Guests

Guest lectures

Prof. dr hab. Tomasz Bulik

/Astronomical Observatory, University of Warsaw/

Tomasz Bulik – is a professor at the Astronomical Observatory at the University of Warsaw and at IRAP Astrocent. He is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He graduated from the Department of Physics in Warsaw in 1988, and then obtained his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in 1993. He spent the following years at the Enrico Fermi Institute at The University of Chicago. In 1996 he moved back to Poland and worked at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center in Warsaw. Since 2005 he has been working at the University of Warsaw. During his career he has worked on subjects in theoretical astrophysics, such as investigations of X-ray binaries, physics of strong magnetic fields, the origin of gamma ray bursts, structure and properties of neutron stars. He has initiated the work on binary population synthesis, a topic that lead to interest in gravitational wave astrophysics.   The effort done in collaboration with his former student and now a coworker prof. Belczynski resulted in prediction that the most prominent sources of gravitational waves are binary black holes, which has been recently confirmed by LIGO. He is member of the VIRGO collaboration and he has participated in the  discoveries of gravitational wave sources.  He has also participated in the high energy gamma ray observations with HESS. Tomasz Bulik was the leader of the site search and characterization campaign  for CTA. He is also involved the preparation of the next generation gravitational wave observatory – the Einstein Telescope. Currently he is working on properties  of binary gravitational wave sources and also on reduction of low frequency noise in the VIRGO detector. He is a member of the Einstein Telescope steering committee.

Prof. dr hab. Szymon Malinowski

/Institute of Geophysics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw/

Szymon Malinowski – an outstanding Polish atmospheric physicist and communicator of science. A graduate of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw. Associated with the Department of Atmospheric Physics, Institute of Geophysics, University of Warsaw. In the years 2002 – 2012 he was the manager of this department. From 2016, director of the Institute of Geophysics at the University of Warsaw. Member of the Geophysics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. From 2020, chairman of the climate change team by the president of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Co-founder and editor of the popular science internet portal “Nauka o Klimacie”, one of the most reliable sources on climate change. He is also the protagonist of Jonathan L. Ramsey’s documentary “It’s Ok To Panic”. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, in which he explains the physical foundations of our knowledge about the climate. Author of numerous publications in the field of atmospheric physics.

Dr hab. inż. Witold Jacak

/Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, Wrocław University of Science and Technology/

Dr Jacak is a theoretical physicists researching foundations of quantum mechanics, its information theoretic formulation, including quantum non-local entanglement phenomena and nano-plasmonics. His research expertise covers i.a. decoherence, quantum communication, quantum information processing and light-matter coupling. He has a research background in protocols for quantum cryptography and QKD (quantum key distribution). Currently he works in nano-plasmonics theory, researching quantum effects in collective electron excitations and plasmon-polaritons.

Mentors

dr hab. Grzegorz Brona

/Physicists, President of Creotech Instruments S. A./

Dr hab. Grzegorz Brona, defended his PhD thesis in 2007 at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw, dissertation in the field of high energy physics. He is a co-author of several hundred scientific articles published in scientific journals such as “Physical Review Letters”, “Nuclear Instruments and Methods” and “Nature”. From 2009 to 2011, he worked at the CERN, where he was responsible for software for radiation detectors and management of one of the research teams working at the LHC. 

He became a co-founder (2012), vice-president and president of the management board of Creotech Instruments S.A. the largest Polish company operating in the space industry. He participated in a number of projects carried out by Creotech on behalf of the European Space Agency, incl. Exomars-2016, Proba-3, OPSSAT, ASIM, JUICE, COMET INTERCEPTOR missions.

From 2015 to 2018, he sat on the Council of the Polish Space Agency. On March 12, 2018, he was appointed the president of this institution by the Prime Minister. He has completed negotiations related to the accession of Poland to the international EUSST consortium and to the European space robotics cluster PERASPERA. He led to the accession of the Polish Space Agency to the International Space Exploration Coordination Group and the International Astronautical Federation. He also proposed the National Space Program. His efforts led to legislative changes facilitating the testing of Polish suborbital rockets. He signed agreements between the Polish Space Agency, the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) and the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).

Currently, he is again the president of Creotech Instruments S.A. He is the coordinator of the Sector Council for the Competence of the Aerospace Industry and a member of the Space and Satellite Research Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the Polish Science Fiction Program Council.

dr Anna Chrobry

/Experimental physicist, diversity in STEM advocate/

Dr. Anna Chrobry has followed closely in the footsteps of her inspiration, prof. Skłodowska-Curie, and has become an experimental physicist. As she has a rocket fuel for blood, she has followed her passion for space and now she is employed in the German Space City (Bremen).

She strongly believes that joining forces across Europe is crucial for the space sector to continue to grow, especially between old players like Germany and upcoming players such as Poland. As with the Latin expression “spiritus movens”, she is currently using her energy to initiate and establish an interdisciplinary Poland and German International Double Degree Master Study Program Engineering and Management of Space Systems (EMSS).

