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.

Head of AstroCeNT elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

We are happy to announce that the Director of AstroCeNT, Prof. Leszek Roszkowski, has become a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA).

EASA is one of the most prestigious scientific and artistic organizations in Europe. Established in 1990, EASA aims to promote progress in scientific and artistic activities in the spirit of freedom and the search for truth. Its over 2,000 members are scientists, people of culture, art and religion, including 34 Nobel Prize winners and the late Pope Benedict XVI. Among its members from Poland are Prof. Jerzy Buzek, Prof. Michal Kleiber, Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki, Prof. Henryk Skarżyński, Prof. Ryszard Tadeusiewicz, Prof. Jerzy Woźnicki and Prof. Andrzej Zoll.

APC – AstroCeNT annual meeting 2022

In early December 2022, an AstroCeNT delegation (group leaders, postdocs, PhD students and administration) traveled to Paris to attend the annual meeting with the Laboratoire Astroparticule & Cosmologie, a scientific partner of the AstroCeNT.

For the past two years, meetings of the two institutions have been held remotely due to Сovid-19 restrictions. This year we managed to get together in large numbers and meet in person.

During the meeting, 15 reports on the progress of the working groups and ongoing projects were presented.

Travel of our scientists to Paris was supported by DarkWave and COPIN grants.

Stavros Katsanevas RIP (1953-2022)

We have all been deeply saddened by the death of Stavros Katsanevas last Sunday, 27 November 2022.

Personally, Stavros was an exceptionally nice and positively thinking person, very bright and open-minded, with a very wide spectrum of interests, not only in particle astrophysics, but also in science in general, and beyond, in art, society, philosophy, and even theology. He was a visionary for the field, tirelessly driven by passion for research, until the end.

AstroCeNT/NCAC PAS hosted LIDINE 2022

On 21-23 September the LIDINE 2022 conference (Light Detection in Noble Elements) was held in Warsaw. This year it was organized by Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC) and, in particular, by AstroCeNT.
The objective of the LIDINE conference series is to promote discussion between members of the particle and nuclear physics community about detector technologies based on noble elements and their applications such as: dark matter searches, experiments measuring neutrino oscillations, solar and supernova neutrinos, coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering, neutrinoless double-beta decay, neutron EDM, and medical physics.