XIII Science Festival took place in Warsaw between September 19 and 27. Each
year the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology actively participates in this
event. For the 2009 edition of the Festival we have prepared an extensive and
attractive program, consisting of 15 events grouped in 5 themes.
This year as
part of our YOUTH CLUB we have offered for the first time ever a series of
lectures for high school students, particularly this year’s high school
graduates. Four lectures were delivered in this program, designed to widen the
knowledge of those who plan to take an advanced biology exam for their high
school leaving exams. The following lectures were
adipose tissue really bad for health?
Plasma membrane, structure and functions
– K. Kwiatkowska
Cystoskeletal proteins interacting with cell membranes– M. J.
Secrets of cell structure– E.
Wyroba, R. Bartosiewicz, H. Bilski
have met with great interest, especially Prof. Elżbieta Wyroba’s lecture. So
many students showed up for her talk that some of them did not fit into the
conference room and had to schedule individual classes with the lecturer.
offered classes in the so-called CLUBS which consisted of 3 thematic series.
The first one was entitled Why and how we age? and has been
prepared by Prof. Ewa Sikora. This series consisted of 3 lectures combined with
book signing events.
lectures were delivered: Biogerontology
– K. Książek, E. Sikora, M. Kowaleczko-Szumowska Tim
of Our Lives – T. Kirkwood,
E. Sikora, M. Kowaleczko-Szumowska (lecture in English translated into Polish)Where’s
– S. Rattan, E. Sikora, M. Kowaleczko-Szumowska (lecture in English translated
„Biogerontology” is a collective work and it is the first publication on the
Polish market written and edited by Polish biogerontologists. The two other
books were authored by excellent biogerontologists, Prof. Tom Kirkwood and Prof.
Suresh Rattan who were invited to speak at the Festival. Their books and
lectures have been translated into Polish by Monika Kowaleczko-Szumowska. For
the first time in the history of the Institute’s presence at the Festival we
hosted foreign speakers. Their talks were attended by a large audience and
arouse great interest. Long after the lectures the speakers talked with
individual participants and signed books.
series in the CLUBS was entitled See the
thought: how works the brain in norm and pathologyand
was prepared by prof. Elżbieta Szeląg.
included 3 lectures: New
methods of rehabilitation are developed in scientific laboratories
– E. Szeląg, M. Lewandowska, J. Mędygrał, A. Oroń Big magnet and human thoughts overhearing – E. Piątkowska-Jank, P.
Bogorodzki Devices aided neuropsychological rehabilitation – T. Wolak
The last two
lectures have been presented by invited lecturers from the Faculty of
Electronics and Information Technology of the Warsaw University of Technology
and the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing. Films shown during the
lectures, test demos and materials prepared for the audience aroused great
interest. During the lectures contests were set up for the audience with prizes
given for correct answers.
thematic series was related to Darwin Year and included 2 lectures:
Darwinizm – history and present
– L. Kuźnicki
Evolution of the mammalian brain
– K. Turlejski
audience showed up for each talk.
Each year our
PhD students actively participate in the Festival. This year they have prepared
a very interesting program entitled To see and to
for the WEEKEND MEETINGS and invited Prof. E. Wyroba to participate. The following lectures were
Double face of cholesterol - somewhat on endocytosis and heart attacks
– E. Wyroba
Mysteries of confocal microscopy
– J. Korczyński Can
we believe our eyes? Mysteries of optical illusions
– A. Foik
initiative Bio-preschool was enthusiastically received by children and
The following people were involved in the preparation of the Saturday mornings
Ania Łukasik Kasia Sobierajska Marzena Stefaniuk
Artur Wolny Andrzej
The total of
35 people from the Nencki Institute contributed to the XIII Warsaw Science
Festival. Our classes have been attended by almost 650 people.
There is no
doubt that we will be present at the Festival next year.