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 2019 and 2020, which were of fundamental importance to the development of their disciplines.

The Denouement of the Enigma of the Roman Mosaic from the House of Aion in Paphos

Counting on fingers – or beyond known oxidation states of chemical elements


Dr. Thurston C. Hicks as a co-author of the paper in “International Journal of Primatology”

New “Nature Human Behaviour” publication co-authored by the researcher and student from UW

The Second Exoplanet in the Proxima Centauri Planetary System

Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair

Open Day in Dongola

New discoveries of sundials on Roman mosaics

SUNRISE and ENERGY-X joint cooperation: a major step towards building a climate neutral EU

The stolen mosaic from Apamea has been proven to be of historical value inestimable


The UW scientists’ article in „Nature Physics”

The UW scientist as a co-author of the paper in “Nature Photonics”

The Milky Way in three dimensions

New Roman mosaic floor from Alexandria

Quantum interference in service of information technology

Dr. Bartosz Wcisło awarded E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize 2019

Effects of the first fieldwork season in Old Dongola

Discovery of a mosque on Failaka Island

Award for the article co-written by two scientists from UW

Novel mechanism underlying mitochondrial diseases

Two new rogue planets

SUNRISE won the Horizon 2020 grant

New materials that can work as superconductors at ambient conditions

ENGHUM project as an example of success story


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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