FNP`s Executive Board
Prof. Maciej Żylicz, PhD habil.
President of the Board
tel.: +48 22 845 95 01
Professor Maciej Zylicz was born in 1953 in Gdansk. Studied experimental physics and biology at the University of Gdańsk. In 1980 he completed his doctorate in biochemistry, in 1986 he was awarded his habilitation degree in molecular biology, and in 1992 he was made professor. In 1980-1999 he worked at the University of Gdańsk, where he was vice-rector for science (1990-1993). In 1993-1994 he was a visiting professor at the Institute of Oncology of the University of Utah. In 1999-2016 he was head of the Molecular Biology Department of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw.
Among Prof. Żylicz’s interests are the molecular biology of heat shock proteins. He isolated the first heat shock proteins and recognised their role in DNA replication. With colleagues, he has demonstrated that these proteins are also involved in the protection of proteins of other types, dissociation of oligomers and protein aggregates, and proteolysis. Since 2000, he has been investigating the role of heat shock proteins in cell transformation, showing that tumour suppressor protein p53 requires heat shock proteins to work, and that the MDM2 oncogene possesses activity of a chaperone protein. The author of almost 90 scientific works cited in global literature (over 6000 citations), he has supervised 15 doctorates in Poland, while six of his closest colleagues (doctoral and habilitation candidates) have been appointed as professors.
Prof. Żylicz is a full member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Academia Europae and the European Cancer Research Academy, and corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In 1997-2000 he was a member of the council of the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research, in 2001-2004 Chairman of the Group for Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment Protection and member of the State Committee for Scientific Research, and in 2001-2002 Chairman of the Base Research Committee there. Currently he is a member of the Senate of the Max Planck Society.
He is also a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and was a member of its Council in 2003-2007, as well as of the Polish Biotechnology Society, Polish Genetics Society, and American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2008-2010 he chaired the Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry Panel (LS1) of the European Research Council. He also served as the Polish delegate to the European Molecular Biology Conference (2000-2004) and the European Science Foundation (2003-2005). He was a member of the ERC Identification Committee (2010-2013). He was a Voluntary Advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland (2010-2015). Since 2014 is a member of Max Planck Senat.
The recipient of the Foundation for Polish Science Prize (1999), the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland’s Award for Scientific Achievements (2002), as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Wrocław (2007), University of Gdańsk (2011) and Jagiellonian University (2013).
Prof. Żylicz was appointed President of the Foundation for Polish Science Executive Board by the Foundation Advisory Board on 20 May 2005.
Publications and speeches
- Article: Święty Graal innowacyjności, ["Saint Graal of innovation"] "Rzeczpospolita", 11th November 2013
- Article “Potrzebujemy dalszych zmian” [“We need more changes”], Nauka 3/2012
- Article: On higher education reform – Contribution to debate, Forum Akademickie, issue 1/2011
- Article: “Polish Science Reforms Bring Fear and Hope”, Science weekly, 19th March 2010
- Article: “Z czwartej setki” [“In the 300s”] (Summary of 20 years of reform of Polish sciences and education), Forum Akademickie, issue 7-8/2009
- Speech: Investments in science are investments in the future, Poland Club 2015+, 26th November 2008
- Article: “Reforma sektora nauki” [“Reform of the science sector”] (co-author)
- Article: "On higher education reform" for the Sprawy Nauki [“Science Matters”] annual
Prof. Włodzimierz Bolecki, PhD habil.
