September 22, 2016
On September 28, 2016—after the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s historic trip to Alaska—the US Administration will host the first-ever Arctic Science Ministerial. Poland will be represented by the Vice-Minister of Science, Prof. Teresa Czerwińska. Head of the Centre for Polar Studies – prof. Jacek Jania also will be attending in the meeting.

The White House Arctic Science Ministerial will bring together ministers of science, chief science advisors, and other high-level officials from countries around the world, as well as representatives from indigenous groups, to expand joint collaborations focused on Arctic science, research, observations, monitoring, and data-sharing. The goals of the event are to advance promising, near-term science initiatives and create a context for increased international scientific collaboration on the Arctic over the longer term.

Specifically, the Ministerial will focus on four key themes:

  1. Arctic Science Challenges and their Regional and Global Implications; 
  2. Strengthening and Integrating Arctic Observations and Data Sharing; 
  3. Applying Expanded Scientific Understanding of the Arctic to Build Regional Resilience and Shape Global Responses; 
  4. Arctic Science as a Vehicle for STEM Education and Citizen Empowerment. 

Detailed information is available at:

September 21, 2016
IASC Fellowship Program – application call
The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with theAssociation of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), invites Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply for the IASC Fellowship Program 2017.

Detailed information about requirements and application process are available at the APECS website.
On-line application form is available at:

For more information about the IASC Fellowship Program, visit

Application deadline: 13:00 GMT, 14 November 2016. 

September 8, 2016
The Northern Sea Route as a Shipping LaneWe present the latest book of the Springer Publishing Company:

Tadeusz Pastusiak

The Northern Sea Route as a Shipping Lane

Expectations and Reality


Sincere congratulations to the author from the Faculty of Navigation, Gdynia Maritime University and research cooperator of the Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia!

Acknowledgments: “(…) The idea to publish my thesis came out from reviewers: Prof. Jacek A. Jania, President of Committee on Polar Research, Polish Academy of Sciences and Head, Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia and Prof. Dr. Tadeusz Palmowski, Head of Department of Geography of Regional Development, Faculty of Oceanography ang Geography, University of Gdańsk. Restarting my research in the far north after the completion of work on board merchant vessels would not be possible without the help and support of Prof. Dr. Piotr Głowacki, Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. (…) Preparation for publication of this book was supported by the Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia – the Leading National Research Centre in Earth Sciences – Sosnowiec, Poland…”

September 8, 2016
PhD student of ISP Marta Bystrowska took part in 5th International Polar Tourism Conference in Akureyri & Raufarhöfn (Iceland) on 28.08-2.09.2016 (report)

August 23, 2016
TheClimatologyofAir-MassandFrontalExtremePrecipitationWe present the latest book of the Springer Publishing Company:

Ewa Łupikasza

The Climatology of Air-Mass and Frontal Extreme Precipitation

Study of meteorological data in Europe


Sincere congratulations to the author!

Acknowledgments: The research was partly financed by the National Research Centre, Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the project no. N 306 2439 39 “Synoptic background of extreme precipitation in Europe and its long-term variability.” This publication has been financed from the funds of the Leading National Research Centre (KNOW) received by the Centre for Polar Studies for the period 2014–2018. I am also immensely grateful to Prof. Joanna Wibig, Prof. Elwira Żmudzka and Prof. Zbigniew Ustrnul for their comments on the manuscript, although any errors are my own and should not tarnish the reputations of these esteemed persons. I would like to express my appreciation to Prof. Tadeusz Niedźwiedź and Prof. Jacek Jania for disscussions and support which enabled me to publish this book. I also would like to thank Paweł Pilch for linguistic support. Thank you.

August 1, 2016
Centre for Polar Studies will be hosted a scientific seminar on the “Importance of calving for the mass budget of Arctic glaciers” with focus on ice mass loss at fronts of tidewater glaciers in a Pan-Arctic scale in the seaside resort Sopot, Poland, 15 – 17 October 2016
The seminar will bring together invited experts on Arctic calving glaciers and mass balance (ca. 20 people) and is open to everyone interested in these issues. The total number of participants is limited to 40 persons.

For more information about the workshop read on the website:

July 20, 2016
The Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and the Head of the Centre for Polar Studies (KNOW) of the University of Silesia in Katowice, are seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Polar Studies at the University of Silesia.

Application is open to the most outstanding young scientists who have a doctoral degree in Earth Sciences or other related sciences, obtained abroad, not earlier than in 2013, on the basis of the dissertation or scientific achievements published in English language.

Job description:
• modelling the dynamics of the frontal zone of tidewater glaciers and the interactions of the glacier with the ocean (MATLAB, Fortran, C++);
• develop the model of glacier calving and performing validation of the model on the basis of observational data;
• collaboration with the team on the issues concerning glaciological modelling;
• the candidate will be required to prepare a grant application in international cooperation and to publish at least two publications (in JCR journals) within the duration of the contract.

