The Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) is a major state-funded institution of higher education and research in Poland. It consists of three main pillars: a body of elected members, a network of research institutes (including some of the top scientific centers in the country), and also a set of committees focused on specific disciplines and problem issues.
The first these is the elected body of Members of the Academy, which consists of up to 350 National Members – all of them highly distinguished scholars and scientists of renowned achievements and respected authority. The Academy also currently has 163 Foreign Members. Membership in the PAS is considered a great honor and an expression of the highest recognition for preeminent scholarly accomplishments. Since 2010, an elected body of talented researchers of the younger generation, known as the
Polish Young Academy
, has also been operating within the structure of the PAS.
The second pillar of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the network of PAS research institutes. The strongest research network in the country, it consists of 69
, many of them ranking among the very best in Poland, indeed even Europe and the wider world. The PAS Institutes are engaged in carrying out top-notch research projects in almost all scientific fields. They generate the inventions, patents, and scientific advances that are the Academy’s hallmark, helping to expand humanity’s horizons and change the world in a positive way.
The third pillar, in turn, consists of a set of
committees and advisory panels
that disseminate scientific knowledge and provide the kind of expertise that is crucial for robust public debate. These are expert groups that draw together specialists with different narrow specializations and fields of expertise. They create a space for intellectual exchange and relationship-building among scholars. They serve as the national-level representation of various scientific communities and disciplines and they perform important advisory functions.
Other important parts of the Academy include its auxiliary units, including libraries, archives, museums, a botanical garden and
. The Academy also has territorial branches centered in eight Polish cities, which serve to integrate the local scientific community in the region, to initiate research and to disseminate research results. Moreover, the Academy also maintains a strong presence outside of Poland, via its
in six major European capital cities.
up to 350
The Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) was first set up in Warsaw in 1952.
At present it is engaged in international-caliber research in virtually all
fields of science and scholarship. It fosters, educates, and supports a broad community
of scientists and scholars in Poland. It also plays an important role for
society, in providing and promoting fact-based knowledge.
The Academy has a somewhat complex structure, chiefly comprising an elected
body of Academy Members (as well as an elected body of members of the Young
Academy), a network of dozens of cutting-edge research institutes, and a set of
numerous committees and advisory panels. It also embraces a number of auxiliary
units, including libraries, archives, museums, a botanical garden, and
conference centers. The Academy also maintains a strong presence in Poland’s
regions, in a number of major European capitals, and even at the North and
South Poles (via polar stations operated by PAS Institutes).
One of the important elements of the Academy is the PAS Committee on Ethics in
Science. It upholds the observance of the principles of research ethics by the employees
of the scientific units of the Academy, Poland’s universities, and other research
institutes. Another important body is the Audit Committee, which oversees the financial
and economic activities of the Academy (more information is available in Polish
on the PAS Public Information Bulletin).
The PAS represents Poland in many international organizations, including: the
European Federation of Academies of Sciences (ALLEA), the European Academies’ Scientific
Advisory Council (EASAC), and the Scientific Advice for Policy by European
Academies (SAPEA) consortium. It maintains regular contacts with partners from
all over the world.
The Polish Academy of Sciences had its first headquarters at the historic Staszic
Palace, a historic building situated along the Royal Tract in Warsaw’s old
quarter. Today the Staszic Palace still houses more than a dozen scientific and
scholarly institutions, most of them associated with the Polish Academy of
Sciences. Its impressive historic interiors are also used to host debates,
conferences, and other meetings.
The Academy itself, however, is now headquartered at the Palace of
Culture and Science, a striking skyscraper in central Warsaw. The Academy’s
authorities (its President and Vice-Presidents) and its Chancellery have their