48th Congress of the Polish Physical Society is ongoing

Dr Marcin Pawłowski, prof. UG and honorary doctor prof. Anton Zeilinger - these are just some speakers at this year's 48th Congress of the Polish Physical Society. Between September 1 and 7, the Gdańsk University of Technology and the University of Gdańsk will host interactive exhibitions, physics demonstrations, and lectures on quantum cryptography or teaching methods.


A long-standing tradition of the Congress of Polish Physicists is the delivery of the so-called open lecture, during which scientists share their passion and knowledge with the local community. This year's open lecture will take place in the Aula of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdańsk on September 6 at 6.30 p.m. It will be delivered by Professor Marcin Pawłowski of the International Centre for Theory Of Quantum Technologies.

Participants of the event will learn how to break the security of quantum cryptography, which was considered impossible to hack, and whether there is a way to protect themselves from attacks by cybercriminals.

On September 2 at 11.30 a.m., the Auditorium Novum of Gdańsk University of Technology will host a live broadcast of a lecture entitled 'A Voyage through Quantum Wonderland', which will be given by prof. Anton Zeilinger of the University of Vienna, a 2022 Nobel Prize winner in physics and honorary doctor of the University of Gdańsk. Admission to the open lecture is for everyone, while other events, including the live broadcast of the Nobel Prize winner's speech, are only for registered congress participants.

Please join us for the other open events to be held as part of the Convention:

Interactive exhibition in optics

Optyka wystawa

If you are looking for answers to the questions: Is it possible that the hologram is an illusion of a three-dimensional image, an illusion to which the brain succumbs? Do our mobile phones see more than we do? What type of radiation does the human body emit? How does an LCD screen, an alarm detector or seemingly ordinary polarised driver's glasses work? Come to the Gdansk University of Technology's Nanotechnology Centre A to see the interactive exhibitions 'Colours' and 'Where Sight Does not Reach', organised on the occasion of the 48th Congress of Polish Physicists. More than 30 educational stands will introduce you to fascinating issues in the field of optics. The exhibition's attractiveness is determined by a unique combination of elements of spectacle, interactivity of exhibits and opportunities for creative work using various, often unconventional, instruments and techniques.

The exhibition is an exciting alternative to traditional forms of presenting scientific content.

Admission is free. An event for all ages

Venue: Gdańsk University of Technology, Nanotechnology Centre A, Building No. 4 - https://campus.pg.edu.pl

Term: 9-21 September 2023

Individuals: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Organised groups: Monday-Friday, tour start times 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 (NOTE: booking necessary)

Reservation by e-mail: wystawaoptyka-rezerwacja.wftims@pg.edu.pl

Booking is valid upon receipt of feedback.

Physics demonstrations at the end of the Physics Under Sail 2023 cruise, Lübeck-Gdańsk

The cruise

The start of the 48th Meeting of Polish Physicists coincides with the end of the Physicists' Cruise, during which a group of physics enthusiasts from all over the country sail together from Lübeck to Gdańsk on board the beautiful sailing ship STS Kapitan Borchardt. After arriving in Gdańsk, the sailing ship will moor at the Motława waterfront. Physicists - participants of the cruise and physicists from the Gdańsk University of Technology and the University of Gdańsk - will present physics demonstrations on the quay in Gdańsk and on board of the sailing ship, during which they will explain, among other things, the principles of sailing physics.

Come and join us! Entry is free.

Venue: at the quay in Warta Street, in front of the footbridge from the mouth of the Radunia River towards Gdańsk, opposite the Museum of the Second World War (at the former site of the Lotos station).

Term: September 1, 2023, 12.00 - 16.00 (the time of the sailing ship's arrival is approximate and may change depending on weather conditions)

Lecture for students and teachers 'Why do bodies fall? - or a cognitive didactic path in basic physics' by prof. dr hab. inż. Grzegorz Karwasz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń


Professor Grzegorz Karwasz is a well-known and respected didactician. He is the head of the Physical Experimentation Methodology Laboratory and head of the Department of Physics Didactics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. For years, he has been an inspiration in terms of unconventional methods of teaching physics. As part of the 48th Congress of Polish Physicists, he will give a lecture for students and teachers, during which he will analyse the fundamental physics problem: 'Why do bodies fall?' in an engaging, interdisciplinary way. Participants will learn, among other things, why bodies fall and why they sometimes seem not to fall. How do bodies fall, and what do they feel when they fall? How do bodies fall on Earth, and how does gravity act on them in a vacuum? And what is the result of all this?

School groups with their teachers (primary school, high school) are invited.

Free entry.

Venue: Gdańsk University of Technology, Auditorium Maximum, Main Building, Building No. 1 – https://campus.pg.edu.pl

Term: September 5, 2023, 11.30-12.30 pm

ATTENTION: Earlier reservation is necessary

Reservation at email address: paw@pg.edu.pl

Booking is valid upon feedback.

Edit. MJ