Deputy President of the Board
tel.: +48 22 845 95 01
Born on 13 April 1952 in Warsaw. Literary historian and theoretician. He is a Polish Studies and Slavic Studies graduate of the University of Warsaw. He obtained his doctoral degree in 1980, his postdoctoral degree in 1991 and the title of professor in 1996. Employed at the Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Literary Research (IBL PAN), he heads the Historical Poetics Department. He has written many books, critical editions (including works by Wat, Witkacy, Gombrowicz, Herling), several dozen papers in Polish and international publications as well as being the editor of a number of collective works. He has written about the output of Wacław Berent, Czesław Miłosz, Józef Mackiewicz, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Witold Gombrowicz, Bruno Schulz, Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, Aleksander Wat. His special academic interests include historical poetics, 20th-century literary history, Polish émigré literature, the theory and history of narrative forms, intertextuality, literary communication, literary research methodology as well as issues of modernism and postmodernism. He has published numerous papers and books, including Historia i biografia. O Wacławie Berencie [History and Biography. Wacław Berent] (1978); Poetycki model prozy w Dwudziestoleciu Międzywojennym: Witkacy-Gombrowicz-Schulz. Studium z poetyki historycznej [The Poetic Model of Prose in the Interwar Period: Witkacy-Gombrowicz-Schulz. A Study on Historical Poetics] (1982; 1996); Widziałem wolność w Warszawie [I Saw Freedom in Warsaw] (1989); Pre-teksty i teksty [Pre-Texts and Texts] (1991; 1998); Ptasznik z Wilna. O Józefie Mackiewiczu [The Bird Fancier from Vilnius. Józef Mackiewicz] (1991), Prawdy niemiłe. Eseje [Unpleasant Truths. Essays] (1993); Polowanie na postmodernistów (w Polsce) [Hunting for Postmodernists (in Poland)] (1999); Rozmowy w Dragonei [Conversations in Dragonea] (1997) and Rozmowy w Neapolu [Conversations in Naples] (2000) with Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, Ciemna miłość. Szkice o twórczości Gustawa Herlinga-Grudzińskiego [Dark Love. Sketches on the Work of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński] (2005), Inna krytyka [A Different Criticism] (2006), Inny świat Gustawa Herlinga-Grudzińskiego [Gustaw Herling-Grudziński’s Different World] (2007); Ptasznik z Wilna. O Józefie Mackiewiczu. Zarys monograficzny [The Bird Fancier from Vilnius. Józef Mackiewicz. A Monographic Outline] (2007; 2nd ed. 2013); Modalności modernizmu. Studia, analizy, interpretacje [Modalities of Modernism. Studies, Analyses, Interpretations] (2013). During martial law he published under the pen name Jerzy Malewski. He is a member of the editorial board of the bimonthly Teksty Drugie (IBL PAN). A beneficiary of the FNP’s Academic Grants for Professors programme in 2002. He has been a visiting lecturer at many universities, including in France, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Hungary, the United Kingdom. In 2000-2001 he was a visiting professor at the Slavic Institute of Uppsala University (Sweden); 1996-2004 -professor at the Department of Romanticism and Contemporary Literature of the University of Łódź; 2005-2009 - professor at the University of Warsaw’s Department of Theory of Literature and Poetics. A member of the Scientific Council of IBL PAN, the National Library, ERIH, the Polish Academy of Sciences Committee on Literature, PEN-Club, Association of Polish Writers, Warsaw Scientific Society, International Polish Studies Centre Foundation. For more information, visit www.bolecki.eu. Publications and presentations
- Interview: Lament humanistów [Cry of humanists], Odra, No 11/2015
- Paper: Oceńmy humanistykę [Appraisal of hummanity], Forum Akademickie, No 3/2014
- Article: Ocena jednostek naukowych w humanistyce (parametryzacja a ewaluacja) [Appraisal of humanistic science units (parametrisation vs evaluation)], Debaty Polskiej Akademii Umiejętności, Oceny nauki 16-18 listopada 2013
- Interview published on otwartanauka.pl: To już nie luksus - to absolutna konieczność [It is not a luxury - it is the necessity]
- Paper: Mobilny Uniwersytet [Mobile University], Panorama PAN, 10 (10) November 2013, p. 7-9
- Project: New Proposal for SSH_Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania, 23-24.09.2013
- Project: New Proposal for SSH_Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities – presentation in the form of a video on YouTube – watch
- Paper: Po pierwszym konkursie NPRH [After the First Call for Applications in the National Programme for the Development of Humanities], Forum Akademickie, No. 4/2012
- Contribution to the discussion on the reform of science in Poland, Kronos 2011 No 1
- Humanistyka a reforma polskiej nauki [The Humanities and the Reform of Polish Science] (co-author), Forum Akademickie, No. 5/2009
- Reforma sektora nauki [Reforming the Science Sector] (co-author), Nauka Polska 2007 No. 16
Tomasz Perkowski, PhD
Deputy President of the Board
tel.: +48 22 845 95 01
Born on 9 May 1969 in Warsaw. He graduated from the Faculty of Marine Fisheries and Food Technology at what is now the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin in 1993. He obtained his doctoral degree cum laude in 1997 at his home university. He has also completed postgraduate studies in Environmental Science and Policy at the Central European University in Budapest and a Master of Business Administration course at Szczecin University. He was a Junior Fellow of the Regional Environmental Centre in Budapest (1994), the German Marshall Fund (1995) and the Open Society Foundation (1998). In 1997 he received a young scientist medal from the Szczecin Scientific Society. During his studies his various duties included being a member of the board of Coalition Clean Baltic, an international nongovernmental organization focused on protecting the Baltic Sea, and a member of the National Selection Committee of the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme. In January 1999 he was appointed director of the Social Communication Department of the West Pomeranian Regional Health Fund. From March to December 2000 he was employed at the Szczecin Municipal Board Press Office. He was a member of the National Environmental Protection Fund’s Supervisory Board in 2001. He joined the Foundation for Polish Science in December 2000 as its director for development. Following a decision of the Foundation Council, he was appointed vice-president of the Foundation Board on 1 December 2001.
