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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SSH.2013.6.3-1 | Award Amount: 1.66M | Year: 2014

MYWeB takes a balanced approach to assessing the feasibility of a European Longitudinal Study for Children and Young People (ELSCYP) through prioritising both scientific and policy imperatives. Striking the appropriate balance between science and policy is guaranteed through the use of an evaluation/appraisal methodology which ensures that the outcomes will be methodologically robust, technically feasible and will represent value for money. A full scale pilot study in six countries means original empirical data on field experiences will provide direct evidence of the feasibility of an ELSCYP. Engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including policy-makers at a European, Member State and regional level ensures that the project outcomes take into account the broadest range of policy makers. Questions about the value added that a longitudinal survey can offer over a cross-sectional survey will, therefore, be fully informed by policy agendas. Children and Young People are integrated into the project plan to contribute to the operationalisation of notions of well-being as well as in understanding the best modes of conducting an ELSCYP. The MYWeB consortium contains researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and provides expertise in the areas of children and young peoples well-being, childhood care; education; the environment in which a child grows up, childhood/youth work and leisure and participation. In addition, all teams are experienced in undertaking questionnaire survey research. Each Delivery Partner and Collaborator in the consortium is part of the FP7 funded MYPLACE project and have direct experience of working with one another on a large and complex project and the requirements to deliver to contract. The consortium contains a team with international repute in the methodology of longitudinal surveys ensuring that the project outcomes are informed by cutting edge scientists working in this field of methodology.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SSH-2010-5.1-1 | Award Amount: 9.97M | Year: 2011

MYPLACE explores how young peoples social participation is shaped by the shadows (past, present and future) of totalitarianism and populism in Europe. Conceptually, it goes beyond the comparison of discrete national political cultures or reified classifications of political heritage (postcommunist/liberal democratic); it is premised rather on the pan-European nature of a range of radical and populist political and philosophical traditions and the cyclical rather than novel nature of the popularity they currently enjoy. Empirically, MYPLACE employs a combination of survey, interview and ethnographic research instruments to provide new, pan- European data that not only measure levels of participation but capture the meanings young people attach to it. Analytically, through its specific focus on youth and the historical and cultural contextualization of young peoples social participation, MYPLACE replaces the routine, and often abstract, iteration of the reasons for young peoples disengagement from politics with an empirically rich mapping of young peoples understandings of the civic and political space that they inhabit. In policy terms, MYPLACE identifies the obstacles to, and facilitators of, young peoples reclamation of the European political arena as a place for them.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH-2007-5.2-01;SSH-2007-3.3-01 | Award Amount: 1.72M | Year: 2008

The proposed research project is aimed at an in-depth understanding of the ways in which the modern European identities and regional cultures are formed and inter-communicated in the Eastern part of the European continent. The project is an inter-disciplinary effort (sociology, political science, history, ethnography). Its methodological thrust is empirical and comparative; new data complementing prioritiess will be generated. On top of that, the project pursues the objective to verify and advance existing theoretical and methodological frameworks for ethnic studies as well studies of identities and nationalism. In order to account for the diversity encountered in the field and to adequately identify the main factors in the identity formation process, ethnic groups, which are part of larger titular nations and are divided by the new European frontier toward the New Independent States are studied. Altogether, 8-10 million people have been affected by politically set boundaries. The project clusters based on major themes such as Formation and interplay of identities and ethnic cultures in Europe, Nations between states, Self-governance, representation and citizenship, Historical memory and dynamic trajectories of the development of ethnic minorities in Eastern Europe. Project assumes a detailed study of a sample of 10 ethnic minorities in EE by the means of a series of quantitative and qualitative surveys focusing on the identities and values issues. Four regional workshops and a final conference will conclude the project.


Puterova Z.,Comenius University | Krutosikova A.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava | Veghc D.,Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Arkivoc | Year: 2010

Chemistry of 2-aminothiophenes is arguably one of the most extensive and dynamic field of present-day thiophene research. Since 1961 when first report on the Gewald reaction was reported it became a universal method for synthesis of substituted 2-aminothiophenes and has gained prominence in recent times. The availability of reagents and the mild reaction conditions all contribute to the versatility of this reaction. This review summarizes the synthetic strategies for substituted 2-aminothiophenes. Consequently, details about the proposed mechanism of Gewald-like reactions and the wide scope of substituted 2-aminothiophenes for real life applications. © ARKAT USA, Inc.


Celko J.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava | Guth A.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
Rehabilitacia | Year: 2016

Basis: Motion activity of population decreases regardless the age, what increases the risk of chronic illnesses. Strategies focused on improvements of motion activity are usually not able to keep the motivation to movement in the long term. Aim of this work was to assess the motion activity in walking with a dog, factors that influence it and to review its long term sustainability. Methods: Information from studies listed in electronic databases and journals till the end of the year 2015 concerning the factors that influence walking with a dog, impact of dog ownership on motion activity of the owner and possibilities of its therapeutic - prevention use is introduced. Results, conclusions: Most of the studies objectified long term sustainability of increased motion activity of dog owners in comparison to those who do not own dogs and positive impact of this interaction on health state of humans. Owners of dogs who do not walk them represent a big reserve: the obstacles that prevent from walking a dog are stated. The results of studies focused on specific classes of citizens such as seniors, children, pregnant women, diabetes mellitus patients, or patients with cardiovascular diseases are also stated.


