On Wednesday, 21 September, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin appointed new members of the Board of the National Science Congress , which includes the most eminent professors. Prof. Jarosław Górniak of Jagiellonian University, creator of the Centre for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies at JU, was elected chairman. The following scientists were also among those who accepted the invitation to the group to debate the future of Polish science: Prof. Jerzy Duszyński – Chairman of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Prof. Michał Kleiber – former Chairman of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Michał Królikowski. Minister Gowin emphasised that he wanted the Board to include both experienced scientists with international renown and young professors.
The main task before the Board of the National Congress of Science is to develop proposals for changes to Polish higher education. The principles of a new law aimed at a comprehensive reform of the higher education are being debated by three independent expert groups chosen in an open competition. Its final form will be presented in September 2017 in Kraków, during the National Congress of Science.
‘The Board of the National Congress of Science is going to be the most important opinion-forming group in a complex undertaking whose aim is to modernise the science and universities in Poland’, declared Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science, Jarosław Gowin, during the nomination ceremony.
The Board will organise programme conferences every three months, which will deal with the main issues of academic life. The meetings will be held at various towns in Poland between October and July 2017. During the first three meetings (in Rzeszów, Toruń and Wrocław), scientists will debate the issue of internationalisation of science and higher education, development of humanities and social science and cooperation with the business sector.
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