Prof. Leon Gradoń
Chairman of the FNP's Council
Born 11 April 1947 in Szczekociny. A specialist in chemical engineering, he is a graduate of Warsaw University of Technology (WUT)’s Faculty of Chemistry (1969) and the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics (1975). In 1976 he completed his doctorate at WUT, in 1978-79 he completed a postdoctoral visit to the University of Houston, and in 1981 he gained his habilitation degree. He was made a full professor in 1996. Prof. Gradoń works at the WUT Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, where he served as dean between 1999 and 2005. He was a Fulbright scholarship holder at the University of Cincinnati (1993-94), and has been visiting professor at a number of institutions internationally: University of Buffalo (USA), Delft University of Technology Netherlands), University of Salzburg (Austria), and University of Hiroshima and Doshisha University (Japan). His research is on the mechanics of aerosols and using the fundamental mechanisms of processes of momentum, mass and energy to explain the phenomena taking place in multi-phase systems. His original hypotheses, the result of research of a fundamental character, have led to innovative technologies being implemented in production. These solutions are focused primarily on the subject of protection of health, in particular that of people in the work environment (related to e.g. protection of the respiratory system, treatment of drinking water, construction of personal inhalers and collective inhalers for cleansing the lungs in mines, dust reduction in areas in which mining combines are in use and, lastly, initiation of production of filters reducing pollution from diesel engines. He is the author or co-author of 15 monographs and chapters in monographs of international scope, seven academic textbooks, over 180 articles in renowned scientific journals and over 200 reports in international and domestic conference materials, as well as the author or co-author of 64 patents. The technical solutions based on his research are or have been applied in many Polish and international companies and enterprises (e.g. vacuum distillation of fatty acids for the Institute of Industrial Chemistry and the Pollena company, water and other fluids filter technology for Microspun Products, implementation of production of CCV filters for diesel engines for Cummins Filtration (USA), preparation for implementation of a powder inhaler for GlaxoSmithKline, and membrane filters for cleaning food products for Biodesign (UK). Prof. Gradoń is active in a number of scientific advisory and editorial boards, and is a member of bodies including the International Society Aerosols in Medicine, of which he was a member of the board in 19919-93, Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung (since 2004 also a member of the board) and the American Filtration Society. Editorial boards include that of the Journal of Aerosols in Medicine, Chemical and Process Engineering, International Journal Occupational Safety and Ergonomics and Advanced Powder Technology (Japan). He is the winner of many awards for his scientific work. Including the Marian Smoluchowski Award in 1989 (prize given by the International Society for Aerosol Research in Vienna); Rockefeller Foundation Prize for work on the role of surfactant in process of gaseous exchange in the lungs: Gold Medal at the EUREKA International Innovation Exhibition in Brussels in 1998; Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences in 2001 (for the automised sequence for filter production in cleaning water and other fluids and implementation of production on an industrial scale); title of Cummins Filtration Professor in 2006 (awarded by industrial corporations, in this case the American company Cummins, a global producer of diesel engines) for achievements in filtration and development of new technologies used for filtration of fuel, air and exhaust fumes. In 2006 he was awarded the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science. Decorated with honours including the Gold Cross of Merit (1993), the Medal of the Commission of National Education (1993) and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Member of the FNP Council since September 2012.
