Let´s work together and create something useful for the society.

Our offer to business companies:

  • Lifelong learning – company workshops, distance learning

  • Tailor-made courses, trainings, seminars, education with fun events, e-learning

  • Counselling and guidance

  • Unique research infrastructure (e.g. braille printers, 3D printers)

  • Analyses processing and counselling

  • Working with special needs people

  • Ways of cooperation within custom-made/contractual research (for scopes see below)

  • Research, experimental development and innovation with the support of grant projects, innovation vouchers and other financial tools

  • Rental of premises for your events

Our offer to schools:

  • Organization of discussion forums, roundtables and further tailor-made education of pedagogical staff

  • Testing and analyses of pupils and secondary-school students

  • Career counselling for students

  • Implementation of activities in special needs education

The partnership with the Faculty of Education UP will bring you the benefit of:

  • Lining you up with the latest theoretical data and results from our scientific research

  • Enabling you to recruit qualified workforce for your company

  • An opportunity to participate in common projects

  • A transfer of results into use and practice

Why to choose us:

  • Palacky University Olomouc – the brand of quality with tradition

  • Funding possibilities – support for cooperation benefiting from grants (our projects listed here)

Our research is focused on these areas:

Anthropology and Health Studies

  • Monitoring somatic levels and physical activities of children and youth

  • Primary prevention and health education (Olomouc Health Days, Festival of Health, Healthy Back Project, World Oral Health Day, AMONG US Project)

  • The issue of adult and aging population in relation to lifestyle and socio-economic conditions

  • Disease in socio-cultural relation

  • The socio-cultural context of human sexuality

  • Lifestyle in specific social/cultural communities

  • Multiculturalism in contemporary society

  • Mentoring in the concept of “Evidence-Based Healthcare” and “Evidence-Based Education”

Doc. PhDr. Jana Marečková, Ph.D.

evidence-based education

Doc. Mgr. Michaela Hřivnová, Ph.D.

healthy lifestyle research

Biology, Didactics of Biology and Paleontology

  • Study of biodiversity and phylogenesis of selected groups of organisms (e.g. cyanobacteria and algae, bryophytes, dendrology, insect, birds)

  • Conservation genetics

  • Paleontology and Paleoecology of Upper Tertiary (Mollusca and foraminifera)

  • Didactics of Biology (research on quality of natural science and biology teaching at elementary schools and grammar schools, research on learning tasks in natural science study books and workbooks)

Doc. Ing. Šárka Hladilová, CSc.

paleontology and paleoecology

RNDr. Martin Jáč, Ph.D.

didactics of biology


  • cyber bullying, cyber stalking, cyber grooming, hoax and spam, sexting

  • social engineering in the online community

  • the risk of sharing personal data in social networks environment

  • issues in disinformation and fake news in public domain and other hazardous communication phenomena

  • media education & media literacy

Doc. Mgr. Kamil Kopecký, Ph.D.

prevention of risky behavior on the internet

Foreign Languages

Linguodidactic, linguistic and literary-cultural topics in English and German language, in particular:

  • Developing communicative competence in foreign language

  • Acquiring foreign language, cognitive linguistics

  • Foreign language learning methods at elementary schools, including pupils with special education needs

  • Digital technology in learning foreign languages

  • Intercultural competence and communication

  • Education of foreign language teacher and FLT competence

  • Role of learning materials in foreign language learning

  • Translation as a didactic tool in foreign language learning

Doc. PhDr. Eva Maria Hrdinová, Ph.D.

grammar didactics, translation didactics, creative writing and lexicology

dr hab. Konrad Szcześniak

English linguistics, cognitive linguistics and language acquisition

Czech Language and Literature

Fundamental research areas

  • Language of teenagers in spoken and written form

  • Communication specifics of teenagers with emphasis on e-communication forms (instant messengers, social networks, virtual environment, online games, online addictive behavior)

  • Perception and production of media messages by children

  • Risky communication forms of children and adults with emphasis on e-communication

  • Communication models of children and adults as tools for prediction of safe and risky communication

  • Differences in perception of ordinary and electronic texts

  • Trends in word-stock of selected social (or interest, professional, etc.) groups

  • Trends in word-stock of a selected dialect


  • Quantitative analysis of linguistic messages (analysis of frequency/density etc.)

