XV Czech-Polish seminar:

„Structural and Ferroelectric Phase Transitions“



Nečtiny castle, May 20-24, 2002



Organised by


Institute of Physics

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic



Institute of Molecular Physics

Polish Academy of Sciences








History of the events




This conference will be the fifteen in the series of Czech-Polish bilateral seminars starting to be international meetings in the last years.  The first seminar was held in Błaźejewko (Poland) 1979, followed by Mělník (Czechoslovakia) 1980, Kołobrzeg (Poland) 1981, Piesky (Czechoslovakia) 1982, Kozubnik (Poland) 1983, Liberec (Czechoslovakia) 1984, Karpacz (Poland) 1986, Senohraby (Czechoslovakia) 1988, Poznań-Kiekrz (Poland) 1990, Paseky nad Jizerou (Czechoslovakia) 1992, Paseky nad Jizerou (Czech Republic) 1994, Jurata (Poland) 1996, Liblice (Czech Republic) 1998, Swinoujscie (Poland) 2000, and the current one is planned to be held at Nečtiny Castle (Czech Republic) 2002.




First Circular





The traditional fifteen seminar will be held in the Nečtiny castle from Monday May 20, 2002 evening to Friday May 24, 2002 morning. The registration for the seminar will take place on Monday May 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the reception of the Nečtiny castle.








Programme committee




Bozena Hilczer

Jan Petzelt

Milada Glogarová

Ivan Rychetský

Jiří Hlinka





Organising committee




Vladimíra Novotná – conference secretary

Stanislav Kamba

Alexei Bubnov

Antonin Klíč

Ludoslawa Szcepańska





Conference fee



The conference fee is 100 EURO (boarding, lodging, excursion and transportation from Prague included) and should be preferably transferred to the bank account (free of all bank charges for recipient): No. 579035463/0300, owner Fyzikální a vědecká sekce JČMF at Československá obchodní banka (Czechoslovak Commercial Bank), Na Poříčí 24, 115 20 Praha 1, Czech Republic before April 30, 2002, or exceptionally directly at the registration (the increased rate is 120 EURO).







Submission of both oral (30 min) and poster (95 cm wide ´ 115 cm high) presentations is welcome.

The accepted abstracts will be published in a Book of Abstracts, which will be handed out to all participants at the meeting.

The abstract should be typed in English using single line spacing. The text should be contained within a rectangle of size 120 mm high ´ 160 mm wide in portrait layout with 25 mm margins on both sides of the page. The preferred font is Time New Roman, 12 point size. The title of the abstract should be typed in CAPITAL bold; names of authors in CAPITAL, both centred. The presenter’s name should be underlined. The main text should be separated by one spacing from the author’s names and affiliations (affiliations should be enclosed in parentheses).




Registration and abstract submission



Deadline for the registration abstracts submission is March 31, 2002

The abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to novotna@fzu.cz (as an attachment in Microsoft Word format), together with the registration of the presenter and the preferred way of presentation. All other participants should register to the same address with the same deadline of March 31. Please, state also your sex and any special wishes concerning the accommodation (sharing of rooms, which are as a rule doubles or triples).

The Programme Committee will announce the acceptance of contributions and way of presentation including invited talks (50 min) before April 30.




Address for correspondence

Vladimíra Novotná (conference secretary)

Institute of Physics, ASCR

Na Slovance 2

182 21 Prague

Czech Republic


E-mail: novotna@fzu.cz

Phone: +4202 66052897

Fax: +4202 86890527









Information about the Nečtiny castle






Short history of the Nečtiny chateau





Although the first records of Nečtiny date back to 1169, a trade route from Prague to Cheb and to the rest of Europe, led through this part of the country long before that. At the beginning of the 14th century the whole area became royal property and in the 1330´s John Luxembourg built a castle here - Preitenstein - on a basalt hill with steep slopes. John Luxembourg's son Charles IV mentioned this castle in his autobiography - Via Caroli.

In the 15th and 16th centuries the families Gutštejn and Rabštejn owned Nečtiny castle. In the year 1537 the castle was acquired by Kašpar Pluh, who led the revolt against Ferdinand I. The revolt was, however, unsuccessful, Kašpar had to flee and his property was confiscated. The castle together with the village of Nečtiny was burned down in 1547 by the royal army and it has never been reconstructed. From its ruins there is a view of the surrounding countryside.