Prof. Wojciech Tygielski
Deputy chairman of the FNP's Council
Wojciech Tygielski was born in 1953 in Wołomin. He is a modern historian, examining the social history of Poland and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, Polish/Italian contacts, travel during the modern period, and the history of diplomacy. His academic career has been affiliated with the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw, where he earned his master’s degree (1977), doctorate (1983) and postdoctoral degree (1992) and was named a professor (2006). He has worked at the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw since 2009. He held fellowships at the State University of New York (1981/1982), Istituto Luigi Sturzo in Rome (1984/85), Università di Napoli (1989), Saint Lawrence University (1991/1992), and the Lanckoroński z Brzezia Foundation (research at the Vatican archives and library, 1987–1999). In 1993–1995 he was the director of the Polish Institute in Rome and a counsellor at the Polish Embassy there. In 1999–2002 he served as vice dean for general affairs of the Faculty of History, and in 2002–2008 was Prorector for Research and Foreign Cooperation at the University of Warsaw. He chairs the rector’s group for the publication series Monumenta Universitatis Varsoviensis and is a member of the council of the University of Warsaw Museum. Beyond his home institution, he is a member of the council of the National Science Centre and the Numismatics Council at the National Bank of Poland, as well as the editorial board of the annuals Odrodzenie i Reformacja w Polsce and Kronika Zamkowa. He has extensive teaching experience. He has lectured on modern Polish history, world history, methodology of historical research, statistics and demography, and European integration for many years at the Institute of History and the European Centre at the University of Warsaw, as well as the National Academy of Dramatic Art. He has guest-lectured and delivered papers at the universities of Rome, Milan, Bari, Naples, Augsburg, Giessen, Munich, Saarbrücken, Visby, Helsinki and Ottawa. His most important publications include Politics of Patronage in Renaissance Poland: Chancellor Jan Zamoyski, His Supporters and the Political Map of Poland, 1572‑1605 (University of Warsaw Press, 1990); Acta Nuntiaturae Polonae, vol. XVIII/1: Franciscus Simonetta (1606‑1612) (Institutum Historicum Polonicum Romae, Rome 1990); Giacomo Fantuzzi, Diariusz podróży po Europie (1652) (Diary of European Travels) (translation, introduction and notes, IW Pax, Warsaw 1990); Z Rzymu do Rzeczypospolitej. Studia z dziejów nuncjatury apostolskiej w Polsce, XVI-XVII w. (From Rome to the Polish Republic: A Study of the History of the Papal Nunciature in Poland, 16th –17th Centuries) (Wydawnictwa Fundacji Historia pro Futuro, Warsaw 1992); Giacomo Fantuzzi, Diario del Viaggio Europeo (1652) (with Piotr Salwa, PAN and Biblioteca e Centro di Studi a Roma, Warsaw/Rome 1998); Rzeczpospolita – Europa, XVI-XVIII wiek. Próba konfrontacji (Polish Republic–Europe, 16th– 18th Centuries: An Attempt at Confrontation) (ed. with Michał Kopczyński, Optima JG, Warsaw 1999); Dyplomacja – informacja – propaganda. Podróż Luigiego Bevilacqua, posła toskańskiego na dwory europejskie w 1609 r. (Diplomacy, Information, Propaganda: The Journey of Luigi Bevilacqua, Tuscan Envoy to the European Courts in 1609) (Semper, Warsaw 2000); Włosi w Polsce XVI-XVII wieku. Utracona szansa na modernizację (Italians in Poland in the 16th–17th Centuries: A Lost Opportunity for Modernization) (Więź, Warsaw 2005); Listy – ludzie – władza. Patronat Jana Zamoyskiego w świetle korespondencji (Letters, People, Power: Patronage of Jan Zamoyski According to Correspondence) (Viator, Warsaw 2007); Pod wspólnym niebem. Narody dawnej Rzeczypospolitej (Under the Same Sky: Nations of the Old Polish Republic) (authorship of two chapters, ed. with Michał Kopczyński, Museum of the History of Poland, Warsaw 2010); “The Italian Presence in Early Modern Poland: Its Cultural and Civilizational Consequences,” in Italien – Mitteldeutschland – Polen: Geschichte und Kultur im europäischen Kontext vom 10. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert (Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2013); Italians in Early Modern Poland: The Lost Opportunity for Modernization? (Peter Lang GmbH, Frankfurt am Main 2015; “Podróżopisarstwo historyczne” (“Historical Travel Writing”), Barok vol. 21/2(42)2014 (Warsaw 2015); Portrety uczonych. Profesorowie Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego po 1945 (Portraits of Scholars: Professors of the University of Warsaw after 1945) (ed. with Waldemar Baraniewski and Andrzej Kajetan Wróblewski), Monumenta Universitatis Varsoviensis, 1816–2016, vol. 1–3 (University of Warsaw Press 2016). Prof. Wojciech Tygielski has been a member of the Foundation for Polish Science Council since September 2012.
