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Priority Research Areas

Within the framework of Research Excellence Initiative, we are planning to develop five Priority Research Areas (PRAs) related to the most important contemporary civilisation challenges. They will be selected based on the scientific activity of employees of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Particularly taken into consideration will be unique research subjects, which may significantly contribute to the development of global science. Priority Research Areas are an invitation to conduct interdisciplinary research in cooperation with globally renowned international centres.

PRAs, consistent with the development strategy of the University of Silesia for 2020-2025, particularly refer to the development strategy for Poland (Poland 2030), and are intended to help the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Człowiek steruje ruchami robota, na zdjęciu widoczna jest dłoń człowieka nad dłonią robota

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Harmonious human development – concern for health protection and quality of life

PRA 1 covers problems in the fields of natural sciences, medical and health sciences, engineering and technology, and social sciences, in which the University has unquestionable research leaders.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Grafika przestawiająca okrąg złożony z kolorowych kafelków symbolizujących poszczególne zele zrównoważonego rozwoju ONZ UN Goal 2 icon: the words zero hunger on a yellow background UN Goal 3 icon: the words good health and quality of life on a green background    

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Modern materials and technologies, their social and cultural implications

PRA 2 covers problems in the fields of engineering and technology, natural sciences and social sciences. The research subjects undertaken in the above-mentioned areas are very up-to-date, interdisciplinary and combine issues from various scientific disciplines: chemistry, physics, materials science and optical technologies. The idea behind this area assumes that it is necessary to take responsibility for the conducted research in the field of natural sciences and technology, taking into consideration its impact on the society, including on the direct recipients of modern materials and technologies.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Grafika przestawiająca okrąg złożony z kolorowych kafelków symbolizujących poszczególne zele zrównoważonego rozwoju ONZ UN Goal 8 icon: the words growth and decent work on a burgundy background UN Goal 9 icon: the words industry, innovation and infranstructure on an orange background UN Goal 12 icon: the words responsible consumption and production on a brown background  

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Environmental and climate changes with the related social challenges

PRA 3 covers the field of natural sciences and social sciences. The primary goal of the research is to understand climate change and environmental changes in the context of natural factors, taking into consideration the research on geological past of the Earth, as well as human intervention, and their effect on the environment, human life and health. Research in this area is conducted in the context of global problems in natural sciences, with particular focus on the research carried out by the Centre for Polar Studies.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Grafika przestawiająca okrąg złożony z kolorowych kafelków symbolizujących poszczególne zele zrównoważonego rozwoju ONZ UN Goal 6 icon: the words clean water and sanitation on a blue background UN Goal 7 icon: the words affordable and clean energy on a yellow background UN Goal 11 icon: sustainable cities and communities on a yellow background UN Goal 13 icon: the words climate action on a green background

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Humanities for the future – interdisciplinary research on culture and civilisation

PRA 4 covers problems in the fields of humanities, social sciences, arts and theology. This area is based on the research focused on the cultural problems of the implications of civilisation development. It provides a response to the need for development of dialogue between humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and experimental sciences.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Grafika przestawiająca okrąg złożony z kolorowych kafelków symbolizujących poszczególne zele zrównoważonego rozwoju ONZ UN Goal 5 icon: the words gender equality on an orange background UN Goal 10 icon: the words reduced inequalities on a pink background UN Goal 16 icon: the words peace, justice and strong institutions on a navy blue background UN Goal 17 icon: the words partnerships for the goals on a navy blue background

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Research on fundamental properties of nature

PRA 5 is a synergy of issues on their elementary level in natural sciences. This area plays a key part in the development of science and technology and has a huge impact on our society. The unique examples of activities in this area include analyses of plant nuclear genome and elementary particles physics, with particular focus on the study of neutrino nature.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Grafika przestawiająca okrąg złożony z kolorowych kafelków symbolizujących poszczególne zele zrównoważonego rozwoju ONZ UN Goal 9 icon: the words industry, innovation and infranstructure on an orange background UN Goal 14 icon: the words life below water on a blue background UN Goal 15 icon: the words life on land on a green background  

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