YUFE get’s impetus
At the YUFE YUFE Biosciences workshop in Bremen (05.-06. Sept.) eight of the ten universities currently included in the YUFE association pinned down precise time schedules and topics for envisioned joint courses and summer schools. First summer school courses, along with the YUFE Friday, will start in 2023. A joint master programme centred around biodiversity and nature conservation will start in 2024.
Our faculty was represented by p.o. Dean of the Faculty prof. dr hab. Adriana Szmidt-Jaworska and dr hab. Marcin Koprowski, prof. UMK Vice-Dean for Mobility and Internationalization and Prof. dr. hab. Werner Ulrich. Prof. Ulrich will coordinate the YUFE summer programmes in freshwater biology and European ecoregions.
Fungi and bacteria in the service of plants
Many-year old grains are to help mitigate the results of progressing global degradation of the environment and loss of biodiversity. The ideas on the use of microorganisms in agricultural crops are being researched by the biologists of NCU within the Project NAPENDRIV.
A new venomous shrew species - discovery of employee of our Faculty
The journal Zoological Letters published an article „A new, widespread venomous mammals species: hemolytic activity of Sorex araneus venom is similar to that of Neomys fodiens venom”. The leading author of the paper is dr. Krzysztof Kowalski from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology and Ecology.
Our Faculty members are co-authors of an article in the Chemical Engineering Journal.
Michał Świdziński and Dariusz Jan Smoliński from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Institute of Biology of the Nicolaus Copernicus University are coauthors of the article "Are Nanohedgehogs Thirsty? Toward New Superhydrophobic and Anti-Icing Carbon Nanohorn-Polymer Hybrid Surfaces ”in the prestigious Chemical Engineering Journal. Q1; IF 13.273; MNiSW 200 points. The article was written in cooperation with research groups from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Murdoch University in Australia, Technology University and University in Białystok, the Technology University in Gliwice, German Jordanian University in Jordan and Shinshu University in Nagano in Japan.
dr Stefany Cardenas is the winner of the SONATA NCN competition
The SONATA project "Recognition of functional traits' response to salt stress: the Salicornia europaea model" was approved for funding by the National Science Center in years 2022-2025. The Principal Investigator of this project is Dr. Stefany Cardenas Perez from the Department of Geobotany and Landscape Planning, a member of the EF Ecology & Biodiversity team. The project financing amount is PLN 995,500.
Collaboration in practice
"Environmetal statistics" course conducted by dr hab. Agnieszka Piernik, prof. NCU for the doctoral study "Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development" at the Partenopy University in Naples has been included in the official study program, due to the very positive feedback from participants and a high rating: https://www.ersd.uniparthenope.it/teaching.html
Dariusz Jan Smoliński from the Institute of Biology and ICNT and Tomasz Gulanicz from ICNT co-authored an article in Nature Plants.
The April issue of Nature Plants magazine published the article "R-loops at microRNA encoding loci promote co-transcriptional processing of pri-miRNAs in plants". The authors of the article are, among others, prof. UMK Dariusz Jan Smoliński, director of the Institute of Biology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University, head of the Bioimaging Laboratory at ICNT, and Dr. Tomasz Gulanicz, former graduate of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, currently employed in the research group of prof. UMK Agnieszka Zienkiewicz from the Interdisciplinary Center of Modern Technologies of the Nicolaus Copernicus University. The research results were created by an international team from Argentina (Dr. Pablo Manavelli's research group), Denmark (Dr. Sebastian Marquardt's group), and Poland (except for the "Toruń" group, the team of Prof. Artur Jarmołowski and Prof. Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań).
New Rector's Order
Order No. 31 of the NCU Rector on special rules for the functioning of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń in relation to the prevention of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus shall be repealed.
Researchers from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Institute of Biology and the Interdisciplinary Centre of Modern Technologies of the Nicolaus Copernicus University have published their results in The Plant Cell journal.
TPC is the journal of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) that specializes in publishing original research of great importance in plant biology, molecular biology, and cell biology, published by Oxford University Press. The research of Dariusz Smoliński's team provides new information on the regulatory mechanisms of gene expression, which are based on the retention of pre-mRNA in the nucleus.
