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Institute of Nature Conservation, PAS


Name: Institute of Nature Conservation, PAS

Address: Al. Adama Mickiewicza 33, 31-120 Kraków, Poland



Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences is a leading scientific institution in the fields of conservation biology, ecology and geology. Located in the historical center of Krakow, the Institute hosts over 40 passionate researchers and over 10 PhD students and is a site with bustling scientific activity. The main objective of the Institute of Nature Conservation is to create a scientific basis for modern nature conservation and environmental protection. The Institute’s work is focused on  two  integrating  issues: ‘Prospects for protection of the natural heritage through sustainable development’ and ‘Protection and conservation of the biological and geological biodiversity’. These issues are studied at species, population and ecosystem levels. The Institute’s mission is to acquire scientific knowledge and implement it into the practice of nature conservation, to study patterns and processes of biological diversity, to understand the role of humans in generating environmental threats, and to disseminate gained knowledge among the wide audience. In 2017 the Institute received the prestigious 'HR Excellence in Research' award.

Disciplines: biology

Fields of activity

Biodiversity, Ecosystem Conservation, Geoconservation, Wildlife Conservation, Integrative and applied ecology, Freshwater Biology, Natura 2000, Mountain Plants

Latest achievements:

The recent Institute’s achievements encompass creation of a global map of road-less areas, building a national-wide monitoring of Natura 2000 sites, understanding evolution of life strategies under the climate change, the development of tools to efficiently protect unpopular species, creation of methodology of alleviation of animals-vehicle collisions, starting national citizen science project to track invasive species, understanding mechanisms of cyanobacteria blooms and many others (please visit our website for more details).

Research facilities:

labs, field stations, mountain garden

Contact person:

Dr. Piotr Skórka
Research Director
(+48 12) 370 35 00