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GO TO BRNO FULL OF SCIENCE

If you like to learn a thing or two (on your travels), discover new things and broaden your horizons as well as try some experiments, then Brno is the right place for you to visit.

Brno resonates with science. It is home to a number of scientific institutions and research centres, as well as 13 universities. On top of that, science plays an active role in positively shaping local cultural and social life; several educational institutions in the city bring science closer to the general public in an easy-to-understand and attractive way all year long.

The six most important of these institutions in Brno joined forces to form CEITEC, a research centre to rival even the best in Europe. The South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC) ensures support for people developing their businesses and #brnoregion shows that this city is a good address for innovation business, research, and development.

It’s no wonder that so numerous companies changing the world through their IT innovations, their research of the universe or their exploration of the microworld all come from this area. Among other things, the capital of South Moravia is a leader in global electron microscopy, with over 30% of electron microscopes in the world being produced here. Nowhere else in Europe offers such a dense concentration of companies and scientific institutes dealing in this discipline.

Brno is also known as a university city, and rightly so. The city’s 13 universities with 34 faculties with over 65 thousand students have created a population of 282 students per square kilometre. There are public universities, such as Janáček Academy of Performing Arts (JAMU), Masaryk University, Mendel University, Brno University of Technology (VUT), University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, and University of Defence, and several private universities as well.

What’s special about Brno is that science is not something that only happens behind the closed doors of scientific institutions. The efforts of several organizations and projects have made it accessible to almost anyone, allowing it heavily influence life in the city. Brno is the city of Leoš Janáček and Gregor Johann Mendel as well as Ernst Mach and Karel Absolon. Another famous man born in Brno is Adolf Loos, while Bohuslav Fuchs and Dušan Jurkovič also made their mark on the city’s history.

The Brno Observatory and Planetarium has created an attractive, fun map (only in Czech) of Brno showing what’s definitely worth visiting in Brno. The places and personalities are divided into five basic circuits: “Physics, chemistry and engineering”, “Archaeology, geology and palaeontology”, “Biology and ecology, History and architecture”, and “Arts and culture”. The map groups famous places throughout the city in interesting and fun ways, so the Brno underground is right next to Villa Tugendhat, the Faculty of Chemistry, and the SAKO Brno Envirocentre. Each entry contains useful information, contact details, and opening hours. The map also contains information on the establishment and development of Brno, along with other interesting facts and, of course, an actual map.

Science is within reach year-round in Brno, thanks not only to this special observatory with its unique 3D planetarium, but also to the VIDA! science and fun centre which receives over 250 thousand visitors a year. Other places of interest are Mendelianum, the Technical Museum, the Mendel Museum of Masaryk University and the Open Gardens of the Partnership Foundation.

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