"Solidarity with Ukraine"
We have received the information of Russian troops attacking Ukraine with disbelief and great concern. Every war is a black card in the history of humanity and contradicts the universal values held by the academic community.
The awarding of the title of the Nicolaus Copernicus University doctor honoris causa to Professor Martin Kramer Professor
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Kramer
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Kramer ist seit 2003 Leiter der Klinik für Kleintiere (Chirurgie) am Fachbereich 10 – Veterinärmedizin der JLU und seit 2010 außerdem Dekan des Fachbereichs.
Prof. Dr. dr h.c. mult. Martin Kramer has been head of the clinic for small animals (surgery) in Faculty 10 – Veterinary Medicine at Justus Liebig University since 2003 and has also been Dean of the Faculty since 2010.
PhD position available
Institution: Department of Microbiology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
Position title: PhD Student in Microbiology
Title of the project: “Salicornia europaea L. as a human pathogenic microorganisms free food”
Passing of Ms. Daniela Rosanna Gomes Da Silva Pereira.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our student Ms. Daniela Rosanna Gomes Da Silva Pereira on December 3rd, 2021.
Daniela came to us from Angola. She graduated from Agostinho Neto University in Luanda with a Bachelor's degree in biology. She was a Stefan Banach scholarship holder and a 1st year student of Global Change Biology in our faculty.
We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and loved ones.
Our ecologists for the first time among the Top 500 in the newest Shanghai Ranking!
The 2021 Shanghai GRAS ranking sees NCU ecology within the Q1 group based on data from InCites. The ranking evaluated 500 universities with highest ranking ecology departments according to top journal publications, SNIPs, international cooperation, and numbers of top ranking papers.
Link to the GRAS Ranking
New inspirations from a visit of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Gießen
From 27.10 to 29.10 a delegation of our Faculty headed by Dean Werner Ulrich (together with Adriana Szmidt-Jaworska, Jędzej Jaśkowski, Paweł Antosik, and Roland Kozdrowski) visited the Veterinary Medicine of Gießen University. We were invited by the Dean of the faculty, Prof. Martin Kramer. He and his team received us a very warm and open-minded. We were impressed by the openness to cooperation. Main aim of the visit was to formerly initiate a collaboration between our two faculties and to get new insights into how German veterinary clinics function. We came back with many new ideas, both with respect to administrative and scientific issues. We agreed to start formal scientific cooperation and student and staff exchange. Next year Prof. Kramer and his team will visit our faculty.
Safe return to university
YUFE Life Sciences - cooperation prospects.
On the initiative and at the invitation of the Dean of the Faculty of Biological and Veterinary Sciences, prof. dr. hab. Werner Ulrich, deans of seven European YUFE universities came to Toruń for the first series of workshops.
Werner Ulrich co-author of a new paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Museum Collections Predict Species Abundance in The Wild
Scientists develop method to count outdoor species from indoor museum records
Museum collections of plants and critters—small mammals, fish, insects and amphibians—are a good reflection of most species’ relative abundance in the wild, finds a surprising new study by University of Vermont researchers and international scientists, who analyzed 1.4 million field observations and 73,000 museum records of over 22,00 species.
Guide / information booklet for future doctoral students.
As part of the STER project, one of the tasks related to the preparation of a guide / information booklet for future doctoral students has been completed. The guide is mainly devoted to educating doctoral students at our University. We also present aspects of everyday life in Poland, as well as legal and administrative issues related to the legalization of stay.
Get a double master degree in biological sciences!
We are the first University in Poland to offer a double degree programme in biological sciences. The Master Programme managed in collaboration with Parthenope University of Naples (Italy) is organized under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair in “Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development”, of which Nicolaus Copernicus University is an official partner.
NCBiR TANGO grant for employees of our Faculty
Professor Katarzyna Hrynkiewicz and PhD Edyta Deja-Sikora from the Department of Microbiology received the financial support from National Centre for Research and Development, for the R&D project TANGO 4: The use of endomycorrhizal fungi in the control of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) viral diseases. The TANGO 4 project is a continuation of the former scientific project: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as vectors of plant viruses (MYCOVIR). The research and developmental works will be conducted in the cooperation with Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR) in Bonin.
High ranking of our Biology and Biotechnology studies
The third year our study directions biology and biotechnology are rising in the Polish University ranking provided by the Perspektywy Education Foundation.