She is ‘Chief Trouble Maker’, whose personal mission it is to showcase balanced evidence of the female contribution to STEM. She is a founder and executive coordinator of a social media action “100 inspiring physicists”. For her achievements dr Chrobry has been recognized as an inspirational physicist by the German Physical Association.

dr Mario Alejandro Mejía Escobar

/Materials Scientist, Saule Technologies, Wroclaw/

Materials Engineer and Ph.D. in Engineering, currently Materials Scientist at Saule Technologies. A passionate researcher and scientist with 14 years of experience in Materials Science, specifically metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites focused on nanotechnology and solar cells. A product and materials development engineer oriented to large-scale processing from laboratory to industry in Latin America and Europe. He has a large experience working in cleanrooms, project writing, teaching, and active member of the Entrepreneur and Leader of Innovation program by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. Apart from his passion for science, he loves bikes and he is an amateur and experienced road biker.

dr hab. Łukasz Gondek

/Experimental physicist, Head of the Department of Solid State Physics, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science,  AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow./

Experimental physicist, currently head of the Department of Solid State Physics at Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science (AGH Kraków). In 2021, a member of workgroups developing the Polish Hydrogen Strategy until 2030 with an outlook until 2040. From 2012 to 2018 selected to the Scientific Committee of the Berlin Neutron Scattering Center. Broad international collaboration, mainly with research groups from Germany, Japan, and Sweden. Expert in the fields of magnetism, crystallography, nanotechnology, and hydrogen storage (more than 100 publications). Supervisor of various successful students’ projects – including the first polish hydrogen-powered boat. 

In recent years he teaches quite nontypical courses (as for physicists), namely ‘Organization and funding of research’, where he shares his experience related to planning the scientific career. Apart from science, he is addicted to music, particularly heavy and dark genres of metal. Together with colleagues from the faculty, he performs (guitars) during the lectures from ‘Physics of sound’.

dr Tomasz Gubiec

/Supervisor of “Physics Methods for Economy” specialization, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw/

Tomasz Gubiec scientific interests lie with physics of complex systems, specifically in how they can be applied in economy (stochastics processes, stock market crashes), social systems (dissemination of opinions, cultures and languages) and systematic risks (stability of banking system). He was awarded the Fulbright grant and the grant of Foundation for Polish Science. Currently he is a supervisor of “Physics Methods for Economy” specialization in the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw. In this role he promoted many successful students including supervising the phD thesis which was awarded by Polish Physical Society in 2021.

dr inż. Katarzyna Gwóźdź

/Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, Wrocław University of Science and Technology/

Ph.D. Eng. Katarzyna Gwóźdź works in the Department of Quantum Technologies at Wrocław University of Science and Technology, where she leads research on new materials for photovoltaics, electronics, and optoelectronics. Her main scientific interests include analysing defects in semiconductors using electrical methods, studying plasmonic effects in photovoltaics, and uses of pyro- and ferroelectric materials in photocells. In 2020 she defended her phD thesis “Optymalizacja ogniw fotowoltaicznych ZnO-Si” (ang. “Optimization of ZnO-Si photocells”). The results of her research are published in prestigious journals, such as Nano Energy and Applied Physics Letters. As part of the DAAD programme she spent over a year at TU Dresden. She actively supports young scientists by participating in the Council of Young Scientists and supervising scientific projects of students at the Faculty of the Fundamental Problems of Technology.

Patrycja Karwowska

/Chief Specialist in Strategy and International Cooperation Department, Polish Space Agency/

Mrs Patrycja Karwowska graduates from the Warsaw University of Technology in 2017,
with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Applied Physics (Specialization: Materials and
Nanostructures) and a Master of Science in Engineering in Applied Physics (Specialization: Ecological
Energy Sources). She graduated also with numerous courses in the field of space technology
e.g. Aerospace Information Technology at the Julius Maximilians University in Wurzburg and
Introducing to Space for Engineers – phase A/B.
Since 2016, she is the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) employee. She is specialized in space exploration
and technology harmonization for the space market. She is interested in astrophysics and Intellectual
Property Rights in space areas. She is an advisor to European Space Agency (ESA) decisions bodies for
the exploration and utilization of space, POLSA representative in the International Space Exploration
Coordination Group (ISECG) and International Mars Exploration Working Group.

Konrad Klepacki

/Project leader, innovator, climate activist/

Konrad led high tech projects, from solutions for digital television, through unmanned water vehicles all the way to building a pharmaceutical factory from the ground up.

Using the TRIZ method he takes part (and sometimes even wins) in innovation competitions. The last contest looked for new solutions for navigation systems of US Air Force Space Command satellites.

In recent years he focused on issues connected to the climate crisis. He works on a way to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of cities and the energy industry. To that end he realised the first in Europe complete, 3D thermal scan of tens of thousands city buildings.

dr Piotr Nyczka

/Complex Systems Physicist, Wrocław University of Science and Technology/

Earned his PhD in physics at the University Wrocław. Then worked for a few years as a postdoc in the systems biology group at Jacobs University Bremen. Just recently moved back to Poland to continue research at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology. 

He is constantly amazed, by observation, how physics and mathematics can come and work together to describe phenomena commonly thought of as nonrelated to these disciplines. He is interested in physics of complex systems, with special focus on the social and biological ones. Complex networks are his weapon of choice.

Justyna Pelc

/Innspace Team Leader; Polish Astrobiology Association/

Justyna is an engineer and leader of Innspace group. Innspace is an interdisciplinary team, realizing space-related projects such as space bases and vehicles designs. They won the Student Aerospace Challenge, had 5th place at Mars Colony Prize, gained Gold Winner and Winner title for two of their projects at Future Mars Life Competition, and more. Justyna is also a member of the board of the Polish Astrobiology Society, responsible for webinars, events and PTAstrobio’s YT channel.

She is cooperating with other space associations as well. Justyna is a member of the Advisory Board of Mars Society South Asia and a judge during space and robotics competitions organized by this organization. She is a National Contact Point for Poland in the Space Generation Advisory Council. She was awarded the title of “Rising Star of the Polish Space Industry” in the Constellations 2020 contest, intended to honour companies and people for the development of the Polish space sector.

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