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University of Trnava
Trnava, Slovakia

The University of Trnava is a college of "university type" based in Trnava, Slovakia. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SiS-2009- | Award Amount: 5.34M | Year: 2010

European authorities and the international scientific community acknowledge the importance of Inquiry-Based Science and Mathematics Education (IBSME) to develop an integrated strategy for scientific literacy and awareness from primary to secondary school, reinforcing scientific careers. Scienceduc and Pollen FP6 projects as well as SINUS-Transfer have successfully implemented IBSME in a large number of European cities. Europe is now facing the urgent need to disseminate such approaches and enable all member States to have access, understand and implement them in a way that fits their own specificities. To go beyond best practices sharing and to provide effective know-how transfer at European level requires a dissemination model based on a systematic approach of IBSME at grassroots level, ensured by intermediary structures with successful experience in local IBSME implementation. The FIBONACCI project defines a dissemination process from 12 Reference Centres to 24 Twin Centres, based on quality and global approach. This will be done through the pairing of the former, selected for their large school-coverage and capacities for transfer of IBSME, with 12 Twin Centres 1 and 12 Twin Centres 2. These will receive training and tutoring for 2 years in order to become in turn Reference Centres and start disseminating. Transversal work between partners is organised through 5 major topics which will be explored through European training sessions and will lead to European guidelines in order to structure a common approach at European level. An external evaluation will be done to check achievement and quality. FIBONACCI will thus lead to the blueprint of a transfer methodology, valid for further Reference centre building in Europe. The project will be coordinated for 36 months by the Superior Normal School (France), with a shared scientific coordination with Bayreuth University. The Consortium will include 24 members over 21 countries, with endorsement from major institutions.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: HEALTH.2013.2.2.1-1 | Award Amount: 39.56M | Year: 2013

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability, leading to great personal suffering to victim and relatives, as well as huge direct and indirect costs to society. Strong ethical, medical, social and health economic reasons therefore exist for improving treatment. The CENTER-TBI project will collect a prospective, contemporary, highly granular, observational dataset of 5400 patients, which will be used for better characterization of TBI and for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). The generalisability of our results will be reinforced by a contemporaneous registry level data collection in 15-25,000 patients. Our conceptual approach is to exploit the heterogeneity in biology, care, and outcome of TBI, to discover novel pathophysiology, refine disease characterization, and identify effective clinical interventions. Key elements are the use of emerging technologies (biomarkers, genomics and advanced MR imaging) in large numbers of patients, across the entire course of TBI (from injury to late outcome) and across all severities of injury (mild to severe). Improved characterization with these tools will aid Precision Medicine, a concept recently advocated by the US National Academy of Science, facilitating targeted management for individual patients. Our consortium includes leading experts and will bring outstanding biostatistical and neuroinformatics expertise to the project. Collaborations with external partners, other FP7 consortia, and international links within InTBIR, will greatly augment scientific resources and broaden the global scope of our research. We anticipate that the project could revolutionize our view of TBI, leading to more effective and efficient therapy, thus improving outcome and reducing costs. These outcomes reflect the goals of CER to assist consumers, clinicians, health care purchasers, and policy makers to make informed decisions, and will improve healthcare at both individual and population levels.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SiS.2012.2.1.1-1 | Award Amount: 3.19M | Year: 2013

GENOVATE is an action-research project based on the implementation of Gender Equality Action Plans (GEAPs) in six European universities. It brings together a consortium with diverse experience with gender equality mainstreaming approaches, with varying institutional and disciplinary backgrounds and located in different national contexts. All, however, share common challenges for women engaged in research and all have identified three common areas for intervention: (i) recruitment, progression and research support; (ii) working environment, work-life balance and institutional culture, and finally, (iii) the increasingly important domain of standards and diversity in research excellence and innovation. Each partner university will address these areas through their individually tailored GEAPs that will build on existing structures and policies where relevant, or develop new systems and practices where appropriate. This contextualised approach will be supported by an ongoing knowledge-exchange system within the consortium and by ongoing participatory evaluation, both of which will maximise the shared learning of all partners at every step of the process. An ePortfolio system will allow individual experiences, challenges and thoughts to be documented and collated throughout the implementation process and this will inform the main deliverables of the projects: a social model of gender equality implementation and guidelines tailored to different actors and different contexts highlighting the issues, the challenges and the approaches that work. Dissemination of the outcomes will be shaped by a communications strategy for learning within the institutions, within national learning circles with key stakeholders and, internationally, through networking, media and publication activities. The long-term impact of the project will also be felt within the partner universities: the implementation of the GEAPs involves sustainability strategies for each institution to ensure that ther

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SiS-2010- | Award Amount: 3.19M | Year: 2011

This project is about setting up a Europe-wide network for professionals and academics in the area of Primary Science Education. The aim is to provide training and professional support to teachers to help them use Inquiry based learning in Science in schools. The platform at European level will network professionals as well as support the organisation of training courses. It also recognises teachers and researchers achievements in implementing Inquiry-based learning in science, as well as provide an opportunity for teachers and academics to share their experiences and successes. The project will concurrently also take small projects in primary science education, and promote them on a larger scale in order to provide examples of Inquiry Based teaching approaches to have an impact at European level. The project includes several previous projects, mainly: using an already developed theoretical pedagogical model for the teaching of science at primary level for developing teaching resources (developed as part of Comenius 1 and 2 projects); utilising the European network for primary school teachers to provide training and professional development to primary science teacher trainers; as well as providing in-service training opportunities based on experience of partners in implementing ERASMUS intensive courses for primary school teachers on a national and international level. Pri_Sci_Net aims to establish a European community of primary science educators working within the Inquiry Based approach.

