Social Program

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

17:00 – 18:00 Excursion to the National Laboratory of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (on site)

National Laboratory of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (KL FAMO) is scientific unit focused on experimental physics. All scientific instruments in KL FAMO are unique devices in Poland (couple of them are unique in the scale of the World) and they are available for all local scientific groups and also for researchers from other scientific and educational institutions. Researchers in KL FAMO are working on:

  • Optical Atomic Clock
  • BEC of Rubidium atoms
  • Hg-Rb photoassociation
  • Ion traps
  • Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy
  • Experimental Quantum Optics

Read more about National Laboratory of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics:


18:20 – 22:00 Astronomical Observatory in Piwnice near Torun (bonfire and sightseeing of the radio and optical telescopes)

Torun Centre for Astronomy (TCfA) is a part of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. It was created by an union of Torun Radio Astronomy Observatory (TRAO) and Institute of Astronomy (IA) on January 1st 1997. It is located at Piwnice, 15 km north of Torun, Poland. The TCfA is composed of two departmes Radioastronomy and Astronomy & Astrophysics.

The main instrument of the TCfA is a 32-metre radio telescope (RT-32), a unique structure of this kind in Central-Eastern Europe. The telescope is a vital element of the European VLBI Network. Research groups working with the RT-32 telescope are involved in several international scientific and development projects. The major research activities are studies of  quasars, radio galaxies, interstellar masers, solar and extra-solar planetary systems.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

18:00 – 19:00 Public talk of Dariusz C. (Darek) Lis in the Old Town Hall:
“Building stars, planets and the ingredients for life in space”



Darek Lis has been a professor of physics at UPMC in Paris and the director of LERMA since June of 2014.

LERMA is the second largest scientific department of the Paris Observatory, the largest national research center for astronomy in France and one of the funding members of PSL. The laboratory carries out fundamental research in cosmology and early universe, formation and evolution of stars and galaxies, dynamics of the interstellar medium and stellar plasmas, astrochemistry, laboratory astrophysics, submillimeter instrumentation and remote sensing.

LERMA has been closely involved, at the scientific and technical level, in several recent far- infrared space missions, including Herschel, Planck, and Rosetta. It is currently building heterodyne instrumentation for the JUICE mission.

Darek Lis obtained his PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1989. He spent his subsequent scientific career at Caltech, where he was a Senior Research Associate in Physics from 1998 to 2015. Between 2009 and 2014 he served as the Deputy Director of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory.

Darek Lis’ research interests include high-resolution molecular spectroscopy of the solar system objects and the interstellar medium, from the Milky Way to the high-redshift Universe. Using ground-based and space-borne submillimeter facilities, including the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory and the Herschel Space Observatory, he has studied molecules and their isotopic ratios as tracers of the physical conditions and chemistry in the interstellar medium and the origin of Earth’s water. He received NASA Group Achievements Awards in 2010 and 2014.

To see the abstract of Darek Lis talk – click here.

The public talk will be held in the centre of the Old City Market Square, the monumental Old City Town Hall. The Old City Town Hall is one of the biggest and most magnificent buildings of its kind in Europe. It is a monument to Toruń’s glory as the former trade empire of Hansa. It was built under the privilege of the Teutonic Grand Master Conrad von Wallenrode in the late 14th century, i.e. when the medieval Old City of Toruń was at the peak of its prosperity.

19:15 – Conference dinner in the city center

Conference dinner will be held in Collegium Maximum UMK (address: plac Rapackiego 1, Toruń) in the city center of Torun.

Aleksander Jabłoński Foundation
ul. Grudziądzka 5/7
87-100 Toruń, Poland


Phone: +48 796 793 189
Fax: +48 56 622 53 97