prepare for their future participation in international conferences, the structure and regime of the WDS resemble strongly such a conference: near branches of study are grouped into symposia, and particular sessions of symposia are lead by experienced chair, time-schedule for contributions is firm, language of the conference is English and the written contributions are published in reviewed Proceedings.
WDS Welcomes Active Participants
WDS conferences are open: besides students enrolled at the Faculty, the staff of the Faculty and co-operating academic institutions, students, and experts of other Czech and foreign universities have always taken part. These latter participants come from universities with research activities in fields similar to the study branches of the doctoral education at the Faculty and with some degree of co-operation with our departments. Their active presence allows the students, the supervisors, and the members of the Doctoral Study Branch Committees to make an objective evaluation of the results of their own work.
Staff members of the Faculty, of the institutes of the Academy of Sciences, and of other co-operating institutions are cordially invited to come. WDS offers them a rare opportunity to get fresh information about the today's research activities of the departments of the Faculty and of other co-operating institutions.
A history of WDS documents a short survey of previous activities presented in following diagrams that show the numbers of participants and published papers in the WDS Proceedings.
We regret but we can grant the accommodation and financial support to limited amount of participants. We already run out of a capacity for both supports and accommodations.
We are planning several plenary lectures interesting for all participants (a list of the general lectures presented in previous years); some of them will present B. Bolzano Foundation prize winners or other interesting results.
The invited lectures, oral contributions, and poster presentations from 13 physical study branches will be divided into the symposia in accordance with their topics. The number of the symposia depends on the number of the contributions and will be determined in course of the programme preparation.
The applicants outside of the Faculty are asked to indicate the code of the study branch which is relevant to the topic of their contributions.
Suggested reference examples:
Novak A., Squares and triangles, in WDS'12 Proceedings of Contributed Papers: Part I - Mathematics and Computer Sciences
(eds. J. Safrankova and J. Pavlu), Prague, Matfyzpress, pp. 134-137, 2012.
If you wish to publish your contribution in the book of Proceedings of WDS 2018, you are asked to answer the corresponding question in the registration form:
The contributions will be collected electronically (TEX+PS(PDF) or DOC files) via FTP and should be submitted not later than by June 12. You will receive the address of your FTP box for submission after the registration deadline.
Student's contributions can be published only under the agreement of the supervisor. Your supervisor will receive the corresponding form via the e-mail address that you have provided in your application.
All manuscripts will be reviewed by one specialist and one doctoral student appointed by the student's supervisor (she/he would fill up the "supervisor agreement form" received by e-mail) and/or by the particular session chairman/referee (taking into account the supervisor recommendation) immediately after WDS.
We will return comments, requests, and/or suggestions of reviewers to the authors during August/September. Then the authors should submit the final version of their papers (together with the Letter to the referees reflecting your changes and complements). We use electronic delivery via FTP only (the same instructions apply as for the starting version paper), in order to make necessary format corrections easy.
Finally, we will distribute the PDFs of accepted papers for Proceedings as soon as possible (probably during December).
The electronic manuscript of contributions to be published in the Proceedings are expected to be prepared in LaTEX or MS Word. There is an option to set the basic font size of the printed article to 11 or 10 pt.
Both examples include the required font settings, formatting of title, authors, affiliations, abstract, references, and page headings, as well as suggested article sections. Black&white figures and caption examples are also included. All questions regarding the above style and templates should be addressed to WDS 2018 Organizing Committee.
Language of Publication: English
The conference will start with a general plenary session for all participants. Two lectures of recently finished PhD students provide an outstanding opportunity for students and teachers to review the latest issues affecting the physics. The daily programme will be divided into symposia according to study branches. The symposia will continue with breaks for coffee or lunch, till 6 p.m.
The poster sessions will be held after the corresponding symposium. All contributors are asked to arrange their posters before the morning session to give the possibility to other participants to see them during breaks and to remove the posters after the session. In this year, we suppose again a joint poster session of all participants accompanied by a small refreshment.
The Faculty can offer a limited number of the accommodation facilities in the student campus. 17. listopadu The campus is located a walking distance (5 minutes) from the main building of the Faculty where the conference is held. An applicant will share a two-bed room with another WDS participant.
Accommodation of active participants is free of charge, however, the number of supports is limited.