BestPass is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676480. This project brings together major research groups from leading universities, research institutes and key biotechnology companies constituting a highly innovative and multidisciplinary consortium from 6 European countries and New Zealand. The Best Pass consortia consists of 12 beneficiaries, 7 partner organisations and 5 Advisory Board members. Our University is represented by Dr hab. Katarzyna Hrynkiewicz, prof. NCU. (Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection).
Overall objectives: Plant endophytic microorganisms can improve plant yield and enhance plant tolerance to stresses under experimental conditions, but these effects are often not sufficiently stable for practical application. Hence the question arises on how do we boost the stability and reliability of the positive effects of endophytes in plants?
The overall objectives of the project is to understand the genetic basis of beneficial interactions between crops (tomato, potato, grass) and endophytes and basis of phenotypic plasticity at all interaction levels from the cellular to the field environment. Gain knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of endophytes, including intra and inter-kingdom exchange and distribution of resources (nutrients), signalling and possibly regulation between and inside the partners, the mutual induced production of secondary metabolites and the environmental cues which influence crop-endophyte interactions. The genetic variation and its plasticity in host and microbe will be exploited to establish crop breeding and inoculum production processes for boosting the establishment and stability of plant-microbe mutualisms to benefit crop development and quality, mitigate stress tolerance and insect-pathogen resistance.
BestPass provides an unique opportunity to 15 young researchers through PhD fellowships, secondments, open masterclasses and seminars who will obtain the knowledge and skills needed to develop and utilize new technologies for understanding and using endophytes to improve plant productivity.
Title of doctoral thesis at our Faculty: "Effect of Endophytes in adaptation of plants to salinity"
Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Katarzyna Hrynkiewicz, Department of Microbioogy, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland, firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD student: Bliss Ursula Furtado
Project funding: Boosting Plant-Endophyte Stability, Compatibility and Performance across scales (BestPass, http://bestpass.ku.dk/ ) is an International Training Network (ITN) funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 676480.
E-RIHS PP is a project devoted specifically to the preparation of E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (HS), one of the six new projects which entered the ESFRI Roadmap in 2016, and the only research infrastructure project in the Social and Cultural Innovation section of the Roadmap. E-RIHS will help the preservation of the World’s Heritage by enabling cutting-edge research in HS, liaising with governments and heritage institutions to promote its constant development and, finally, raising the appreciation of the large public for cultural and natural heritage and the recognition of its historic, social and economic significance. E-RIHS PP will last three years. The first two will be used to address governance, financial aspects, legal documents and logistics. This will lead to a business plan ready for application to ERIC, or to another suitable legal form, by 2019. The last year will be devoted to negotiations with stakeholders, based on the agreed instruments, further strategic planning and to start up of activities for entering the transition phase. E-RIHS will hopefully be launched as a standalone European Research Infrastructure in 2021.
Centre for Astronomy of N. Copernicus University is equipped with a 32-metre radio telescope with cryogenic – hence supersensitive – receivers. It is the only facility of this kind and of this class in Central-Eastern Europe. It is a part of the network set up by means of connecting radio telescopes around the globe into a single virtual instrument enabling observations of radio-wave-emitting astronomical objects with a milliarcsecond angular resolution. Such fine resolution attained owing to the so-called very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) is not achievable by any other observational technique used in modern astronomy.
The European radio astronomical observatories are members of the European VLBI Network (EVN), a consortium formed in 1980 and now including a total of 14 institutes. Our observatory is a member of the EVN ever since. For more details, please refer to https://www.evlbi.org/ .
Our activities within the EVN are partly supported by Radionet, a consortium integrating the world-class infrastructures for research in radio astronomy at European level. For more details about Radionet, please refer to https://www.radionet-org.eu/ .
IPERION CH is a consortium of 24 partners from 15 countries that aims at establishing a unique European research infrastructure for restoration and conservation of Cultural Heritage. The unusualness of the project is that it offers to the institutions involved in preservation of Cultural Heritage across Europe the free access to a wide range of high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data and tools for advanced knowledge and innovation in the field, supplemented by an hands-on training camps and doctoral schools. IPERION CH Joint Research Activities are focused on cutting-edge diagnostics for improving above mentioned access services and tools. The consortium foresees promising scientific and technological advancements that can also foster innovation potential and eventually lead to broader impact through involvement of SMEs. IPERION CH JRA address the current needs of the research community, aiming to: (a) advance techniques and instruments for non-invasive stratigraphic analyses, (b) integrate analytical techniques in new portable instruments and imaging devices, optimizing mobile diagnostics, (c) advance diagnostic techniques for efficient monitoring of deterioration and conservation treatments, (d) improve methods for analyses of organic components in historical and archaeological samples, (e) unify digital tools and protocols for storing, re‐using and sharing multi-format scientific cultural heritage data.