In 1549 Ferdinand I donated the property to the Grysbeks (1549-1623) who built the chateau in renaissance style below the hill with the ruins of Preitenštein. On the banks of a newly built pond in the vicinity of the castle a mill was erected and below it also a brewery.

In 1637 Adam Václav Kokořovec undertook a major reconstruction. However, the biggest reconstruction, in neo-gothic style, took place in the years 1839 - 1858. From 1838 till the end of World War II the chateau was the property of the Mensdorfs - Pouilly. The descendants of this family now live all over Europe (in Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain and even in Bohemia). They often return to Nečtiny for short visits.

After 1945 the chateau changed hands several times; for a number of years it housed an agricultural boarding school.

A catastrophic fire in 1964 destroyed all the woodwork in the whole interior only the tower and the chapel were spared. After the fire the chateau was reconstructed and regained its original beauty. A copper buck sitting in the fountain in the middle of the yard has become the guardian of this place.








  • Total of 105 beds
  • Number of rooms for 1+1people - 3
  • Number of rooms for 2 people - 11
  • Number of rooms for 2+1 people -7
  • Number of rooms for 3 people - 6
  • Number of rooms for 3+1 people - 2
  • Number of rooms for 4 people - 5
  • Number of rooms for 4+1people - 2



Washing and toilet facilities

  • Showers, toilets and washrooms available on each floor
  • Total of 30 washbasins in 8 washrooms, 17 showers, and 22 toilets



Catering facilities

  • Dining room with a bar for 60 people
  • Provision of breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the year
  • Self-catering: a fully equipped kitchen with a small dining room on the first floor



Lecture halls, meeting rooms and clubroom

  • Lecture hall for 90 people
  • Clubroom with TV
  • Large classroom for 60 people
  • Small classroom for 25 people
  • Cinema for 80 people; piano



Sports facilities

  • Sports hall in the park (volleyball and basketball)
  • Soccer field
  • Fitness centre and sauna
  • Room for table tennis
  • Swimming in the village of Nečtiny (1 km) - Swimming and paddling pool for children near the soccer field
  • In winter skating and cross-country skiing
  • Space for storing bicycles
  • Opportunities for fishing - in the pond in the park




  • Conference buses
  • Guests' own - parking space in the castle yard
  • Public transport: ČSAD buses from Pilsen via Dolní Bělá and Manětín or via Úněšov



In the village of Hrad Nečtiny, there is a grocery store (1km). In the village of Nečtiny are two grocery stores, post office, restaurant, medical centre and hairdresser.






Where to go for trips?


Castle Nečtiny is located in countryside of great natural beauty. The whole area is suitable for both bicycle trips and hiking.

One of the most important sights is the mountain Kozelka (2 km), a natural feature with steep rock walls, pillars and towers that attract not only nature lovers but also climbers. On the way to the Kozelka mountain you will pass the deconsecrated church of Saint Anne and a former renaissance hospital (1km). For several years they have both been used for theatre performances of Ctibor Turba's mine foundation - Studio kaple.

If you continue in the same direction beyond Kozelka you will reach the town of Manětín with its gracious baroque chateau rebuilt by T. Hafenecker. The chateau has a beautiful garden divided into two parts: one is in the English style and the other is in the French style. The other dominant features of the town are two churches (St. John the Baptist and St. Barbara) the interiors of which have been decorated by Petr Brandl and Josef Herscher.

10 kilometers north-east of Manětín is the smallest town in Europe called Rabštejn nad Střelou situated on a hill above the river Střela and surrounded by deep picturesque valleys. It is a beautiful medieval town with Gothic ruins and half-timbered houses.

If you set out from the castle in the opposite direction, i. e. towards Pilsen, you will reach the village of Plachtín (1 km). Here you can find the remains of a glass factory built in the 19th century. You can also refresh yourself in a natural swimming pool in Melchierova Huť, a recreational area with chalets.

If you have your own car you can make a trip to the famous West Bohemian spas - Konstantinovy Lázně, Mariánské Lázně, Františkovy Lázně or Karlovy Vary.

Lovers of water sports will certainly want to visit the reservoir, Hracholusky.

The little town of Úterý, located on the southern slopes of the Teplá hills and above the Úterý stream is also worth visiting, the main attraction being the medieval half-timbered houses.

From Úterý it is not very far to Teplá, a medieval Premonstratensian monastery housing, one of the oldest and most important libraries in the Czech Republic.





By A. Bubnov

Thursday, 31 January 2002