Titis J.,University of Trnava | Boca R.,University of Trnava
Inorganic Chemistry | Year: 2010

The magnetostructural D correlation interrelates the zero-field-splitting parameter D withdrawn from the magnetic data with the structural tetragonality parameter Dstr. This correlation allows the quantitative prediction that D < 0 occurs for the tetragonally compressed nickel(II) complexes. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

Uhrovcik J.,University of Trnava
Talanta | Year: 2014

The paper is devoted to the evaluation of limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) values in concentration domain by using 4 different approaches; namely 3σ and 10σ approaches, ULA2 approach, PBA approach and MDL approach. Brief theoretical analyses of all above mentioned approaches are given together with directions for their practical use. Calculations and correct calibration design are exemplified by using of electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry for determination of lead in drinking water sample. These validation parameters reached 1.6 μg L -1 (LOD) and 5.4 μg L-1 (LOQ) by using 3σ and 10σ approaches. For obtaining relevant values of analyte concentration the influence of calibration design and measurement methodology were examined. The most preferred technique has proven to be a method of preconcentration of the analyte on the surface of the graphite cuvette (boost cycle). © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Trnka A.,University of Trnava | Grim T.,Palacky University
Frontiers in Zoology | Year: 2013

Background: Plumage polymorphism may evolve during coevolution between brood parasites and their hosts if rare morph(s), by contravening host search image, evade host recognition systems better than common variant(s). Females of the parasitic common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) are a classic example of discrete color polymorphism: gray females supposedly mimic the sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), while rufous females are believed to mimic the kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Despite many studies on host responses to adult cuckoos comprehensive tests of the " hawk mimicry" and " kestrel mimicry" hypotheses are lacking so far.Results: We tested these hypotheses by examining host responses to stuffed dummies of the sparrowhawk, kestrel, cuckoo and the innocuous turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) as a control at the nest. Our experimental data from an aggressive cuckoo host, the great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), showed low effectiveness of cuckoo-predator mimicry against more aggressive hosts regardless of the type of model and the degree of perfection of the mimic. Specifically, warblers discriminated gray cuckoos from sparrowhawks but did not discriminate rufous cuckoos from kestrels. However, both gray and rufous cuckoos were attacked vigorously and much more than control doves. The ratio of aggression to gray vs. rufous cuckoo was very similar to the ratio between frequencies of gray vs. rufous cuckoo morphs in our study population.Conclusions: Overall, our data combined with previous results from other localities suggest polymorphism dynamics are not strongly affected by local predator model frequencies. Instead, hosts responses and discrimination abilities are proportional, other things being equal, to the frequency with which hosts encounter various cuckoo morphs near their nests. This suggests that female cuckoo polymorphism is a counter-adaptation to thwart a specific host adaptation, namely an ability to not be fooled by predator mimicry. We hypothesize the dangerousness of a particular model predator (sparrowhawks are more dangerous to adult birds than kestrels) may be another important factor responsible for better discrimination between the gray cuckoo and its model rather than between the rufous cuckoo and its model. We also provide a review of relevant existing literature, detailed discussion of plumage polymorphism in cuckoos, methodological recommendations and new ideas for future work. © 2013 Trnka and Grim; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Bozek P.,University of Trnava
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing | Year: 2014

Car production starts at a mill where the steel plates are cutted out to body parts. This is followed by a fully automated welding shop, where robots weld the different body parts. All models are welded on the same line. At the end of the line is automatic control of dimensions. In line samples are welded chassis all models, robots are still “see” how the car looks like. Then every car body is still checked in detail and continues to paint shop. After painting the body continues to assembly hall where about 35% of the work carried out by robots and other activities make installers: Replacing the interior and exterior parts, engine mounting, axle, exhaust system and other mechanical components. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.

Boca R.,University of Trnava | Miklovic J.,University of Trnava | Titis J.,University of Trnava
Inorganic Chemistry | Year: 2014

Complex [Co(PPh3)2Br2] possesses intermediate magnetic anisotropy, D/hc = -13 cm-1. It displays superparamagnetic behavior either in the absence of the magnetic field or in fields of Bdc = 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, and 0.2 T. At Bdc = 0.1 T, the barrier to spin reversal U/kB = 37 K and the extrapolated relaxation time τ0 = 9.4 × 10-11 s confirm its classification as a single-molecule magnet. At Bdc = 0.2 T, two relaxation processes are evidenced. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

Titis J.,University of Trnava | Boca R.,University of Trnava
Inorganic Chemistry | Year: 2011

The magnetostructural D correlation for hexacoordinated cobalt(II) complexes is outlined. The structural and magnetic properties of a series of mononuclear cobalt(II) complexes with the general formulas [Co II(L)6]X2, [CoII(L) 2X2], and [CoII(L)2(H 2O)2(car)2] have been investigated where the coordination sphere is formed by nitrogen/oxygen-donor heterocycle (L), carboxylato (car), aqua, and chlorido ligands. The chromophores of these compounds involve {CoN6}, {CoO6}, {CoO4O′ 2}, {CoN2O2O′2}, and {CoN 2O2Cl2}. All complexes were subjected to magnetochemical investigation down to 2 K (SQUID susceptibility and magnetization measurements). Most of the studied complexes show magnetic behavior typical for zero-field-splitting systems. The magnetism of the complex [Co(H2O)6](6-OHnic)2 reflects the presence of the magnetic angular momentum in the ground-state crystal-field term. The obtained values of the magnetic anisotropy (D or δ) have been correlated with the structural distortion of the coordination polyhedron. This correlation can be understood with the help of crystal-field theory, where the magnetic anisotropy parameters are related to the splitting of the lowest crystal-field multiplets. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

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