Archaeological research in Nørre Sandegård Vest cemetery was conducted between early August and mid-September 2016 by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the University of Gdańsk in conjunction with Bornholm Museum. The team from the University of Gdańsk was headed by doctoral students Bartosz Świątkowski and Karolina Czonstke and the Bornholm Museum team by Christina Seehusen and Finn Ole Nielsen.
The third ALLIANCE (INTERREG BSR) Partner Meeting took place on 25–27 October 2016 in Helsinki. The project brings together blue biotechnology actors from across the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) to develop innovative marine biotechnology based products and services. The event was hosted by one of the ALLIANCE project partners - the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).
The University of Gdańsk was represented by prof. Katarzyna Palińska and dr Ilona Złoch (Faculty of Oceanography and Geography) as well as by dr Anna Kaczorowska (Faculty of Biology).
Since early September 2016 the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the University of Gdańsk has been conducting a survey in the medieval ruins of St. Nicholas’ Church in Łeba. The results of the excavations will allow a future reconstruction and display of the entire site. The medieval building, together with the entire town, fell victim to the elements in the 16th and 17th centuries. The remains of the building were uncovered for the first time in 2015.
For the first time ever, the substrate specifics of the Zika virus protease have been discovered, thanks to cooperation between scientists from three scientific institutions: the University of Gdańsk (Natalia Gruba, Magdalena Wysocka, Adam Lesner), Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Renata Grzywa, Maria Łęcka, Marcin Skoreński, Marcin Sieńczyk) and the Jagiellonian University (Jose Ignacio Rodriguez Martinez, Michał Burmistrz, Krzysztof Pyrć).
Prof. Piotr Bojarski, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the University of Gdańsk and Head of the Division of Molecular Spectroscopy at the UG’s Institute of Experimental Physics has been appointed Editor for three years of the international Journal of Molecular Liquids, published by Elsevier, one of the world’s largest scientific publishing houses.
4 August 2016 brought an end to archaeological rescue research preceding the construction of an electrical substation in the area between Górka St. and Ks. Rogaczewski St. in Gdańsk. The work conducted since May has resulted in the uncovering and documentation of the remains of pre-war buildings from the 19th and early 20th century as well as cultural layers dating back to the 15th century, when a so-called sand quarry was in operation.
A new species of orchid, Telipogon diabolicus, was discovered in the course of field research conducted in southern Columbia. The name of this small orchid is a reference to the structure of the gynostemium (reproductive structure created by the fusion of pistil and stamen), which resembles a devil’s face. The previously unknown species was described by Dr Marta Kolanowska and Prof. Dr hab. Dariusz L.
Dr Fina Carpena-Mendez (Oregon State University, Portland, USA) has received a ‘Polonez 1’ grant from the National Science Centre (NCN) to carry out a research project at the UG’s Faculty of Languages. Her academic partner in the Faculty of Languages is Dr Aleksandra Wierucka from the Department of Culture Studies. The project ‒ “Indigenous Youth’s Livelihood Strategies in an Era of Globalization: Mobilities, Knowledges, and Identities” ‒ will be conducted until 2018 in Poland, Mexico and Ecuador.
On 16 April 2016, Dr Kamila Bielawska from the UG’s Department of Finance and Financial Risk and Dr Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak (Institute of Statistics and Demography, Collegium of Economic Analysis (Warsaw School of Economics/SGH)) presented before the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission (DG ECFIN) the results of a research project financed by the National Science Centre (NCN) entitled “The Retreat from Compulsory Pension Funds in Central-Eastern European Countries as a Reaction to Financial and Fis
The installation of a new Tecnai G2 Spirit BioTWIN transmission electron microscope by FEI, together with equipment for cryo-preparation and 3D tomography, is currently under way at the Laboratory of Electron Microscopy of the UG’s Faculty of Biology. It is due to replace its well-worn predecessor, a CM100 by Philips, purchased in 1993.