Project: Climate of northern Poland during the last 1000 years: Constraining the future with the past (CLIMPOL) is supported by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
Sound information on future climate change is the key scientific basis for climate risk assessment, development of mitigation/adaptation strategies and, ultimately, for planning and decision making at local to global scales. It became evident only recently that uncertainties of future climate projections can be substantially reduced if the climate models are constrained by high-quality paleoclimate data. Long and annually-resolved proxy time series are the only robust means to assess the direction, magnitude and rates of change for forced and unforced climate variability. Studying the last 1000 years is critical. These years mark the boundary conditions for our modern climate system, social organisation, biodiversity and economic structure. Reconstructing spatial variations in the climate over the last millennium holds the key for understanding the natural variability of European climate.
Being a link land and ocean, Arctic fjords are highly vulnerable to warming and are expected to exhibit the earliest environmental changes resulting from anthropogenic impacts on climate. In the Arctic, the inshore boundary of a fjord system is usually dominated by glaciers and seasonal freshwater input while its offshore boundary is strongly influenced by warm oceanic waters. Improved understanding of the fjords-ocean exchange and processes within Arctic fjords is of a highest importance because their response to atmospheric, oceanic and glacial variability provides a key to understand the past and to forecast the future of the high latitude glaciers and Arctic climate.
AWAKE-2 is a continuation and extension of the Polish-Norwegian AWAKE project. The aim of the AWAKE-2 is to understand the interactions between the main components of the climate system in the Svalbard area: ocean, atmosphere and ice to identify mechanisms of interannual climate variability and long-term trends. The main hypothesis is that the Atlantic Water inflows over the Svalbard shelf and into the fjords have become more frequent during the last decades due to changes in the ocean and atmosphere. The integrated effect of these events results in new regimes and changes in atmosphere, ocean, sea ice and glaciers in Svalbard. Furthermore, changes in the cryosphere and geosphere create feedback effects in ocean and atmosphere. The dedicated, multidisciplinary approach to achieve the project’s aims will be adopted by carrying out the coordinated meteorological, oceanographic, glaciological and geophysical observations in Hornsund and on the adjacent shelf and open sea. The synthesis will build on the first AWAKE and combine the new interdisciplinary AWAKE-2 results with other existing data into the new and improved knowledge of the critical interconnections between atmosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere.
“Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology” (PROPHET), aims to address these issues by training a cohort of 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) and 5 young experienced researchers (ERs) in the full gamut of skills required to undertake a career in photonics. The consortium, consisting of 9 academic partners, 4 full industry partners and 2 associate partners (one of whom is industry), are ideally positioned to impart these skills, with world-class expertise ranging from growth and fabrication, through structural and device characterisation and theory, up to instrument assembly and industrial applications. The strong industry involvement in the consortium ensures an application-specific, end-user target for the researchers’ training, and gives each network fellow experience of the industry workplace. The core skills of photonics can be applied across a wide range of applications, and this will be demonstrated by leveraging the same fundamental skills for specific applications in each of the four diverse areas of communications, energy, environment and life science.
Coordinator at NCU: prof. Maciej Wojtkowski
PLATENSO, a project funded by the Seventh EURATOM Research and Training Programme (FP7) on Nuclear Energy of the European Commission, aims 1) to provide a proposal for a European Platform for Socio-Economic matters linked to nuclear technology and 2) to develop recommendations for Research Strategies in EU New Member States (NMS). The consortium consists of nineteen organizations from twelve different countries. The PLATENSO project will help opening up broader research approaches that can build new networks, escape from narrow framing, enrich communication and avoid the compartmentalization of research interests. PLATENSO also aims to improve the prerequisites for future participation in Euratom projects in the countries involved, not only for the project participants but also for research establishments overall. The focus is on social, societal and governance issues. Coordinator at NCU: dr Piotr Stankiewicz
Research project “Towards a Polish Cybercrime Centre of Excellence” is co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime programme of the European Union within the scope of the ISEC Programme. ISEC Programme aims to prevent organized crime and other of its forms, protect and support witnesses and victims of crime. The fight against terrorism, human trafficking, illicit drug and arms trafficking, corruption, child abuse and cybercrime are the main priorities of the ISEC Programme. As part of the research project, in accordance with the decree of the Rector of the NCU of 12 August 2013, the Cybercrime Research Centre, which conducts complex research and education on the broader issue of cybercrime, was established at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the NCU in Torun. The Center is currently engaged in research concerned with the cooperation of Internet service providers with law enforcement in combating crimes against children committed on the Internet. Moreover the CRC cooperates with other institutions, public and private sector in training and educational activities related to the prevention and prosecution of crimes committed using the Internet. Coordinator at NCU: prof. Arkadiusz Lach.