Palacký University Academic Week commemorates the re-establishment of Palacký University Olomouc in 1946, when the bells of all Olomouc churches rang out on 21 February in honour of this event. The University regularly organises a number of cultural, scientific and social activities during this time, to which the public is also invited. Due to the current pandemic situation, only a few of them will take place this year.

From 18–20 February, free admission to Fort Science (1 ticket to 4 exhibitions) and the Olomouc Museum of Art will be available to UP employees and students (with an employee/student card or ISIC).

Launch of the week-long event Donate Blood with the Rector!

Monday, 14 February | 7:50 am | Transfusion Department of University Hospital Olomouc
As part of the traditional Academic Week, during which Palacký University commemorates the anniversary of its re-establishment (21 February 1946), the 11th annual Donate Blood with the Rector challenge will take place. It aims to support and promote free blood donation – something much needed in 2022. During the week-long event, we invite all Palacký University students and employees to come and donate the most precious thing they have – their blood! First-time donors are especially welcome. Registration and more information can be found at or on Facebook. The event will be launched on Monday, 14 February at 7:50 am at the Transfusion Department of Olomouc University Hospital with the participation of Rector Martin Procházka, Vice-Rector Vít Procházka, and President of the Czech Red Cross Marek Jukl.

Pub Quiz – UP Special on the anniversary of the University’s re-establishment

Monday, 14 February | 7 pm | Jazz Tibet Club
Whether or not you are a fan of knowledge competitions, do not miss this special episode of the fun pub quiz prepared for you by the UP Communications Office. The theme is obvious – Palacký University and Olomouc. Six-person teams composed of students or university employees can register at or directly on Facebook, where you can also find information about the rules and prizes. Capacity is limited. The event will be held in compliance with current anti-epidemic rules.

Awards ceremony for authors of professional books and Rector’s Awards for UP students

Tuesday, 15 February | 10 am | Faculty of Education Auditorium
At this traditional ceremony, Rector Martin Procházka will personally award authors of academic publications and successful students for the best Bachelor’s and Master’s theses, dissertations, and sports performances in 2021. The event is for invited guests only; not open to the public. Indoors, guests must wear face masks and follow current epidemic precautions. Proof of infection-free status (vaccination, illness) will be checked at the entrance. For more information, please contact Tomáš Krejčiřík,

Half a Century (not only) with Olomouc Surgery – launch of the book by Prof Miloslav Duda from the Paměť UP (UP Memoirs) series

Wednesday, 16 February | 3 pm | Historical operating theatres, the oldest building of Olomouc University Hospital, known as “Franz Josef” (Building B)
Prof Miloslav Duda is an icon of Olomouc surgery, and in more than 50 years of his career as a surgeon, he has experienced rapid social, medical, and scientific developments. Now he looks back on his life, studies, and professional career in a book of memories published by UP Press as part of its flagship university edition Paměť UP (UP Memoirs). The book launch and discussion with Prof Duda will take place in his “home environment” in University Hospital on Wednesday, 16 February at 3 pm.

Student Holy Mass

Wednesday, 16 February | 7 pm | Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snows
The Inaugural Mass for the summer semester of the 2021/2022 academic year will take place on Wednesday, February 16. As usual, it will be held at 7 pm in the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snows. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr Petr Káňa, youth chaplain at the Archbishop Grammar School in Kroměříž. For more information, visit

Meeting of the UP Academic Community (open to all UP personnel)

Thursday, 17 February | 4:30–6 pm | Faculty of Education Auditorium
This open debate and discussion will take place on Thursday, 17 February at 4:30 pm in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Education. We would be very glad if you come to discuss the current and future activities, challenges, and problems of Palacký University Olomouc and all its subdivisions. All members of the academic community and all other UP employees are cordially invited. University Rector Martin Procházka is looking forward to large attendance. The event will take place in compliance with current epidemic measures.
Employees and students who plan to actively get involved and want to ask questions can register to participate via Zoom. Those who just want to watch the meeting are encouraged to use the live stream on the university YouTube channel.
Questions can be sent in advance to

AFO Cinema: The World of Thinking

Thursday, February 17 | 7 pm | Cinema, UP Arts Centre (Konvikt)
The Netherlands 2019, 57 min., dir. Thomas Blom, Misha Wessel.
What connects Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Kurt Gödel, and John von Neumann? The revolutionary theories of these most important scientists of the 20th century may well have been born in the same place. This documentary takes a look inside the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, which has served as an incubator for the world’s greatest thinkers since 1930. During that time, it has produced over twenty Nobel laureates. Its main goal is to push the boundaries of human knowledge. The institute supports promising scientists from around the world who seek to make breakthrough discoveries in various fields of science. This visually enticing film gives us an insight into the work and private lives of five successful scientists through interviews.
Free admission.

Donate Blood with the Rector!

Monday–Friday, 14–18 February | Transfusion Department, University Hospital Olomouc
As part of the Donate Blood with the Rector challenge, we traditionally invite students and employees of Palacký University to come and donate their most precious resource, their blood. Upon presenting their ISIC or employee ID card, students and employees will receive a small gift package from UPoint and University Hospital Olomouc. For more information, visit

Free admission to Fort Science and the Olomouc Museum of Art

Friday–Sunday, 18–20 February | Fort Science and the Olomouc Museum of Art
Students and employees of Palacký University will be granted free admission to Fort Science (1 ticket to 4 exhibitions per employee ID card or student ISIC card) and to the Olomouc Museum of Art (per employee ID card or student ISIC card).

Fort Science – the science popularization centre of Palacký University Olomouc – is located in a unique restored, listed building of a former large munitions store in Olomouc’s Crown Fortress. By means of interactive exhibitions, workshops, laboratory, and a digital planetarium, university staff and students introduce children of all ages to scientific knowledge and historical facts in a fun and playful way. Fort Science is also an important institution of community, cultural and social life, and a pillar of the “third role” of the university – public outreach. Thanks to its genius loci and unique atmosphere, this interactive science museum welcomes about 100,000 visitors every year. 

The Olomouc Museum of Art exhibits works of painting, sculpture, drawing, free and applied graphic arts, photography, applied arts, and architectural documentation. During Academic Week, students and employees of Palacký University can visit the exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art building on Denisova Street free of charge.

Pealing of Olomouc church bells

Monday, 21 February | 3 pm | Olomouc churches
At 3 pm, the bells of Olomouc churches (St Moritz, St Michael, and St Wenceslas) will ring out. Traditionally, they commemorate the event when, on 21 February 1946, Olomouc citizens were told in this way that a law had been passed on the re-establishment of the University of Olomouc, thus restoring their forefathers’ dream of a university town.


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