On 9 September between 5.00 and 7.00 p.m., a colourful nad festive procession of actors and other performers will march through the streets of Kraków. Dancing, music and acrobatic feats will liven up the celebrations of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus as well as the act of inscribing the Kraków Old Town on the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites.
Grand finale of the World Copernican Congress
From 12 to 16 September 2023, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń will host the final stage of the World Copernican Congress. Historians, cultural experts, literary scholars and astronomers will gather to discuss the state of research on the life and work of the eminent scientist and astronomer and his impact on the development of science, culture and the arts.
Nicolaus Copernicus and the Jagiellonian University on Kraków postcards and postage stamps from Poland and around the world
To mark the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Jagiellonian University Museum hosts an exhibition of postcards and stamps related to the great astronomer from the collection of Prof. Aleksander B. Skotnicki.
Małopolska Researcher’s Night 2023
Is science for scientists only? Of course not! It can be viewed as a hobby, a method of personal growth, a way of seeing the world and acquiring valuable knowledge. Like every year, on the last Friday of September we invite everyone to join us in lecture halls an laboratories during the Małopolska Researchers Night.
The World Copernican Congress is organised by Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn and the Polish Academy of Science Institute of History. Discussion panels will be held in Toruń, Kraków, Olsztyn, and then again in Toruń.
He stopped the Sun and moved the Earth. Motion comic about Copernicus
Learn more about the great astronomer's life by watching a short motion comic.
What don’t we know about Copernicus?
The first in a series of three debates organised within the framework of Big Questions in Kraków. A group of experts was asked what we know and what we still don’t know about Nicolaus Copernicus: his background, research, philosophical views and private life.
Jan Matejko’s ‘Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God’
Learn more about the first painting by a Polish artist to be displayed in one of the most important British cultural institutions – the National Gallery in London.
Learn with Copernicus: How does the astrolabe work?
Young student Nicolaus Copernicus tells the story of the mysterious astronomical device, the astrolabe, and explains how it works. Watch a short animated movie by the JU Museum.
Did Copernicus know about the discovery of America?
Did the famous astronomer know about the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus? What is the relationship between geography and astronomy? Listen to a podcast by JU Museum Collegium Maius.
Copernicus in our culture: between an icon and a meme
The third in a series of three debates organised within the framework of Big Questions in Kraków. What aspects of Copernican heritage are stored in our collective memory? In the age of social media, is Copernicus a mythical figure or a meme?
The future of astronomy
The second in a series of three debates organised within the framework of Big Questions in Kraków, in which researchers discussed the future of astronomy and cosmology in the coming years and decades. Should we expect a revolution comparable to the one started by Copernicus?
Copernicus and imagination
A lecture delivered by Prof. Bartosz Brożek at the opening of the academic year 2022/2023.
In the footsteps of Copernicus: a tour of Kraków
Nicolaus Copernicus studied in Kraków and he frequently returned here. The capital of the Małopolska voivodeship is filled with priceless treasures connected to the astronomer. Just by walking around Kraków’s Old Town one can see the intellectual and material heritage that Nicolaus Copernicus has left behind.
Copernicus’ Treasury is a room in JU Museum Collegium Maius. It houses items that remind us of the great astronomer. Some of the exhibits are related to little known facts about Nicolaus Copernicus’ life. Copernicus’ Treasury is part of the JU Museum Collegium Maius and is available for visiting throughout the year.
W Collegium Maius UJ odsłonięto tablicę upamiętniającą Mikołaja Kopernika
W przejściu wiodącym z ulicy Jagiellońskiej na dziedziniec najstarszego budynku Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego odsłonięto tablicę przypominającą, że w tym budynku w latach 1491-1495 studiował najsłynniejszy wychowanek naszej uczelni. Uroczystość stanowiła symboliczne zamknięcie krakowskiej części Światowego Kongresu Kopernikańskiego.
