PROMOTION OF WROCŁAW BY THE ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP OF THE LOCAL OFFICE OF THE ACADEMIA EUROPAEA KNOWLEDGE HUB IN WROCŁAW.
ACADEMIA EUROPAEA KNOWLEDGE HUB WROCŁAW
The activities of Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław are mainly focused on three major scopes:
- arranging and coordinating of a wide range of scientific events, with the participation of members of Academia Europaea,
- participation of Polish members of Academia Europaea and project coordinators in international meetings and conferences in Poland and abroad
- promotion of the city of Wrocław amongst the international academic community.
The most substantial and significant activity of AE Wrocław is the organization of scientific events, such as the meetings described below.
THE WROCŁAW SEMINARS
Due to financial support obtained from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, it was possible to carry out 3 seminars organized in the series of The Wrocław Seminars:
- Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe (16-17.09.2013),
- Literary Margins and Digital Media (15-17.04.2015),
- Central Europe and Colonialism: Migrations, Knowledges, Perspectives, Commodities (21-23.09.2016)
- The fourth edition is currently in progress: New Nationalisms: Sources, Agendas, Languages (to be held on 25-27.09.2017).
The predecessor of The Wrocław Seminars was a series Regimes of Memory with two events:
- Regimes of Memory, Patterns of Consolidation. Comparative Issues (30.10.2012)
- Regimes of Memory II. Types of Trauma Management in Central and Eastern Europe (9 – 10.10.2014).
The Hub is involved in a number of local periodic initiatives such as summer schools, conferences and debates.
- summer schools in the series Summer School on Democracy, co-organized on the initiative of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Wrocław:
- European States towards Migration Crisis – lecture by Prof. Klaus Zimmermann and Monika Roman (20-29.06.2016)
- Europe: The New Scapegoat of Populist Parties – lecture by Prof. Piero Ignazi (14.09.2015)
- Political Leadership and Innovation in Normal and in Exceptional Time – lecture by Prof. András Körösényi (23.06.2014)
- Transformations of Politics and Economics in Eastern Europe - Evidences from Empirical Data 2000-2012 – lecture by Prof. Klaus von Beyme (6.06.2013)
- The Impact of Decolonization on European Politics, 1945-1975 – lecture by Prof. Pieter Emmer (25.06.2013)
- lectures jointly entitled Challenges of Contemporary Migrations, co-organized with the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies (WBZ):
- Mediterranean Mobility: the Moral Geographies of Encounters and Daily Life – lecture by Prof. Maria Paradiso (14.12.2016)
- The Expansion of Europe and Intercontinental Migration – lecture by Prof. Pieter Emmer (4.05.2016)
- Immigration, Cultural Identity and the Applicable Law – lecture by Prof. Dagmar Coester (6.04.2016)
- lectures in the series Europa Una, organized by the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe, the Regional Centre of International Debate, the Institute of Political Science (University of Wrocław) and Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub:
- Conceptions and Practices of Democracy: Participation and Deliberation in Civil Society and Public Institutions – lecture by Prof. Donatella Della Porta (21.01.2016)
- Globalizing the City and the Grassroots: Political Geographies of Urban Movements and Linguistic Diversity – lecture by Prof. Virginie Mamadouh (22.10.2015)
- European Rationalism? – lecture by Prof. Jan Woleński (27.11.2014)
- The United States, NATO, and Ukraine: European Security in a Changing Context – lecture by Prof. Yale H. Ferguson (17.11.2014)
- First World War: the Great Seminal Catastrophe of the 20th Century – lecture by Prof. Horst Möller (12.05.2014)
- Wymiary i ciężary Europy [Dimensions and Burdens of Europe] – lecture by Prof. Adam Chmielewski (20.10.2014)
- Periodic meetings related to the official extensions of the agreement on the activity of Wrocław Knowledge Hub:
- the meeting of regional members of Academia Europaea (19.03.2015)
- the meeting of the representatives of partner institutions and other local scientific institutions (7.03.2017).
SUPPORT FOR SCIENTIFIC PROJECTS IN WROCŁAW
Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub actively supports local initiatives by inviting members of AE to visit the city and contribute to the local events. The Hub helps with a wide circulation of information by distributing the news within its own contact network. In the course of its activity it has already supported such events as:
- a scientific meeting of AE History Section: How to Write a History of Europe? (20.09.2016)
- a conference Wrocław and Lower Silesia and Mediterranean Culture, organized by the Institute of Romance Philology (08-09.06.2016)
- debate With a View on the Horizon 2020 (08.04.2016)
- IX Student International Conference: Politics & Society in Central and Eastern Europe (15.12.2015)
- a second edition of The Bohdan Osadchuk Polish-German-Ukrainian School (23-29.11.2015)
- Poland-Romania-Moldova: A Forum for co-operation (17.09.2015)
- Summer School of Wrocław University of Technology: 3E+ Energy Electronics Electricity Nanotechnology 2014 (7.06.2014).
Two extremely important events for the Hub were the two-day science paper writing workshops The Excellent Science Days (5-6.11.2015), featuring experienced editors of Nature and Nature Physics, and a COST Sci-Generation meeting: Paths Towards Money Independence: Young Scientists' Careers in Europe (14.04.2016). The main purpose of the latter was to present various career paths for young European researchers. The result of this event was the ERC Day workshop on writing applications for the European Research Council, which took place on 14.11.2016.