Application deadline: August 31, 2016

Detailed requirements and other information is available here

June 14, 2016
The Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and the Head of the Centre for Polar Studies (KNOW) of the University of Silesia in Katowice, The Leading National Research Centre are seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Polar Studies at the University of Silesia [in more detail].

June 6, 2016
We welcome to the new ‘media’ tab, where you can find recording of The invited Lectures on Polar Research. Recently, Professor Antoni Lewkowicz – President of International Permafrost Association, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics University of Ottawa – gave a lecture for the Centre for Polar Studies.

June 3, 2016
the_impact_of_mining_on_the_landscapeWe present the latest book of the Springer Publishing Company:

Renata Dulias

The Impact of Mining on the Landscape

A Study of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin in Poland


Sincere congratulations to the author!

Acknowledgments: The author wishes to express her gratitude to Professors Jacek Jania, Leon Kozacki, Maria Łanczont, Zbigniew Podgórski, Andrzej Świeca and Józef Wojtanowicz, who read and corrected the Polish version of this volume, for their constructive comments.
The publication has been partially finannced from the funds of Leading National Research Centre (KNOW) received by the Centre for Polar Studies of the University of Silesia, Poland.

June 3, 2016
usProgramme of VIII Meeting of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies at Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia, for first academic year, 6-7 June 2016

May 9, 2016
igfProgramme of VII Meeting of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Institute of Oceanology, Sopot, for first academic year, 16-20 May 2016

April 29, 2016
Centre for Polar Studies would like to invite You to the lecture: “Recent and future change in discontinuous permafrost, Canada”  by Prof. Dr. Antoni Lewkowicz – President of International Permafrost Association, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics University of Ottawa, Canada. The lecture will take place on Thursday,  5th May  at 2:00 pm at Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia  ul. Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec.

April 10, 2016
Join for SCAR-COMNAP-APECS Fellowship Application webinar on April 18th at 19:00 UTC. More details:

March 18, 2016


photo: K.Deja


photo: K.Deja


PhD student of ISP Kajetan Deja took part in reaserch cruise on Helmer Hansen ship in the Isfjorden, Kongsfjorden, Magdalenfjorden, Smeerenburgfjorden and in Rijpfjorden (Spitsbergen) on  7-24.01.2016 (report)

March 14, 2016


photo: C.H. Tijm-Reijmer


PhD students of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies: Barbara Barzycka (report), Agnieszka Promińska (report), Leo Decaux (report) oraz Aleksander Uszczyk (report) took part in the Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers & the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology Annual Meeting, Benasque, Spain on 25-27 January 2016.

March 9, 2016
ioProgramme of VI Meeting of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Institute of Oceanology, Sopot, for first academic year, 17-18 March 2016

March 1, 2016
usProgramme of V Meeting of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies at Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia, for first academic year, 7-8 March 2016

January 7, 2016
usProgramme of IV Meeting of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies at Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia, for first academic year, 19-22 Jan 2016

December 22, 2015
Krzysztof Senderak (PhD candidate of the ISP) took part in the international conference on the alluvial fans and depositional environments: 5th International Conference on Alluvial Fans at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand on 30.11–4.12.2015 read report.

December 17, 2015
Agnieszka Promińska (PhD candidate of the ISP) took part in the third AWAKE-2 Meeting on 03-04 December 2015 at Institute of Oceanology PAS in Sopot, Poland. The aim of the Polish-Norwegian AWAKE-2 project (Arctic Climate System Study of Ocean, Sea Ice and Atmosphere interactions) is to understand the interactions between the key components of the climate system in the Svalbard area. In total, the meeting was attended by 23 participants from Poland and Norway, representing scientific fields of Cryosphere, Atmosphere and Ocean and we also had pleasure to host researchers from Spain. More in report.

December 2, 2015
ioProgramme of
III Meeting of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Institute of Oceanology, Sopot, for first academic year, 9-11 Dec 2015

November 18, 2015 
Three PhD candidates: Marta Bystrowska,  Daniel Kępski and Oskar Lipiński from Center for Polar Studies (Poland) participated in the 1st Central European Polar Meeting which was held in Vienna on 10 to 13 November 2015. See report.

November 11, 2015

igfProgramme of II Meeting of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Institute of Geophysics, Warsaw, for first academic year 16-18 November 2015

October 30, 2015
The inauguration ceremony of the 2nd academic year of the Interdisciplinary Polar Studies took place on 23 October.

