University of Warsaw Breakthroughs

The University’s teams have acquired recognition of the worldwide academic milieu in many areas of knowledge. Research projects and discoveries by the University’s scholars, in the fields of Natural Sciences as much as in the Humanities and Social Sciences, have won greatest respect.

The following are examples of projects, publications and discoveries by scholars from the University of Warsaw in the academic year 2022/2023, which were of fundamental importance to the development of their disciplines.


Unique wall paintings discovered in Old Dongola

Physicists from the UW in Nature Photonics

First ERC Proof of Concept Grant in Polish humanities

Students from the UW win the International Physicists’ Tournament 2023

UW in the final of the International Green Gown Awards 2023


Defying gravity


Moiré superlattices

Ground nesting of chimpanzees in Congo

“Nature” publication on a binary star system

Algorithms for elections

What is teotl?

Renovation of the oldest mosque in Sudan

4EU+ mini-grants competition

Winners of the University Physics Competition 2022

Fulbright Senior Award for a UW physicist

Second ERC grant for Artur Obłuski

FOMO 2022. Poles and the fear of missing out

“Solidarity with Ukraine” under the NAWA funding

UW spin-off company received funding from the Gates Foundation

Discovery of crocodile remains in the ancient Egyptian tombs

CeNT’s research on solar energy and carbon dioxide

Nomagic Warsaw MIMotaurs reach the finals of the MBZIRC competition

DeepMind scholars

Evolution of lizards at the era of dinosaurs


The new method of preparing RNA for sequencing


Additional information

Nature published the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars – identyfing ascendant performers in the research world. The University of Warsaw was ranked among the world’s top 100 institutions.

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The Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars uses the power of the Nature Index, which tracks the high-quality research of more than 8 000 global institutions. Applying WFC (weighted fractional count) the Nature summed up scientific achievements of institutions over the last four years (2012-2015). The index metric used to assess a country’s contribution to 68 high impact natural science journals. Poland was mentioned as a one of the examples of countries that improved their research performance more than most. In the top 100 institutions the UW was ranked 96th. However, in the 25 institutions of South East Europe the UW was placed 3rd. Read more >> 



Our University is present in more than 20 countries in 5 continents through archaeological excavations, ethnography and cultural studies research.

Some sites have been the subject of our research even for several decades. The archaeologists who investigate the ancient Egypt have at their disposal the University’s Research Station in Cairo, established in 1959. Polish telescopes operate at the Las Campanas Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile, where UW astronomers perform large-scale sky surveys.

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