Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (NCU) joins YERUN at a unique moment – the 550th anniversary of the birth of its patron, the great astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. His discovery changed the world’s course, and his genius still inspires many researchers today. To celebrate the scientist’s achievements, a World Copernican Congress will be organised in centres associated with his life and work in Poland. Researchers from around the world will deliberate on this versatile scientist’s life and achievements and the impact he had on the development of science, culture and the arts.
The Congress, which will begin on 19 February in Toruń, will then move to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and next to the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, before returning to Toruń in September. Representatives of medicine, astronomy, anthropology and literary studies, as well as cultural historians, will meet within Nicolaus Copernicus University’s walls. The Congress will be attended by many eminent scientists worldwide, and Phillip James Peebles, Nobel Laureate in Physics, will give the inaugural lecture.
Another event oscillating around the University’s patron will be the opening of the Copernicus Integration Centre. In this remarkable place, UCN will pursue one of its main strategic objectives – strengthening the University’s relationship with its surroundings.
As one of the ten research universities in Poland, NCU will continue its activities in the emerging fields and, together with other Young Universities, work on a new model of higher education in the European University consortium.
This is going to be an intense year for the University and, in many ways, a difficult one too, but NCU starts it believing that its consistent actions will translate into progress and advancement. Particularly now that NCU has become part of YERUN. United within the European academic community, NCU will continue to follow the Copernican motto Veritas in omnibus quaerenda est.
For information about the World Copernican Congress visit copernicus2023.com/en/