Prof. Jan Kotwica
Member of the FNP's Council
Jan Kotwica was born in 1949. He specializes in veterinary science. He earned his master’s degree in 1973, his doctorate in 1979, his postdoctoral degree in 1989 and the title of professor in 1993. He heads the Physiology and Toxicology of Reproduction group at the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. In 1995–1998 he was deputy director of the institute and in 2006–2010 chaired the institute’s scientific council. His research interests include neuroendrocrine regulation of reproductive processes of livestock and the mechanism of genotoxic impact of environmental factors (xenobiotics) and non-nutritive elements of foods on the action of the reproductive system of females. This research creates a foundation for understanding the causes of fertility disorders in both animals and humans. He is the co-author of over 130 publications on this topic in international journals. He has given numerous lectures in Europe, the US and Japan at the invitation of conference organizers and scientific institutions. He has served as the adviser for 12 successful PhD candidates. He has held fellowships from the International Agency of Atomic Energy/FAO, Vienna (1979), North Dakota State University (2000–2001), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Technical University of Munich (1995–1997), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Okayama University (1999). He has served on the editorial boards of renowned journals such as Veterinary Journal, Domestic Animal Endocrinology, the Journal of Animal Science, and Reproductive Biology, published by the Polish Society for Biology of Reproduction, of which Prof. Kotwica is the president. He has been a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) since 2010. He is a member of the scientific councils of PAN institutes and PAN’s Biology of Reproduction and Veterinary Science committees. In 2013–2014 he served on the Central Council of Science and Higher Education and since December 2015 has been a member of the council of the National Science Centre. He is the winner of team awards from the Minister of Science and Higher Education and individual awards from the Scientific Secretary of PAN. Prof. Jan Kotwica holds the Knight’s Cross and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Prof. Aleksandra Łuszczyńska
Member of the FNP's Council
Born in 1971 in Gdańsk, Aleksandra Łuszczyńska is a clinical and health psychologist. She studies socio-cognitive mechanisms responsible for changes in health behaviours, quality of life and health among people with chronic illness and adaptations following traumatic life events. She completed a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Warsaw (1996), where she also earned her doctorate (2000) and postdoctoral degree (2004). She was named a professor in 2009. She has worked as an assistant at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw, a professor at the Free University of Berlin (2003–2004) and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (2007–2008), and a lecturer at the University of Sussex (2004–2007). Since 2008 she has been a research professor at the Trauma, Health & Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Since 2005 she has been affiliated with SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wrocław Campus, where she works as a professor and director of the Centre for Applied Research on Behaviour and Health (CARE-BEH). She served as secretary (2002–2006) and president (2010–2014) of the Division of Health Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology. She has also served on the councils of such scientific societies as the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (extended board member) and the European Health Psychological Society (chair of the Fellowship Committee). She has been invited to give keynote lectures before international scientific societies such as the European Health Psychology Society (2016), the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine (2014) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (2010, 2014). She is the editor in chief of two international scientific journals: Anxiety, Stress, & Coping and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, and a member of the editorial board of Psychology and Health, British Journal of Health Psychology, Health Psychology Review, Journal of Health Psychology, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Behavioral Medicine, Applied Psychology: International Review, and Frontiers in Psychology. She serves on expert panels at the European Commission (7th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020) and the European Research Council, and chairs expert panels at Poland’s National Science Centre. Her research has been funded by the European Commission (7th Framework Programme), the Joint Programming Initiative of the European Union, the Humboldt Foundation, the National Science Centre, and the Foundation for Polish Science (including the MISTRZ/MASTER programme). Her research has been recognized by such international honours as an early career award from the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (2004) and the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (2004) and an honorary fellowship from the European Health Psychology Society (2010) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (2014).
