Seminar CeNT 5.03.2021
01 marca 2021

The Centre of New Technologies invites to a webinar by

Marta Szulkin, PhD,

 Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw

Title: Life on our Doorstep – Urban Ecology & Evolution

Date: 5th March 2021 (Friday)

Time: 12:00 pm (Central European Time)

Host: prof. Joanna Trylska

Virtual seminar:

Meeting ID: 840 1324 5889

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Abstract:  By 2050, 7 out of 10 people will be living in urban areas. Urban space is thus of intrinsic interest to humans worldwide, biologists included. It is also an environment with radically altered ecological dynamics relative to original natural habitat. Here, I will present evidence illustrating the profound effects of urbanisation on wildlife. First, I will set the scene by discussing methodological strengths and challenges of capturing environmental and biological variation in an urban setting. Second, I will show how city life affects the phenotype, microbiota and fitness in a gradient of urbanisation in the city of Warsaw, Poland, and discuss estimates of selection differentials quantified in low and highly urbanised environments. Third, I will discuss the concept that urban environments represent globally replicated, large-scale disturbances to the landscape, thereby providing an ideal opportunity to study parallel evolution in natural populations. By using great tits (Parus major) and blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) as study systems, I will present data on the effect of urbanisation in a suite of biological traits measured in a replicated framework of 8 cities. Finally, I will close off by discussing how cities represent a fascinating frontier for investigating parallel evolution across the Tree of Life.

An announcement for PhD student positions

Project Manager – prof. Karol Grela (Head of Organometallic Synthesis Laboratory, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw) is looking for candidates to work in a scientific project: „Unorthodox concepts in olefin metathesis”, programme Maestro supported by National Science Centre positions: PhD student (2). Deadline for applications: 30 April 2021. For more info see >> pdf

Rector’s information on vaccinations
26 lutego 2021

We would like to inform you that the University of Warsaw authorities have submitted a request to the Ministry of Education and Science to extend COVID-19 vaccinations to the entire academic community of the University of Warsaw, including administrative staff and other employees at the age of 65-70, doctoral candidates and students.

UW Rector



Seminar CeNT 26.02.2021
22 lutego 2021

The Centre of New Technologies invites to a webinar by

Piotr Setny, PhD,

 Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw

Title: Structural determinants of influenza virus fusion peptide activity

Date: 26th February 2021 (Friday)

Time: 12:00 pm (Central European Time)

Host: prof. Joanna Trylska

Virtual seminar:

Meeting ID: 856 2478 4389

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Membrane fusion is necessary for the entrance of influenza virus into host cell. It is mediated by the hemagglutinin protein, whose N-terminal fragments of only 20-23 amino acids length have long been known to induce fusion on their own and are thus called fusion peptides. Accumulated data suggest that influenza fusion peptides adopt kinked structures whose actual bending angle and orientation within the membrane vary depending on a number of subtle factors. One of them are amino acids mutations, in particular those that lead to fusion deficient phenotype. In spite of ongoing efforts, the details of peptide-lipid interactions and their role in membrane fusion remain elusive, hampering our understanding of this key event in viral life cycle.

Using the combination of extensive all atom, explicit solvent molecular dynamics simulations and experimental methods we investigate peptides free energy landscape, lipid order perturbation, and fusion efficacy. We suggest that peptides activity may be directly related to their ability to at least transiently penetrate membrane core, and we demonstrate that this ability is lost as an effect of a known, function-loss W14A mutation. Our findings provide physical interpretation for structure-activity relationships for variants of influenza fusion peptide, thus contributing to understanding of fusion mechanism.

Information on the organisation of vaccinations
19 lutego 2021

We publish the latest information on the organisation of vaccinations against COVID-19 for academic teachers and others conducting classes.

Please be advised that medical facilities providing COVID-19 vaccinations can inform people whose applications were submitted by the University of Warsaw about their vaccinations dates very promptly. These dates can also include Saturdays and Sundays. The University of Warsaw does not influence a vaccination schedule. When coming to a medical facility to get vaccinated, it is needed to take your ID an initial screening interview questionnaire, completed on the day of vaccination. Please check your e-mail, phone calls and text messages (SMS) regularly.

Magdalena Gaczyńska, UW Vaccination Coordinator



Online meeting with Vice-Rector on 22nd February
17 lutego 2021

Prof. Sławomir Żółtek, the University of Warsaw Vice-Rector for Students and Quality of Teaching, will clear up any doubts that might appear regarding the organisation of classes in the coming semester during an online meeting on 22nd February.

