Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2014 | Award Amount: 443.72K | Year: 2014

The project Malopolska Researchers Night will be implemented in the years 2014 and 2015 respectively for the eighth and ninth time. The event has already permanently inscribed in the calendar of Malopolska scientific events, enjoying growing from year to year popular among participants and becoming one of the biggest Nights in Europe. In 2013, this event was attended by over 55 thousand people, while in the first year of the project (2007) the event was attended only by 3.5 thousand people. The event program specified in the application is even richer than before it will take over 1 thousand activities, mainly interactive workshops, presentations, demonstrations and experiments as well as shows with the participation of scientists. It is estimated that 60 thousand people will participate in the events in 2014 and 65 thousand people in 2015. Malopolska Researchers Night is to first of all show participants how interesting is the work of scientists and how fascinating they are people. Through fun, in accessible and understandable way for everybody, we want to show that all around us is the science, and that scientists in their laboratories are working every day to make our life better, easier and more modern. The main motto of the project for the years 2014 and 2015 will be to present the successes of Malopolska scientists working in international scientific-research teams. The event will be held in six cities of the Region: Krakow, Tarnow, Nowy Sacz and Niepolomice and - for the first time in 2014 - also in Skawina and Andrychow. In addition, it is planned the live broadcast from selected locations via event website. The program will be prepared by almost 900 researchers, more than 1 600 students, about 120 research groups from more than 30 partners. Thanks to the extensive promotional campaign the information about the event will reach to nearly 3.5 million people each year.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-NIGHT | Award Amount: 193.08K | Year: 2012

The impossible becomes possible on one particular night of the year! On 28 September 2012, all persons participating in Malopolska Researchers Night 2012 will be able to pass through the door of the future to discover the incredible present and go on a breath-taking scientific trip through time and space. Malopolska Researchers Night 2012 will be held in four of the Regions cities/towns: Krakow, Tarnow, Nowy Sacz and Niepolomice. With their huge scientific potential, these centres put Malopolska at the forefront of regional innovation in Poland. Malopolska Researchers Night 2012 is targeted mainly at children and teenagers. We want to show them how fascinating the research work can be. In a fun atmosphere, we will attempt to overcome the traditional stereotype of the researcher as a person whose head is in the clouds and who has little touch with reality. During the Night everybody will have the chance to meet face to face with researchers and see for themselves what fascinating individuals they are: full of passion, having a variety of interests yet dedicated to their work and investing immense efforts in the advancement of science. In 2012, Malopolska Researchers Night will be organised on an unprecedented scale thanks to the involvement of 15 Partners and 24 supporting institutions. 41 locations in Malopolska will be available to the public. Around 80 workshops, 108 shows and demonstrations and over 50 lectures will be hosted by 36 faculties/departments. Researchers will provide tours of as many as 50 laboratories and 19 exhibitions. Nearly 30 competitions and games will await the youngest participants. There will also be a wide choice of accompanying events: 8 theatre and cabaret performances by researchers, a music concert and multimedia shows. Nearly 700 researchers, over 300 students and 50 students associations will take the public on this incredible scientific journey.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-NIGHT | Award Amount: 178.16K | Year: 2011

Malopolska Researchers Night 2011, an event hosted by the regions four cities and towns: Krakow, Tarnow, Nowy Sacz and Niepolomice. On this special Night you will be able to feel like Harry Potter on a journey to meet incredible researchers. On 23 September 2011 Malopolska will go science mad for the fifth year running! The fifth anniversary of Malopolska Researchers Night will not be the only reason to celebrate. The year 2011 will also mark the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the first guinea pig in Europe and the 100th anniversary of Marie Curies Nobel Prize in chemistry. This will be the only night of the year when researchers will turn into excellent actors, directors, musicians, guides to the nooks and crannies of research laboratories, contestants and, above all, incredibly fascinating individuals. Attractions will range from experiments with public participation through innovative demonstrations, experiments, do-it yourself workshops to fascinating discussions, shows, concerts and games. Everybody will find something interesting for themselves. The project attracts huge public interest in the region and beyond (ca. 3,500 participants in 2007, ca.15,000 in 2008, ca. 20,000 in 2009 and ca. 27,000 in 2010). Factors such as the experience of previous years of the project and effective and well-established partnerships within the region are helpful in preparing the event and making it get better and better, year by year. A total of 13 Partners and 22 other organisations will participate in the project As many as approx. 520 researchers will be running activities on the Night with the help of over 240 students. The event will take place in 33 locations throughout Malopolska. The programme of attractions will include 71 workshops, over 150 shows and demonstrations, nearly 30 competitions and games, nearly 50 lectures, 60 guided tours of laboratories, a theatre performance, 4 concerts, 2 cabaret performances and a chemistry musical.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-NIGHT | Award Amount: 178.52K | Year: 2013