Prof. Tomasz Guzik
Member of the FNP's Council
Born in Kraków in 1974, Prof. Tomasz Guzik is a specialist in internal medicine and allergology. His research interests are focused on vascular biology, arterial hypertension, and clinical immunology. The two most important fields of research by Prof. Guzik have involved the first description of the mechanisms of oxidative stress in human blood vessels in atherosclerosis (Circulation 2000 and Circulation Research 2000), and discovery of inflammatory mechanisms of arterial hypertension (Journal of Experimental Medicine 2007). He is a 1998 graduate of the Jagiellonian University Medical College and completed postgraduate studies in molecular medicine at the University of Oxford. After earning his doctorate in 2000 he continued his cooperation with Oxford’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as a visiting postdoctoral fellow in 2001–2004. In 2004 he earned his postdoctoral degree and in 2009 was named a professor. Since 2005 he has cooperated closely with a team of researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, where he worked in 2005–2008 as an associate professor leading pioneering research on pathomechanisms of arterial hypertension. He was a laureate of competitions of the Foundation for Polish Science from the beginning of his scientific career. He directs the Department of Internal and Rural Medicine at the Jagiellonian University Medical College. He is also affiliated with the University of Glasgow, where he holds the prestigious Regius Chair of Physiology/Cardiovascular Pathobiology. He is editor in chief of one of the most important journals of the European Society of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research, and a member of numerous international scientific societies, including the American Physiological Society. In 2014–2016 he was a member of the Minister of Science and Higher Education’s Scientific Policy Committee, and in 2012–2016 was president of the Polish Society of Internal Medicine, one of the country’s most important scientific societies. He is the author of over 150 scientific publications in international journals such as Circulation, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Circulation Research, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of Experimental Medicine, FASEB Journal, and Hypertension. Among the articles in which he was the lead author, 23 have been cited over 100 times, and the most important work has been cited over 750 times. In total, his publications have been cited 8,500 times, and he has an h-index of 43. To date 15 PhDs have earned their doctorates under his guidance, and he has served as the adviser for two researchers obtaining their postdoctoral degrees. Prof. Tomasz Guzik is the winner of numerous awards in Poland and abroad, including the FNP Prize (2010) for discovery of inflammatory mechanisms of arterial hypertension, Wellcome Trust Awards (London, 2000 and 2010), FNP START stipends (2000 and 2001), Award of the Minister of Health (2004), Awards of the President of the Council of Ministers (2005 and 2014), EMBO Award (European Molecular Biology Organization, 2008), and the Tadeusz Browicz Award of the Polish Academy of Learning (2010). He has served on the Council of the Foundation for Polish Science since March 2018.
