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Global Change Research Institute, CAS


3.1.1         ABOUT THE PROJECT

The research infrastructure CzeCOS (project no.LM2015061) is included in the national roadmap of major research infrastructures. This roadmap was approved by the Czech government in 2010 and updated in 2015.

The research infrastructure CzeCOS is a unique platform for undertaking comprehensive international interdisciplinary research on Global Change (GC) and its impacts on ecosystems. It substantially contributes to the fulfillment of international commitments of the Czech Republic in the field of research, adaptation and mitigation of Global Change impacts. As for the Czech Republic, CzeCOS is the only national component of the following European Research Infrastructures ICOS – infrastructure for the research on the fluxes of greenhouse gases (founding member); AnaEE – analytical and experimental infrastructure for ecosystems (founding member), EUFAR – infrastructure for remote sensing within environmental monitoring.

At the national and international levels, CzeCOS offers a unique interconnection between experimental devices for the manipulation of major environmental factors – MANIPULATION EXPERIMENTS, devices measuring physiological changes in ecosystems – PHYSILOGICAL FIELD TOOLS, analytical platform for studying metabolic processes – BIOCHEMICAL LABORATORY, ecosystem stations monitoring greenhouse fluxes emissions – OBSERVATORY FACILITIES and the advanced platform for remote sensing of ecosystems – FLYING LABORATORY.

The research infrastructure CzeCOS represents a unique set of both stationary and mobile devices, instruments and other supporting facilities for the research on the GC impacts on ecosystems, the study of adaptation mechanisms in plants and microorganisms and the subsequent development of procedures for mitigation measures. Interdisciplinary and synergetic interconnection of the specific analytical devices, equipment for ecophysiological measuring, equipment for laboratory and field manipulation experiments, bioreactors for the research and development of photosynthetic microorganisms, ecosystem stations for the study of the matter and energy fluxes, as well as high-end sensors for remote sensing of ecosystems allow us to perform comprehensive research on the GC at an international level.

The existing research infrastructure CzeCOS seamlessly follows up on the activities and mission of the original infrastructure. The infrastructure has been significantly strengthened and has reached top international level thanks to the implementation of the OP RDI – Center of Excellence.

Project Management:

prof. RNDr. Ing. Michal V. Marek, DrSc., dr. h. c. – Director
Doc. Ing. Dalibor Janouš, CSc. – Chief Executive Officer
Mgr. Jiří Kolman – Project Manager
Ing. Jarmila Grégrová – Financial Project Manager


Mgr. Jiří Kolman- Project Manager
Tel.: +420 511 192 299

Address of the Institute:

Ústav výzkumu globální změny AV ČR, v. v. i.
Bělidla 986/4a
603 00 Brno


CzeCOS infrastructure consists of the following unique key elements:

  • MANIPULATION EXPERIMENTS – allows us to grow plants/ ecosystems in controlled environmental conditions and study the impact of environmental factors. Description
  • PHYSILOGICAL FIELD TOOLS – represents a set of devices for the assessment of physiological and production parameters of plants/ecosystems in both natural and laboratory conditions. Description
  • BIOCHEMICAL LABORATORY – operation of an analytical, metabolomic and isotopic laboratory – promotes experimental and observational ecophysiological research. Description
  • OBSERVATORY FACILITIES – offers research and quantification of the fluxes of greenhouse gases on a continental scale (atmospheric station) and in a network of different types of ecosystems (ecosystem stations). Description
  • FLYING LABORATORY (including an airborne carrier) – enables process imaging of selected biochemical cycles using remote sensing methods. Description



Following aspects will be assessed by CzechGlobe evaluators (researchers, technicians and administrators) during the evaluation process:

  • Technical feasibility of presented research project
  • Scientific merit (scientific and technological excellence).

All applicants will be informed about the outcome of the evaluation process within three months of the project application submission. Communication with the selected ones regarding the initiation of their research will be commenced immediately after the decision.

3.1.5         DEADLINES

This is a rolling call. All received project proposals will immediately undergo the evaluation process. Shall they be positively assessed, the project proposers will be promptly invited for the suggested cooperation.

3.1.6         HOW TO APPLY

Fill in the appropriate application form (see above) and email it to

3.1.7         CONTACTS

For general enquiries please contact

Questions about available technologies and technical feasibility of your research project shall be directed to the research facility leaders, whose contact details are specified in the document describing the available equipment (see the list in the chapter 3.1.2).