Three years ago, the University of Warsaw opened its European Centre For Geological Education (ECEG), a unique research and teaching unit. The centre is situated in the closed Korzecko quarry in Chęciny in the Holy Cross Mountains. It is a perfect place for geologists from Poland and all over the world. Watch the video about ECEG and see for yourself.
ECEG was established on 19th October 2015. The centre is in the area of the oldest rocks, counting over 500 million years. Chęciny is a town on the border between two very important geological units of the Holy Cross Mountains: the Palaeozoic Core and the Permian-MezozoicMargin.
“Chęciny is in the heart of the Holy Cross Mountains which are a fantastic place for teaching geology. On the relatively small area, we have outcrops of every geological system which represents over 500 million years of Earth history,” says Dr. Piotr Ziółkowski, head of the European Centre For Geological Education.
Geologists can collect there valuable samples, prepare them and analyse in well-equipped laboratories, e.g. a geological sample preparation lab, chemical, geophysical, geological mapping and microscope labs.
The centre is open to universities, academics, researches, students, schools, companies as well as individual visitors. It organises workshops and offers field courses for students (in Polish and English) run by experienced researchers from the Faculty of Geology of the University of Warsaw, e.g. a general geology course, geological mapping course, and integrated observations and environmental measurements in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains. ECEG also prepared a special programme for pupils which expands their geological knowledge. It includes field workshops such as “GeoSchool” and “GeoLearning”. Learn more
Besides laboratories, ECEG houses numerous didactic and conference rooms.
The project of ECEG was prepared by the architects from the WXCA architecture office.