Prof. Maria Nowakowska
Member of the FNP's Council
Maria Nowakowska specializes in the chemical sciences. She earned her master’s degree at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Jagiellonian University in Kraków in 1971, where she also earned her doctorate (1977) and postdoctoral degree (1985) and was named a professor (1992). She has been a full professor at Jagiellonian University since 2002. At the university’s Faculty of Chemistry, she heads the Department of Physical Chemistry and the Nanotechnology of Polymers and Biomaterials research group. Her research interests involve functional polymer and hybrid materials whose structure and function can be planned at the molecular level, including synthesis, determination of properties, and identification of potential fields of application. She is the author of over 250 scientific publications in prestigious international scientific journals and chapters of monographs, as well as co-creator of 21 patents (in Poland, the EU, the US, Canada, China, Korea and India). In 1987–1990 she held a research fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, continuing in 1990–2004 as a visiting professor. She has served as the adviser for 34 PhD candidates, of whom four have gone on to earn postdoctoral degrees and two have been named professors. In 1999–2005 she served as Prorector for Research and International Cooperation at Jagiellonian University, in 1993–1999 as dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, in 1990–1993 as vice dean, and in 1986–2004 as director of the Photochemistry and Spectroscopy research group. She was a member of the University Senate in 1990–2007. She is chair of the scientific council of the Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Kraków (since 2007), a member of the scientific council of the PAN Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies in Łódź (since 2002), and the scientific council of what is now the PAN Centre for Polymer and Carbon Materials in Zabrze (since 1996), for which she also chairs the research committee. She is secretary of the European Committee of the Polish Academy of Learning (since 2003) and a member of the biomaterials group of the PAN Materials Science Committee (since 2016). She has served as an independent expert for the European Commission since 2005. She has served as a member of the council of the Fulbright Foundation (2005), the council of Konsorcjum Europeum (2005), the International Consortium of European Studies (2001–2005), the programme council of Biomacromolecules, a journal of the American Chemical Society (2004–2008), the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2004–2008), and the PAN Polymer Chemistry Committee (1994–1997), and vice chair of the University Committee for International Programmes (2000–2005). She was a member of the Awards Committee of the City of Kraków and chaired its Science and Culture Subcommittee (2001–2007), chair of the social council of the University Children’s Hospital, a member of the council of the Jagiellonian University Foundation (1993–1999), and initiator, cofounder and council member of the Prochemia Foundation (1997–2012), chairing the council since 2012, She represented the European University Association as a member of the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme Working Group. She was invited by the Nobel Committee on three occasions to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize (1992, 1998, 2005). She has served as an expert, reviewer, and member or chair of expert panels for the European Commission, Round Table Experts Network USA, the Foundation for Polish Science, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Scientific Research Commission (KBN), the National Science Centre, the National Centre for Research and Development, and several foreign agencies funding scientific research. Among her distinctions, Prof. Nowakowska has been given the Austrian Cross of Honour, First Class, for service to science and art (2005), the Medal of the Commission of National Education (1999), the Certificate of Merit of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva 2011), membership in AcademiaNET: Profiles of Leading Women Scientists (2014), awards from the Minster of Science and Higher Education (1978, 1980, 2012, 2014), the Laur Jagielloński (a prestigious award from the Rector of Jagiellonian University in the exact and natural sciences, 1998), numerous other awards from the Rector of Jagiellonian University, and the Soroptimists International Club’s Kraków Woman of the Year 2002. Prof. Maria Nowakowska was awarded the Knight’s Cross (2000) and the Officer’s Cross (2011) of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Prof. Karol Wysokiński
Member of the FNP's Council
tel.: +48 81 537 62 36
Born 9 May 1951 in Olszewnica. A theoretical physicist, who studies inanimate matter using methods of mathematics and quantum physics. In recent years he has concentrated on research into the phenomenon of superconductivity and the characteristics of nanoscopic structures. Also interested in the quantum Hall effect. Wysokiński was educated at Bolesław Prus High School in Siedlce and Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin. He graduated in 1974, completed his doctorate in 1979, and obtained his habilitation degree in 1987. In 1991 he became an associate professor at UMCS, in 1995 was awarded the title of professor, and three years later was made full professor. Since 1996 he has been the director of the Condensed Phase Theory Department at the UMCS Institute of Physics. In 1990-1993 he was a member of the university senate, and in 2002-2005 he was Vice-Rector for Academic Research and International Cooperation. Since 2004 he has been an expert in the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) of the European University Association, and in 2011 he was elected to the programme steering committee. Prof. Wysokiński completed a scientific post-doctorate at Technical University Munich (1983-1985) and was also a visiting scientist at ZIBJ in Dubna (Russia), the University of Oregon (USA), ICTP Trieste and ISI Turin (Italy) and the University of Bristol (UK). He has published over 150 original works and many articles popularising the achievements of science, and supervised the work of several dozen masters students and seven doctors, whose successors are currently preparing their theses. He has lectured at numerous student camps and schools for young scientists, as well as reporting the results of research at numerous seminars at home and abroad. He has received many invitations to give papers at international and domestic conferences and to participate in the work of conference scientific, programme and honorary committees. In 1995 and 2005, he was in charge of the organisation of national conferences on high-temperature superconductivity. His research has been or is funded by bodies including Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Polish Committee for Scientific Research, the US National Science Foundation, the European Union Commission, the British Council, the Royal Society and the Polish National Science Centre. Activities involving organisation of scientific research include his role as member of the State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN) Physics Section over 10 consecutive competitions since 1990. At the same time, he was appointed a member of the KBN Consultative team for Popularising Science (1993-1997), and then the KBN Consultative Team for Popularising Science and Scientific Information (1997-2000) and of the KBN Section for Popularising Science. In September 2000 he was elected as a member of the KBN Team for Statutory Activity and Investment (for the KBN’s 4th term). Since 2010 he has been a member of the Task Force for assessment of co-financed projects from structural funds (Actions 2.1 and 2.2. of the Innovative Economy Operational Programme, 2007-2013). In 2007-2012 he was part of the Central Committee for Grades and Titles. Since 1974 a member of the Polish Physics Society (PTF), and since 1987 a member of the European Physical Society. In 1997-1999 he was a secretary of PTF’s Revision Committee, and in the 1999-2001 term vice-chairman of the Main Board. In July 2000 he was elected as a “Fellow of IOP” by the Institute of Physics, and since May 2001 he has been a correspondent member of Lublin Scientific Society. Elected a member of the Matter Section of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) Physics Committee, for two terms he was also a member and vice-chairman of the PAN Physics Committee executive board. Three times (1991, 1998, 2010) he has been requested by the Nobel Committee to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize. He is a reviewer of doctoral and habilitation theses and academic title proposals. Prof. Wysokiński is a permanent reviewer in over a dozen major physics journals. In 1999-2005 he was a member of the European Journal of Physics editorial committee, and from 2002 to 2012 editor of the Physics section of Annales UMCS. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Acta Physica Polonica International Editorial Committee, and since 2009 a member of the Open Superconductors Journal editorial committee. His scientific research has led to numerous ministerial and rector’s awards. Decorated with a Gold Cross of Merit (1990) and a fifth-class Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Member of the FNP Council since September 2012.
Prof. Włodzimierz Krzyżosiak
Member of the FNP's Council
Włodzimierz Krzyżosiak was born in 1949 in Rawicz, deceased in December 2017. In 1971 he earned a degree in chemistry at what is now the University of Opole. In 1975 he completed his doctorate at the Institute of Chemistry at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and in 1984 his postdoctoral degree at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Warsaw. He was named a professor in 1993. He is the director of the Department of Molecular Biomedicine at the PAN Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Poznań, where he has worked since it was founded. His research path has led from the structural chemistry of nucleic acids, through molecular biology and genetics, to molecular medicine. For five years he worked at research institutions in England, France, the United States and Japan. For more than a decade he has concentrated his research on investigating the role of RNA in the pathogenesis of human neurological illnesses caused by expansion of microsatellite sequences, and seeking new methods of experimental therapy for this group of disorders. He has also studied the process of biogenesis of microRNA molecules and disorders in their function in microsatellite diseases, and has improved the technology for therapeutic RNA interference. His earlier research achievements include development of a new method for studying RNA structures in solution using the properties of metal ions and reconstitution of functional ribosome from natural proteins and synthetic rRNA. His latest achievements are creation of structural foundations for studying the role of RNA in the pathogenesis of microsatellite diseases, verifying the involvement of toxic RNA in the pathomechanism of Huntington’s disease, and development of a new therapeutic approach to this disease using siRNA molecules acting like microRNA. He is the co-author of over 130 scientific publications, including over 100 works of original research. They cover issues from organic chemistry, molecular biology, and biomedicine. He is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (since 2004) and a member of the PAN Molecular Biology and Human Genetics and Molecular Pathology committees. Since 2002 he has been a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Since 2016 he has served as a member of the European Academies Science Advisory Council Working Group of Experts on Genome Editing. On three occasions he has won the Polish Biochemical Society prize for the best experimental work performed at a Polish laboratory. He won the Foundation for Polish Science Prize in 2007 and was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2013.