Polish Academy of Sciences

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Polish Academy of Sciences
Formation30 October 1951;70 years ago (30 October 1951) [1]
Type National academy, Academy of Sciences
Headquarters Warsaw
Region served
Jerzy Duszyński
Website pan.pl
Formerly called
Warsaw Scientific Society
Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning
Staszic Palace, the seat of PAN, and Copernicus Monument Warszawa, ul. Nowy Swiat 72-74 20170517 003.jpg
Staszic Palace, the seat of PAN, and Copernicus Monument

The Polish Academy of Sciences (Polish : Polska Akademia Nauk, PAN) is a Polish state-sponsored institution of higher learning. Headquartered in Warsaw, it is responsible for spearheading the development of science across the country by a society of distinguished scholars and a network of research institutes. It was established in 1951, during the early period of the Polish People's Republic following World War II. [2]



The Polish Academy of Sciences is a Polish state-sponsored institution of higher learning, headquartered in Warsaw, that was established by the merger of earlier science societies, including the Polish Academy of Learning (Polska Akademia Umiejętności, abbreviated PAU), with its seat in Kraków, and the Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning (Science), which had been founded in the late 18th century. [3]

The Polish Academy of Sciences functions as a learned society acting through an elected assembly of leading scholars and research institutions. The Academy has also, operating through its committees, become a major scientific advisory body. Another aspect of the Academy is its coordination and overseeing of numerous (several dozen) research institutes. PAN institutes employ over 2,000 people and are funded by about a third of the Polish government's budget for science. [4]


The Polish Academy of Sciences is led by a President, elected by the assembly of Academy members for a four-year term, together with a number of Vice Presidents.

The President for the 2019–2022 term was Prof. Jerzy Duszyński (his second term in the post), [5] together with five Vice Presidents: Prof. Stanisław Czuczwar, Prof. Stanisław Filipowicz, Prof. Paweł Rowiński, Prof. Roman Słowiński, and Prof. Romuald Zabielski. [6]

On 20 October 2022, General Assembly of the Polish Academy of Sciences elected Prof. Marek Konarzewski to become the new President of the Academy for the 2023–2026 term. [7] [8]

All the Presidents of the Polish Academy of Sciences to date, by term, are as follows:


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Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station is managed by PAN
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Gdańsk Library of Polish Academy of Sciences

The Polish Academy of Sciences has numerous institutes, including:

Notable members

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Aleksander Wolszczan
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Leszek Kolakowski

Foreign members

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Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Wolf Prize winner
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K. Alex Müller, Nobel Prize winner


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