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Scientists ranked as the most and politicians as the least honest professional groups in a recent poll by the CBOS public opinion institute (August 2000). 62 percent of the CBOS respondents said scientists and scholars were honest and reliable in their work. Among other professional groups named as honest were nurses (57%) dentists (38%), teachers (43%), journalists (41%) and clergymen (33%).

PAP, Warsaw

Pope John Paul II

at meeting with rectors in Torun on the birthday of the 16th century Polish astronomer
(in Polish)
Torun, June 7, 1999

Pope John Paul II

about scientific investigations
(in Polish)
Cracow, June 8, 1997

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Webster Definition for "science"

Main Entry: sci·ence
Pronunciation: 'sI-&n(t)s
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin scientia, from scient-, sciens having knowledge, from present participle of scire to know; probably akin to Sanskrit chyati he cuts off, Latin scindere to split -- more at SHED
Date: 14th century
  1. the state of knowing; knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding
    1. a department of systematized knowledge as an object of study <the science of theology>
    2. something (as a sport or technique) that may be studied or learned like systematized knowledge <have it down to a science>
    1. knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method
    2. such knowledge or such a system of knowledge concerned with the physical world and its phenomena: NATURAL SCIENCE
  2. a system or method reconciling practical ends with scientific laws <culinary science>
  3. capitalized: CHRISTIAN SCIENCE


The strategic objective of science in Poland is:
  1. acquisition original and important achievements in the most attractive research currents on the world,
  2. acquisition original and important technologies and their utilization in technological colaboration in Poland and between Poland and the rest of the world.

There are a few key Government offices which are engaged in realisation of above goals. First of all there are legislative and steering policy offices like the Sejm (Parliament) (Commission on Education, Science and Young People), the Senat (Senate) (Science, Education and Sport Committee), the Board of Science attached to the President of Republic of Poland and the Government (Education, Science, Environmental Protection and Social Programs Task Force). However, the executive power belongs to the Council for Science in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Polish Academy of Sciences.

A particular role is played by the Council for Science. The SC is the leading authority on State policy in the field of science and technology as well as it is the only central governmental source of funds for research. The SC works in four Commissions: the Committee on Scientific and Technology Policy, the Committee on Research for the Development of Science, the Committee on Research for the Development of the Economy and the Committee of Appeal.

Existence of the Council for Science started along with coming into force the Act on Principles of Financing Science on 5th February 2005. In fact it replaced the pre-existing Committee for Scientific Research, which used to be elected on the sole basis of democratic procedure and was a decision making body in the area of science financing.

The Council for Science constitutes a formal representation of research community and plays an advisory role to the Minister of Science and Information Society Technologies, who has a decision-making role in the filed of scientific policy and funding of R&D. The Council for Science is independent from the Minister in issuing its opinions.

More over search Research Projects Financed by the Ministry of Scientific Research and Information Technology

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education [MSHE] supervises the activities of the science and higher education institutions. Postsecondary education in Poland is offered by more than 100 universities and colleges which are currently undergoing a phase of major transformation. The objectives of higher education in Poland are:
  • to increase the number of students,
  • to restructure vocational education along the lines of academic education,
  • to offer greater possibilities for transferring among the various study paths in what is becoming a multi-level higher education system, while reducing the number of overly narrow fields of study,
  • to make Polish higher education compatible with the foreign higher education systems,
  • to rationalize spending, and
  • to integrate the academic community through the merging of universities and other institutions located in the same locations.
It is the policy of the MSHE to provide equal opportunity to all persons seeking or having access to its institutions, services, activities, and free from any restrictions.
The Polish Academy of Sciences [PAS] is the foremost scientific institution in Poland. The PAS is a self-governing corporation of eminent scientists and scholars from all disciplines. It performs:
  • the national tasks of research management and co-ordination,
  • peer-reviews projects and programmes,
  • pursues the mission of promoting science and furthering the beneficial influence of science on national life,
  • advises the public authorities on scientific matters,
  • represents the scientific community in international fora.
    The PAS has been functioning in Warsaw since 1951, and it assembles over 500 full-members from Poland (342) and abroad (210). The PAS consists of following divisions:
    1. Department I: Social Sciences,
    2. Department II: Biological Sciences,
    3. Department III: Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences,
    4. Department IV: Technical Sciences,
    5. Department V: Agricultural and Forestry Sciences,
    6. Department VI: Medical Sciences, and
    7. Department VII: Earth Sciences and Minning Sciences.
    Within the PAS ten Task Committes operate attached to the Presiding Office of the PAS, 107 Scientific Committes are attached to all above divisions and 6 branches of the PAS in:
    1. Cracow (38 scientific commissions),
    2. Gdansk (9 scientific commissions),
    3. Katowice (21 scientific commissions),
    4. Lodz (4 scientific commissions),
    5. Poznan (20 scientific commissions),
    6. Wroclaw (16 scientific commissions),
    and 82 scientific institutions (54 institutes and 24 centers). Research and Academic Network in Poland provides a list of WWW servers within PAS. Visit also Centre for the Advancemenet of Science and its Directory and journal nauka i przyszlosc [science and future].
  • A scientific landscape of Poland is supplemeted by: In Poland, there are:
    • 32 general and regional scientific societies (inclusive of Polish Academy of Sciences and Arts [Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci] in Cracow),
    • over 140 scientific societies:
      • 62 in human and social sciences,
      • 15 in biology sciences,
      • 9 in agricultural and forestry sciences,
      • 10 in maths, physics, and chemistry,
      • 7 in Earth sciences and minnig sciences,
      • 12 in engineering sciences, and
      • 17 in medical sciences,
    • 50 professional medical societies,
    • 30 professional scientific-engineering associations, and
    • 37 scientific foundations
    • many educational foundations

    Polish scientists (over 70,000; 10,000 professors) have extensive international contacts, in particular with Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, India, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. They participate in many international programs, projects, organizations, and conferences.


    Polish scientists carry out their researches world wide:
    on the NORTH
    on the WEST on the EAST
    on the SOUTH

    Visit also
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    The Science Festival
    Bialystok, Bielsko-Biala, Bydgoszcz Gdansk, Kielce, Krakow, Lodz, Opole, Poznan, Siedlce, Szczecin, Torun, Warszawa, Wroclaw,
    (in Polish)


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