FNP`s Executive Board
Prof. Maciej Żylicz, PhD habil.
President of the Board
tel.: +48 22 845 95 01
CV (more extensive CV with list of publications) Professor Maciej Zylicz was born in 1953 in Gdansk. He studied experimental physics and biology at the University of Gdansk. In 1980 he completed his PhD in biochemistry, in 1986 he was awarded his habilitation degree in molecular biology, and in 1992 he received the title of Professor. In the years between 1980 and 1999 he worked at the University of Gdansk, where he was the head of the Department of Molecular Biology (1991-1999) and vice-rector for science (1990-1993). From 1982 to 1984 he was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Utah and Stanford University. In 1993 and 1994 he was a visiting professor at the Institute of Oncology of the University of Utah, School of Medicine. In 1999-2018 he worked at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw (1999-2016, head of the Molecular Biology Department). In 2005 he was elected President (Executive Director) of the Foundation for Polish Science (2005-present). The laboratory lead by Maciej Zylicz (since 2000, a joint laboratory, coheaded with his wife, prof. Alicja Zylicz) was among the first to show that heat shock proteins possesses molecular chaperone activity. At the onset of his postdoctoral career Maciej pioneered the methodology and isolated the first heat shock proteins and described their biochemical and biophysical properties. Afterwards Maciej’s group elucidated the molecular mechanism of action of heat shock proteins in the initiation of DNA replication, transcription and proteolysis. They also presented inceptive and introductory mechanistic evidence that heat shock proteins act as molecular chaperones by protecting other proteins from aggregation and dissociate already existing protein aggregates. Moreover, Maciej’s group was one of the first to describe that elements of the proteolytic machinery possess chaperone activity. Recently, Maciej’s and Alicja’s laboratory discovered that molecular chaperones are required for the transcriptional activity of wild-type p53 tumour suppressor protein and that it’s chief negative regulator the MDM2 oncoprotein possesses intrinsic chaperone-like activity. Moreover, they were among the first to present evidence that heat shock proteins are also directly involved in gaining new oncogenic functions of mutated p53 tumour suppressor, leading to tumour development, metastasis and acquisition of chemoresistance of breast cancer patients. Recently, they showed that the expression profile of heat shock genes creates a prognostic signature which can be used to predict the clinical outcome of breast cancer. Professor Zylicz 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. He is also a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and was a member of its Council in 2003-2007. 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 awarded the title of honorary doctorate from several Universities: University of Wroclaw (2007), University of Gdansk (2011) and Jagiellonian University (2013). He acted as science advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland (2010-2015). Since 2012 he has been a member of Max Planck Senate and since 2020 a member of the Trustee Committee of the Körber European Science Prize. Publications and speeches
- Article: Święty Graal innowacyjności, ["Saint Graal of innovation"] "Rzeczpospolita", 11th November 2013
- Article “Potrzebujemy dalszych zmNauka3_2012_02-Zyliczian” [“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. Tomasz Guzik
Chair 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. Grażyna Jurkowlaniec
Deputy chair of the FNP's Council
Born in 1971 in Bogatynia, Jurkowlaniec received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Warsaw in 1995, where she also prepared her doctoral dissertation in 2000 and obtained habilitation in 2009. In 2019, Jurkowlaniec received the title of professor of humanities. Since 2000, she has been employed at the University of Warsaw; in 2000–2019 as an Assistant Professor; from 2019 as Associate Professor. Jurkowlaniec deals with the artistic and religious culture of the late Middle Ages and the early modern period, with particular emphasis on iconography and the function and reception of artworks, especially in the context of religious disputes. In recent years, her research mainly concerns old graphics, book illustrations, and more broadly, the beginnings of the printing culture in the fifteenth to seventeenth century. Jurkowlaniec conducted research or classes in various European centers: at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Scholarship 2010), at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Andrew W. Mellon East-Central European Research Fellows Program, 2005/2006), but also in Rome (Lanckoroński Foundation Scholarship, 2003 and 2007), Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (2009, 2010, and 2019), Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg (2017), KU Leuven (2015), and Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte Kultur Ostmitteleuropas in Leipzig (2006). Jurkowlaniec implemented two and is currently managing the third research project financed under the OPUS program of Poland’s National Science Centre. She authored three monographs and numerous articles in magazines, including Artibus et Historiae, Barockberichte, Biuletyn Historii Sztuki, Konsthistorisk tidskrift, Kwartalnik Historyczny, Pamiętnik Literacki, Print Quarterly, Religions, Annual Art History, Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, and in separately published collections of articles. Jurkowlaniec’s doctoral dissertation received the Prime Minister’s award, while the book that enabled her to obtain habilitation was published in the FNP MONOGRAFIE competition series and received the Award of the First Department of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Moreover, Jurkowlaniec acts as a translator (among others, of Umberto Eco and Erwin Panofsky) and book editor (two volumes co-edited by her recently appeared in Routledge). At present, she is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Early Modern Christianity and the scientific council of Ikonotheka (the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw) and Eikón Imago (Departamento de Historia de Arte, Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Jurkowlaniec performed various administrative functions at the University of Warsaw. She was the Director of the Institute of Art History in 