  • Qualitative analysis of linguistic messages (using Atlas.ti)

  • Analysis of case studies (e.g. risky communication forms of children and adults)

Financial literacy

Ing. Alena Opletalová, Ph.D.

financial literacy, fundraising, economy and funding of education institutions

Music studies

  • Music teaching for secondary and elementary schools

  • Music theory and pedagogy


  • Mathematic literacy and pre-literacy of pupils and students (at different education level)

  • Digital technology in mathematics education

  • Digital literacy and informatic thinking within the scope of mathematics education

  • Modern trends in mathematics education

Mgr. David Nocar, Ph.D.

modern didactic means in education

Primary and Pre-Primary Pedagogy

  • Child transition support from kindergarten to elementary school and subsequent support of its progress on early elementary school level with the emphasis on risk elimination in context of equal opportunities in education

  • Trends in pre-primary and primary education

- Pedagogical and social aspects of the inclusion

- Constructivist concept of educational process and personality-oriented approach to child and pupil

- Creation and support in practice community

- Issues in reflective practice – using aspects of vocational learning and peer cooperation in post-secondary education and practice for increasing effectiveness in educational process

  • Reader´s (pre)literacy – stimulation and cultivation of reader´s (pre)literacy

  • Pedagogical diagnostics – building and strengthening teacher´s diagnostic competence and emphasis on his/her proactive behavior – utilizing tools of pedagogical diagnostics as a source for particularization of objectives in class management

  • Motor skills – motor skills of children and pupils and primary motor skills in context of physical activities/ PE

  • Natural science education – research-oriented learning

  • Initial reading and writing – development of prerequisites for reading and writing in follow-up to diagnostics of school maturity and preparedness in particular in the field of graphomotorics and visual perception (level of visual perception using the Edfeldt reversal test)

  • Cognitive and informative level of pupils´ knowledge about the pubescence

  • Transformation of pedagogical communication

Prof. PhDr. Eva Šmelová, Ph.D.

pre-school education

Doc. PaedDr. Miluše Rašková, Ph.D.

natural science education and primary education

Psychology and Pathopsychology

  • Conformity of children and teenagers

  • Bullying and mobbing at workplace – causes, consequences and solution prospects

  • Obligatory and optional issues in counselling – prospects of their solution

  • Relativity of diagnostic outcomes – analysis of causes

  • Advantages and obstacles of teacher´s diagnostic work – analysis of causes

  • Psychosocial aspects of academic functioning – academic success, academic stress

  • Issues in values and value orientation

  • Contentment in life, meaning of life, quality of life

  • Issues in stress and stressful situations in educational environment – including attachment to personality variables

  • Risk and protective factors of teachers´ health in context of biopsychosocial health model

  • Means of support for healthy lifestyle and mental hygiene

  • Issues in school maturity, school success of elementary school pupils

  • Issues in economic socialization – follow-up on school education

  • Psychosocial factors in relation to issues in using social networks

Mgr. Michaela Pugnerová, Ph.D.

psychologic testing of children and teenagers

Special Education

  • Drama therapy, expressive therapy and diagnostics

  • Interdisciplinary cooperation of special-needs education with other subjects

  • Culture-linguistic specifics and communication

  • Quality of life for the disabled and people looking after them

  • Speech therapy, communication impairments, communication ability

  • Perception and imagination of individuals with visual impairments in context of neuroscience

  • Communication pragmatics

  • Early intervention for children with special education needs

  • Family – disabled child – parenting and education

  • Special education andragogy

  • Special education for mentally disabled, people with behavioral and emotional disorders, with multiple disabilities, impaired hearing, somatic disorders, visual impairments

  • Specific (developmental) learning disabilities

  • Musicotherapy research focused on development of people with special needs

  • Research on educating people with impaired communication skills and hearing-impaired children

  • Research on inclusion of individuals with special needs

  • Research on specific parameters of communication and aberrations in orofacial processes in context of the logopedic diagnostics and therapy using qualitative, quantitative and experimental methods

Social sciences

  • Citizenship education

Technology and computer science

What we offer schools:

  • Shared workshops for education in subject Technology, including methodical, material and personal back-up

  • Guidance in introducing subject Technology into schools (school educational program, workshop furnishings, methodology, etc.)

Doc. PaedDr. PhDr. Jiří Dostál, Ph.D.

didactics of technical education at schools

Mgr. Jan Kubrický, Ph.D.

dsesign of school webs and information systems

Art education

What we offer schools:

  • targeted didactic counseling

  • cooperation in exhibitions of children's art expression

  • professional publications produced by the Department of Art Education

We offer partners from practice:

  • cooperation in the creation of teaching aids

  • consultancy in the field of methods and procedures of art and cultural education

  • quality and creative processing of the visual form of didactic materials "tailor-made" by illustrators, graphic artists and artists from the Department of Art Education

  • counseling or educational events related to educational activities in museums and galleries, or evaluation research and analysis of museum presentations

  • advice on the educational use of exhibits

Akad.soch. Tomáš Chorý, ArtD.

graphic design, research of camouflage and camouflage colors

Doc. PhDr. Olga Badalíková, Ph.D.

forensic expert - economics, prices and estimates of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and antiques

Doc. Ondřej Michálek

management of the editorial board of the magazine Grapheion, own artistic activity

MgA. Svatopluk Klesnil

curation of photographic exhibitions, systemic teaching of craft and artistic photography, artistic and commercial photographic portfolios, lecturer of professional photographic training, photographic work

MgA. Robert Buček, Ph.D.

design and realization of a sculptural work, creation of a sculptural portrait, creation of small artistic or souvenir ceramic objects