Organisers of the Summer Meetings with Science in the finals of the Science Populariser competition

XX. edycja Letnich Spotkań z Nauką

XX edition of the Summer Meetings with Science

Dr Wacław Kulczykowski, prof. dr hab. Ewa Kulczykowska (Institute of Oceanology PAS) and dr hab. inż. Marek Kulczykowski (Institute of Hydroengineering PAS) were nominated for the prestigious Populariser of Science award in the Team category. The three scientists have been organising the Summer Meetings with Science, a series of popular science lectures, for twenty years. This is the second nomination for the Populariser of Science award for dr Wacław Kulczykowski.

The event is organised by the Institute of Hydroelectric Engineering PAS, the Institute of Oceanology PAS, the University of Gdańsk represented by the Faculty of History and the Council for the Popularisation of Science PAS.

This year's twentieth edition of the event featured lectures by, among others, the UG Vice-Rector for Students and Education, dr hab. Arnold Kłonczyński (Department of History), prof. UG, and prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Węgrzyn (Department of Biology). The first lecturer spoke about the image of Sweden in the communist media, and the second, about neurodegenerative diseases. Due to the storm that destroyed the venue at the beginning of July this year, the twentieth incarnation of the series took place entirely online. 

'It was the Summer Meetings with Science that made me realise before I became a scientist, the importance of popularising science. Making the results of one's own research available to the public as a whole, and not just to a very small group of specialists. Today, not only do I try to promote and popularise my own research as part of various initiatives, but I also co-organise the Summer Meetings with Science, an event thanks to which literally anyone interested may have contact with the best Polish scientists,' - says dr Wacław Kulczykowski.

Fragment gry „Waterworks!” współtworzonej przez dr. Wacława Kulczykowskiego.

Excerpt from the game ‘Waterworks!' co-created by dr Waclaw Kulczykowski.

This is the second nomination for the Populariser of Science award for dr Wacław Kulczykowski. In 2020, the competition's chapter qualified his other popularisation activity - computer games - for the final. The UG scientist has been involved in knowledge gamification projects since 2015. Two such projects 'Excavate!' (2015) and 'Waterworks!' (2020) have already seen the light of day. Currently, dr Wacław Kulczykowski is working on a project entitled 'TNT' funded by the National Agency for Academic Exchange. 

The Science Populariser competition has been organised since 2005 by the Science in Poland website and published by the Polish Press Agency Foundation with funding from the Science for Society programme of the Ministry of Education and Science. It is Poland's oldest and most prestigious competition, which rewards scientists, media people, institutions and social activists whose passion is to share knowledge and unveil the mysteries of modern science. The results of the competition will be announced on December 9.

More about the competition and the finalists

marcel Jakubowski / Press Office UG