9. May 2024

The Open House Brno (event in Czech) Architecture Festival is an event that brings the public the opportunity to view interesting and unique architectural buildings. Inspired by the international Open House format, which takes place in many cities around the world, it presents a wide range of buildings – from historical monuments to modern structures. CEITEC of Masaryk University is also involved in this year's seventh edition. The building, which was awarded the title of Building of the Year in 2014, will be open to the public on Saturday 18 May, subject to prior registration. The uniqueness of the campus is underscored by the fact that architects from Nuremberg, who specialise in university institutes, will also come to get inspired by the complex.

Five excursions for 150 people

The one-hour excursions, divided into five blocks of groups of 30 people, will take place in A35 building – a four-storey building with an atypical elliptical floor plan and an internal covered atrium. It is in the atrium that the whole event will start. Those interested will be welcomed by one of the architects of the campus building, Petr Ondráček from the architectural office AiD team a.s. In addition to the architectural highlights, participants will also learn about the laboratories and the current research that renowned scientists are working on in these unique spaces. They will be guided through the individual workplaces by the head of the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, Jan Přibyl.

Laboratories of Structural Virology and Neuroscience

The tour will take place on the floor where the laboratories of some of the research groups are located.  For example, the Structural Virology research group, which is led by two-time winner of the prestigious ERC grant, Pavel Plevka, who has recently been working on viral infections in the ocean. With the help of cryo-electron microscopy, the research team described the structure of a virus that infects marine algae affecting the global climate.

Fans of neuroscience topics will also be in for a treat. This is where internationally renowned neuroscientist Ivan Rektor is working on research into how traces of extreme stress (e.g. war stress) remain in the brains of victims over the long term and can affect the mental health of up to three generations of the same family. Another research team based on the floor has taken up the fight against the second most common neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson's disease. It recently came up with a new approach to increase the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation. Their scientific study was published in NPJ Parkinsons Dis. which is one of the top 10 specialty journals in the world.

For organizational reasons, please arrive no later than 15 minutes before the appointment for which you are registered. You can register from 9 May via this link.