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Polish humanities, social sciences and economics are worldwide famous. Polish scholars, after breaking down communism, participated in many international, in particular EU and ESF, projects and networks of excellence; number of such programs still grows.
In the past Polish society has got a possibility to experience many different monetary unions. Probably for that reason it is more open to accept Euro, than many other European nations used their own currency for long period. The other possible reason is that Poland is the economic leader between former communistic countries. These questions need further research, the best in frames of COST. Precise date of joining Euroland by Poland is currently a subject of active interest and discussions between the National Bank, politicians, economists and society.


Warsaw University.

Warsaw university logo The University of Warsaw (UW), established in 1816, is Poland's largest and finest university. From its beginning the University of Warsaw has played a major role in the intellectual, political and cultural life of Poland, and has been recognized throughout the world as a leading academic centre in this part of Europe. In 2010 UW once again has been declared number 1 in the ranking published by the national daily Rzeczpospolita and the education monthly Perspektywy.
Dynamic political, social, and economic changes accompanying Poland's democratisation have brought the University new opportunities and challenges. In the beginning of 21st century, University of Warsaw is moving forward with a plan to modernise its structure, organisation and curricula in an effort to prepare its faculties, students and graduates to function freely in the international community.

Today UW employs over 6,030 people, including 3,170 academic teacher and educates almost 55,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Each year about 17,000 young people enroll as students at the University of Warsaw. Their interest in studying at UW results above all from the University's prestige, something UW has earned through the high educational level it offers and the research work. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

Institute of Archaeology, Warsaw University.

Logo of Institute of Archaeology, Warsaw University (Since 1975; previously Coin Room, established in 1816, after 1st World War three chairs: Prehistory, Classical Archaeology and Papyrology). It is the main institution specialized in archaeological research in Poland and currently the greatest in the World. It is divided in 25 departments and chairs, with more than 100 staff and 800 BA, MA and PhD students, representing all directions of modern archaeology and collaborating sciences. Polish archaeology, numismatics and conservation schools are worldwide famous.
Staff of the Institute participated in and coordinated many EU and ESF projects. COST will give the Institute through training schools a possibility to additionally educate students and young staff as well as disseminate their research in form of conferences, publications etc.. › Website

Department of Contacts between Classical World and Barbaricum, Warsaw University.

Logo of Department of Contacts between Classical World and Barbaricum, Warsaw University The Department was established in 1990 originally as a research project. The department has got interdisciplinary character linking archaeology, ancient history, numismatics and epigraphy.
Main fields of research and education:
– relationships between Greeks and Romans with Scythes, Celts, Sarmatians, Germans and Balts,
– Roman imports,
– ancient coins,
– Celtic and Germanic archaeology north from Carpathians,
– Museology.

The Department takes part in many research projects in international cooperation like inventories of Roman imports or inventories of ancient coins. › Website

Celtic Expedition of the Institute of Archaeology.

Celtic Expedition of the Institute of Archaeology logo Celtic Expedition of the Warsaw University Institute of Archaeology – a research project by Marcin Rudnicki began in 2000. In principle, its objective was to undertake archaeological research on one of the most important Celtic settlements on Polish territory located at Pełczyska, distr. Pinczów – some 55 km north-east of Kraków. Over time, Celtic Expedition IA UW became the focal idea of the various research projects, whose common goal is to explore the archaeological traces of the Celts to the north of the Carpathians. These are projects carried out by the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw alone or in cooperation with other scientific institutions.
One of the most important is research on Celtic coins on Polish territory. › Website

Aleksander Bursche Pr. Aleksander Bursche Head of the Department of Contacts between Classical World and Barbaricum (b. 1956). Main research field: Roman numismatics, archaeology of Roman and Migration Periods, also popularization of archaeology and heritage management. Research Fellow of A. v. Humboldt (Frankfurt/Main), Wolfson College (Oxford) and American Academy in Rome, visiting prof. at many EU universities, participant and coordinator of EU and ESF projects.
He is interested in ancient periods of monetary unifications in Classical World and Barbaricum, the COST project will bring the monetary finds of Poland to a wider European perspective. › Personal Page › Personal Page

