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.
The Cyclotron Center, delivering proton therapy for certain types of cancer, opened recently in Bronowice, Kraków. We talk to Prof. Marek Jeżabek, Director of the Niewodniczański Institute for Nuclear Physics, PAS, and Prof. Andrzej Kawecki, radiotherapist, clinical oncologist and vice-chairman of the Scientific Board at the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Institute of Oncology.
We talk with the British historian Dr. Natalia Nowakowska about winning a 1.5 million euro ERC grant for the project "The Jagiellonians: Dynasty, Identity and Memory in Central Europe" and about why the Jagiellonians may be interesting to British students?
We talk to Prof. Lidia Brydak, director of the Influenza Virus Research Institute and the National Influenza Centre, and Dr. Iwona Paradowska-Stankiewicz, national consultant for epidemiology, about how vaccines work and why they are so important
What impact did crusading medieval armies, waging a ruthless holy war against tribal groups in the eastern Baltic region, end up having on the local environment? An interdisciplinary team of international experts is working hard to connect the dots.
Finding locations where copper ore was mined in prehistoric times and learning about how metal objects were manufactured during the Bronze Age is key to answering questions about major turning points in European history. Our multidisciplinary team, including archaeologists, geologists and materials engineers, is developing a universal research strategy.
In the 17th century, when the fashion for music in the Italian style prevailed in Europe, singers and instrumentalists from Italy headed north across the Alps, invited by wealthy patrons. Some came to Poland, enriching the ensembles at the courts of kings and magnates with their talent.
They usually are less than a centimeter in diameter, but they can build colonies sometimes running kilometers in length. How do corals manage these massive feats of construction, and what part do single-cell algae play?
We talk with Prof. Witold Rużyłło, MD, PhD, a pioneer of advanced cardiological techiques in Poland, about ongoing progress in interventional cardiology, creating a system for early identification of those at risk of heart disease, and the role of prevention.
How can we make Poland's economy more competitive and productive? By supporting R&D projects pursued jointly by entrepreneurs and scientists and turning their findings into marketable products. This strategy can be very successful, as demonstrated by longstanding collaborative ties between the Military University of Technology and Vigo System S.A., a globally recognized manufacturer of infrared detectors listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Were there glaciers in the Tatras? If so, what did the mountains look like back in the Ice Age? Perhaps similar to the Alps? To journey more than 20,000 years back in time and find answers to these questions, we have created the first 3D paleogeographic map of the Tatras.
Not enough computing power for data processing? A ridiculous number of man-hours needed to visually inspect collections of raw data? Scientists facing such problems can seek help from volunteers equipped only with computers connected to the Internet. In other words, from practically everybody.