FNP beneficiary receives prestigious ERC Grant

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Piotr Sułkowski, PhD, a physicist from the University of Warsaw and a beneficiary of the FNP’s START, HOMING PLUS and INTER programmes, has been awarded the prestigious Starting Grant by the European Research Council in its IDEAS programme.

He has received more than 1.3 million euros spread over a period of five years for his project called “Quantum fields and knot homologies”. The project investigates the relations between physics and mathematics, and in particular quantum field theory and string theory from physics and knot theory and random matrix theory from mathematics.

Piotr Sułkowski is a physicist, a lecturer at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw. His research interests include physical mathematics, string theory, and biophysics. He graduated with honours from the University of Warsaw in 2002, obtaining his MSc, and in 2007 obtained his doctoral degree there, also with honours. He has received numerous prizes and prestigious grants, including the Marie Curie grant which enabled him to go on a postdoctoral fellowship to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is also a many-time beneficiary of the Foundation for Polish Science – he received a START grant for the most talented young researchers in 2009, funding from the HOMING PLUS programme in 2011, and was a finalist of the FNP’s science popularisation competition in the INTER programme in 2012.

Sułkowski is the eleventh Polish researcher to receive an ERC Starting Grant. Three Polish scientists have obtained ERC Advanced Grants awarded to outstanding and experienced researchers.

Congratulations on this success.

For more information, visit the University of Warsaw website.

Pictured: Piotr Sułkowski, PhD, fot. A.Salek/OneHD