ERA Research Club

Expanding the ERA Research Club

We are glad to announce that the first three courses of Chaperon’s ERA Research Club for Ph.D. students and young researchers are now permanently available in e-learning form on CUNI’s Moodle platform.

The main aim of the ERA Research Club is to provide the necessary support for designing, conducting, analyzing, and disseminating research work. Its curriculum is designed to utilize varying opportunities and media to enable the trainees to achieve their professional goals. The content of the courses is accessible after login and enrolment, but below is a summary of the current courses, which are:

  • PROPER course – Protocol, Reviewing, Ownership and Publishing in Experimental Research: Module 1A focuses on the different types of study design. The study design will determine several things including the study methodology, data analysis, and requirements for study reporting. Module 1B presents a basic, yet comprehensive way of structuring study protocols to ensure they comply with international recommendations. Module 2 demonstrates a structured, objective, and efficient strategy for peer review of studies. At the end of this module, students will be familiar with standardized reporting checklists that will enable them to critically appraise the literature based on study design. It will also give the basic building blocks of what is required when reporting one’s work. Module 3 tells Who is Who, the Can and Can’t do, and what should be known before starting a research project. And, finally, module 4 will help the trainees write their research papers using a structured iterative process.

  • Project management: In its first module, the course focuses on the overall structure of the Horizon Europe program. The second, more practically oriented module provides details on the mobility-targeting Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions from the Horizon Europe portfolio. The final, third module presents the financial rules of Horizon Europe projects and demonstrates how to assemble and present their budget in the project proposal.

  • Basics of Graphics and Image Editing: This course gives an overview of two basic styles of electronic image representation, i.e. raster and vector graphics. It also explains how color works in computer graphics. Then, different aspects of photos (noisy images acquired from the physical world) and graphics (usually noiseless images generated electronically) are explained. It then proceeds to the introduction to the concept of an image being represented by an array of numbers, which is then expanded by explaining what is going on when we adjust the brightness, contrast, levels, or colors of the image, as well as providing basic information on the size and resolution of an image and how these can be changed. At the end, practical tips on working with images in MS Office programs and a demonstration of how to assemble a panel figure (A, B, C, D…) for a research paper are given. All topics are accompanied by numerous practical exercises.

The ERA RC curriculum is being developed with the direct involvement of CUNI Ph.D. students through a focus group of ERA RC Champions. All CUNI Ph.D. students are welcome to join the focus group. You can get in touch with us at if you wish to attend any future meeting of the ERA RC Champions.

Announcing the Nerd Art Prize 2022 contest

The Chaperon ERA Research Club invites you to participate in our Nerd Art Prize 2022 contest by sending us your best photo or picture! This year in two separate categories: Science & Research, and Freestyle (i.e. any topic). The best pictures in each category will be selected by a committee composed of the Chaperon project leadership group. The winning Science & Research pictures will be hung in the newly constructed campus building of the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen and the winners in both categories will be rewarded with surprise gifts. The deadline is September 15, 2022, and the full conditions of the contest are published here.

As an inspiration, you can have a look at the winning entry of last year’s NAP contest – a microphotograph of a decellularized porcine liver scaffold with growing endothelial cells originally by Dr. Vladimira Moulisova (Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen):

Decellularized porcine liver scaffold