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Filip Radwański

The rectors attending the KRASP meeting at the Jagiellonian University, 10th–12th April 2014

Oxford and Cambridge teams) competing on the Vistula. There will be many more jubilee events, of course, and you can find more information on them on our jubilee website, www.650.uj.edu.pl .” □ “The Jubilee is also an occasion for the University to set itself new tasks. One of them will undoubtedly be the bolstering of its international status. In what direction should the efforts its authorities are making in this respect be oriented?” ■ “This will be connected with making the best use of our new scientific resources. In recent years the Jagiellonian University’s research infrastructure has been very considerably enhanced. Now we have to make the best possible use of it. We have fine modern laboratories equipped with specialist apparatus. The University’s research facilities have to be accessible to all of its staff, regardless of faculty, and available on hire. The Jagiellonian Centre of Innovation is a unit operating in a similar way, giving researchers access to lab space and facilities, sometimes even to specific instruments. Of course, the problem also involves the way science is financed in Poland. There has never been a lot of money for scholarship in this country, as we know, and probably there never will be. However, the academics of the Jagiellonian University have brilliant ideas, which translate into the largest number of grants awarded by the National Science Centre. What we need now is to put these financial resources to the best possible use, especially as the overall sum of the grants now being implemented in the Jagiellonian University amounts to over a billion PLN.” □ “What’s happening now on the Jagiellonian University’s investment front?” ■ “This year on 13th May we will be opening the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology building. Its chief aim will be to conduct research at the best international standard possible, and international co-operation will be its focus. We have already signed partnership agreements with first-rate research institutions like the Max Planck Society, Centre National de la Recherche 8

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Scientifique (CNRS), and Kyoto University. In August this year the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science will start its move to the new campus. We will be opening the building for the Centre for Environmental Education in the second half of 2014, and the building of the Solaris Synchrotron Radiation Centre towards the end of the year. Solaris is a huge investment which will serve not only the entire academic milieu in Poland, but also researchers from abroad. We are redeveloping the Jagiellonian Centre of Innovation. Work on the construction of the new Faculty of Chemistry building has started, and a contractor has been selected to build the new premises of the Institute of Geological Sciences. The completion of all these enormous investment projects will give the University excellent potential for further development. Hence my optimism concerning Polish achievements in scientific research. Before Polish scientists who wanted to move ahead unfortunately had to leave the country for centres elsewhere, in Europe or America, which had specialist laboratories with modern equipment. I did the experimental part of my habilitation project abroad. Now that has changed. Today every young scientist can conduct his research in Poland, in Kraków. The salaries that universities can offer from the financial resources of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education are still very modest. But if grants are taken into account the situation looks much better. We can then offer a young scientist from, say, Germany, or the United Kingdom, a job with pay comparable to what he would be earning at home. What we now have to work on is being recognisable worldwide. The basis for success in this respect is international co-operation.” □ “Here the Jagiellonian University is doing very well. We are working with many foreign research centres. Have we managed to acquire new research partners recently?” ■ “In November 2013 we signed partnership contracts with Kyoto University, a leading centre on a global scale: 26th on the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking, and with the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Tsukuba, Japan’s biggest

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