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Decree by the Rector - 13th March 2020

Decree no 34 by the Rector of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

from 13 March 2020

on the prevention of spreading COVID-19 virus among the members of Nicolaus Copernicus University’s community

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Announcements concerning the SARS-CoV-2 spread prevention

The announcements by the Dean and the Dean's Office concerning the SARS-CoV-2 spreading prevention

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Physics&Astronomy studies in english

We are preparing an interdisciplinary full-time, four-semester programme of English-language studies at the MSci-level combining advanced elements of both physics and astronomy which prepares a student to undertake scientific research in these disciplines. The programme is planned to start in the academic year 2020/21.

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A ground-breaking study on ferroptosis published in Nature Chemical Biology

A multidisciplinary team of scientists, which includes dr. Karolina Mikulska-Rumińska from the Department of Biophysics of the Institute of Physics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University made a groundbreaking discovery regarding the ferroptosis process and indicate a key role of nitric oxide (NO) in the cell death regulation of ferroptosis process in pro-inflammatory conditions. The results of the study were published in the prestigious Nature Chemical Biology journal.

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Prof. Szudy with Convallaria Copernicana

A special distinction of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń - Convallaria Copernicana will be awarded to the eminent physicist Professor Józef Szudy during the University Day.

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Visit by scientists from Thailand

From 7 to 11 January 2020, a delegation from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Bangkok visited the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics. This was the second visit of the representatives of the University of Technology Thonburi from Thailand to the Nicolaus Copernicus University.

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Cisco Model Driven Programmability

 –  advanced programming of network devices

On November 27, 2019, during the Cisco Instructors' Conference, dr hab. Mariusz Piwiński obtained certification entitling him to conduct a new Cisco Model Driven Programmability course. This course is one of three Emerging Technologies Workshops designed to familiarize participants with the latest trends in configuration and management of network devices using REST API technology. Currently, approximately 50 instructors in the world have the right to conduct such classes.

 

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Polish Nobel Prize for Prof. Kossakowski

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Kossakowski from the NCU Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics was awarded the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science, considered the most important scientific distinction in the country.

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New research window at the 32 m Torun radio telescope

The 25th anniversary of inauguration of the 32-metre radio telescope of Nicolaus Copernicus University Centre for Astronomy in Piwnice near Toruń will be celebrated in October 2019. During that quarter-century, this remarkable instrument - the largest of this kind in Poland - made a number of discoveries. Owing to installation of a system for receiving radio waves in the frequency range from 8 to 16 GHz (X-band), new possibilities to explore the Universe open up for the telescope now. So far, successful initial test observations using the new system have been performed.

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TAPS 2019 - Toruń Astrophysics/Physics Summer Program

Similarly to last years, this year NCU Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics is running an international internship programe Toruń Astrophysics / Physics Summer Programe (TAPS 2019). Nine students from Poland and seventeen from abroad are carrying out research projects supervised by scientists from the Nicolaus Copernicus University.

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TASQ school for PhD students

In July 1-12, 2019, our Faculty will host an interdisciplinary summer school for PhD students entitled “The Toruń Astrophysics, Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemistry school” (TASQ)

The central theme of the TASQ school is astrochemistry, a discipline that takes advantage of the knowledge about molecules in order to study astronomical objects. The interpretation of the astronomical data requires prior studies: both spectroscopic experiments and quantum-chemical calculations. By combining those studies, it’s possible to determine the structure of a molecule, identify its transitions in the spectra, and understand the emission from e.g. molecular clouds by calculating the necessary collisional rates.

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Astronomers publish new sky map

An international team of more than 2 hundred astronomers from 18 countries has published the first phase of a major new radio sky survey at unprecedented sensitivity using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope. Dr hab. Magdalena Kunert-Bajraszewska and Phd student Carole Roskowiński from Nicolaus Copernicus University take part in this project.

The survey reveals hundreds of thousands of previously undetected galaxies, shedding new light on many research areas including the physics of black holes and how clusters of galaxies evolve. A special issue of the scientific journal Astronomy & Astrophysics is dedicated to the first twenty-six research papers describing the survey and its first results. 

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Project PROM for PhD students

The final call for the PROM project was released on Janury 9th, 2019. The project concerns international exchange of Ph.D. students and academic staff at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, including research visits of international students to Toruń. The funding for the project is provided by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.

