Popular science publications

Polar research is a part of our national culture, a showcase of Polish science, and builds the brand and prestige of Poland on an international scale. The activity of Polish polar stations is of great importance here, in particular the Stanisław Siedlecki Polish Polar Station in Hornsund, which runs, inter alia, research in the field of oceanography, geology, geomorphology, glaciology, meteorology, seismology and ecology.

We invite you to read the latest articles created as a part of the EDU-ARCTIC.PL project, carried out by our Institute, financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as a part of the DIALOG program.


Radioactive glaciers

Glaciers are usually perceived as gorgeous, if rather dangerous, white and blue components of polar and high-mountain landscapes. They store fresh water, reflect solar radiation and shape the functioning of marine and land ecosystems. Unfortunately, during the age of man, known as the Anthropocene, they are also becoming dumping grounds, repositories of pollutants, which our civilization generates as it develops.

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 What lurks in glaciers and permafrost

Glaciers provide fertile ground for film productions. In “The Day After Tomorrow” the Earth is suddenly plunged into an ice age; “Snowpiercer” presents a futuristic vision of the world, where the remaining humans live their lives on a train darting across the frozen Earth; and the blood-chilling horror “The Thing” deals with an extraterrestrial "thing", dug out of the ice in Antarctica.

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EDUSCIENCE is the largest innovative project implemented in the field of mathematics and natural sciences, aimed at popularizing these sciences among students. It is co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund. In June 2014, the testing phase was completed in 250 schools across Poland. The project reached students at every educational stage, and its offer was used by both the youngest in grades 1-3 of primary schools, as well as high school and technical students.