Prof. Jacek Jania – Head of Centre for Polar Studies welcomed all guests and officially opened the inauguration ceremony. (photo:L.Kolondra)

Prof. Jon Ove Hagen – Member of the International Scientific Board congratulated activities of the Centre for Polar Studies. (photo:L.Kolondra)

President of the Polish Polar Consortium – Agnieszka Kruszewska gave speech wishing the Centre a lot of success for the future. (photo:L.Kolondra)

The matriculation of the new PhD students of the Interdisciplinary Polar Studies was conducted by the Rector Prof. Ryszard Koziołek. (photo:L.Kolondra)

Aleksander Uszczyk on behalf of 1st year PhD students thanked for the opportunity of studying in unique place. (photo:L.Kolondra)

New Master students of the Exploration of Polar and Mountain Areas were introduced by Dr. Bogdan Gądek .(photo:L.Kolondra)

Prof. Tymon Zielinski from Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences gave the first lecture in the academic year 2015/2016: “Aerosols without limits”. (photo:L.Kolondra)
















On 21-23 October, also held the first meeting of Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in the academic year 2015/2016.

Barbara Barzycka reported the first meeting in year of 2015/2016 for 1st year of ISP).

October 29, 2015


fot. Michał Jasiulewicz



We are pleased to inform that the members of the Management Board of the Centre for Polar Studies have received “Bene Merito” award of honour. This award is given as an acknowledgement of services that contribute to strengthening Poland’s status in the international arena. Relation from ceremony of awarding badges at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is available on the website.

October 7, 2015
Dr. Joanna Szafraniec would like to report on her postdoctoral training stay at the Institute of Earth Sciences, the University of Iceland in Reykjavik combined with a field study trip. Read more.

September 21, 2015
In period 15.08-3.09 dr eng. Małgorzata Błaszczyk took part in glaciological field works in Hornsund Fiord. Studies were conducted under umbrella of two projects: “Awake-2, Arctic climate system study of ocean, sea ice and glaciers interactions in Svalbard area” and “Terrestrial radar interferometry for monitoring tidewater glaciers in Ny-Ålesund and Hornsund” granted by Research Council of Norway (Svalbard Science Forum).
Studies of the dynamics of tidewater glaciers were curried mainly on the front of Hansbreen. Two modern instruments: laser scanner Riegl VZ 6000 (cooperation with Laser-3D Jacek Krawiec) and Terrestrial radar interferometr – Gamma Portable Radar Interferometer – GPRI2 (cooperation with NORUT in Tromso) were used in the field works. Laser scanner data allowed monitoring of dynamics changes on cliff and at the frontal part of glacier. 3D data, collected as “cloud points” will be further used for detailed cliff fluctuations, surface velocities and calving flux of glacier. Whilst interferometric data collected every 3 minutes will provide surface velocities of glacier front with very high temporal resolution. For validation of data acquired with terrestrial remote sensing methods additional dGPS measurements were curried on Hansbreen glacier front. Moreover, position of ablation stakes on fronts of Hansbreen and Hornbreen mounted in previous years were measured and removed as the AWAKE-2 projects is terminating.
Unique data collected during summer campaign allow for realization of Awake-2 tasks such as clarification of key factors determining calving intensity and tidewater glaciers front dynamics, estimation of freshwater outflow from tidewater glacier in form of icebergs and collection of new data on interannual and seasonal glacier front velocities and position changes.


photo:  P.Krężel


photo:  M.Błaszczyk


photo: M.Błaszczyk

September 14, 2015


Photo: W.Dobiński

August 23, 2015
Fieldwork research on permafrost in Hornsund area – summer season 2015
Expedition of the research group carrying out the project NCN “Glacier – permafrost interaction as an environmental continuum between glacial and periglacial domain in Tarfala (Scandinavia) and Hornsund area, Spitsbergen” takes place in late August and early September 2015. In the expedition participate: Wojciech Dobiński PhD. as a project manager and the members for the first time taking part in a scientific expedition to Spitsbergen: Michał Glazer M.Sc. and Damian Kula B.Sc.

Thanks to funding from the KNOW it was possible to familiarize and train new apprentices in polar research environment of the Spitsbergen Arctic, and test modern equipment for resistivity imaging method in these conditions.Field studies are focused on the use of electrical resistivity imaging methods in two main directions of research. The first aim is to determine the extent and prevalence of geophysical properties of permafrost in the area between the seashore and mountain slopes. The second direction is to determine the relationship between retreating Hans Glacier – in its part resting on the ground, and the permafrost that covers the glacier forefield. So far, eight electroresistivity profiles were made on Fuglebergsletta with length of 20 to 700 meters, in a diverse terrain conditions and coverage of the plain.