On 18th January, the UW Rector issued an ordinance regulating education in the summer semester (starting on 22nd February). The winter semester is coming to an end, followed by the examination session. The organisation of classes in the summer semester still raises many questions.

Prof. Slawomir Żółtek, the Vice-Rector for Students and Quality of Teaching, will strive to explain how education after the winter break will look.

The event which was supposed to take place on 29th January is postponed to 22nd February, 11:00. It will be held on the UW profile on Facebook.

Students can submit their questions by filling in the form which is active until 26th January, at 18:00. Prof. Sławomir Żółtek will answer selected questions during the meeting.

The online meeting will be conducted in Polish. When it is finished, a full transcript of the broadcast in Polish and English will be available. More >>



Make it visible! Promotion and communication project
16 lutego 2021

Dear Students,

Welcome Point and The Volunteer Centre of The University of Warsaw opens up application for the last places in the Make it visible! – series of online workshops on the topics such as promotion and communication, cross-cultural skills and video making. The grand finale of the project will be a preparation of an official video promoting extracurricular activities among the academic community.

When and where?

We will meet every two weeks on Wednesdays afternoons, starting from March up to May.
If you qualify for the workshops, we will send you a link to the meeting platform.

How to join the project?

There is a two-step application process:

1. First, fill in registration form:
Deadline: February 21, 2021 11:59pm (23:59, CET)

2. Secondly, we will invite chosen participants for the online interviews in order to get to know each other and present the details of the project.

In case of any questions please contact us via email:
Also if you would like to join but you’re busy on Wednesdays, please contact us and let us know when you are available.

More information:

Best regards,
Welcome Point & Volunteer Centre of the University of Warsaw


Registration for academic teachers to get vaccinated
15 lutego 2021

We publish a message from the University of Warsaw Rector regarding the registration for COVID-19 vaccinations for academic teachers.

“Dear All,

We are finalising the preparations for the registration for COVID- 19 vaccinations available for academic teachers and others conducting classes at the University of Warsaw.

Due to the Ministry of Education and Science decision, the registration process will begin on 15th February 2021. On Monday, at 8:00 am, academic teachers who meet the criteria, defined by the Ministry of Education and Science, will receive an e-mail with the detailed information on how to register for vaccination.

Other people who conduct classes at UW teaching at the University of Warsaw (including doctoral candidates who are not academic teachers) will be informed about the possibility of registering for vaccination against COVID-19 in a separate announcement.”

UW Rector


Information on COVID-19 vaccinations for academic teachers
12 lutego 2021

On 12th February, the Ministry of Education and Science has published the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccinations. The University of Warsaw is preparing itself to administer the registration process for academic teachers, and other people who conduct classes, who want to get vaccinated. The register will be open to people born after 31st December 1955.

UW chose its coordinator, Magdalena Gaczyńska (Human Resources Office Deputy Director), responsible for collecting data of those who wish to be vaccinated. Her email address: Magdalena.Gaczynska(at)

We are currently waiting for guidelines from the Ministry of Education and Science regarding the scope of data needed to complete the registration form, which will be made available to public and non-public universities.


The general information provided by the Ministry of Education and Science on 12th February: 

  • On 15th February (Monday), the National Information Processing Institute of the National Research Institute (OPI PIB) will provide universities with the registration form. People authorised by a university rector will enter the data.
  • The data will be passed on to the National Health Fund, and then to vaccination centres.
  • Vaccination centres will contact universities to arrange vaccination dates for given groups of teachers collectively from the entire university. 
  • Rectors will select vaccination places from the list of vaccination centres to be indicated by the Ministry of Education and Science. 
  • An academic teacher, working for more than one university or collaborating with more than one university, is entitled to register for vaccination only at one university. The ministry recommends choosing the primary workplace. 


More information is available on the website of the Ministry of Education and Science.



Information on COVID-19 vaccinations
11 lutego 2021

We publish a message of the University of Warsaw Chancellor regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for academic teachers.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I kindly inform you that the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 14 January 2021, Journal of Laws, item 91 (with subsequent changes) is the latest legal act regulating the order of COVID-19 vaccinations, including vaccinations for academic teachers.

Due to this regulation, academic teachers as a group might be vaccinated in Phase 1 of vaccine rollout, after people aged over 60 and school teachers.

Unfortunately, the University of Warsaw has not received any official information on the dates and guidelines for submitting and then registering for vaccinations by now.

We will notify you of any changes regularly. However, we would like to encourage you to follow the official websites of the Ministry of Health.

Yours faithfully,
Jerzy Pieszczurykow
University of Warsaw Chancellor