INSTITUTE of PHYSICS PAS
Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences as a scientific establishment has well defined scientific aims. Consequently the strategic aims concerning the international student and staff mobility have to be consistent with Institute policy and main priorities.
The Institute as an institution which is well recognizable in the world of science has a well developed network of international contacts. It collaborates with well known European, American and Japanese research centers. The development of these contacts was conducted during more than half a century, mainly by interpersonal contacts between our staff and the staff of foreign institutions. However the choice of the collaborating partners was always made according to a most important criterion, namely the scientific status of the partner. This criterion will also be operative in the future.
In our strategy for choosing partners the geographical area does not play an important role. The institutions in the European Union are the most convenient from the point of view of mobility organization, however this is not a decisive factor.
The Institute is well equipped with very modern scientific instrumentation. However, as is the case of most scientific units in the world there are instruments that we do not have at our disposal. Thus, due to educational reasons, the main part of mobility of interest to our students and staff are short duration (one week - two months) training visits in foreign laboratories where the younger people may become familiar with the most modern research apparatus. In our Institute, apart from experiments which are associated with the main area of scientific activity, there are also theoretical groups. The learning of new theoretical approaches to different problems in places of the highest scientific calibrel is also important for the Institute's development. Institute has also number of experienced scientists which are specialists in different branches of physics. The majority of them were in the past or are presently lecturers, mainly at Warsaw universities but also at foreign
universities. They may deliver lectures devoted to topics in which they are recognized specialists.
Concerning the offer to the incoming visitors the Institute has no accreditation to confer the Master of Science degree. However, we are able to offer facilities and scientific tutoring during the preparation of the MSc thesis.
The main educational activity of the Institute, is the 3rd cycle, 4 year International PhD Studies (IPhDS). For many years the number of students fluctuated around 60 - 70 persons. There is no limitation due to country, race, religion, gender, etc. Basically there are only two conditions which should be satisfied to become a student at IPhDS: to have a Master of Science scientific degree (or equivalent) and to pass the qualification interview.
The studies in the Institute commence on the 1st of October. Usually there are two dates of qualification interviews which are announced well in advance on the web page http://info.ifpan.edu.pl/msdifpan/Studium/Info_for_candidates.html.
The qualification interview is conducted by a committee consisting of at least 4 members and including one of the Directors of the Institute and the Head of the IPhDS. The applicant should show the main results of his MSc thesis and answer questions concerning the thesis and general physics. The Institute helps with the visa process (if necessary) by issuing the necessary supporting documents. After acceptance, most of the students are financially supported by scholarships. Part of a small hotel owned by the Institute is reserved for students of IphDS.
During PhD studies apart from teaching experimental techniques, theoretical methods, skill of presenting the obtained results, a great emphasis is put on contacts with other scientific units, in Poland and abroad.
The Institute organize regular advanced courses of physics concerning mainly condensed matter physics and optics: these are seminars, laboratory work, participation in local and international conferences, workshops and schools and courses of foreign languages. In order to obtain complete education at the level of PhD in science the necessity of study through personal visit in foreign laboratories is obvious and welcome as well.
The Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences was established in 1953. A large part of our senior staff started work in the Institute in the seventies. In view of the future of the Institute there is an urgent necessity to educate new staff which will continue the scientific research. The international cooperation, visits in foreign laboratories, and contacts with scientists visiting our Institute are all very important factors which help with this aim of crucial importance.
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