JU science communication
In late September, local media reported that microplastics particles have been discovered in the air in Kraków. The unsettling information came from a research project conducted by the Pedagogical University of Cracow Institute of Geological Sciences and Jagiellonian University Institute of Geography. How alarmed should we be and is there anything we can do about this phenomenon?więcej o Microplastics: worse than smog?
The number of obese people has been growing year by year in most countries of the world. At the same time, the global percentage of urban population has also steadily increased. For a long time, life in big cities has been intuitively associated with higher body mass. However, this belief turns out to be false. The latest international research involving teams of Prof. Grażyna Jasieńska and Prof. Andrzej Pająk from the Institute of Public Health of the Jagiellonian University Medical College has revealed the truth about one of the most dangerous diseases of affluence in today’s world.więcej o Obesity: an urban or rural problem?
Polish researchers associated in the NeuroSmog consortium will examine several hundred children to study the impact of smog on developing brains. They have received over 15 million zlotys (~3.5 million euro) from the Foundation for Polish Science within the framework of the Team-Net programme. The research project will be conducted by the JU Institute of Psychology and the Institute of Environmental Protection in Warsaw, with the latter developing air pollution maps.więcej o Psychologists at JU will check how smog affects children’s brains
A team of researchers from the JU Faculty of Biology led by Dr Krzysztof Rakus will study the effects of gill diseases caused by CEV (carp edema virus) on the immune systems of fish. The project will be realised in collaboration with scientists from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover and funded by a grant from the National Science Centre.więcej o JU scientists to investigate a dangerous fish disease
Water is the main component of our organism. Without it, it’s impossible for us to function properly. What beverages are the most beneficial for our bodies, and how much of them should we drink per day? We asked Prof. Małgorzata Zwolińska-Wcisło, Dr Magdalena Przybylska-Feluś, and Agnieszka Dąbek Department of Clinical Nutrition of the JU MC Faculty of Medicine to give us some advice on these issues.więcej o The driving force of nature
The global population, currently estimated at 7.6 billion, is steadily growing. The need to increase our food production in order to provide sustenance for more and more people is a critical, albeit controversial issue, chiefly due to environmental protection concerns. Is our rapidly changing society standing on the verge of a serious food crisis?więcej o Are we going to face a food crisis?
In June 2019 Poland was hit by a heatwave. Scientists believe that the global warming finally starts to take its toll. Dr hab. The issues of the climate change and record high June temperatures in Polish cities are discussed by Prof. Agnieszka Wypych from the JU Department of Climatology.więcej o Hot and bothered
A team of researchers from the JU Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiellonian University led by Prof. Krzysztof Ciałowicz has begun another season of excavations in Israel. During the next month, they will investigate the Tel Erani site, where they have previously found well-reserved remains of a 5,000 year old wall.więcej o Kraków archaeologists carry on with their pioneering work in Israel
Current trends in urban design favour planting low-maintenance wildflower meadows in green spaces in cities due to their aesthetic qualities and apparent benefits for insects that struggle in an environment so utterly transformed by man. This seemingly ideal solution has a hidden catch: we’re not yet entirely sure how these urban meadows will affect pollinators in the long run. Dr Joanna Kajzer-Bonk from the JU Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research currently runs a project aimed to determine the potential consequences of this design.więcej o Flowery meadows in our cities. Are there any risks for bees?
A large group of asymmetrical chemical compounds can exist in two forms with the same molecular formula forming mirror images of one another, which means that they are chiral. Prof. Małgorzata Barańska from the JU Faculty of Chemistry will shed some light on this phenomenon studied by her research team, whose work has recently led to some major discoveries in this area.więcej o Through the looking glass