JU research supporting units
Researchers and scientific infrastructure make the Jagiellonian University one of the leading Polish scientific institutions collaborating with major academic centres from all over the world. The University’s mission is based on two pillars: conducting scientific research that expands our knowledge of the world and humanity as well as educating new generations of socially sensible and creative people. The University is also home to about 150 students’ societies where young researchers pursue academic interests and develop friendship with those who share their passions.
Projects, patents and inventions
The University’s current position is also reflected in the growing number of patent applications and the growing number of patents granted to its academic staff members. In 2020, JU carried out 1,554 projects, including 1,363 research, 112 educational and 78 others projects. JU researchers acquired funding for 38 new international projects, worth 23,278,718 PLN. Unsurprisingly, the JU staff have been honoured with a number of prestigious distinctions and awards, including the elite awards of the Foundation for Polish Science (“Polish Nobel Prizes”).
In 2019, patent offices granted patents for 36 JU inventions, out of which 12 in Poland and 24 in the U.S.A., EPO region, China, Japan, Brazil and Russia. The patents were the results of research conducted in eight JU units. In 2019, two trade marks were also awarded (one in Poland and one in EUIPO).
The Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB) is a new research unit at the Jagiellonian University created with the aim to carry out research of outstanding quality. The mission of MCB is to stimulate scientific collaboration within the University and with other Polish, European and world research institutions. The International Advisory Board is responsible for the evaluation of MCB performance and shaping the future of this exceptional research unit. By offering modern laboratory space and implementing international standards MCB provides an attractive workplace for the most talented Polish and international scientists. The main research areas explored at MCB are structural biology, plant molecular biology and genome biology. Currently, over 20 groups are conducting research at MCB and three of them, including a Max Planck laboratory, are led by foreign scientists. The execution of the MCB mission will be eased by four core facilities organized in the fields of crystallography, genomics, proteomics and animal breeding.
The SOLARIS synchrotron is the most modern and largest multidisciplinary research tool in Poland. Moreover, its outstanding capabilities place it firmly at the cutting edge of devices of this type in the world. It was created as a result of unprecedented collaboration between the National Synchrotron Radiation Centre and the MAX IV Laboratory, a research centre active at the University of Lund in Sweden. The SOLARIS synchrotron has begun operations with two beamlines (for photoemission electron microscopy/X-ray absorption spectroscopy and for ultra-angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy). Ultimately, the experimental hall of the Kraków accelerator will house several dozens of these lines. In total, they will be fitted with about twenty experimental end-stations. Research will be carried out round the clock, seven days a week, simultaneously at all the stations. Over the last decades, synchrotron light has supported cutting-edge research in physics, chemistry and material science and has opened up many new areas of research in fields, such as medicine, geological and environmental studies, structural genomics and archaeology. The SOLARIS synchrotron provides Polish and international researchers with opportunities to conduct new valuable research in many fields of science.
The Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET) is an extra-faculty unit of the Jagiellonian University. Its main objective is to develop experimental pharmacotherapy for civilization diseases as well as to develop collaboration with industry in this area. JCET collaborates with the Lodz University of Technology, and the Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków.
The overall objective of the project is to up-grade, stimulate, unlock, develop and extend the research potential of the Faculty of Medicine at the Jagiellonian University Medical College (JUMC). The specific objectives are: to up-grade and extend the laboratory equipment and research performance at JUMC Faculty of Medicine allowing for most advanced genomic and proteomic research; to attract, develop and retain at the JUMC Faculty of Medicine the best research professionals of Polish origin and foreigners; to develop the research skills of the future leaders in the thematic domains concerned; to establish and expand networks across Europe to support high quality research, exchange of know-how and experience, ensure technology and knowledge transfer so that leading edge research can thrive at the JUMC Faculty of Medicine; to promote the excellence of the JUMC Faculty of Medicine and ensure the setting-up of long-lasting strategic partnerships with leading centres in the respective priority fields; to increase the participation of beneficiaries in scientific fields covered by the EC FP7 and in HORIZON 2020. The OMICRON Project is run by five departments at the Jagiellonian University Medical College.
The Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies was established as a joint-venture between the Jagiellonian University and the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków. It was created on the initiative of Rev. Prof. Michał Heller, a renowned philosopher and cosmologist. The Center supports and encourages scholars to conduct studies at the intersections of different scientific disciplines. It specializes in Interdisciplinary Studies at the intersection of the Natural and Social Sciences, and the Humanities.
The Jagiellonian Center of Innovation, Ltd, is a company established by the Jagiellonian University. It is responsible for the Life Science Park management, runs a number of educational projects and offers a complementary set of services for entrepreneurs and researchers in the area of life science, including financial support for innovative companies, contract research and clinical research services, and renting specialist laboratory space.
The Jagiellonian Library is the oldest university-wide unit. Thanks to its extensive collection of Polish books published in Poland and abroad, it is recognized as a national library. The library also collects foreign language publications that are used at the university either as teaching or as research resources. All Polish books and valuable foreign publications constitute the National Library Resources which, owing to their role and value, demand extraordinary protection. For this reason, the main research library has introduced security procedures which affect the accessibility of the collections. The library provides online access to academic magazines and catalogues. The Jagiellonian Digital Library is a platform which makes available collections and digital copies of research publications of the Jagiellonian Library; it has been in operation since 2010.