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German delegation meets with JU Rector-Elect

German delegation meets with JU Rector-Elect

On 29 May, the Jagiellonian University was visited by a delegation from the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag led by its President Prof. Stephan Seiter. The delegation also included Dr Ingeborg Gräßle, Maja Wallstein and Andreas Meyer. Representatives of the German government met in the Senate Room of the JU Collegium Novum with the JU Rector-Elect Prof. Piotr Jedynak. The meeting was also attended by the Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kraków Dagmar Hillebrand.

Most of the discussion was devoted to issues related to expanding and strengthening of the Polish-German cooperation in the area of higher education, in particular scientific research. As explained by Prof. Stephan Seiter, his goal is to better understand the issues of administrative support for science in Poland, which would ultimately result in better funding policies for projects under the joint Polish-German initiative. Prof. Piotr Jedynak emphasised that ensuring appropriate administrative support is currently one of the most important challenges faced by the Jagiellonian University, which was reflected in the fact that this issue was one of the most frequently discussed topics during the recent election. The attendees also debated the subject of tightening cooperation between universities and their business environment in order to obtain additional funds for patents and investments.

Next, members of the delegation met with the representatives of the Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence at the Jagiellonian University led by the future JU Vice-Rector for Research Prof. Wojciech Macyk. The meeting was attended by Dr hab. Przemysław Nogły, Prof. UJ (Dioscuri Centre for Structural Dynamics of Receptors), Dr Mateusz Sikora (Dioscuri Centre for Modelling of Posttranslational Modifications), Dr Samuel Mellick (Dioscuri Centre in Random Walks in Geometry and Topology), Elżbieta Wito (Research Support Centre) and Małgorzata Nanke (Office of the Vice-Rector for Research).

After a short introduction, the researchers presented their projects implemented within the framework of the Dioscuri Program. Representatives of the Commission asked about details related to these projects and declared their readiness to help solve potential problems. There was also a discussion about improving the process of financing scientific projects.

As part of the visit, the delegation was also able to visit the Collegium Novum Assembly Hall and take a tour of the JU Museum Collegium Maius.


The Dioscuri Programme, which was initiated by the Max Planck Society, aims to establish internationally competitive research groups in Central and Eastern Europe. Each of these Dioscuri Centres is financed with up to 1.5 million euros for a period of five years. The costs are shared equally between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Polish Ministry of Education and Science, while the host institutions in Poland provide the infrastructure.

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