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THE POLISH SCIENCE VOICE
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The Polish Science Voice  
No 13
The Polish Science Voice

A publication Co-financed by Minister of Science and Higher Education
No other scientific discipline is more important and fascinating than physics because other sciences are merely applications of the methods of physics, says Maciej Kolwas, a Polish professor of physics who is the new president of the European Physical Society, an organization that brings together more than 100,000 members in Europe. Kolwas developed a penchant for physics in elementary school thanks to his physics teacher in Grójec near Warsaw. In high school his interest in physics turned into a fascination. "As a result, how could I become anything other than a physicist myself?" says Kolwas, who is a special guest of this issue of The Polish Science Voice.
Maciej Kolwas, a Polish professor of physics who heads the European Physical Society, an organization that brings together more than 100,000 physicists in Europe, talks to Piotr Bartosz.
The Polish Technology Platform for Advanced Materials, established more than two years ago, is a research consortium that coordinates a nationwide effort to develop modern industrial materials.
The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) has introduced a new grant program called Ventures that is directed at young scientists. The grants are awarded for projects directly benefiting the economy.
The Foundation for Polish Science offers grants to young Ph.D. graduates who are doing research abroad but plan to eventually return to Poland.
Polish high school students won one gold and two bronze medals and received three special commendations in this year's International Conference for Young Scientists (ICYS) in Ukraine. They also brought home a bronze medal from May's International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT) in Croatia, which attracted competitors from 24 countries.
Polish researchers have notched up some serious achievements in studying the properties of effective microorganisms (EM), a group of products that are believed to be capable of improving soil quality and plant growth.
Many young Polish scientists choose to work abroad after they obtain their degrees, but a growing number are deciding to return to Poland once they gain research experience.
A young pharmacologist in the northern city of Gdańsk has developed an innovative, low-cost method for evaluating chemical compounds for the production of pharmaceuticals.
Scientists in the central city of £ód¼ have invented environment-friendly electrical circuit breakers that significantly improve the operation of railway traction systems.
Cracow's European Games Center, which opened in late July, is a new business cluster that includes Poland's first school for video game designers.
The Science and Technology Park in Gliwice in southern Poland provides a congenial working environment for innovative businesses, both well-established companies and start-ups launched by students from the local university of technology.
A new weaving loom designed by a team of Polish researchers in £ód¼ led by Prof. Janusz Szosland makes fabrics from unconventional materials such as carbon fibers, glass fibers and biofibers.
A complex of buildings made from industrial waste is under construction in Poland's southern Silesia region.
Everyone who has a lawn will appreciate the new trimmer line invented by Polish engineers for mowing grass.
The University of Wroc³aw is the second-oldest university in Poland, after Cracow's Jagiellonian University. With its 30,000 students and more than 2,000 academic staff, the University of Wroc³aw is also one of the country's largest institutions of higher education.
A meteorological observatory on Kasprowy Wierch, the Tatra mountains' highest peak, is already 70 years old. The observatory, built 1,987 meters above sea level, is the highest sited building in Poland. Construction began in 1936 and although meteorological work started in 1937 the observatory did not officially open until Jan. 22, 1938.
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