Public lectures “Exploring the Hidden Universe” at AstroCeNT

On February 22, we had the honor of hosting two Nobel laureates in physics, Arthur McDonald and Barry Barish, who gave captivating public lectures “Exploring the Hidden Universe” at AstroCeNT. Now, we are delighted to present to you the recorded sessions of these lectures. Whether you were unable to attend on the lecture day or simply wish to relive the captivating moments, we invite you to join us in this extraordinary journey through the cosmos.


Report sets course for future of European astronomy

In May 2023, ASTRONET, a consortium of European funding agencies and research organisations, presented a new report to transform our understanding of the Universe in the next decade. The ASTRONET Strategic Plan for European Astronomy (Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap 2022-2035) is the latest comprehensive roadmap produced by the ASTRONET network of European funding agencies communities and research organisations. ASTRONET is an independent consortium whose aim is to create a common science vision for all European astronomy by convening diverse groups to describe the challenges facing some of the biggest questions in science.

AstroCeNT group leader Prof. Tomasz Bulik is Polish representative in Astronet (as a member of the Polish Astronomical Society).

NCAC is a member of Hyper-Kamiokande Consortium

As part of the Ministry of Education and Science program “Support for the participation of Polish scientific teams in international research infrastructure projects”, the Hyper-Kamiokande consortium has received funding of over 67 million PLN to participate in the construction of the Hyper-Kamiokande radiation detector in Japan. The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC) is one of nine Polish members of the Hyper-Kamiokande  consortium.

Reception at the Embassy of Canada to Poland (+photo gallery)

On the 22nd of February, after the public talks by the two Nobel Laureates in Physics organized by AstroCeNT, a reception for the distinguished guests was held at the Embassy of Canada to Poland in Warsaw. The event was dedicated to the cooperation of our countries in the field of research on dark matter (the Global Argon Dark Matter Collaboration), gravitational waves (LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA collaboration) and neutrinos (Hyper-Kamiokande) and was attended by Polish and foreign diplomats, representatives of Polish educational and scientific institutions, Polish scientists and guests from abroad.

During the reception at the Canadian Embassy the importance of international cooperation in promoting scientific research and understanding of the Universe was emphasized. By bringing together experts from different countries and fields, the event provided a space to exchange ideas and forge new partnerships.a

Two Nobel Prize Winners Visited AstroCeNT (+photo gallery)

On the 22-23th of February 2023 AstroCeNT team had the honor of hosting two Nobel laureates in physics, Prof. Arthur B. McDonald (Canada) and Prof. Barry C. Barish (USA). The reason for their visit to Poland was the World Copernican Congress, which officially opened in Toruń on the 19th of February 2023, on the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, an icon of Polish and world science.

On the occasion of the Nobel laureates’ visit, a large-scale event was organized by AstroCeNT. The public talks entitled “Exploring the Hidden Universe” by Prof. McDonald and Prof. Barish were a resounding success and attracted more than 250 listeners.

Nobel Prize Winners in Physics to Visit AstroCeNT

We are pleased to announce that on 22nd February 2023, Nobel Prize winners in Physics, Professor Art McDonald and Professor Barry Barish, will be visiting the AstroCeNT and will be giving public talks.

Professor Art McDonald was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015 for his groundbreaking work in the field of neutrino physics. Professor Barry Barish was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for his work in the field of gravitational waves.

The event is open to the public and we encourage everyone interested in astrophysics, physics and science in general to attend.