The aim of the PROM project is to increase the level of internationalization in research and education during Ph.D. studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (NCU) in the fields of astronomy, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, cognitive science and psychology. The project is carried out between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 and consists of three main types of activities:

  • Co-funding of the participation of foreign Ph.D. students and invited lecturers in the interdisciplinary summer school in astrochemistry, quantum chemistry and precise spectroscopy, which will be organised on July 1-12, 2019, at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Informatics NCU (The Toruń Astrophysics, Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemistry School, TASQ);
  • Co-funding of the active participation of Ph.D. students from NCU in international conferences related to the subject of doctoral theses, during which they will be obliged to present the results of their research in the form of a conference poster or presentation;
  • Co-funding of the participation of Ph.D. students in short international exchanges such as research internships, workshops, etc., which are closely related to the subjects of their Ph.D. theses; co-funding includes visits of NCU Ph.D. students abroad and internships of foreign Ph.D. students at NCU.

Participants of the project can obtain funding to cover the expenses of the accomodation and travel as well as to cover the participation fee in e.g., a conference (for NCU students going abroad).

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Prestigious grant for Akiko Nishiyama

Dr Akiko Nishiyama, employee of Institute of Physics, has received a grant from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for a project “Broadband and highly sensitive spectroscopy of free-radicals and short-lived molecules using an infrared frequency comb”. The aim of the Project is to reveal some chemical reaction processes using advanced broadband frequency comb spectroscopy techniques. The research will provide valuable information about formation processes of interstellar molecules which is important in astronomical and prebiotic chemistries.

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Astronomical TEAM

Dr Agata Karska from the NCU Centre for Astronomy is among 13 laureates of the fifth competition of the Foundation for Polish Science in the FIRST TEAM programme. The Toruń researcher will receive PLN 2 million to form a research team. 131 scientists have competed in the competition.

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Summer internships

Similarly to last year, this year NCU Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics is running an international internship programmeToruń Astrophysics / Physics Summer Programme (TAPS2018). Four students from Poland and twenty from abroad are carrying out research projects supervised by scientists from the Nicolaus Copernicus University.

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Foreign students and scientists with a chance for grants

Young researchers, foreign professors, and talented students at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń will be able to apply for scholarships and grants awarded by the Rector already in the upcoming academic year.

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Quantum LEGO bricks

Dr hab. Piotr Żuchowski, NCU Prof. from the Institute of Physics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University is a member of an international team of scientists who conducted groundbreaking research allowing to build molecules consisting of rubidium and strontium atoms at the temperature of a one-millionth degree Celsius above absolute zero. The results of these studies were published on June 11, 2018 in the prestigious journal Nature Physics.

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50th Symposium of Mathematical Physics

The NCU Institute of Physics will, on 21-24 June 2018, host participants of a special event: the 50th Symposium on Mathematical Physics. For half a century the scientific conference, initiated by Prof. Roman S. Ingarden, has attracted the attention of physicists from around the world, and has become the hallmark of the Toruń school of mathematical physics. The annual Symposium has been held continuously since 1969.

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Consortium ATHENA-PL

On 20/04/2018, the Consortium ATHENA-PL was formed. ATHENA (the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics) is a new generation X-ray telescope approved by the European Space Agency with a plan of launching into orbit in 2028. The mission will collect information on the formation and evolution of galaxies, star and galaxy clusters and black holes. The main goal of the Consortium is to develop subsystems for instruments of the ATHENA mission. 

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A new research grant worth millions!

Our researchers at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics have been awarded 1.7 mln PLN for the project "System kriogeniczny do rozwijania nowych optycznych technologii kwantowych". The project is managed by Dr. Piotr Wcisło.

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An invention supporting firefighters

Dr. Krzysztof Rykaczewski and Michał Meina, M.Sc., won the Gold Medal at the INNOVA 2018 Exhibition in Valencia. Their invention was designed to support the fire service.

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A recipe for an optical molecular clock

Dr engineer Mateusz Borkowski from the NCU Institute of Physics is the author of the article Optical Lattice Clocks with Weakly Bound Molecules, which appeared in the pages of the prestigious Physical Review Letters. The scientist from the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics proposes a new type of an optical clock, in which ultra-cold weakly bound molecules would be used as a time pattern instead of atoms.

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Innovative optical engineering

Scientific research of the team headed by dr. habil. Ireneusz Grulkowski from the NCU Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics regarding the new generation of OCT optical tomographs, was awarded by the Optical Society of America (OSA).

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Three-Million TEAM

Dr habil. Michał Zawada, NCU Prof. from the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics is one of the winners of the TEAM programme, in which the Foundation for Polish Science supports research teams of eminent scholars carrying out groundbreaking research.

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Outstanding scientists

Dr Piotr Wcisło with the team of scientists from the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics received a prestigious Award of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for outstanding scientific achievements.

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