The „Academia” magazine was founded on the initiative of Professor
Andrzej B. Legocki, a President of the Polish Academy of Sciences in
2003 – 2006. In the beginning it was published only in English as a
reply to the growing demand for a current information on the Polish
Academy of Sciences` activities, expressed by foreign scientists and
Poles living abroad and interested in Polish science.
Since 2005 the magazine is published both in Polish and English.
The „Academia” is an exceptional - on the Polish market - scientific
magazine for the general public, propagating achievements of Polish
scientists here and abroad. Authors of articles in „Academia” explain
their subject in a way that is accessible not only for all sorts of
academics but also for students, pupils and all other readers interested
in scientific topics for the general public.
Why do we study the polar regions of the Earth? For the same reason a mountaineer climbs mountains: “Because they are there!” And in addition, they are of great importance to the entire planet and to our country.
Asst. Prof. Robert Bialik, head of the Department of Antarctic Biology at the PAS Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, talks about the Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station on King George Island.
The successful integration of the polar research community in Poland – through collaboration between the PAS Committee on Polar Research, the Polish Polar Consortium and the Polar Studies Centre – has led to the development of a Polish Polar Research Strategy, setting forth a set of directions for the future.
For many people, the Arctic is not just a place to visit for various reasons, but actually their home. As such, polar research can study not only the importance of the Arctic and Antarctic for the world at large, but also what the world can do to help those who live and work there.
Spitsbergen is not just an island of massive glaciers, but also a land of lush, low-growing tundra, reminiscent of a verdant carpet covering the coastline, and colonies of birds that fill the air with a cacophony of cries. How are these green mountain carpets and birds connected with the sea?