The project entitled Study of the inhomogeneity of the ionized interstellar medium using pulsar observations with the polish LOFAR stations was awarded the funding in the OPUS-15 call for proposals, organized by the polish National Science Centre. The project will be conducted at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Zielona Góra, in collaboration with the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, however of the 662,000 PLN awarded for the grant over 400,000 will stay at Zielona Góra. The principle investigator of the project is dr hab. Wojciech Lewandowski, and the project involves observations of radio pulsars using polish radiotelescopes which belong to the pan-european LOFAR network of radiotelescopes.
LOFAR is an international network of radiotelescopes that are observing the Universe at low radio frequencies. Three of the network elements (stations) were built in Poland by the polish LOFAR consortium POLFAR.. These telescopes will work as a part of the international LOFAR telescope for 4 days a week, the remaining time may be used for other scientific projects. In collaboration with the station owners – the University of Warmia and Mazury, and the Jagiellonian university we are using these telescopes for observations of pulsars.
The aim of the contest of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education under the Regional Excellence Initiative program was to support particular groups of sciences in twelve regions of Poland. The selection of groups made by the Ministry was based on the so-called regional smart specializations, i.e. areas of the economy and science that have been identified as priorities for the development of a given region. In our region, within the group of exact sciences and engineering, the project called “Laboratory for Materials Research Engineering”, resulting from the cooperation between the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, will receive in the years 2019-22 a subsidy of approximately 12 000 000 PLN (including 8 500 000 PLN for the most modern research equipment). Dr hab. Mirosław R. Dudek (Faculty of Physics and Astronomy) is the project manager whereas the person responsible in the project from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is dr hab. inż. Piotr Kuryło.
The project assumes the creation of “Laboratory for Materials Research Engineering” in the structure of the University of Zielona Góra, where research will be carried out in the field of nanotechnology, effect of vacuum and radiation on the properties of materials, methods of coating materials, properties of materials and metamaterials (including strength properties) and research by optical methods of meta, micro and nanomechanical systems. The project is to be used to increase the research potential of current research groups, to further develop international cooperation in the field of science, to develop methods of increasing innovation and greater effectiveness in obtaining funds for research. It is also intended to prepare young research staff to work in interdisciplinary teams.
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This month Publons awarded the most active referees working in various fields of science. Especially, the referees belonging to the groups of the 1% most active ones have been honored by Publions. It is our pleasure to inform that Publons has announced our colleague prof. dr. hab. Wiesław Leoński from the Institute of Physics UZ as belonging to the group "Top 1% in Field." His scientific interests concern the topics of widely understood quantum optics, quantum information theory, deterministic and quantum chaos.
I am very pleased to announce that our colleague prof. dr hab. Wiesław Leoński was elected to the Board of the Optics Section of the Polish Physical Society for 2018-2021. The aim of the Section is to develop mutual contacts, expand cooperation with members of other optical, optoelectronic and photonic organizations and enterprises operating on the Polish and European market, as well as to represent the Polish optical community in Poland and abroad. The Optics Section PPS is affiliated Society with the European Optical Society.
I am very pleased to announce that the ELSEVIER Research Impact Leaders Awards 2017 in Natural Sciences was given to University of Zielona Góra, where our Faculty of Physics and Astronomy and the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Econometrics contributed. In the assumption, the Awards recognize institutions outstanding in their fields for high-quality research, while also contributing to the international visibility of the institution and Polish research overall. The evaluation criteria reflect an increase in the number of publications in the most prestigious scientific journals, and showcase a high-level of international cooperation and impact, as measured by the Field-Weighted Citation Index.
It is worth mentioning that, in the justification of the award, it was emphasized that “The publications in this discipline were quoted on average 2,12 times more often than the global average […] 15,4% of publications from the University of Zielona Góra in the Natural Sciences category were published among 10% of journals, which are considered the most influential in a given discipline.”