Conference Venue

Faculty of Natural Sciences


Mlynská dolina, 842 15 Bratislava 4, Slovakia


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How to Get to the Congress Venue


Stop: Botanical garden (Botanická záhrada)

Tram: 4, 5, 6, 9    Bus: 28, 29, 32


Limitation of public transportation, on 4 and 5 July will provide secondary traffic in the section Park Culture - Most SNP, passengers are therefore advised to use parallel bus lines 28, 29, 30 or 37 apply.


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Basic Facts

The Faculty of Natural Sciences was established in 1940 to pursue higher education and research in individual fields of natural science. The enormous development and differentiation of the natural sciences since the 19th century and their rapidly growing importance in the life of mankind necessitated the formation of independent institutions providing for education and research in this field; the Faculty is one of them. There have been many changes in the life of Comenius University during the turbulent twentieth century, accompanied by various organizational adjustments. At present, the Faculty of Natural Sciences deals with biology, chemistry, environmental science, geography and geology.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS) is presently one of the largest faculties of Comenius University, in both the number of staff members and students. It has teaching staff of approximately 250, including 33 full professors, 90 associate professors, 125 assistants, and a further 45 researchers with the title of D.Sc. or Ph.D./C.Sc. The student population numbers approximately 2600, including nearly 400 Ph.D. scholars, of whom 140 are full-time Ph.D. students working at individual departments of the Faculty. There is a steadily increasing number of applicants for enrolment at the Faculty, with over 5906 applications for the academic year 2000/2001, of whom only 1445 could be accepted. Our acceptance rate is less then 25 percent.

The basic research and educational units of the Faculty are the Departments and Institutes, which are organised in five sections: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography and Geology. Each section is administered by a Vice-Dean and a Council comprised of the Heads of Departments and Directors of Institutes. Each section has its own specialized library. There are also three departments independent of the Sections (foreign languages, natural science pedagogy, physical culture), two central service-type laboratories, and a biology field station.

Of course, modern university education and research require the widest possible communication and cooperation and thus we encourage not only joint activities within the Faculty but cooperate widely with other faculties of natural sciences of individual universities of the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic, with the Institutions of Slovak Academy of Sciences and with other institutions. International exchange and cooperation of our staff and students is extensive and varied and involves not only official projects but also many informal contacts.

In 1999, teachers and research workers at the FNS published over 800 papers , many of them appearing in well-known international journals. Members of our faculty have contributed to scientific meetings and symposia both in Slovakia and abroad, often as invited and guest lecturers. A number of talks or seminars have been given at the FNS by eminent scientists from abroad.

In the year 2000 over 100 research projects at the FNS were funded by grants from either Slovak or international grant agencies. Thirty.five projects by young research workers, mainly PhD scholars, were supported by the Grant Agency of Comenius University, seventy of the remaining projects were supported by the Slovak Grant Agency VEGA, and others from abroad. A sizable proportion of the financial support for research work at the Faculty was obtained from such competitive sources.