Kuchtova A.,Slovak Academy of Sciences | Janecek S.,Slovak Academy of Sciences | Janecek S.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Proteins and Proteomics | Year: 2015

Abstract The CAZy glycoside hydrolase (GH) family GH77 is a monospecific family containing 4-α-glucanotransferases that if from prokaryotes are known as amylomaltases and if from plants including algae are known as disproportionating enzymes (DPE). The family GH77 is a member of the α-amylase clan GH-H. The main difference discriminating a GH77 4-α-glucanotransferase from the main GH13 α-amylase family members is the lack of domain C succeeding the catalytic (β/α)8-barrel. Of more than 2400 GH77 members, bacterial amylomaltases clearly dominate with more than 2300 sequences; the rest being approximately equally represented by Archaea and Eucarya. The main goal of the present study was to deliver a detailed bioinformatics study of family GH77 (416 collected sequences) focused on amylomaltases from borreliae (containing unique sequence substitutions in functionally important positions) and plant DPE2 representatives (possessing an insert of ∼ 140 residues between catalytic nucleophile and proton donor). The in silico analysis reveals that within the genus of Borrelia a gradual evolutionary transition from typical bacterial Thermus-like amylomaltases may exist to family-GH77 amylomaltase versions that currently possess progressively mutated the most important and otherwise invariantly conserved positions. With regard to plant DPE2, a large group of bacterial amylomaltases represented by the amylomaltase from Escherichia coli with a longer N-terminus was identified as a probable intermediary connection between Thermus-like and DPE2-like (existing also among bacteria) family GH77 members. The presented results concerning both groups, i.e. amylomaltases from borreliae and plant DPE2 representatives (with their bacterial counterpart), may thus indicate the direction for future experimental studies. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.


Huraj L.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava | Siladi V.,Matej Bel University
Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science | Year: 2012

Trust is an integral part of grid computing systems. Traditional grid environment uses various, mostly centrally oriented methods for trust establishment, e.g. certification authorities, VO management servers or credentials pools. On the other side, ad hoc grids demand minimal administrative requirements; especially an absence of a central trust authority, where collaborating entities must establish and maintain a trust relationship among themselves. The paper presents a design of a supported authorization mechanism for easier formation of virtual organizations based on attribute certificates. Moreover, an evaluation of the mechanism based on simulation results as well as insights into the configuration of such scheme in ad hoc grid environment are described.


Celko J.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava | Guth A.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
Rehabilitacia | Year: 2016

Basis: People after spinal injuries are more often compromised by overheating in sports in comparison to health sportsmen and the risk is growing with height of the lesion. Absence of vasomotor and sudomotoric activity below lesion level degrades their homoiothermy to poikilothermy. Increased core temperature during sport (>37,8 °C) decreases their performance and can lead to exhaustion from hyperthermia (<40 °C) or even to heatstroke (>40 °C). Cooling before sport performance as well as during the sport increases their safety, decreases thermal stress and improves performance. Methods: Knowledge from studies published in electronic databases and from journals, focused on cooling before as well as during the performance are stated in this work. Effectiveness of outer and inner cooling methods on core temperature, skin temperature and sport performance were compared in physically handicapped sportsmen, as well as in sportsmen after spinal injury. Influence of height of the lesion on thermoregulation in sportsmen after spinal injury was assessed. Results, conclusion: In physically healthy sportsmen, the combination of cooling before and during the performance was well proven. Immersion into cool water seems to be the most effective cooling way before the performance in hot environment; its usage in practice collides with numerous problems. Drink from smashed ice presents an effective practical alternative before the performance as well as during the sport. Cooling garments have limited effectiveness despite their wide usage.


Novakova R.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava | Ovsenak V.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing Challenges on the World Market and Wood-Based Energy Goes Global - Proceedings of Scientific Papers | Year: 2015

An important condition for survival of organizations active in wood-processing industry in global competitive environment is not only to produce a hight quality product. It becomes essentially important to advertise the product. The investments into marketing communication represent important financial expenses which are often influenced by factors such as market entry or decision on marketing programme. The later is about the possibilityhow to adapt one's marketing mix to local conditions. The content of the article defines various problem areas which can be included in setting the communication strategy in wood-processing industry. We will also point out two extremes regarding decisions on marketing programme and we will focus on two different practice exaples which will confirm our theory.


Novakova R.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava | Habinakova E.,University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing Challenges on the World Market and Wood-Based Energy Goes Global - Proceedings of Scientific Papers | Year: 2015

The traditional goal of outsourcing was the cost reduction. Nowadays outsourcing allows organizations to concentrate their financial and management resources on activities connected with value production. We can say outsourcing is no longer an operational issue only. It is becoming an important part of key-decision making of the top management. The organizations producing wood products, mainly those smaller ones, usually do not have sufficient capacities to provide a complex portfolio of marketing service. However, to resist the competitive forces, the main reasons of small organizations producing wood products which result in omitting some marketing activities and benefits and risks of such decisions for the whole organization.

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