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Don't be ashamed of becoming Columbus. Art full of discoveries

'I was brought up in such a tradition that requires students to be Columbus although we all know that America was discovered long ago,' says dr Marek Sienkiewicz from the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture of the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. 'These lands are being really discovered anew because everybody interprets them in a different. There's always space for new discoveries and it's worth doing it for yourself and your observations.   Sienkiewicz shares his experience during the Lower Silesian Science Festival, during which he is a co-ordinator delegated from his faculty. 'I admit that I sometimes feel guilty because I don't know i [...] more

Please don't confuse verbs with pathos!

'I vividly remember a lecture during which windows flew' reminisces prof. Jan Miodek, a linguist and director of the Institute of Polish Studies, University of Wrocław. 'It might have been due to a crowd that assembled in too small room, as it turned out later'.   Miodek's lectures have always enjoyed popularity. Everyone could witness that during his inauguration lectures, organised as part of the Lower Silesian Science Festival. However, this year it was enough space to seat people. Miodek always spins yarns about a leitmotif coined by prof. Orzechowski. This year it was “Grains of Knowledge”. 'I intend to look into its morphologic [...] more

Music and psychology that is how beauty shapes a good man

“My favourite musical instrument is the choir,” smiles prof. dr hab. Marta Kierska-Witczak, who was involved in the Lower Silesian Science Festival as a co-ordinator on behalf of the Music Academy in Wrocław some time ago. However, the choir is not a ready-made instrument from the beginning. It needs to be taught how to play. So much so that the conductor's vision is tantamount to the feelings of a single chorister. A case in point is a pianist who translates her interpretative vision into the piano key as long as she has accurate skills. As far as I am concerned, I must build my instrument by myself. After that, I can take the choir into consideration, namely h [...] more

Chemical witch that disenchanted science

“It began innocently, from a lecture during the first edition of the Lower Silesian Science Festival in 1998,” mentions prof. Jadwiga Sołoduch from the Faculty of Chemistry of Wrocław University of Technology. “I gave there a lecture called From witches, magic, a crystal ball to real science”. Professor explained how sorcerers and shamans opened the door for real science. They had their place in history – their magic and infusions prepared in the moonlight were the germs of research we know today. From that time on, there was a big breakthrough in science. Mages, sorcerers and shamans were replaced by chemists, medics, physicists and pharmaci [...] more

Clear a mine, and later suppress riots in a town. How does the virtual reality help soldiers?

When he said to his Math teacher he was planning to go the army, she wrung her hands and uttered: But you are such a good student! Father, non-commissioned officer, military brother recalls this situation with a smile.”It was meaningful,” said Major Marcin Bielewicz, a lecturer from the Military Academy of Land Forces in Wrocław. “I became a scout and I'm a scout now because I don't stop being a scout, after all. Later I knew that army is my cup of tea.”     He became a platoon commander and later an instructor and lecturer at the Military Academy of Land Forces. He has also given lectures at civilian universities and in di [...] more

Chat with Justyna Andrzejowska - sport has many names

Mateusz Chorążyczewski, Lower Silesian Science Festival: You are a representative of a unit at University with an intriguing name – Department of Athlete's Motor Skills and Department of Physical Anthropology. Can you tell a few words about the workings of these institutions? Dr Justyna Andrzejewska, Academy of Physical Education in Wrocław: Discussing all the research areas of the Faculty of Sport Sciences would take me a long time. That's why I'll focus mainly on anthropology – science about man. This academic discipline has a wide range of observations and research inquiries. It is a science that deals with the changeability of man in time and space. [...] more

Chat with Katarzyna Zwolińska - Wrocław scientist's DNA

Mateusz Chorążyczewski, Lower Silesian Science Festival: You work in the Laboratory of Virology PAS. Besides, you are involved in running classes as part of the Lower Silesian Science Festival and Children's University. Why are you engaged in promoting science? Is any of these jobs closer to you heart? Dr Katarzyna Zwolińska, biotechnologist, microbiologist, Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy PAS: It might be said that one role results from another because without passion for science there would be nothing to popularise. Apart from that, the Institute I work in is not an island separated from the world. In my view, it is worth showing society, especially by yo [...] more

Chat with Ewa Giedrojć from State Drama School

Chat with Ewa Giedrojć from State Drama School Mateusz Chorążyczewski, Lower Silesian Science Festival: How is the State Drama School involved in the Science Festival? Dr hab., prof. PWST Ewa Giedrojć, State Drama School: Our school is raring to engage in this important undertaking, organised by Wrocław and Lower Silesian academic circles. This is because it is a great promotion and opportunity to arouse interest in theatre and actors' profession. We can boast about both our teachers' and students' achievements. It is highly recommended for theatre lovers and those people who want to know more about theatre alike to come to our events. Our offer is directed to a wide range of audiences: children, youngsters and [...] more

