Sweet salvation: how a sugar cane pathogen is gearing up a new era of antibiotic discovery
An international group of researchers, including Prof. Jonathan Heddle’s team from the JU Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology made a ground-breaking discovery concerning the work of albicidin – a substance which may become the basis of most effective antibiotics against antibiotic resistant bacteria. The paper, entitled ‘Molecular mechanism of topoisomerase poisoning by a potent peptide antibiotic’ has been published in Nature Catalysis journal.
ERC to fund space research at the Jagiellonian University
In the latest edition of the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) grants, a grand total of three million euro was awarded to Jagiellonian University Astronomical Observatory researcher Dr Michał Drahus. The five year long project, entitled HYADES, will involve designing a space telescope dedicated to observation of hydrogen and deuterium around small celestial bodies in the Solar System.
New vision for transnational university collaboration pioneered under European Degree label project
A Europe-wide consortium of six university alliances has secured the European Commission’s support for ED-AFFICHE, their joint proposal to pilot the European Degree label funded by the Erasmus+ programme. This unprecedented collaboration among European University Alliances will enable Una Europa, 4EU+, CHARM-EU, EC2U, EU-CONEXUS and Unite! to make bold steps towards realising the transformative potential of the European Degree label. Pooling their collective expertise, the consortium will seek to improve the process of developing joint degrees as a central strand of the project.
Researchers from Kraków and Kyoto to investigate the role of visfatin in early embryogenesis
Dr Patrycja Kurowska from the JU Faculty of Biology has been selected to take part in a joint programme of the Polish Academy of Science and Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Thanks to the funding provided by the organisations, the project New insight on visfatin (Nampt) role in mouse embryo development will allow for an enhanced mobility of young scientists between the Jagiellonian University and Kyoto University.
More JU researchers admitted to the Fulbright Program
The Polish-US Fulbright Commission has completed the selection process for the Fulbright STEM Impact Award 2022–23 and Fulbright Senior Award 2023–24. Amongst the chosen applicants are researchers from the JU Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology and JU Faculty of Philosophy. Thanks to the funding provided by the programme, they will be able to carry out their research projects in the United States.
JU researcher receives the Leverhulme Trust International Professorship award
Prof. Jonathan Heddle, head of a research team working within the framework of the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB), has received a £4.8 million award as part of the Leverhulme International Professorship at Durham University. Prof. Heddle’s research at Jagiellonian University is in bionanoscience and aims to understand, design and build artificial and natural biological nanomachines, a topic which he aims to build on as a recipient of the award.
Researchers establish what factors influence the size of nestlings' brains
An international study involving Dr hab. Szymon Drobniak from the JU Faculty of Biology has shown that parental provisioning has an impact on hatchlings’ brain size, even before they begin to interact with others. These findings are very surprising, as social factors have so far been considered to be the main contributing factor in this regard.
Paper by JU researchers published in Science Advances
Scientists from the Department of Molecular Biophysics at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology (FBBB) and the Max Planck Research Group at Małopolska Centre of Biotechology (MCB) of the Jagiellonian University teamed up to understand photosynthesis in plants at the atomic level.
Ground-breaking studies into the structure of the Elongator complex
The latest paper by scientists from the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University (JU MCB) describes the first high resolution cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of Elongator, which sheds light on the role of the Elp456 subcomplex. The study was published this week in Nucleic Acids Research as a Breakthrough Article.
Research into green transformation and economic polarisation in Europe
The National Science Centre has published the results of OPUS 22+LAP/Weave competition. The grant winners include Dr Zofia Łapniewska from the Jagiellonian University who will carry out research into environmental protection in politics. The studies are aimed to better understand the impact of the implementation of green transformation policy on the EU states and identification of the areas in which it poses a risk of socio-economic polarisation.
JU MC student receives the Queen Silvia Nursing Award
Dominika Rachwał, a student of the Jagiellonian University Medical College, won the Polish edition of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award. She was recognised for her ideas regarding helping patients with dementia combat their illness.
A Polish-Ukrainian research project will be carried out by JU’s Prof. Maciej Pabijan
Coevolution of the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes in species subject to hybridization is the title of the project awarded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) with funding for 2023-2024 as part of joint research projects conducted between Poland and Ukraine.
Prof. Małgorzata Barańska to lead a Polish-German research project
The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange has announced the call for proposals for joint research projects between Poland and Germany. The ranking list includes a project to be carried out at the Jagiellonian University. The Polish part of the research will be supervised by a scientist from the Department of Chemical Physics of the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University.
'Wesoła – then and now'. History of Kraków medicine in photographs
The world’s first gastrectomy and pioneering studies on X-ray tomography are just some examples of historic achievements of physicians from the JU Medical College. The MuFo Museum of Photography in Krakow presents an outdoor exhibition devoted to their accomplishments. The exhibition marks the establishment of the historical-cultural route Via Medicorum, which is being created in Wesoła – a district inextricably linked to the history of Kraków medicine.