Visiting lectures are significant for the activity of the hub. Eight independent lectures have been held so far:
- Wetting and Spreading in a Physicist's Practice – lecture by Prof. Joseph Indekeu at the Wroclaw University of Technology (24.10.2016)
- The Yeast: Challenge for Technologists and Microbiologists in Beer Production? - lecture by Prof. Peter Raspor at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (15.10.2016) and discussion related to the World Food Day (14.10.2016)
- Lessons from Electricity Sector Reform – the Integrated Nordic Power Market and Beyond – lecture by Prof. Einar Hope at the Wrocław University of Technology (15.10.2015)
- An Interview with the Speakers of the Literary Margins and Digital Media Seminar – an open interview with participants of the Seminar (16.04.2015)
- Design of a Fully Renewable European Energy System - Challenges for System Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Physics of Complex Networks - lecture by Prof. Martin O.W. Greiner at the Wrocław University of Technology (29-30.05.2014)
- Epidemics of Bubonic Plague - their Causes and Serious Consequences for European History in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period - lecture by Prof. Lars Walloe at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (24.04.2013)
- Changing Perspectives on Society and Environment: Retrospect and Prospect – lecture by Prof. Anne Buttimer in the Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub office (18.12.2012)
- Belgium: from a Unitarian to Federal State – lecture by Prof. Chantal Kesteloot in the Institute of Political Science (29.10.2012).
ACADEMIA EUROPAEA 25TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
On 16-19 September 2013 in Wrocław took place the jubilee Academia Europaea Annual Conference entitled European Science and Scholarship Looking Ahead – Challenges of the Next 25 Years.
The conference program has provided the opportunity to create a platform for the exchange of views among the most eminent European scientists in all fields, concerning both the current state of science and education, and the key themes and future challenges for European science.
The discussion was also on the opportunities to establish well-balanced research programs in Europe. The involvement of the European and Polish scientific elite in the conference was a unique opportunity of science promotion in the Polish and foreign scientific environment. It was also a great chance to present prominent figures of the Polish scientific world on the international stage and to show that there is a strong connection between the successes and prospects of our country to develop science in Poland, especially among the young generation of researchers.
The conference gathered over 350 attendees, from which about 100 participants came from Poland. Among the speakers, such personalities appeared as:
- Nobel Prize laureates: Robert Huber (Chemistry) and Bert Sakmann (Physiology and Medicine),
- Gödel Prize laureate: Moshe Y. Vardi,
- Tom Kibble – a co-discoverer of the so called “God Particle,”
- Martin Rees – one of the most prominent astronomers,
- Salvatore Settis – a prominent Italian archeologist, Gambrinus “Giuseppe Mazzotti” Prize laureate,
- Jonathan Israel – an excellent historian of the Enlightenment,
- Hans Joachim Schellnhuber – a global authority in the field of climate change research,
- Helga Nowotny – a world-renowned sociologist, President of the European Research Council,
- Anne Glover - Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission,
- two excellent scientists from Poland –Piotr Sztompka (a sociologist) and Tomasz Dietl (a physicist),
- Norman Davies, one of the greatest historians – laureate of 2013 Erasmus Medal, a prestigious award of Academia Europaea.
During the official opening, ten eminent young scholars from Poland were given certificates within the AE Burgen Scholarship. They had also the opportunity to present their achievements during the official Gala Dinner.
During the AE conference, additional events also took place:
- Welcome Reception (16.09.2013)
- Gala Dinner (17.09.2013)
- Board meeting of the ALLEA (All European Academies)
- Young Academy of Europe Conference
- the first seminar of The Wrocław Seminars series: Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe
- an exhibition of works by the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists
- the meeting of Academia Europaea Council and the AE Board of Directors (at the Monopol Hotel on 16.09.2013)
- the meeting of all members of the AE: Annual Business Meeting (in the Leopoldine Hall of the University of Wrocław, 16.09.2013).
PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES IN POLAND
At the invitation of Academia members and the Polish scientific institutions, Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub officers have taken part in many initiatives on the national scale, as well as due to Academia's internal programs, such as the Hubert Curien Fund, the Hub helped co-organize scientific projects in Poland:
- 200 years of the Cracow Learned Society, Cracow (9-10.12.2015)
- Flexible Query Answering Systems 2015, Cracow (26-28.10.2015)
- Language endangerment and revitalization - Poznań Linguistic Meeting, Poznań (17–19.09.2015).
Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub actively organizes and participates in internal meetings of Academia Europaea, such as Academia Europaea annual conferences, meetings of AE hubs and meetings of scientific sections, in which the scientists, who belong to Academia, are involved.
Thanks to the efforts of Professor Tadeusz Luty, in June 2016 the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists was affiliated to Academia Europaea (http://akademia.wroc.pl/pl).
We believe that the affiliation and further cooperation with the academic environment will have a positive influence on the international recognition of AMUiA, including the recognition of Wrocław among the prominent scholars - members of Academia Europaea. We hope that the future will bring many opportunities to undertake joint international projects.
Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub carries out a number of administrative tasks commissioned and supported by the central office in London. They involve the websites updating, coordinating of a process of new members’ nomination, administrative help provided to Academia Europaea's two classes (Humanities & Social and Related Sciences), cooperation with the Nobel Committee, administrative and logistic support to AE initiatives, on-going assistance with visual identification and branding, and production of the informational and promotional materials of the Academia.
Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub-Wrocław
50-101 Wrocław, Poland
tel./fax: +48 71 770 20 26
dr Aleksandra Nowak, Hub Manager
mobile: +48 506 388 101
Katarzyna Majkowska, Project Coordinator
mobile: +48 501 738 457