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Reporting conference: Priority Research Areas (PRA) of the University of Silesia in Katowice

18.10.2023 - 09:14, update 06.11.2023 - 15:19
Editors: OO


We would like to invite the academic community to a reporting conference ‘Priority Research Areas (PRA) of the University of Silesia in Katowice’, which will take place on Thursday, 16 November, at the Faculty of Humanities in lecture hall B1.1. It is an exceptional event centred around the five Priority Research Areas focusing on the most important civilizational challenges in the modern world, constituting a fundamental aspect of the scientific activity at our University. The conference will sum up and disseminate the achievements of scientists whose research received funding in 2020-2023 from the USil Research Excellence Initiative funds.


Priority Research Areas (PRAs) are areas of the University of Silesia in Katowice staff members’ research activity, taking into account current and/or unique research topics, which influence the development of global science to the greatest extent and are in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They are areas enabling research cooperation in a systemic manner, at the same time encouraging scholars to conduct interdisciplinary research in cooperation with excellent globally renowned centres. These include:

  • PRA 1 – Harmonious Human Development – concern for health protection and quality of life;
  • PRA 2 – Modern materials and technologies with their socio-cultural implications;
  • PRA 3 – Environmental and climate changes with the related social challenges;
  • PRA 4 – Humanities for the future – interdisciplinary research on culture and civilisation;
  • PRA 5 – Exploring the fundamental properties of nature.

Form of activities

Teams focusing on the priority research areas

The PRA coordinators will present key aspects and outcomes of participating in the programme to subsidise the research needs of PRA-focused teams in 2020-2023. The conference schedule also includes papers by scientists who are carrying out projects related to the topics of a given research area.

‘Freedom of research’ winners

A poster session for the winners of the three previous editions of the ‘Freedom of research’ call for applications will take place during the conference. The scientists whose research is in line with at least one of the priority research areas will have the opportunity to share the results of their works with a broader audience.

We encourage you to register for the conference using the form below.

The first 30 submitted poster proposals that receive approval from the IDB Scientific Council will be included in the conference programme for a poster session.

Printouts will be financed from the Research Excellence Initiative funds. Posters should be designed in line with the guidelines specified in the rules and regulations for the call for proposals for the poster session.

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