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The Foundation for Polish Science has announced the recipients of its prestigious 2023 awards. These awards, granted for the 32nd time, recognize outstanding achievements in various fields of science. This year, four distinguished professors were acknowledged for their remarkable contributions, each receiving a grant of 200,000 PLN. The awards ceremony is scheduled for December 6, 202
Outstanding Contributions in Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Professor Rafał Latała from the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics has been awarded for his groundbreaking work in mathematical tools. His research facilitated the sophisticated proof of the Talagrand hypothesis related to Bernoulli processes. Professor Latała’s findings hold significant potential for solving complex problems in probability theory, statistics, and machine learning, earning praise from renowned mathematicians.
Illuminating Psychological and Social Aspects
In the realm of humanities and social sciences, Professor Maria Lewicka from the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń was honored for her profound exploration of attachment to place and the memory of place. Her research sheds light on the psychological and social foundations of human functioning, particularly the bonds formed with diverse ethnic and national groups residing in the same location. Professor Lewicka’s work offers insights into building place-based identity with recognition and respect for all contributing communities.
Pioneering Biotechnological Research
Professor Krzysztof Liberek, from the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdańsk and the Medical University of Gdańsk, was recognized in the field of life and Earth sciences for his pioneering work on molecular chaperones. His research focuses on the role of these “molecular caretakers” in protein recovery and folding, with potential applications in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
Innovative Chemistry and Materials Science
Professor Marcin Stępień of the University of Wrocław’s Faculty of Chemistry received the award for designing and obtaining novel aromatic compounds with unique structures and properties. These compounds serve as inspiration for organic materials, especially functional dyes, which can find applications in LED devices, photovoltaics, medical diagnostics, and phototherapy.