New international partnerships at the faculty
Dr hab. Edyta Kalińska-Nartiša and dr hab. Piotr Hulisz with dr hab. P.rzemysław Charzyński, NCU professors became the laureates of the competition for international partnerships (emerging fields) organized as a part of "Excellence Initiative - Research University" program.
The aim of Edyta Kalińska’s project (EF Global environmental changes) is to strengthen the international cooperation between two geo-departments: Department of Geology, Lund University, Sweden and Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, who carry similar research interest about firm establishing the time of diagnostic markers in the geological past with a special focus at the optically stimulated luminescence dating (OSL) method. This cooperation has been already set because E. Kalińska worked at Lund University twice (in years 2014-16) along with short laboratory visits in years 2016-20. The next step is to make this cooperation even stronger by increasing a number of processed samples, speeding up their procedure and raising the publication record with Prof. Helena Alexanderson, the lab’s head. This will be possible through several ca. 2-week lab visits in years 2021-23, brainstorming about the problematic samples that mostly come from the glacial megaflood sediments in NE Poland along with planned Q1 and Q2 publications.
The project of Piotr Hulisz and Przemysław Charzyński (EF Soil science, microbiology, agricultural genetics and food quality) is focused on the development of cooperation with the Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Seoul, South Korea. Contacts with soil scientists from this University, especially with prof. John Kim, who is also the chairman of the International Union of Soil Sciences SUITMA (Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic and Mining an Military Areas) working group, has started many years ago and the combination of different experiences and research potential of partners is undoubtedly a good starting point for the development of a new approach in the study of threats to the urban environment at various scales (it is possible thanks to the analysis of urban centers of various sizes, e.g. in Toruń and Seoul), with particular emphasis on identifying problems related to the accumulation of plastics in soils. It is currently one of the newest and very important research trends in the world. The following activities are planned in the period from 2021 to 2023 under this project: bilateral research visits, organization of an two editions of the annual international SUITMA Seminar in Toruń (January 2022 and January 2023) to disseminate joint research achievements and publication of joint articles in renowned research journals.
The European Union under the “EU4Belarus: Solidarity with the people of Belarus” programme is launching a call for proposals for EU4Belarus – SALT (Support for Advanced Learning and Training) scholarships for Belarusian students who are already studying at universities in Lithuania, Latvia,Czechia, and Poland, as well as for those who will start their studies in the academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23.
The scholarship is available for the entire period of study at the bachelor's or master’s level and is worth 450 EUR per month paid from September to June. Additionally, a one-time reimbursement of travel expenses will be provided. Students of Lithuanian, Latvian, Czech, and Polish universities and those who have applied for the academic year 2021/22 and fulfil at least one of the following criteria may apply:
- Those who have suffered repression during the protests related to the 2020 presidential election and have been forced to leave Belarus;
- Those experiencing financial difficulties or who does not have enough funds to live in one of the four countries listed;
- Those who have a disability.
Application deadline is September 6, 2021.
Please find more information and a list of required documents at http://eu4belarus.info
“EU4Belarus: Solidarity with the People of Belarus” is a set of special measures adopted by the European Union in response to the political crisis following the presidential elections in Belarus. Its overall objective is to contribute towards reinforcing resilience to achieve civic empowerment and sustainable economic growth in Belarus. The EU4Belarus – SALT programme is administered by the Central Project Management Agency and implemented in cooperation with the Education Office at Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s cabinet.
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Conference „Plant productivity and food safety: Soil science, Microbiology, Agricultural Genetics and Food quality” (15-17.09.2021 r.)
On behalf of the organizers we have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the international Conference „Plant productivity and food safety: Soil science, Microbiology, Agricultural Genetics and Food quality” which will be held virtually from 15.09 to 17.09.2021. We also offer online GIS workshops on satellite image analysis in QGIS and mapping the plant species distribution and diversity.
Detailed information can be found here.
More information about the Conference is available on:
dr Andreas Börner at Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management
We are happy to announce that dr Andreas Börner has joined to our community. From the academic year 2020/2021, dr Börner conducts classes entitled: Natural resources and education for sustainable development in Germany in the field of Spatial and Geo-management at Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management.
Andreas Börner is a a highly competent geoscientist with experience of working both independently and collaboratively. His special objectives are Quaternary geology, mineral resources and geotourism. Since 2002 he got a scientific position in Geological Survey of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with focus on geological investigations of drillings and geological mapping.
Cordially welcomes you in our community!
Prof. Teemu Makkonen at Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management
We are happy to announce that prof. Teemu Makkonen has joined to our community. From the academic year 2020/2021, prof. Makkonen conducts classes entitled: Innovation and entrepreneurship in rural development in the field of Spatial and Geo-management at Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management.
Prof. Eleonra Grilli at Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management
We are happy to announce that prof. Eleonora Grilli has joined to our community. Since the academic year 2020/2021, prof. Grilli conducts on-line classes entitled: Traditional and modern techniques of soil management and reclamation in the field of Spatial and Geo-management at Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management.
Share Your Soils
Higher education is currently facing a huge challenge related to the 'Z' generation, the 'digital natives', who expect universities to make extensive use of mobile technologies and gamification.
The answer to such needs in the field of soil and environment sciences education is the project Share Your Soils (SYStem) prepared by dr hab. Marcin Świtoniak (coordinator) and dr hab. Przemysław Charzyński from the Department of Soil Science and Landscape Management of the Nicolaus Copernicus University. The application received a total of 88 points out of 100 and was the highest rated project out of 50 submitted, thanks to which it obtained funding in the Erasmus + Action 2 Strategic Partnerships competition. It will be implemented by a consortium of specialists from 10 universities from 8 countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia and Spain) with research and teaching experience in soil science issues in various regions of Europe.