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Regenerative agriculture will stop climate change? New EASAC report

Industrial agriculture harms the natural environment and is responsible for a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions. The solution may be agricultural production, which combines production with the protection and restoration of ecosystems. This is what the new report of the European National Academies of Sciences says, "Regenerative Agriculture in Europe".

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Appeal for assistance for researchers in Ukraine

As a result of the war in Ukraine, research infrastructure is devastated and the researchers are fleeing the country. They can continue their work at other institutes within the framework of scholarships. Researchers should then retain their Ukrainian affiliation, which will keep the continuity of Ukrainian science. President of the Polish Academy of Sciences Jerzy Duszyński releases his appeal.

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Position Statement 30: Now We Are Together

“In a humanitarian and refugee crisis, it becomes all the more urgent to provide the best possible protection against diseases, including COVID-19. Many people are and will be helping refugees from Ukraine, working in direct contact with large groups of people. It is very important for both the helpers and the refugees themselves to be vaccinated” – write experts from the COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences in their latest statement.

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Joint support for Ukrainian scholars

To assist Ukrainian scientists who have fled Ukraine after the Russian invasion, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) are launching a support program for 3-month research stays at the Institutes of the PAS.

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PAS and NAS will help scientists from Ukraine

On March 17, 2022, the Polish Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) signed an agreement to support scientists from Ukraine. NAS has launched a special fund, which will be used to help resettle science refugees and their families temporarily in neighboring countries. Thanks to this joint effort scholars from Ukraine will be able to continue their research at the institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. 

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Polish Academy of Sciences supports the #ScienceForUkraine initiative

The scientific community from all over the world joins forces to help researchers from Ukraine. Particularly noteworthy is the global #ScienceForUkraine initiative, which has already gathered information on over 700 specific support opportunities, including offers from the PAS institutes. The campaign aims to reach the widest possible audience.

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Visits of Ukrainian scientists to PAS

Within the framework of cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU), the Polish Academy of Sciences introduces a new tool supporting cooperation with Ukrainian researchers.

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Polish Academy of Sciences expresses solidarity with Ukraine

All the expectations fell through, and diplomatic efforts have come to be replaced by brutal violence. The attack by the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine meets with opposition and the most far-reaching indignation on our part. Principles and commitments have been trampled, international law breached. This act of violence is deserving of resolute condemnation. We speak out against this aggression, we stand on the side of its victims, and we sympathize with sovereign Ukraine. The Polish Academy of Sciences shares the most far-reaching fears of the international community, at the same time retaining hope for the aggression to be halted and peace restored.

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Extremely rare observations of “tennis-like” vibrations of lead

The tennis ball deforms when it bounces off the strings of a racket. It flattens for a moment and elongates along the direction of motion. Traces of similar oscillations occurring in the 208Pb lead nuclei have recently been registered by scientists from the PAS Institute of Nuclear Physics. The only previous observation of a similar phenomenon is more than thirty years old.

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Position Statement 29: Low vaccination rates in Poland are harming the economy

With the MDDV principle (mask, distance, disinfection, and ventilation) often being ignored, the low vaccination rate of Poland’s population is hitting the Polish economy. The epidemic we are currently facing is likely to die out soon. However, it will inevitably be followed by others. Let us remember an important lesson learned from the current epidemic – strict adherence to prevention and widespread vaccination protect the population’s health and the country’s economy.

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Climate Change Science & Society

Fifth edition of the Polish Scientific Networks will be the occasion to present the latest data on how climate changes impact the environment and society, and how to respond to them. The conference will be held on June 3-5 at the University of Wroclaw. Call for abstracts is now open.

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Position Statement 28: Omikron strikes save yourself and your country

“It is high time to stop thinking that we still do not know much about SARS-CoV-2 or vaccines. COVID-19 is one of the best-studied infectious diseases in the history of medicine, and the vaccine against this disease is the best-studied vaccine in the history of vaccination. However, what is apparently lacking is sufficient will on the part of those in power to combat the COVID-19 epidemic,” the scientists on the COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences write in their Position Statement 28, and they remind us that people’s freedom to make irrational choices that contradict scientific opinions ends at the point when they start threatening the health and lives of their fellow citizens.

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Position statement 27: Omicron is a threat to each one of us

The risk of infection can be reduced with a booster dose of the mRNA vaccine, whose  protective effect begins after about two weeks. In a recent position statement, the interdisciplinary COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences writes about the Omicron variant and reminds us that social distancing and masks limit transmission of all SARS-CoV-2 variants. “We urge the implementation of rigorous controls on compliance with these rules in public spaces,” the researchers emphasize.

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ERC Starting Grants 2021

The European Research Council has announced the results of the Starting Grant competition. Eight Polish researchers have received this prestigious funding to establish their own research team and conduct the winning project in an institution of their choice in Poland. We are pleased to inform that Dr. Karolina Ćwiek-Rogalska from the PAS Institute of Slavic Studies is among the winners.

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