2012–2016, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History (2016–2020), the Chairwoman of the Scientific Council for Art from 2019, and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Culture from 2020. Furthermore, since 2015, she is a member of the Art Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Council of the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2013–2020, Jurkowlaniec was a jury member of the Nicolaus Copernicus Polish-German Research Award (2018–2020 also as the Chairwoman), jointly awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; and – in 2018-2019 – she was a member of the Ethics and Good Practices Committee of the FNP. She worked in many teams of experts – often as a chairwoman – of the National Science Centre, but als in evaluation panels of the European Research Council, the Foundation for Polish Science, and the National Agency for Academic Exchange. In 2014–2016, she was a member of the Council of Poland’s National Programme for the Development of Humanities, and she regularly reviews applications for various domestic and foreign agencies. Jurkowlaniec is a member of the FNP Council from September 1, 2020. More information
Prof. Piotr Garstecki
Member of the FNP's Council
Born in 1975, Garstecki graduated physics at the School of Exact Sciences in Warsaw in 1998; Ph.D. in chemistry at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2002; research internship in 2002–2005 at the Faculty of Chemistry at Harvard University led by the eminent chemist Professor George Whitesides; obtained the title of professor in 2014. Since 2006, Garstecki leads the Microfluidics and Complex Fluids Research Group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, which conducts research on the development of new microfluidic techniques for the purposes of chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology, with particular emphasis on the ultrafast finding of optimal conditions for chemical synthesis, determination of antibiotic resistance of bacteria, and the creation of solutions applicable in modern medical diagnostics. Garstecki is a mentor and educator of the next generation of scientists as the co-organizer of the “Droga na Harvard” competition (Road to Harvard) as part of the Harvard Club of Poland and as the promoter of several doctoral dissertations. Co-author of about 150 scientific publications, including Physical Review Letters, Lab on a Chip, Analytical Chemistry, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Science, Nature, Nature Physics. Co-author of over 100 patent applications and several dozen patents granted in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Member of the Editorial Committee of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Lab on a Chip, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry; he is often invited to give keynote lectures by international scientific societies. Winner of numerous awards, including “For the Merit of Inventions” awarded by the Prime Minister of Poland (2019), Prof. Kazimierz Bartel Prize (2018), the “Very Important Polish Innovator” Award by the “Teraz Polska” Foundation (2015), the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2013), the W. Kołos Prize awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences (2005), and Prime Minister Prizes for the best doctoral dissertation and habilitation. Moreover, Garstecki won many grants awarded by Polish and international institutions, including the prestigious ERC Starting Grant of the European Research Council and EIC SME, a grant from the European Innovation Council. He is multiple laureate of competitions by the Foundation for Polish Science, including MISTRZ, POWROTY/HOMING, TEAM, and TEAM-TECH. Garstecki is an independent expert of the European Commission. As the founder and president of Scope Fluidics – established in 2010 as the first spin-off of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences – he orients the company from the very beginning toward creating innovative solutions for the needs of medical diagnostics. Garstecki is a link between the worlds of business and science, improving the cooperation of both environments, and combining viewpoints. In 2012, Scope Fluidics established its first special purpose vehicle, Curiosity Diagnostics, to create a point-of-care system offering the world’s fastest detection of bacteria and viruses. In 2017, the Scope Fluidics group established another special purpose vehicle, BacterOMIC, which is developing the world’s first fully comprehensive antibiotic susceptibility test. Garstecki is a member of the FNP Council since September 1, 2020.
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. Tomasz Łuczak
Member of the FNP's Council
Born on March 13, 1963, in Poznań, Łuczak graduated in mathematics (1984) and physics (1990) at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, where he also obtained doctorate in mathematics in 1987, habilitation in 1990, and professorship in 1994. Łuczak deals with the application of combinatorial, probabilistic, and algebraic methods in mathematics, computer science, and physics. He is the author or co-author of over 180 works devoted to these matters and, together with Svante Janson and Andrzej Ruciński, Łuczak co-authored the monograph Random Graphs. He conducted research in many foreign centers, such as: Institute for Mathematics and its Applications in Minneapolis (postdoctoral fellowship), Emory University in Atlanta (as visiting professor in 1994–2012), Cambridge University, Universidade de São Paulo, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Rockefeller University in New York, Universität Bielefeld, Microsoft Research Center in Redmond, the University of Melbourne, Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in Los Angeles, the University of Edinburgh. Łuczak presented his research results, among other places, at the International Congress of Mathematicians (Madrid 2008), the European Congress of Mathematics (Paris 1992, Stockholm 2004, Krakow 2012), and Congreso Latinoamericano de Matemáticos (Santiago 2009). He was awarded with Kazimierz Kuratowski Prize (1991), the Prize of the European Mathematical Society (1992), the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science in exact sciences (1997), the Stefan Banach Medal (2014), and the Wacław Sierpiński Medal (2018). Since 1998, Łuczak has been a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Member of the FNP Council since September 1, 2020.
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. 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.