International research networks
University of Warsaw is a member of almost 100 international research networks, including: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE), Research Network, Central & Eastern European Network of Indian Studies (CEENIS), European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-ERIC), Copernicus Alliance and UNEP – Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).
UW is a member of research consortia established for specific research projects, with funding from the EU or international programmes. In 2016, UW researchers participated in over 190 projects of this kind.
European University Alliance “4EU”
In March 2018, UW together with the Sorbonne University, University of Heidelberg and Charles University in Prague signed a declaration on the formation of a European University Alliance. The alliance aims at strengthening cooperation in education, research, innovation activities and the mobility of students and employees.
In many areas the University scholars maintain an already well-established position in the world of science and have develope a close cooperation with the foreign institutions, e.g.:
- Astronomers from the UW Observatory are actively involved in many well known astrophysical collaborations like H.E.S.S., CTA, LIGO/VIRGO and satellite missions like Planck and Gaia.
- The University of Warsaw is a member of the Graphene Flagship consortium. The project is supported by the European Commission. With a budget of €1 billion, it represents a new form of research on an unprecedented scale, forming Europe’s biggest ever research initiative. The core consortium consists of over 150 academic and industrial research groups in 23 countries.
- University of Warsaw participate in the European Network for Baroque Cultural Heritage. ENBACH is a research project supported by the European Commission through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) that involves a network of universities from 6 European countries.
- Archeologist from the University of Warsaw are carrying out the work in twenty countries, on five continent, always in close collaboration with the local research institutions – universities, museums. The discoveries made in Egypt, Sudan or Peru have fundamental significance to our understanding of the history of these areas, and they have contributed to the protection of local heritage.
Scientists from the University of Warsaw have contributed both to the experimental and theoretical parts of the Large Hadron Collider
(LHC), installed at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.
- Polish digital humanities consortium DARIAH-PL has joined DARIAH-EU. The University of Warsaw is a coordinator of Polish network. Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU) is an European network, aims to improve and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the humanities and arts.
- The University of Warsaw is a member of a consortium FoodConnects which won a pan-European competition – the Food4Future call: EIT Food, organized by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Cooperation with business partners
The University has always supported both: basic research, which broadens our understanding of the world, and applied research, the findings of which have practical applications. Therefore, the University has established various business partnerships, for example to find new uses for graphene or to discover new radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive substances used in the diagnosis and treatment of e.g. cancer).
Our University is open to contacts with society and the world of business in Poland and beyond. In 2014 we have established relation with Google. The company has funded a new research centre at UW. The Digital Economy Lab (DELab)
will address the impact of new technologies on the economy and society. To date, the company has funded research institutes at Stanford University, Oxford University and the Humboldt University of Berlin. This is the first such project in Central and Eastern Europe.