• “Importance of calving for the mass budget of Arctic glaciers”, Sopot, Poland, 15 – 17 October 2016

    Centre for Polar Studies will be hosted a scientific seminar on the “Importance of calving for the mass budget of Arctic glaciers” with focus on ice mass loss at fronts of tidewater glaciers in a Pan-Arctic scale in the seaside resort Sopot, Poland, 15 – 17 October 2016

    The seminar will bring together invited experts on Arctic calving glaciers and mass balance (ca. 20 people) and is open to everyone interested in these issues. The total number of participants is limited to 40 persons.

    For more information about the workshop read on the website:

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  • Vacant position: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia

    The Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and the Head of the Centre for Polar Studies (KNOW) of the University of Silesia in Katowice, are seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Polar Studies at the University of Silesia.

    Application is open to the most outstanding young scientists who have a doctoral degree in Earth Sciences or other related sciences, obtained abroad, not earlier than in 2013, on the basis of the dissertation or scientific achievements published in English language.

    Job description:
    • modelling the dynamics of the frontal zone of tidewater glaciers and the interactions of the glacier with the ocean (MATLAB, Fortran, C++);
    • develop the model of glacier calving and performing validation of the model on the basis of observational data;
    • collaboration with the team on the issues concerning glaciological modelling;
    • the candidate will be required to prepare a grant application in international cooperation and to publish at least two publications (in JCR journals) within the duration of the contract.

    Application deadline: August 31, 2016. 

    Detailed requirements and other information is available here

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  • Inauguration of the Polish Polar Consortium

    We have the honour to announce the initiation of the Polish Polar Consortium. The members of the Consortium – 18 Polish scientific institutions (15 higher education institutions and 5 research institutes) – wish to collaborate in conducting and managing polar research in order to gain better understanding of the current changes in the environments of the Arctic and Antarctic and their influence on other parts of the Earth. The Consortium functions in close cooperation with the Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences which was a mentor of its formation.The President for the years 2014-2018 became Agnieszka Kruszewska, MBA (vice-director of the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish delegate to COMNAP). Prof. Leszek Łęczyński (University of Gdańsk) and Prof. Wiesław Ziaja (Jagiellonian University in Kraków) were elected Vice-Presidents. Secretariat of the Consortium, led by Dr. Maja Lisowska, is located at the Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia.

    The mission of the Polish Polar Consortium is to build a framework for an effective cooperation of the Polish polar research community, in the fields of: fundraising for research activities; conducting high-quality scientific projects; development of fieldwork logistics; organizing of research expeditions; supporting of activities of the Polish polar stations. Activities of the Consortium will also facilitate collaboration in research and science management at an international level. Special emphasis is put on education and support of Polish polar early career scientists. Further goals for the near future include collaboration with the economic sector, and education and outreach activities addressed to broad audience.
    The Consortium invites all willing research institutions for collaboration.
    We truly believe that the inauguration of the Polish Polar Consortium is a milestone in integration of Polish research society and development of Polish polar research.
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