The modern world relies on portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras or camcorders. Many of these devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which could be smaller, lighter, safer and more efficient if the liquid electrolytes they contain were replaced by solids. A promising candidate for a solid-state electrolyte is a new class of materials based on lithium compounds, presented by physicists from Switzerland and Poland.
On a cold March night in Seoul almost 600 years ago, Korean astrologers spotted a bright new star in the tail of the constellation Scorpius. It was seen for just 14 days before fading from visibility. From these ancient records, modern astronomers determined that what the Royal Imperial Astrologers saw was a nova explosion, but they have been unable to find the binary star system that caused it - until now.
Another important discovery was made with a significant contribution by Polish physicists conducting research at CERN within the ATLAS experiment using the Large Hadron Collider. For the first time ever, light-by-light scattering has been observed – a very rare phenomenon consisting in an interaction between two photons.
PAS Excellence in Science Department and Oxford University European Office kindly invite researchers for a workshop devoted to the ERC grants in Humanities and Social Sciences. The Workshop will take place on September 14-15th 2017 in Warsaw.
We are pleased to invite you to read the second edition of our Bulletin prepared by the team of the Polish National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU. Even though it is summertime, we are not on holidays and we are currently taking part in a discussion about the future of research and innovation in the EU.
Thousands of stone blocks stored for years near Luxor turned out to be the remains of the monumental tomb of Thutmose I. Fragments of the temple, which archaeologists have been trying to find for a long time, were identified by Jadwiga Iwaszczuk, a Polish Egyptologist.
An international team of astronomers led by the Polish Araucaria group from the PAS Copernicus Astronomical Center announced another important discovery in the field of measuring distances across the Universe. Based on very precise measurements of the distances to the near galaxies of the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud, the researchers were able to determine how the luminosity of Cepheids depends on metallicity.
Imperial College London in collaboration with Polish Academy of Sciences will hold an information event for researchers intending to apply to the forthcoming ERC calls, with the emphasis on Starting and Consolidator schemes. The event will take place on 28 June 2017 at Staszic’s Palace in Warsaw.
The Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) Fellowship Programme offers 5- or 10-month residencies mainly in the Humanities and Social sciences in Warsaw. We are waiting for your applications until June 19th 2017. The beginning of residences in October 2017.
Europe is built on a reliable basis of common values and traditions and Europe’s success in the future will extensively depend on its knowledge base. Essential to realizing this future are Europe’s major strengths in research: its cutting-edge and diverse science and innovation landscape, its world-class science and research institutions, both public and private.
The Laboratory of Molecular and Systemic Neuromorphology headed by Professor Grzegorz Wilczyński has been awarded a prestigious intercontinental HFSP grant (Human Frontiers Science Program). Within the project, the team of Professor Wilczyński, and their colleagues from USA and Spain, will investigate the higher-order chromatin structure of neurons.
Polish physical chemistry is joining forces with Chinese medical and molecular biology and biochemistry. In Tianjin an agreement has been signed on long-term cooperation between the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Nankai University, one of the highest ranked research units in China.