We still have to complete the works in the Fuglebergsletta area and carrying out measurements on the Hansbreen glacier forefield. The results are interpreted on a regular basis which allows us to modify the approach to conducted fieldwork. Their final development will take place after returning to the country.

July 15, 2015
On July 21 (Thursday) at 10:00 am, in 110 room (Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec), we invite to open lecture: ‘GIS and Society: Nordic and European NGO projects’ presented by guest of Centre for Polar Studies: Prof. Dr. Þorbjörg Kjartansdóttir Adjunct, University of Iceland.

June 16, 2015
Centre for Polar Studies (KNOW – Leading National Research Centre) in Poland announces call for applications for the postgraduate (PhD) Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Earth Sciences .
Deadline: 15th August 2015 r.
More information at:

May 27, 2015
June 11 (Thursday) at 10:00 am, in 110 room,  we invite to open lectures presented by guests of Centre for Polar Studies:

March 13, 2015
PhD student of Centre for Polar Studies Anna Pouch participated in2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting; Aquatic sciences: global and regional perspectives – north meets south. See report.

March 11, 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Ecosystem Studies
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) jointly invite applications for a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow position to participate in the study focused on understanding interactions between physical and marine biogeochemistry components of the Arctic System… >>Read more<<

March 5, 2015
On 8-14 February three representatives from Poland participated in 1st European Snow Science Winter School in Sodankylä (Finland)Bartłomiej LuksDaniel Kępski and Michał Laska  were supported by Centre for Polar Studies KNOW (Leading National Research Centre). Main goal of the workshop was to learn both modern and classical snow measurement techniques and instruments. See report.

February 5, 2015
Kaja Ostaszewska – PhD student of ISP participated in the Young Scientist Forum Workshop (BIO-8516) – Lofoten 2015. After the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, 22 young scientists from different countries (Russia, Great Britain, Greece, Norway, USA, Poland, Finland, Germany, etc.)  sailed by coastal steamer “Kong Harald” to Svolvaer / Lofoten.

January 31, 2015
PhD student of ISP – Mikołaj Mazurkiewicz participated in the Mare Incognitum cruise aboard r/v Helmer Hanssen on 4-16 January 2015. We encourage to read the raport and see the photos  as well as to look at the blog of the Marine Night project:

January 7, 2015
Our PhD student – Agnieszka Promińska participated in the IASC Workshop: Greenland Ice Sheet/Ocean interaction (GROCE), which was held on 8-9 December 2014. The meeting took place in Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany. Read the summary report of IASC/CliC-sponsored workshop.

December 17, 2014
On 17th October to 3rd November our graduate student – Kinga Wenglorz had an honor to visit Reykjavik, Iceland thanks to financial support from the Centre for Polar Studies. The aim of her visit was to collect data for Master’s Thesis – “Spatial development of Reykjavik, Iceland in the 20th century (analyzed by the GIS methods)”. See Kinga’s report.


Landing in Iceland (photo: K.Wenglorz)


View from Reykjavik city pond – Tjörnin (photo: K.Wenglorz)


Reykjavik city development – compiled by K.Wenglorz

November 21, 2014

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PhD students of the Interdisciplinary Polar Studies (photo: A. Sikora)



November 7, 2014 was held the inauguration ceremony of the Interdisciplinary Polar Studies at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia (welcome to photos).

fot. Agnieszka Sikora

Prof. Jon Ove Hagen from the University of Oslo, Doktor Honoris Causa of  the University of Silesia (photo: A. Sikora)




Prof. Dr. Jon Ove Hagen,  world-famous glaciologist from the University of Oslo, Dr. Honoris Causa of the University of Silesia gave the inaugural lecture: “Global glaciers and sea-level changes”.




Management Board of the Centre for Polar Studies meeting (fot. E. Majchrowska)

Międzynarodowa Rada Naukowa Centrum Studiów Polarnych

International Scientific Board of the Centre for Polar Studies meeting (photo: E. Majchrowska)

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The Management and International Scientific Board members of the CSP in Guido Mine (photo: guide)

September 22, 2014

September 21, 2014
The results of the interviews will be tomorrow :)


September 06, 2014
List of qualified persons for interviews

August 22, 2014

August 6, 2014 



THE CENTRE FOR POLAR STUDIES won the competition and obtained the status KNOW in the field of Earth Sciences for 2014-2018 !!!
The Centre was created by the three leading Polish institutions in the Arctic research: University of Silesia (The Leader of the Centre), Institute of Geophysics and Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences . It is an important step towards consolidation of polar research and postgraduate studies in the field of polar science in Poland . Scientists from the institutions are well known within the Arctic research scientific communities thus guarantee high standars of polar studies in Poland with wide international cooperation. The official ceremony organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Educatiuon was held in Warsaw on 14th May 2014.

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