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Over 17 million PLN for scientific research will be given to University of Wrocław researchers from the National Science Centre (NCN). On 20 November, the results of the Opus 19 and the Preludium 19 calls for proposals were announced!

NCN awarded 29 projects from various fields: law, biotechnology, psychology, sociology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, Judaic studies, history, mathematics, computer science. The biggest sums of money will be awarded to: the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics, the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences, the Faculty of Biotechnology, the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management.

But not only Faculties were awarded by NCN. Money will also be rewarded to e.g. the Willy Brandt Centre and a few consortia which Wrocław University researchers are a part of. What will our researchers do with those 16 million PLN? They will research, among others, artificial intelligence, democracy during the pandemic, black holes, the snow vole, smell training, post-pandemic crisis, Yiddish mass culture in literature, troposphere, luminescence thermometry, proteins. One thing is certain – at the University of Wrocław, a research university, interesting things are and will be happening!

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and nearly universal remote teaching, our researchers will be exploring the still unknown nooks and crannies of science in their studies, workshops, and laboratories. Researchers, we congratulate You, it is a great success for our university. We are especially pleased with the successes of our youngest researchers – PhD students!

OPUS 19 is a call for research projects addressed at all researchers. In this call for proposals, 15 projects were awarded a total of over 15 million PLN. PRELUDIUM, by contrast, is addressed at researchers who are not PhD holders, so at PhD students. We are especially pleased that young researchers, who decided to stay at our university in doctoral schools after finishing their graduate studies, continue their scientific endeavours with such success!

– We are very happy about all the funding from NCN calls for proposals. But we are especially pleased with the funding from Preludium. Success in Preludium means that we are able to prepare our younger colleagues to obtain grants. I am also happy with the diversity of academic disciplines that were awarded, it means that we are a research university as a whole. And thirdly, we have consortia in which we are leaders. Earlier we were part of consortia, but now we are becoming leaders in these consortia – said the Rector, Prof. Przemysław Wiszewski.

Here is the list of awarded researchers:


1. Artificial intelligence in integrated archaeological landscape research. Development and application of automatic data classification and interpretation based on the detection of objects through deep learning neural networks,

Piotr Paweł Wroniecki, MA, Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences;

1 365 600

2. Democracy during the Pandemic. Decline or a New Form of Representative Democracy?

Aleksandra Edyta Maatsch, PhD, Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies;

490 600

3. Legal epistemic authority in Poland. Development and dynamics in the years 1982-2020,

Adam Waldemar Czarnota, PhD, Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics;
1 582 440

4. Freedom of expression of a judge as a professional,
Przemysław Paweł Kaczmarek, DSc, Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics;
167 352

5. COV-WORK: Socio-economic awareness, work experience, and coping strategies of Poles in the context of post-pandemic crisis,

Adam Jarosław Mrozowicki, DSc, Faculty of Social Sciences; Consortium: 1. University of Wrocław; Faculty of Social Sciences; 2. SGH Warsaw School of Economics; Collegium of Socio-Economics;
1 207 277

6. Neurosensory, cognitive, and emotional effects of smell training,
Anna Maria Oleszkiewicz, PhD, Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences;
767 328

7.  Chromosome architecture and its translocation in asymmetrically growing and dividing Mycobacterium cells,
Prof. Jolanta Zofia Zakrzewska-Czerwińska, Faculty of Biotechnology;
2 094 720

8. Genetic analysis of extinct and present day forms of saiga (Saiga genus, Bovidae family) for the purpose of determining their taxonomic diversity and phylogeographic relations in comparison with morphological and palaeoclimatic data,
Prof. Paweł Mackiewicz, Faculty of Biotechnology; Consortium: 1. University of Wrocław; Faculty of Biotechnology; 2. University of Warsaw; Centre of New Technologies of the University of Warsaw;
1 197 359

9. Cosmological perturbations and black hole singularities in loop quantisation,
Tomasz Henryk Pawłowski, DSc, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy;
1 174 200

