The official presentation of diplomas to this year’s MISTRZ programme beneficiaries took place on 22 September 2014 in the Adam Mickiewicz Room of the University of Warsaw’s Auditorium Maximum. The event was attended by Professor Robert Huber, winner of a Nobel Prize in chemistry, who gave a lecture describing his “road to the Nobel Prize”.
Launched in 1998, the MISTRZ programme is intended for leading academics who combine research with teaching young scientists. In this year’s competition, addressed to scientists from the life and earth sciences, the Foundation awarded grants to eight respected researchers, who received a total of 2.4 million zlotys for their research projects. The beneficiaries were Prof. Janusz Bujnicki and Prof. Jacek Jaworski from the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Prof. Magdalena Rakowska-Boguta and Andrzej Dziembowski, PhD habil., from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Prof. Artur Jarmołowski from the Faculty of Biology of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Prof. Wojciech Rypniewski from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań, Prof. Jacek Jassem from the Medical University of Gdańsk and Prof. Jarosław Marszałek from the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdańsk and the Medical University of Gdańsk.
The beneficiaries were given their diplomas by Prof. Maciej Żylicz, president of the Foundation for Polish Science. Afterwards, they thanked their associates and underlined the importance of team work for research success. The beneficiaries were congratulated by Prof. Lena-Kolarska-Bobińska, Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Prof. Marcin Pałys, Rector of the University of Warsaw.