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Plants in brown bear diet

International team of researchers, led by Alberto García-Rodríguez from the PAS Institute of Nature Conservation, collected data about the number of different plant species eaten by brown bears. Scientists analyzed diet of 96 bear populations from Europe, Asia and North America. Their findings have been recently published in Scientific Reports.

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Photon avalanche has been observed in new nanomaterials

An international team of scientists has developed new colloidal nanomaterials capable of giant photon avalanche upconvertion. This remarkable basic science breakthrough, in which the research group of Prof. Artur Bednarkiewicz from the PAS Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research in Wrocław took part, has been described in the latest issue of Nature journal.

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Comments on Position Statement no. 9 “Scenarios for 2021”

Since the publication of our “Scenarios for 2021” we have received numerous questions about which of these scenarios is the most likely. However, it is not possible to provide a clear-cut answer. One of the reasons is that the probability of each of these scenarios becoming a reality depends not only on actions over which we have some influence (i.e. the efficiency of the vaccination system and people’s behavior), but also on factors over which we have little influence.

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Statement no. 7 by the COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Vaccination is the only rational solution which will help us defeat the pandemic

COVID-19 has been devastating the health of millions of people around the globe and causing untold damage to the economy for many months. Teams of researchers have been working tirelessly on developing an effective vaccine since the outbreak of the pandemic, and we are on the threshold of a breakthrough. However, a large proportion of our society has been expressing concerns about the vaccine. In this statement, we discuss the possible risks and explain why vaccination is the only rational choice which will help us emerge from the pandemic, save the lives and health of countless people and limit the damage already inflicted on the economy.

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New PAS international institute established

President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), prof. Jerzy Duszyński established a new PAS International Institute of Molecular Mechanisms and Machines. It will conduct scientific research, research and development work and provide training in the field of biological, chemical, medical, biotechnological, pharmacological and related sciences, and disseminate the outcomes of such research. The Institute starts operating today, December 14.

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Three Poles win 2020 ERC Consolidator Grants

327 scientists have been awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants worth in total EUR 655 million. With this support, experienced scientists from 23 countries will be able to make a team and carry out their ambitious and far-reaching projects. Three Poles are among the winners. Congratulations!

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Women in Science - the new ALLEA publication

The European Federation of Academies of Sciences (ALLEA) has prepared a publication devoted to outstanding women and the role they have played in the history of European academies of sciences. The book “Women in European Academies – From Patronae Scientiarum to Path-Breakers” will be published by the German publishing house De Gruyter. Among the profiles of women, whose accomplishments have changed the face of science, there was also a Polish physicist and chemist.

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Polish Young Academy representative elected president of YASAS

On December 2, the general assembly of the Young Academies Science Advice Structure (YASAS) elected Dr. Jacek Ł. Kolanowski, delegate of the Polish Young Academy of the Polish Academy of Sciences, as the first president. YASAS, a European initiative bringing together young academies, was born in July 2020.

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ERC workshop with Key Innovations

Polish researchers planning to apply for ERC Starting or Consolidator grants will have the unique opportunity to participate in the upcoming Key Innovations workshop. Free of charge ERC training, organized by the PAS Excellence in Science Department is scheduled for early December 2020.

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Single cell-based diagnostics An innovative strategy to improve European healthcare

How do disease-causing processes begin at the molecular level? The international LifeTime consortium, which includes the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, has taken the challenge to investigate the genesis of five groups of diseases by looking at the condition of individual cells. The innovative strategy, presented in the Nature journal, has the potential to revolutionize European healthcare system.

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New EASAC report on pandemic and sustainable development in Europe

In the latest overview entitled “Towards a sustainable future: transformative change and post-COVID-19 priorities” the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) presents the evidence that tackling climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion requires taking urgent action. The authors warn that we are on the verge of exceeding the Earth’s regenerative capacity.

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Polish Young Academy joins YASAS

On November 6, 2020, during the general assembly, members of the Polish Young Academy of the Polish Academy of Sciences made a decision to join the Young Academies Science Advice Structure – YASAS.

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