Chat with Sławomir Stasiak from Papal Faculty of Theology

Chat with Sławomir Stasiak from Papal Faculty of Theology Mateusz Chorążyczewski, Lower Silesian Science Festival: How does the Papal Faculty of Theology take part in the Science Festival? What did the beginnings of this collaboration look like? Priest professor of the Papal Faculty of Theology dr hab. Sławomir Stasiak: It started many years ago. The first time I came across the Festival was when I began lecturing in Legnica, where is an out-of-town affiliate of the Papal Faculty of Theology. From the beginning we have been working on the form of our contribution to the Festival. There are still loads of ideas. We don't want to limit ourselves to giving lectures. We've created workshops in order to make our meetings with young [...] more

Chat with Tomasz Zaleski from Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research

Chat with Tomasz Zaleski from Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research Mateusz Chorążyczewski, Lower Silesian Science Festival: You are a representative of the Director of Science Promotion. Is it your main job? Dr hab. Tomasz Zaleski, Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research PAS: No, it isn't. I'm a physicist-theoretician and work as a lecturer with an academic degree: doktor habilitowany. I'm responsible for scientific and didactic work; for example: three doctoral students are under my tutelage. MCh: I understand you propagate science ad hoc? TZ: This function started as a hobby from lectures at the Science Festival; this activity took a formal meaning with the passage of time. It turned from a temporary job [...] more

Chat wit Tadeusz Dobosz - Let's talk about horrible things

Chat wit Tadeusz Dobosz - Let s talk about horrible things Prof. Tadeusz Dobosz from the Department of Forensic Medicine of Wrocław Medical University in Wrocław says “Crimes are not often committed. They only hit the headlines very easily.” He claims that Polish newscasts resemble more a crime column than a news programme. That's why a lot of people have a conviction that the world has gone to the dogs. “I remember how I was working in the police lab. The same abominable things took place. Even a well-known case of children in barrels is a proof that history repeats itself.” That said, it doesn't mean passing over such horrible things. Professor is positive that it is even possible to talk about pae [...] more

Agnieszka Orkusz - Frog assists in food engineering

Agnieszka Orkusz - Frog assists in food engineering “The biggest complement is when a child is pointing at me and saying: Mum, this is a tapeworm lady!”, laughs dr Agnieszka Orkusz from the Wrocław University of Economics. She combined her interest in natural sciences with exact sciences. What's more, she also specialises in food engineering. She is the most eager to run classes for children whom she shows not only what should be eaten, but also how the digestive system works. At her workshops young children can learn about many trivia, for example: the structure of the tapeworm. “Above all, I underscore that there is no healthy diet. There is a healthy lifestyle,” explains the engineer. Dr Orkusz thinks that Polish eating habits are following American trends. Hence, there is a problem of obesity. According to her, education may be an answer to this issue. “It is well known that it would be best to teach parents, because they have the biggest influence on their children. On the other hand, without a child's interest itself we can do little. That is why I decided to deal with the second matter,” says the specialist. more

Interview with Barbara Łydżba-Kopczyńska, that is chemistry and art are love-match

Interview with Barbara Łydżba-Kopczyńska, that is chemistry and art are love-match ''Painting forgery is fascinating”, smiles dr Barbara Łydźba-Kopczyńska from the Faculty of Chemistry of The University of Wrocław, ''a mystery is enshrouded in them.”   She alludes to a case of Wolfgang Beltracchi. He earned millions by forging paintings by the best painters in the world. Very often fake paintings were regarded as the best works by a given master and Mr Beltracchi could stroll along museums, watching his forgeries. However, what does art forgery have in common with chemistry? “Both for forgers and those who want to detect these frauds chemistry is essential”, says the scientist, “It is by establishing the chemical composition of paints used by a painter that allows us to see whether or not we have an original painting.” more

Interview with Andrzej Woźnica - Amber in apple-pie order

Interview with Andrzej Woźnica - Amber in apple-pie order “Old amber teaches us humility. When we look at it, we see the sunken fragments of a world, which went by. For instance such a fly,” said dr Andrzej Józef Woźnica, a biologist of the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. One of his biggest interests is insects and their evolution. This passion has started since he pinned a butterfly in his childhood. Later, as a teenager, he was dreaming of big discoveries and excavation works. Finally, he understood that the devil’s in the detail. “Such a fly is quite inconspicuous. In all likelihood if it were the size of a dinosaur, it would be more interesting for many. On the other hand, maybe it’s better it isn't like that. It turns out that thanks to that there is a niche full of valuable information in science,” emphasises the scientist. more

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