Committee on Cell Biology, The Polish Academy of Sciences
This Committee was established in 1972 on the initiative of W. Niemierko by Lech Wojtczak and Leszek Kuźnicki from the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. Committee participated in advancing cell and molecular studies in Poland by initiating and financing the chosen topics (till 1989), formulating the long-term perspectives, networking and integrating scientists from the universities, medical universities, institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) and other scientific institutions.
The Committee is composed of the members of the Polish Academy of Sciences and elected outstanding scientists of the higher education establishments, research centers of the Polish Academy of Sciences and departmental research units from all over the country.
The main field of interest are the problems related to biological research on eukaryotic cells, their organelles and macromolecules, structures, functions as well as developmental and pathological processes.
Committee’s Chairpersons since 1972: L. Wojtczak, L. Kuźnicki, J. Kawiak, W. Kilarski, W. Korohoda, M. Zabel i E. Wyroba. The Committee propagates EU framework programs and supports the events promoting the science. Committee cooperates with foreign organizations and represents scientific community in contacts with ministries of Science, National Education, different national agencies and legislators.
From 1997 to 2014 Committee suggested several changes in the parliamentary act proposals including those on university and high school education, young scientists support, animal protection act, genetically modified organisms and taxes on scientific journals/books. The initiatives concerning financing of research and academic career were undertaken.
Committee organized and co-organized numerous scientific conferences/symposia and some of them are listed below, whereas the recent are illustrated here
Symposia on Cell Membranes – 6 editions (1978 – 1989, 2008)
International Symposium on Cell Motility – 1978
VI International Congress of Protozoology – 1981
National Conferences on Cell Biology – 8 editions since 1983 (Committee initiated and organized five of them)
Second International School of Cytometry – 1998
Cytometry in Medical Diagnostics – 6 editions (1998 – 2003, 2005, 2009)
Symposium: Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology Techniques – 2000
Biophysics and Biology of Environmentally Important Membrane- active Compounds - 2001
Progress in Basic, Applied and Diagnostic Immunocytochemistry – 2001
Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration and Neuroprotection – 2003
Symposium: Tumors and Anticancer Therapy during the Conference: From Cytometry to Molecular Biology – 2004
16th Meeting of International Society for Evolutionary Protistology – 2006
Symposium: Molecular Mechanisms of Interactions of Normal and Malignant Cells with the Environment – 2007
Membrane Skeleton. Recent Advances and Future Research Directions – 2008
Symposium: Stem cells – Biological, Biochemical and Biomedical Challenges – 2008
Membrane Skeleton. Recent Advantages and Future Research Directions – 2008
Jubilee Symposium on the occasion of 90th Anniversary of Nencki Institute and 80th Birthday of Professor L. Kuźnicki: "Homo is he always sapiens?" A Man from Different Perspectives – 2008
The Challenges of Contemporary Cell Biology Molecular Genetics, System Biology, Bioinformatics – 2009
IV. Biogerontological Meeting at the Nencki Institute – From Development to the Ageing of the Organism – 2009
Symposium: Calcium and Gene Expression in Differentiation – 2010
From Plasma Membrane to the Nucleus – Signaling Pathways Indispensable for Life – 2010
Advances in Haematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy – 2011
Cell Biology in the last half-century - 2012
Mammalian Embryology Conference Celebrating Pioneering Work of Professor Andrzej K. Tarkowski - 2013