News and events

  • November 2020. Bohumil Frantál has become a member of the international project “Energy Social Sciences & Humanities Innovation Forum Targeting the SET-Plan” (Energy-SHIFTS) (H2020, no. 826025, 2019-2021). He has been participating on the Working Group 2 on Smart Consumption, which attempted to identify and provide a detailed list of 100 Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research questions, which should be prioritised in the future EU-funded research, specifically under Horizon Europe. The final publication is available online from here.

  • November 2020. The call for papers for the Special Issue was opened in Energies. The call is focused on 'Exploring the Socio-Spatial Processes behind a Low-Carbon Transition in the Countryside' and is coordinated by S. Martinat and J. Navratil is open until the end of December 2021.

  • September 2020. Bohumil Frantál has become a member of the panel of external experts for the project “eXtremOS: Value of flexibility in the context of the European energy market coupling under extreme technological, regulatory and societal developments“ (funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany, 2018–2020). The project investigates the effect of extreme technological, regulatory and social developments on the value of flexibility in the European electricity market. For more information and outputs please see the website of the project .

  • August 2020. Stanislav Martinát has successfully finished his COFUND fellowship at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. Stanislav worked on the project (2018-2020) funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (H2020) with the title Anaerobic digestion plants in rural Wales: Social-spatial diffusion of technology, social acceptance and energy transition .

  • June 2019. The second workshop of the ADAPTAS project took place in Brno (Czech Republic) on June 6-7, 2019, hosted by the Department of Environmental Geography, Institute of Geonics. The event was attended by team members from the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Hungary. The workshop was devoted to collaborative writing of common papers and planning of future research activities. During a whole day field trip the participants had the opportunity to visit different types of energy landscapes of the South Moravian Region, such as post-coal mining landscape in the Oslavany municipality, nuclear power plant in Dukovany, hydropower plant and dam in Dalesice, wind farm in Brezany and the historical city of Znojmo.

  • May 2019.Call for papers for the Special Issue of Sustainability focused on 'Rural Energy Transition in the Global North: Community Benefits, Contradictions and Future Challenges' that is coordinated by S. Martinat, J. Chodkowska-Misczuk and B. Frantal is open until February 2020.

  • February 2019. Researchers of the EGRG, Bohumil Frantal and Stanislav Martinat are part of consortium of international project with title Adaptation to sustainable energy transition in Europe: Environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects (ADAPTAS) (financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Government of Spain, Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competition, Project no. CSO2017-86975-R, 2018-2021) coordinated by the University of Granada (Prof. Marina Frolova).

  • December 2018. Researchers of the EGRG, Bohumil Frantal and Stanislav Martinat took part in a international conference "Geography 2050: Powering Our Future Planet" organized by the American Geographical Society at the Columbia University in New York City (November 15-16, 2018). Conference report could be found More information could be found here.

  • September 2018. Researchers of the EGRG co-authored several chapters in the new book called Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality which has been published by JOVIS Verlag, Berlin. The Book is the main output of the COST Action Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (RELY) that systematically investigated the nexus between renewable energy production and landscape quality.The book is available here.

  • April 2018. Bohumil Frantal and Stanislav Martinat organized together with Martin J. Pasqualetti of Arizona State University two sessions in the annual conference of Association of America Geographers (April 10-14, 2018, New Orleans).. Titles of sessions were Socio-Economic Parameters in the Public Acceptance of Renewable Energy Landscapes and Recycling Energy Landscapes in a Crowded World. The conference report could be found here.