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CEBC Congress goes virtual

The 4th Central European Biomedical Congress (CEBC), scheduled for 7-9 June 2021, will be held under the slogan “The Impact of bioinformatics and omics on biology and medicine”. The congress takes place online and is aimed at clinicians, physicians, pharmacologists, biologists, bioinformaticians and chemists. Registration is now open!

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Chemical syntheses as networks

Computer-aided retrosynthesis has become a revolutionary tool that reduces the number of steps needed to produce bioactive compounds. This groundbreaking research, conducted by the team of Prof. Bartosz Grzybowski from the PAS Institute of Organic Chemistry, has been recently featured in Chemistry World.

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New molecular diagnostics laboratory

The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences has just opened a publicly accessible molecular genetics laboratory in Poznań – PANgen. Currently, its activity is focused on research targeting the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Dietary recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Based on the results of the experimental studies, the PAS Committee of Human Nutrition Science has developed dietary recommendations during the COVOD-19 pandemic. In its official statement committee experts write about the need to maintain balanced diet adjusted to the current level of physical activity and advise to follow the rules of hygiene and safe food handling.

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Knowledge Frontiers Symposium

The Polish Academy of Sciences and the British Academy invite applications from researchers in the humanities and social sciences to participate in a virtual Knowledge Frontiers Symposium. The Symposium will take place over a series of dates in November and December 2021. It will focus on transitions in the political and economic sphere.

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Atlas of ungulate migration

The world's first ungulate migration atlas will be created by an international team of scientists and ecologists. PAS Mammal Research Institute in Białowieża has joined this initiative. The project is featured in the latest issue of Science.

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Position statement 15 of the COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on selected minority groups in Poland

People with disabilities, care home residents, refugees, migrants, and those experiencing homelessness account for a total of over 20% of Polish society. The impact of the COVD-19 pandemic on these groups will last significantly longer than the epidemic risk itself. For this reason, their problems should be urgently addressed by decision makers. This issue is discussed in Position Statement 15 of the Interdisciplinary COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS).

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PAS women researchers awarded with R&D grants

Seven female scientists from six institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences have received grants in the Small Grant Scheme competition of the National Center for Research and Development funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Their research will focus, among others, on new materials for orthopedic implants, the composition of bacteriophage to treat multi-drug resistant infections and the climate change impacts on arctic rivers.

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Space debris collector

Scientists from the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences are involved in building a space claw that will help to remove orbiting space debris, such as defunct satellites and parts of the launch vehicles. The device is designed by the Swiss start-up ClearSpace on behalf of the European Space Agency.

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PAS input to the 2021 IATT Report

The 13th position statement of the COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences was included in the IATT Report for the 2021 Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development. The Academy was the only Polish institution to contribute to the UN report.

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The only known example of a mummified pregnant woman uncovered in Poland

Polish scientists made an unusual discovery – the Egyptian mummy displayed at the Warsaw’s National Museum appeared to be a pregnant woman. This is the world’s first known case of pregnant embalmed body. The latest research by scientists from the PAS Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures and the University of Warsaw has just been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

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Position Statement 14: The morality of vaccination On vector vaccines

In the early months of 2020, when the news spread about an outbreak of the dangerous new respiratory disease COVID-19, hundreds research teams began a race against time to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Many of their attempts failed or were abandoned due to insufficient efficacy or safety, or on account of organizational difficulties.

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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is necessary

In the 10-year perspective, greenhouse gas emissions should be cut by half, and reach net zero around 2050. The global community has set this goal, but to be successful, every country must take this commitment seriously, including Poland. The Interdisciplinary Advisory Team for the Climate Crisis to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences writes about it in its communiqué on the decarbonization of the power sector in Poland.

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IAHR White Paper Series

The White Paper Series published by the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) contribute to the democratization of hydro-environment observation and data. Among the experts and co-authors of the publication there is Dr. Michael Nones, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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