10. Investigation of the influence of intermolecular interactions on induced mechanical force stretching the reactivity of disulfides using ab inito molecular dynamics,
Przemysław Damian Dopieralski, PhD, Faculty of Chemistry;
432 240

11. Stabilisation of metalacyclopentadiene in a porphyrinoid environment – road to atypical metal-metal interactions,
Ewa Dudziak, DSc, Faculty of Chemistry;

978 720

12. Relativistic transport in compact stars,
Armen Sedrakian, DSc, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy;
505 200

13. Collapse caused by accretion and the three families of compact stars,
Tobias Bert Fischer, DSc, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy;
789 600

14. Three-dimensional integrated observations of the troposphere using ground and satellite GNSS observations,
Witold Rohm, EngD, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences; Consortium: 1. Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences; 2. University of Wrocław;
1 401 600

15. ASPIRE – Arctic storm effects recorded in beach banks and lake sediments: scenarios for a less icy future,
Mateusz Czesław Strzelecki, DSc, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management;
1 698 000


16. Szund – researching the birth and development of Yiddish mass culture in literature (from 1860 to 1914),
Adam Kamil Stepnowski, MA, Faculty of Letters;
91 080

17. Development of epigraphic culture of Middle Eastern peoples in the Greco-Roman period: Case study of the southern Levant (Phoenicia, Judea-Palestine, and Transjordan),

Piotr Krzysztof Głogowski, MA, Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences;

157 501

18. Big banks can save us – regulations of globally systemically important banks supporting the real economy in times of crisis,
Katarzyna Małgorzata Parchimowicz, MA, Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics;
116 543

19. Conformational dynamics of the Rad50 hook domain under controlled zinc ion concentration conditions,
Olga Dagmara Kerber, MSc, Faculty of Biotechnology;
140 000

20. Discovery of mechanisms responsible for the mobility of non-integrin laminin receptor isoforms (LamR), including the as yet unexplored long LamR isoform in the cell membrane of human melanoma cells,

Ewa Mazurkiewicz, MSc, Faculty of Biotechnology;
139 800

21. Identifiction of mechanisms responsible for the influence of the non-integrin laminin receptor (LamR) on the development of neurites and Schwann cell precursors at the stage of development of the dorsal root ganglia (DRG),
Ewa Justyna Mrówczyńska, MSc, Faculty of Biotechnology;
139 200

22. Reconstruction of the evolutionary history of the European snow vole (Chionomys nivalis, Cricetidae, Mammalia) based on ancient DNA and radiocarbon dating in the context of climate change in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene,
Aleksandra Żeromska, MSc, Faculty of Biotechnology; Consortium: 1. University of Wrocław; Faculty of Biotechnology; 2. University of Warsaw; Centre of New Technologies of the University of Warsaw;
208 500

23. Egdes of Helly groups,

Daniel Wojciech Danielski, MSc, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science;

103 380

24. Modelling of final-state interactions in the process of quasi-elastic neutrino scattering on atomic nuclei,

Kajetan Niewczas, MSc, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy;
65 160

25. Peptidomimetic strategy for improving the antimicrobial properties of calcitermin,

Denise Bellotti, MSc, Faculty of Chemistry;
192 000

26. Homo- and heterometallic phosphine complexes of ruthenium and iridium – design, synthesis, bioactivity, and magneto-nanoformulation as a potential platform for bidirectional drug transport,
Sandra Amanda Kozieł, MSE, Faculty of Chemistry;
195 600

27. Luminescence thermometry – exceeding the limits of the working range,
Małgorzata Kalina Sójka, MSc, Faculty of Chemistry;
69 996

28. Design and synthesis of multifunctional composites based on metal-organic networks and organic polymers for the separation of small molecules,

Marzena Pander, MSc, Faculty of Chemistry;
135 600

29. Protein identification and quantification: a regularisation approach,
Mateusz Krystian Staniak, MSc;
136 800

Total: 17 20 296

More information in English can be found on the National Science Centre website.

Translation by: Katarzyna Ławniczek

Published by: Tomasz Sikora

23 Nov 2020

last modification: 23 Nov 2020