In 2013, Malopolska Researchers Night will be organised for the seventh time. Malopolska Researchers Night 2013 will be organised on an unprecedented scale thanks to the involvement of 24 Partners (both consortium and non-consortium members) and 24 collaborating institutions. On 27 September 2013, all present and future lovers of science are invited to join researchers in the four regional towns and cities participating in the project, i.e. Krakow, Tarnow, Nowy Sacz and Niepolomice, and explore the secrets of the research profession or just have fun playing with science. A record number of ca. 700 researchers and ca. 500 students (a total of 1,300!) as well as over 60 students associations have offered to assist with the project. Apart from the Partners participating in previous years of the project, new institutions, faculties and departments have joined this years project. Attractions such as ca. 150 workshops, 180 shows and demonstrations, over 100 lectures and guided tours of nearly 60 laboratories will await those who visit one of the 42 locations participating in Malopolska Researchers Night 2013. Lovers of puzzles will have a choice of ca. 35 competitions and quizzes and children will be invited to ca. 25 games with researchers. Malopolska Researchers Night 2013 will offer an opportunity to demonstrate not only what researchers do at work but also what they do in their free time. There will be exhibitions, theatre plays featuring researchers as actors, meetings and discussions over a cup of coffee and a talk show with researchers. Given the wide and varied programme of attractions, the participation of new institutions and the lessons learned from the six previous years of the project (it attracted 46,000 people last year) it is estimated that over 55,000 people will participate in Malopolska Researchers Night 2013. A professionally prepared and intensive awareness campaign will reach nearly 3 million people with information about the event.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-NIGHT | Award Amount: 149.08K | Year: 2010

If you wish to accompany researchers on an exploration of the mysteries of the world, come to Malopolska on 24 September 2010! On this unique night Malopolska will once again go science mad. Adventures with researchers will take place in three cities of the region: Krakow, Tarnow and Nowy Sacz. Researchers Night will provide a chance to meet and interact with researchers not only in their natural habitat but also in unexpected situations and venues. On this once-in-a-year occasion researchers will take on different personas: those of excellent actors, brilliant directors, guides through the mysterious nooks and crannies of scientific laboratories, sports competitors and geniuses who know the answers to almost any question. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to challenge the stereotypes and promote the image of researchers as a colourful, attractive and creative community. By gaining an insight into the work of researchers, young people will be encouraged to consider a career in research as an alternative to the much-advertised professions in business, entertainment, politics or the media.

Koperska M.A.,Jagiellonian University | Pawcenis D.,Jagiellonian University | Bagniuk J.,Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow | Zaitz M.M.,Jagiellonian University | And 3 more authors.
Polymer Degradation and Stability | Year: 2014

Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is a commonly available tool in laboratories dealing with both degradation of materials and conservation of art objects to evaluate their condition. In this paper FTIR was engaged to study degradation of fibroin included in silk samples (Bombyx mori) artificially aged at various conditions (oxygen, water vapor and volatile organic products) at temperature of 150 °C. The results collected by Attenuated Total Reflectance/Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR/FTIR) were validated by UV/Vis, XRD and SEC analyses. Based on the results, the degradation estimators were verified and classified as: (1) crystallinity defined as ratio of absorbance at 1620 and at 1656 cm-1, A1620/A1656[1], or at 1620 and 1699 cm-1, A1620/A1699[2]; or ratio of areas under fitted curves of band at 1261 and 1230 cm-1, P1261/P 1230[3], (2) oxidation - A1620/A1514 and (3) depolymerization - P1318/P1442. Degradation gauges defined in such a way indicate that upon artificial aging water vapor and oxygen has the most profound impact on the progress of silk degradation. It also indicates that oxygen-lean conditions stabilize silk at elevated temperature. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Kamysz K.,Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow | Wichrowski M.,Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

This work presents a prototype of non-chronological open structure children narrative dedicated for tablets. How will young readers find themselves in this new environment and react to new kind of storytelling experience? Is the notion of “interactivity” just a marketing trick to sell more software and mobile apps or is it a tool that will really support a child’s development?. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.

