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  • 27 October 2015

    “Enjoying world recognition, you directly contribute to a positive image of Poland abroad with your conduct and top expertise,” Deputy Minister Henryka Mościcka-Dendys said at yesterday’s ceremony to present Polish polar scientists with the Bene Merito honorary awards.

    “For decades the white-and-red flag has flown over Polish research stations in the Antarctic and the Artic. In extremely harsh conditions, those posts carry out the public diplomacy mission by representing Polish science beyond the country’s borders,” she added.

     

    Thanking on behalf of the awardees, Professor Jacek Jania, head of the Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and acclaimed glaciologist and researcher of polar areas, expressed satisfaction that the work of Polish scientists and their contribution to strengthening Poland’s global role had been acknowledged and awarded. “This distinction will encourage us to continue with our work in the future,” emphasised Professor Jania.

     

    Established in 2009, the Bene Merito award of honour is given by the minister of foreign affairs as an acknowledgement of services that contribute to strengthening Poland’s status in the international arena.

     

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    Bene Merito honorary distinctions were awarded to:

    • Dr Agnieszka Beszczyńska-Möller – doctor of oceanographic sciences, assistant professor at the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences;
    • Prof. Krzysztof Birkenmajer – outstanding geologist, the author of over 600 papers, member of 23 research expeditions to Spitsbergen, eight expeditions to the Antarctic and two expeditions to Greenland; co-founder of the Stanisław Siedlecki Hornsund Polish Polar Station on Spitsbergen;
    • Prof. Piotr Głowacki – dr hab. and professor extraordinary of geophysical sciences at the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences; for many years has been responsible for the operation of the Hornsund Polish Polar Station on Spitsbergen;
    • Piotr Graczyk – research fellow and PhD candidate at UiT the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, expert in the political science dimension of the Arctic region;
    • Prof. Aleksander Guterch – full professor at the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences; specialises in the undersea research of lithosphere; initiator and coordinator of seven Polish expeditions to the West Antarctic;
    • Prof. Jacek Jania – head of the Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, full professor at the University of Silesia, glaciologist and researcher of polar areas;
    • Dr Anna Kidawa – doctor of biological sciences and a long-time employee of the Department of Antarctic Biology, member of many expeditions in the H. Arctowski Polish Academy of Sciences station;
    • Dr Michał Łuszczuk – doctor of humanities; works at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and the Department of North European Countries of the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce;
    • Prof. Janusz Pempkowiak – professor of the Earth sciences, long-time director of the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences;
    • Prof. Stanisław Rakusa-Suszczewski – biologist and oceanologist, the author of numerous papers, co-founder of the Polish polar research programme, founder and long-time head of the H. Arctowski Polish Academy of Sciences research station in the West Antarctic;
    • Prof. Paweł Rowiński – dr hab. and professor of the Earth sciences, Vice-President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, long-time director of the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences;
    • Prof. Janusz Symonides – full professor at the University of Warsaw, prominent expert on maritime law, expert on international law, the author of a number of publications on the Arctic;
    • Prof. Andrzej Tatur – dr hab. and professor extraordinary of geological sciences, chair of Environment and Natural Resources Protection at the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Geology, long-time head of the H. Arctowski Polish Academy of Sciences research station in the West Antarctic;
    • Prof. Waldemar Walczowski – dr hab. and professor extraordinary of oceanographic sciences at the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, member and head of many research expeditions on the Oceania research ship;
    • Prof. Piotr Zielenkiewicz – dr hab. and professor extraordinary of biological sciences, director of the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, which includes the Department of Antarctic Biology that runs the H. Arctowski research station in the West Antarctic.

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