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Engineering & Informatics in Biomedicine – a new master’s degree course

Teaching at a new academic specialty, Engineering & Informatics in Biomedicine (EIB3), starts in the summer semester of the 2018/2019 academic year, i.e. on February 25th, 2019. EIB3 is a 3-semester course, one of the three specialties available for students pursuing master’s degree in Technical Physics at Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland.

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Online candidates’ registration is obligatory prior to an interview. 

Interview date and place:
February 20th, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., room 23, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, NCU in Toruń, street address: Grudziądzka 5/7, 87-100 Toruń, Poland

 

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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). Interested PhD students from abroad can apply for co-funding of the participation in the school till January 25th available as part of the project PROM.

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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International Academic Partnerships - 1st call

The first call for the InterAPS project was released on Janury 7th, 2019. The project concerns international exchange of students, Ph.D. students and academic staff, organisation of seminars and conferences, and joint research between partners from five European universities. The project is carried out between December 1, 2018 and November 30, 2020. The funding is provided by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange and coordinated by the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

The aim of the InterAPS project is to strenghten the scientific collaboration between Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland) and Leiden University (the Netherlands), Newcastle University (United Kingdom), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and University of Innsbruck (Austria). Project scope encompasses joint research activities in the fields of:

  • astronomy (i.e., astrochemistry, cosmic masers, radiogalaxies),
  • physics (i.e., optical atomic clocks),
  • chemistry (i.e., trace organic species, bioinorganic chemistry),
  • computer science (i.e., reaction systems),
  • psychology (i.e., impact of placebo on the perception of pain). 

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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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Special Seminar on Astrophysics

On May 9, 2018, at 11:15 am, Prof. Hans Zinnecker (Deutsches SOFIA Institut, University of Stuttgart, Germany and Universidad Autonoma de Chile, Santiago, Chile) will talk about "Airborne infrared astronomy with SOFIA". The seminar takes place in the COK auditorium.

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Thursday Colloquium as part of the action

On April 19, 2018, at 12:30 pm, Dr. Karolina Słowik (Institute of Physics) will talk about "Światło w nanoskali" (engl.: light on the nanoscale).

Abstract:

Nanocząstki to drobinki metali o rozmiarach tysięcznej części średnicy ludzkiego włosa. Niczym maleńkie anteny, łączą funkcje odbiorników i nadajników sygnałów. Skupiają światło do obszarów przestrzennych rozmiarów pojedynczych molekuł, albo przesyłają sygnał z molekuły tam, gdzie można go wykryć. Działają rezonansowo: każda nanocząstka, jak witrażowe szkiełko, odpowiada na światło określonej barwy, tzn. odbija je, rozprasza bądź absobruje.
W krótkiej prezentacji przybliżymy właściwości nanocząstek oraz ich obecne i przyszłe zastosowania w technologii, nauce i w życiu codziennym.

The colloquium is organized by the Institute of Physics.

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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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A new member of the Council for Young Scientists

Dr. Paweł Tecmer of the Institute of Physics, NCU, has been announced as a new member of the Council for Young Scientists ("Rada Młodych Naukowców"), an advisory body of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

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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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