Staniszewska E.,Jagiellonian University | Malek K.,Jagiellonian University | Kaszowska Z.,Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy | Year: 2013

Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectroscopy is used for the non-destructive analysis of painting materials and ageing compounds in micrometric cross sections of a glass painting. The combination of both techniques in conjunction with imaging/mapping function provides the spatial distribution of chemical components identified in vibrational spectra. The aim of our work is to show the applicability of the FT-Raman mapping technique in the detection of painting materials. We also compare Raman information gained by using two laser excitations at 532 and 1064 nm implemented in microspectrometers with different confocality and spatial resolution. In turn among FT-IR imaging techniques, we compare chemical images recorded in external reflection and attenuated total reflection modes that give chemical images of different size and spatial resolution. Our FT-IR and Raman imaging characterize a number of painting materials such as pigments, binders, fillers as well as degradation products. Raman maps are constructed by using the univariate analysis. In turn, a profile of IR images requires the use of a more complex methodology. Here, we compare FT-IR images of the painting cross sections obtained by using the univariate and hierarchical cluster analysis. We clearly show that the multivariate approach is a powerful tool for the credible construction of IR images, providing the relevant chemical information on the multicomponent stratigraphy of the samples. Moreover, the combination of all the methods allows us to demonstrate their degree of utility for the study on the paint cross sections of the works of art. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Kaszowska Z.,Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow | Malek K.,Jagiellonian University | Panczyk M.,Polish Geological Institute | Mikolajska A.,Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow
Vibrational Spectroscopy | Year: 2013

A series of paint cross sections from an oil painting are studied by attenuated total reflection in conjunction with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). The imaging modes of both methods were employed to show their potential in the detection of various painting materials and their distribution in the paint cross sections. The goal of this work is to evaluate FTIR and SEM-EDX spectroscopy in order to understand the limitations and strengths of both approaches. It has been revealed that both techniques are complementary in the identification of pigments, extenders and binding media used by an artist. FTIR spectroscopy is also a powerful tool in the studies on degradation products that are formed due to ageing or deterioration of works of art. We attempted to identify such secondary products present in the paint cross section. Cadmium oxalate and a high concentration of zinc palmitate/stearate were detected for the first time with the use of ATR-FTIR imaging technique. These results can complement studies on the conservation issue and provide an insight into understanding the mechanisms of chemical processes that appear in art works. Crown Copyright © 2012 Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved .

PubMed | Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow and Jagiellonian University
Type: | Journal: Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy | Year: 2016

This work presents an in-depth study on Raman spectra excited with 1064 and 532nm lasers of lime binders employed in the past as building materials and revealed today as valuable conservation materials. We focus our interest on the bands of strong intensity, which are present in the spectra of all binders acquired with laser excitation at 1064nm, but absent in the corresponding spectra acquired with laser excitation at 532nm. We suggest, that the first group of spectra represents fluorescence phenomena of unknown origin and the second true Raman scattering. In our studies, we also include two other phases of lime cycle, i.e. calcium carbonate (a few samples of calcite of various origins) and calcium oxide (quicklime) to assess how structural and chemical transformations of lime phases affect the NIR-Raman spectral profile. Furthermore, we analyse a set of carbonated limewashes and lime binders derived from old plasters to give an insight into their spectral characteristics after excitation with the 1064nm laser line. NIR-Raman micro-mapping results are also presented to reveal the spatial distribution of building materials and fluorescent species in the cross-section of plaster samples taken from a 15th century chapel. Our study shows that the Raman analysis can help identify lime-based building and conservation materials, however, a caution is advised in the interpretation of the spectra acquired using 1064nm excitation.

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