General information
Plenary lectures
Daily programme
Study programs

Review process
Instruction to authors


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Charles University

33rd Annual Student Conference

Seal of Charles University and Anniversary Logo

Week of Doctoral Students 2024
school of physics
June 4–6, 2024

Charles University
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Troja, Prague 8

WDS is... where I share my research and stay up-to-date on the latest in physical sciences.

Charles University

The oldest university in central Europe, Charles University was founded on April 7, 1348 by Charles IV, later the Holy Roman Emperor and the King of Bohemia. From its foundation it was devoted to studia generalia and it was endowed by the emperor with all the privileges enjoyed by older European universities. The university still bears his name and still strives to fulfil the vocation, which its founder so wisely intended for it: to be a place which opens the way to education, wisdom, and knowledge. Since its foundation, however, Charles University has also been an international institution, welcoming in its lecture halls students and distinguished academics from all over the world, contributing to creation of European and world science and becoming mother or sister to many other European universities in neighbouring areas.

At present, Charles University consists of seventeen faculties and four university institutes that educate more than 51,000 students including ≈ 30 % of foreigners a year. The faculties are centres not only for teaching, but mainly for research and scholarship.

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Where the conference take place

The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics is one of the faculties of Charles University. Mathematics, physics, and astronomy which today belong among the exact or natural sciences, were lectured at the university almost from the very beginning. Among the scholars who have worked at and/or cooperated with Charles University and its faculties while staying in Prague were Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Bernard Bolzano, Ernst Mach, Albert Einstein, Rudolf Carnap and Jaroslav Heyrovsky. Mathematics and physics were traditionally taught within the frame of the Philosophical Faculty (Faculty of Arts) until 1920 when the independent Faculty of Natural Sciences came into existence. Nowadays, it is the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics established in 1952, which provides education in all fields of computer science (informatics), mathematics, physics in BSc, MSc and PhD courses, and offers training for those that intend to graduate as school teachers of these subjects. A characteristic feature of the Faculty is the close interconnection of teaching activities and a wide spectrum of research work.

At this Faculty, students benefit from being taught by those at the forefront of scholarship and research in their fields. The Faculty consists of three sections: the School of Computer Science, the School of Mathematics, and the School of Physics.

Week of Doctoral Students

The Faculty organizes an international student conference every year as a part of the education of postgraduate students. This activity is focused on the postgraduate students of physical study programs. In order to give the students an opportunity to prepare for their future participation in international conferences, the structure and regime of the WDS resemble strongly a conference form: near study programs are grouped into symposia, and particular sessions of symposia are lead by experienced chairs and young researchers, time-schedule for contributions is firm, language of the conference is English and the written contributions are published in reviewed Proceedings.

WDS conferences are open: besides students enrolled at the Faculty, the staff of the Faculty and co-operating academic institutions, students, and experts of other Czech and foreign universities have always taken part. Their active presence allows the students, the supervisors, and the members of the Doctoral Study Program Committees to make an objective evaluation of the results of their own work.

A history of WDS documents a short survey of previous activities presented in following diagrams that show the numbers of participants and published papers in the WDS Proceedings. Note a traditionally good quality of the Proceedings because you can find over 1000 citations to articles in previous volumes at Web of Science and this number increases every year.



  • Request of support — May 22, 2024 (registration required).

  • Registration and abstract submission — May 22, 2024.

  • WDS 2024 meeting — June 4–6, 2024.

  • Submission of the manuscripts for the Proceedings — June 16, 2024.

Registration form

Daily programme

The oral contributions, and poster presentations from 12 physical study programs will be divided into the symposia in accordance with their topics and the amount of contributions in particular fields.

WDS 2024 offers two types of contributions:

  • Oral presentations of doctoral students finishing their first or second year of study. In 20 minutes, students report on the state-of-art in their research branches (as they understand it after a year studying the literature) and on their own research plans and, maybe, their first scientific results.
  • Posters (connected with a 5-minute oral presentation) of older students which show their own original scientific results.
    Dimensions of poster boards are: 150×100 cm (portrait).
  • We traditionally prepare the Book of Abstracts oon the date of the conference start.

We suppose to organize a joint open-air poster session (on Wednesday, June 5, 2024) of all participants accompanied by a small refreshment, if possible. We will inform you about the exact organization later.

Plenary lectures

top of the page

We are planning plenary lecture interesting for all participants (a list of the general lectures presented in previous years).

Kolmasova, I.:
Planetary Lightning in Our Solar System

Lightning is a transient electrostatic discharge, which occurs in planetary atmospheres. The discharges are direct evidence of atmospheres' electrification. What are the historical and very recent discoveries related to terrestrial lightning? Lightning outside Earth was for the first time detected at Jupiter by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1979. Do the lightning discharges occur also at other planets in our Solar System? What do we know about them?

