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The Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics, PAS


Name: The Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics, PAS 

Address: ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Kraków, Poland 



The Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics (IFJ PAN) is currently the largest research institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. It is an extraordinary place, gathering experienced and specialized scientific and engineering staff. The Institute is open to young, ambitious and creative people, fascinated by the greatest mysteries of humanity. Using the latest achievements of technology and information technology, the Institute conducts research on the structure of matter and the properties of basic interactions, down from the cosmic scale to the very inside of elementary particles. The Institute performs research of high international recognisability and is a research institution with a large scientific and technical potential. It cooperates with the largest and most important scientific centres in the world. It is actively involved in the development and construction of future scientific infrastructure, both in Europe and worldwide, as well as in the construction of detectors for international experiments.

IFJ PAN is the national leader among proton radiotherapy centres in Europe and the only unit in Poland able to conduct regular proton radiotherapy of cancer patients.

In 2017, the European Commission granted IFJ PAN the HR Excellence in Research award, thereby recognising the Institute's efforts to improve the employment and recruitment conditions for researchers. IFJ PAN staff strives to achieve the impossible and do what has never been done before. Our curiosity knows no boundaries. It is here that we create a common world! We work for the future.

Disciplines: physical sciences


Fields of activity:

The broad range of studies and activities of IFJ PAN includes basic and applied research, ranging from particle physics and astrophysics, nuclear and strong interaction physics, to condensed matter physics (including  nano-materials). Interdisciplinary and applied research focuses on applications of physics in medicine, biology, dosimetry, environmental protection, nuclear geophysics, radiochemistry, high-temperature plasma diagnostics and also on the study of complex systems, such as the human brain, financial market or linguistics.

Latest achievements:

IFJ PAN boasts over 600 scientific articles published yearly in internationally renowned journals. Our significant scientific achievements are popularized on a global scale through the worldwide news service EurekAlert! Our researchers take an active part in international and national conferences and carry out numerous scientific projects in Poland and abroad. The Institute is especially successful both in terms of fundamental research and the applications of nuclear physics for the benefit of society. The latter is possible due to the Cyclotron Centre Bronowice (CCB) - a modern clinical centre for the treatment of cancer patients. Its unique infrastructure allows us also to conduct research experiments in nuclear physics, medical physics, dosimetry, radiobiology. A key activity of our physicists is to actively participate in major experiments and research carried out at laboratories in Europe and beyond, among others in the United States and Japan.

Research facilities:

Labs/ Laboratory for Spectroscopic Imaging/ Cyclotron Centre Bronowice with two isochronous cyclotrons 60MeV AIC-144 and 230MeV Proteus C-235/The X-ray Laboratory/ Division of Scientific Equipment and Infrastructure Construction/

Contact person:

Professor Tadeusz Lesiak
General Director of the Institute
(+48 12) 662 82 00