The World Copernican Congress bears more scientific fruit
On 12 September, the last part of the World Copernican Congress, which takes place during the 550th anniversary of the birth of the world-famous astronomer, began at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. During the opening ceremony of the Toruń part of the event, a letter of intent was signed regarding the establishment of the International Copernican Research Centre.
Kraków celebrations of the World Copernican Congress begin in JU Auditorium Maximum
Nicolaus Copernicus, a polymath with an impressively large scope of interests in various branches of science, a distinguished scholar numbering amongst the most important thinkers in the history of the world, was born in 1473 in Toruń, began his studies in 1491 in Kraków, and spend forty years of his life in service to his fellow countrymen in Warmia and Olsztyn. Three Polish higher education representing these regions – the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, together with the Polish Academy of Science Institute of History of Science, celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of the great astronomer by organising the World Copernican Congress.
University of Warmia and Mazury begins its part of the World Copernican Congress
The World Copernican Congress is a unique event celebrating the achievements of Nicolaus Copernicus and their impact on science and culture. The opening ceremony of the Olsztyn part took place on 21 June at the Conference Centre of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. The Olsztyn university will for four days host meetings for people interested in discuss and reflect upon the issues related to the great astronomer and protecting his heritage.
The third day of the World Copernican Congress
The programme of the last day of the Kraków part of the World Copernican Congress organised to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of the great astronomer was yet again filled with debates of Polish and foreign experts in the areas of philosophy and economics.
The second day of the World Copernican Congress
During the second day of the World Copernican Congress, its participants could attend a total of eight discussion panels divided into two sections: on philosophy and on economics. Additionally, Mirosław Bochenek from the Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń delivered a lecture entitled T. Gresham, M. Kopernik or N. Oresme? From the history of law of worse money.
W Bibliotece Jagiellońskiej otwarto wystawę poświęconą Kopernikowi
Bezcenne starodruki i rękopisy ze zbiorów Biblioteki Jagiellońskiej, w tym przede wszystkim niezwykle rzadko pokazywany autograf "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium" Mikołaja Kopernika, oglądać można na otwartej 11 maja wystawie, która zorganizowana została dla uczczenia 550. rocznicy urodzin genialnego astronoma i studenta naszego uniwersytetu.
Unique Copernican exhibition in Collegium Maius
To mark the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, a special exhibition curated by Prof. Aleksander Skotnicki entitled 'Nicolaus Copernicus and the Jagiellonian University on Kraków postcards and postage stamps from Poland and around the world' was opened on 26 April in JU Collegium Maius.
24 May: Opening of the Kraków celebrations of the World Copernican Congress
The World Copernican Congress is organised to mark the 550th anniversary of the birth of the great astronomer. An official opening of the Congress will be held on 24 May at 10:00 a.m. in JU Auditorium Maximum, ul. Krupnicza 33, starting with a lecture by Rev. Prof. Michał Heller entitled Nicolaus Copernicus' Theory of Relativity. Following that, there will be two plenary sessions: Empirical Turn in Economics, A Copernican Turn or a Return of the Pendulum? and The (Copernican) Revolution in Economics.
25 May: Second day of the World Copernican Congress in Kraków
The programme of the second day of the Congress: lecture 'T. Gresham, M. Kopernik or N. Oresme? From the history of law of worse money', discussion panels in the philosophical section - 'How Copernicus saw the world?', 'Science and the evolution of worldviews', 'Evolution or revolution: on progress in science', 'The future of science' and in the economic section - 'Fiscal-Monetary Policy Nexus', 'Evolution of the International Financial System', 'The benefits of stabilising and opening Polish economy to exchange' and 'On fixing money – from Copernican theory of money to contemporary issues in monetary and fiscal policies caused by energy and climate crisis'.
26 May: Third day of the World Copernican Congress in Kraków
The programme of last day of the Congress features the following: lecture 'The Anthropic Principle', panel discussions: 'Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life?', 'Macroeconomic prediction. Theory and practice', 'Digital revolution and its consequences for finance and real economy', plenary discussions: 'The Rational Universe' i 'The Human Universe'.