Free-floating planets in the Milky Way

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

For a long time scientists have predicted the existence of Earth-mass free-floating planets, ejected from their parent planetary systems and gravitationally unbound to any star. Polish astronomers working at the OGLE survey at the Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory for the first time found hints of a population of these objects. The discovery has been published in the prestigious journal Nature. »

NCN searching for research institutions ready to establish Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The National Science Centre invites research institutions to declare commitment as potential Host Institutions to Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence. Applications for the establishment of Dioscuri Centres may come from basic organisational units and research centres of higher education institutions, research units of the Polish Academy of Sciences, research institutes, international research institutes established on the territory of Poland, Polish Academy of Learning, other research institutions established on the territory of Poland. The deadline for submissions expires on 2nd October 2017.


10 Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence to be established in Poland

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

On 4th July at the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, the National Science Centre (NCN) and the Max Planck Society (MPG) signed an agreement providing for the establishment of ten Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence at Polish research units. »

Dioscuri: a Polish-German recipe for scientific excellence

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ten Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence will be established at Polish research institutions as a result of signing a framework agreement between the National Science Centre (NCN) and the Max Planck Society (MPG). The official signing will take place on 4th July at the Wawel Castle in Krakow. »

DAINA: Pre-announcement of new funding opportunity for Polish-Lithuanian research projects

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

We would like to invite all researchers to participate in DAINA – a new funding opportunity for joint Polish-Lithuanian research teams to be launched by the National Science Centre (NCN) and the Research Council of Lithuania (Lietuvos mokslo taryba, LMT). The programme aims to support research projects in all fields of science and the humanities. »

BLAPs – a new class of pulsating stars

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Thanks to regular brightness measurements of over a billion stars of our Galaxy, astronomers working at The Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) at Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory, Poland, have discovered an unknown class of pulsating variable stars. Follow-up observations have shown that these objects are much hotter than our Sun. A very unusual property of the objects is that they significantly change their physical parameters over a period of about half an hour. Such rapid variations have never been observed in any known type of pulsating stars. Theoretical models confirm the observed behaviour, but the origin of the new stars remains a mystery. The discovery of the new class of variable stars has been published in the prestigious Nature Astronomy journal. »

Electronic Submission System for full proposals is now open

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Project Consortia invited to the second stage of the QuantERA Call 2017 can now submit their full proposals through the Electronic Submission System. »