Study programs

P4F1(A) Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics
(doc. RNDr. Oldřich Semerák, DSc.)
  P4F7(A) Physics of the Earth and Planets
(doc. RNDr. Hana Čížková, Ph.D.)
P4F2(A) Physics of Plasmas and Ionized Media
(doc. RNDr. Jiří Pavlů, Ph.D.)
  P4F8(A) Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology and Climatology
(prof. RNDr. Petr Pišoft, Ph.D.)
P4F3(A) Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials Research
(prof. Mgr. Jakub Čížek, Ph.D.)
  P4F9(A) Particle and Nuclear Physics
(prof. RNDr. Karol Kampf, Ph.D.)
P4F4(A) Biophysics, Chemical and Macromolecular Physics
(doc. RNDr. Peter Mojzeš, CSc.)
  P4F11(A) Mathematical and Computer Modelling
(prof. Mgr. Milan Pokorný, Ph.D., DSc.)
P4F5(A) Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces
(doc. RNDr. Pavel Sobotík, CSc.)
  P4F12(A) Physics Education and General Problems of Physics
(doc. RNDr. Zdeněk Drozd, Ph.D.)
P4F6(A) Quantum Optics and Optoelectronics
(prof. RNDr. Petr Malý, DrSc.)
  P4F13(A) Physics of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials
(prof. RNDr. Jana Kalbáčová Vejpravová, Ph.D.)

The applicants outside of the Faculty are asked to indicate the code of the study program which is relevant to the topic of their contributions.


proceedings The Faculty plans to issue the Proceedings of contributed papers. You can visit www pages with contents of proceedings of WDS'95, WDS'96, WDS'97, WDS'98, WDS'99, WDS'00, WDS'01, WDS'02, WDS'03, WDS'04, WDS'05, WDS'06, WDS'07, WDS'08, WDS'09, WDS'10, WDS'11, WDS'12, WDS'13, WDS'14, WDS'15, WDS'16, WDS'17, WDS'18, WDS'19, WDS'20, WDS'21, WDS'22, and WDS'23.

If you wish to publish your contribution in the book of Proceedings of WDS 2024, you are asked to answer the corresponding question in the registration form:

  • I suppose to publish my contribution in the WDS proceedings (yes/no).
It ensures that you will receive all information regarding the publication. If you forgot to check appropriate option or you have changed your mind, contact WDS 2024 Organizing Committee for further instructions.

The contributions will be collected electronically (TeX+PS(PDF) or DOC files) via webform you'll receive later (in case of troubles, contact us at wds2024 @ It should be submitted not later than June 16.

Language of Publication: English

Length of Manuscripts: 4–8 pages: A4 format

Student's contributions can be published only under the agreement of the supervisor. Your supervisor will receive the corresponding form via the e-mail address that you have provided in your application.

Instructions to authors for the preparation of electronic manuscripts

The electronic manuscript of contributions to be published in the Proceedings are expected to be prepared in LaTEX or MS Word. There is an option to set the basic font size of the printed article to 11 or 10 pt.

  • The authors wishing to prepare their articles in LaTEX are requested to use the prepared LaTEX style wds11.sty (wds10.sty — 10pt version) together with the agu11.sty (agu10.sty, resp.) include file (all of them are written for LaTEX 2.09 and can be therefore used in LaTEX2e compatibility mode, too). Authors can also download the sample LaTEX file :

    LaTEX sample files
    Sample file (LaTEX2e .. e.g. MikTeX) wds2e_ex.tex 16 kB
    Sample file (LaTEX2e for those using BibTeX — requires natbib package) wds2e_exbib.tex 16 kB
    egs.bst (bibliography style) 37 kB

  • The authors preferring MS WORD 2000 (or newer) are requested to use the template ( — 10pt version). They can also download the example MS Word document prepared using this template wds20e11.doc (wds20e10.doc — 10pt version) (430kB) or compressed wds20e11.doc.gz (wds20e10.doc.gz, resp.) (40kB).

Both examples include the required font settings, formatting of title, authors, affiliations, abstract, references, and page headings, as well as suggested article sections. Black&white figures and caption examples are also included. All questions regarding the above style and templates should be addressed to WDS 2024 Organizing Committee.

Review process


All manuscripts will be reviewed by one specialist and one doctoral student appointed by the editors or the student's supervisor (she/he would fill up the "supervisor agreement form" received by e-mail).

We will return comments, requests, and/or suggestions of reviewers to the authors during autumn. Then, the authors should submit the final version of their papers (together with the Letter to the referees reflecting your changes and complements). The authors will receive further information later.

Finally, we will distribute the PDFs of accepted papers for Proceedings as soon as possible (probably at the end of the year).

We are looking forward to meet you!

Further information

Address:Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Charles University
V Holesovickach 2
180 00 Prague 8

J. Safrankova,
phone: +420 951 552 301,
e-mail: jana.safrankova at