Ministerial awards for UWM researchers

prof. Grzybowski, Wojnowska-Baryła, Czachorowski
Prof. Andrzej Grzybowski, prof. Irena Wojnowska-Baryła and dr hab. Stanisław Czachorowski, prof. UWM received awards from the Minister of Education and Science on the occasion of Polish Science Day, celebrated on 19 February.

The Minister of Education and Science granted a total of 74 awards, including 57 individual and 17 team awards, in five categories for significant research achievements, for teaching, implementation or organisational accomplishments and for overall achievements.

Prof. n. med. Andrzej Grzybowski (on the left) received an award for significant scientific achievements. The professor is the head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the UWM Faculty of Medicine and the only Polish ophthalmologist on the list of 2% of the world’s most recognised scientists compiled by Stanford University.

“This award is very important to me. It is an appreciation of my many years of scientific activity and motivation for further academic development,” says Prof. Grzybowski.

Prof. Grzybowski’s research interests include, among others, the application of artificial intelligence in ophthalmology, particularly in diabetic retinopathy. Another field of his interest is the validation of procedures in eye surgery in terms of their effectiveness and patient safety.

An international team under his leadership, working under the auspices of Euretina, the world's largest scientific society for retinal diseases, has developed new recommendations for eye surgery that have been in effect since 2018 and are used universally, also in Poland, as Prof Grzybowski explains.

The Minister granted 31 (individual and team) awards for significant scientific achievements, awarding 71 researchers in total.

The Minister also awarded 18 individual prizes for overall scientific achievements. Prof. Irena Wojnowska-Baryła from the Department of Biotechnology in Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Geoengineering was one of the recipients of the award.

Prof. Irena Wojnowska-Baryła conducts scientific research related to wastewater treatment and waste disposal.

“Thanks to joint research, we have developed new methods of wastewater treatment – including the use of immobilised microorganisms or waste disposal technologies; we have also popularised the use of molecular biology methods in research in the area of environmental engineering,” explains Prof. Wojnowska-Baryła.

The professor is also the driving force behind the cooperation between the UWM and the Technical University of Offenburg, as a result of which, for the past 15 years, the UWM and the UTO students have been able to study a joint programme and, upon graduation, receive diplomas from both universities.

Prof. Wojnowska-Baryła has been the leader of the Department of Environmental Biotechnology for 15 years. During this time, nine persons from the department staff were awarded postdoctoral degrees and four were awarded the title of professor. Two researchers from her department, just like prof. Grzybowski, are on the list of 2% of the world’s most recognised scientists compiled by Stanford University.

Dr hab. Stanisław Czachorowski, prof. UWM (on the right) from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology received an award for significant teaching achievements.

Prof. Czachorowski is known for his active and multifaceted popularisation activities. Among other things, he is a co-originator of the Olsztyn Science and Art Days and the “Night of Biologists” – events popularising scientific achievements.

“We are heavily trapped by classical education. Meanwhile, before our eyes, owing to the progress in information technology, non-formal education has been born – e.g. universities of the third age, children's universities, and centres for the popularisation of science. This is a great field for non-formal didactics. I am trying to be active there, because I see a future in it,” said Prof. Czachorowski.



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