Exhibition: Lusitatnians on the Indian Trail
The virtual exhibition on Portuguese literature was inspired by the 450th anniversary of printing the Portuguese national epic Os Lusíadas written by Luís Vaz de Camões. Additionally, it marks the 130th anniversary of establishing of the Jagiellonian University Institute of Romance Studies. The main aim of the exhibition is to present both Portuguese literature and one of its greatest creators to the general audience.
50th Winter School of the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology
In late February, the JU Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology is hosting the 50th Winter School, this year devoted to topics concerning cancer biology and therapy at the molecular level. Distinguished speakers will be participating in the conference to share reports on their recent achievements.
Pirates, corsairs, filibusters, privateers, and Watergeuzen from antiquity to contemporary times
The JU Institute of History is holding an online interdisciplinary conference/seminar/workshop devoted to all aspects of piracy in history, with the exception of intellectual copyright piracy. The organisers welcome papers devoted to: the history of piracy, art devoted to pirates, pirates’ life and conduct, literature and films devoted to piracy.
April Conference Fifteen: Humanity, Humanities
In 1978 Jerzy Strzetelski and Zygmunt Mazur from the Institute of English Philology at the Jagiellonian University organised the first of what was to become a triennial international conference. April Conference Fifteen will continue the tradition of bringing together scholars working in various fields of English and American Studies, including literature, general and applied linguistics, translation and cultural studies, teaching of English as a foreign language, and other related topics. The theme of this year’s conference is 'Humanity/Humanities'.
Employing researchers from Ukraine in teams funded by the National Science Centre (UPDATED)
Within the framework of the assistance offered by the National Science Centre (NCN) to researchers fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, principal investigators in NCN grants can offer positions in their teams to Ukrainian researchers.
Workshops on mental health and psychological support
The JU Institute of Psychology is organising a number of initiatives to help Ukrainian refugees, which include efforts to help victims of war trauma, including both adults and children. In May, the Institute will host two workshops by the eminent expert in the field: Dr Rony Berger from Tel Aviv University Center for Compassionate Mindful Education.
Financial assistance opportunity for researchers from Ukraine from the ID.UJ programme funds
Responding to an appeal by the staff members of the Jagiellonian University concerning initiatives in support of Ukrainian research community, an opportunity has been created for the funding of projects carried out by researchers from Ukraine from the funds of the ID.UJ programme.
Financial assistance opportunity in the Research Support Module for doctoral students from Ukraine
Addressing the appeal by staff members of our University concerning arrangements for initiatives in support of Ukrainian research community, an opportunity has been created for the funding of projects by doctoral students from Ukraine from the funds of the ID.UJ programme allocated for the implementation of the Research Support Module.
Free online Polish language course
The Jagiellonian University is organising a free online Polish language course for Ukrainian refugees. The classes will be held from Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 9.00 a.m via the MS Teams platform.
Central Charity Collection Point
On March 30 the Jagiellonian University has established a permanent collection point for Ukrainian refugees and those in need in Ukraine at the Silesian College (al. Mickiewicza 3, ground floor, rooms 4 and 5). It will be open from Monday to Saturday, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Our programmes in foreign languages
Check the wide range of study programmes in foreign languages offered by the Jagiellonian University: from humanities and social sciences to exact, natural and medical sciences, at different levels of education (first-, long-cycle and second-cycle programmes).
How to apply
Learn the general application rules and how to apply for admission to JU study programmes: prepare your application, register online, confirm your registration, take the exam (in the case of some programmes), check the results, and enrol.
You are welcome to take a virtual tour of various Jagiellonian University sites: Collegium Novum, Collegium Maius, Auditorium Maximum, Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival, Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS, Jagiellonian Library, Nature Education Centre, selected faculty buildings, and others.
The oldest Polish University possesses rich collections of unique items from different areas, which are exhibited in a number of museums, offering a fascinating journey through the past and present of academia and various fields of science and scholarship.
The Jagiellonian Library together with the Medical College Library and faculty and institute libraries make up the library-information system of the Jagiellonian University. Due to its extensive collection of Polish publications, it has a status of a national library.
The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Observatory is part of the JU Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science. Founded in 1792 and named after the world-famous Polish astronomer, it is based at Fort Skała, about 10 km (6 miles) west of the centre of Kraków.
Synchrotron Radiation Centre Solaris
The JU National Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS is the first of its kind in Central Eastern Europe. Synchrotrons, sources of a unique type of light known as synchrotron radiation, allow scientists from around the world to achieve breakthroughs in a multitude of disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, medicine, archaeology, and art history.
The Jagiellonian University boasts very successful musical ensembles, which include the Słowianki Song and Dance Ensemble, specialising in Slavonic folk dance and music, as well as the JU Academic Choir Camerata Jagellonica.
University Vineyard 'On Manor Brook'
The Jagiellonian University runs its own vineyard and winery. Located at a picturesque spot in the region sometimes referred to as 'Little Tuscany', it produces a number of white and red wine varietals, which have won a number of prizes at international wine contests.