Olomouc is a mid-sized typical university town. The Palacky University (UP) with its 25 thousand students and several thousands of employees forms the demographically most significant group and intellectual force of Olomouc (100 000 inhabitants). With its historical center (UNESCO), cultural sights, traffic and commercial infrastructure and ideal size for pedestrians, Olomouc is an ideal place for living.

The Palacky University in Olomouc is no longer a peripheric school within the Republic. Founded in 1573 and renewed in 1946, it underwent quick development in the last 20 years on the basis of research centers of the Faculties Medicine and Natural Sciences, increased scientific performance and construction of new buildings. Faculty of Science of the Palacky University belongs annually to 5 or 6 best performing scientific organizations in the Czech Republic and keeps gaining national and international respect.

The Department of Geology of the Faculty of Science, the Palacky University (PřF UP), situated in new building (open in 2009) at 17. listopadu 12 in Olomouc offers pleasant atmosphere for study, excellent field laboratory equipment, ample possibilities for exchange fellowships within the Erasmus+ program, personal approach to students and background of the PřF UP.

The Department of Geology offers education in main theoretical and applied geological discipline. Theoretically oriented students are enabled to study classical fields like palaeontology, mineralogy or stratigraphy here. Those progressive ones can focus on applied research including geotechnics, geoarchaeology, construction materials and geophysics with good chances of finding a place in the labor market. The study of environmental geology is based on wide interdisciplinary cooperation with ecology, geoinformatics, chemistry, archaeology and further fields within UP.

prof. Ondřej Bábek, head of the department