Scientific centres

Palacký University has long been one of the most successful applicants for grant support under the European Regional Development Fund. Thanks to university projects, important science and research centres which are renowned beyond the borders of the region, have grown in the city of Olomouc.


Czech Advanced Technology and Research Institute (CATRIN) is a higher education institute of Palacký University Olomouc (UP), formed by the integration of the scientific teams of the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (CRH), the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) and the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine (IMTM). The aim of CATRIN is to connect scientific-research capacities in biomedical research, nanotechnology and new materials and plant research is an important prerequisite for finding successful tools to address global challenges of the contemporary world, such as the impact of climate change, combating new types of pathogens, diagnosing and treating civilisation diseases, averting the impending food crisis, obtaining and storing ‘green’ energy, ensuring sufficient supplies of drinking water, protecting the environment and many other similar issues. The institute has been designed as an open structure into which other teams can enter in the future. CATRIN has ambitions to be a competitor for similar institutions abroad, thus making a crucial contribution to the competitiveness of Czech science on a world scale.

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Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine

The institute is a technological infrastructure and platform for performing molecular-oriented basic and translational biomedical research. Scientists endeavour to better understand the molecular basis of human infectious diseases and cancer. Research is aimed at identifying new biomarkers and therapeutic goals.

Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials

RCPTM is a modern centre for research and development of nanomaterials and chemicals that may find application in medicine, biotechnologies, the food industry, and environmental protection. Excellent results have also been achieved by the RCPTM optics experts, who peer into the world of photons and quantum information processing and explore the mysteries of cosmic radiation.

Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research

Centre of the Region Haná is a collaborative project of the Faculty of Science at Palacký University and Olomouc branches of the Institute of Experimental Botany at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Crop Research Institute. The Centre scientists employ technologies and devices that are unparalleled in the Czech Republic and even quite rare in European research institutions.