Marcin Rudnicki Marcin Rudnicki Researcher (b. 1970) at the Department of Contacts between the Mediterranean and the Barbarian World of the Institute of Archaeology University of Warsaw. Main research field: Celtic numismatics. Other research fields: archaeology of the La Tène period.
Recent years have brought such new developments in the study of the Celtic coinage in Central Europe that I will not be exaggerating when I call them revolutionary. This has come about thanks to a vast body of new finds, related mostly to the Celtic Boii. These need to be examined in the context of a wide range of issues related to the minting and circulation of coinage in vast area between Danube and the Baltic Sea. The COST project gives me, as a participant of the research network, a great opportunity to provide the study of sources in order to establish new conclusions about one of the oldest unified monetary system existed outside Mediterranean. › Personal Page

Anna Zapolska Anna Zapolska PhD Student (b. 1981) at the Department of Contacts between the Mediterranean and the Barbarian World of the Institute of Archaeology University of Warsaw. Main research field: archaeology of Balt and Germanic tribes, numismatic (roman coins and coin finds in Barbaricum). Her researches focus on analysing coin finds and coin influx from Imperium Romanum to the Balt tribes. She is also interested how has the function and apply of the Roman coins changed (within Barbarian tribes), depending on the type of coin and archaeological culture.
The COST project gives me opportunity to introduce my studies to wide scholar-society (numismatist, archaeologist and anthropologist) and create a possibility to compare my ideas and results with the tendencies and process today and throughout the history, which are being analysed by other colleagues. › Personal Page

Watch this short presentation by Anna Zapolska ›


National Museum in Warsaw.

National Museum in Warsaw logo There are presently seven permanent galleries in the main building of the National Museum in Warsaw. The Ancient Art Gallery presents artefacts of the cultures which had developed in the Mediterranean region. The Faras Gallery presents early Christian art, and the Medieval Art Gallery displays sculptures, panel paintings and gold smithery from all the regions historically connected with Poland in the Middle Ages as well as works executed in other important European centres. On the first and second floor, in the Polish and European Painting Galleries and the Decorative Arts Gallery, there are paintings, sculptures and examples of craftsmanship executed between the Middle Ages and the beginning of the 20th century. › Website

Andrzej Romanowski I am an archeologist and a numismatist.
I’m graduate of the Warsaw University, History Department, Archeological Institute, from 2005 employed in the Cabinet of Coins and Medals in the National Museum in Warsaw.

My main fields of interest and research are the inflow, circulation and function of Roman coins in the area of Barbaricum, as well as widely understood issues concerning Roman imports. I’m also editor of the finds column in “Wiadomości Numimatyczne” (the Numismatic News) and member of the Polish Numismatics Society.

In 2008 I was admitted into a postdoctoral program in the History Department of the Archeological Institute at Warsaw University. The title of my Ph.D. thesis is “Znaleziska monet rzymskich na osadach kultury przeworskiej (Roman coin finds in the settlements of Przeworsk culture)”. It is supervised by Prof. DSc. A. Bursche.


Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University.

The Institute of Applied Social Sciences was established in 1991. It is a scientific and educational unit of an interdisciplinary nature. Social sciences are represented by : sociology, culture anthropology, psychology, social psychology, economics and politology. The main discipline is sociology.
The Institute focuses on applicative aspect of social sciences founded on a sound theoretical base.
Fields of study: sociology in applied social studies. The Institute offers the following university degrees and titles :
– Bachelor's degree, granted after 3 years of study,
– Master's degree, granted after 2, 5 years of study)
– Doctor's degree, Ph.D.,
– Reader's or Assistant Professor's degree,
Post-graduate courses in Gender Studies, Public Relations, Ethics and Philosophy and Independent Education

› Website

Dr Robert Sobiech Dr Robert Sobiech Senior Lecturer (b. 1956). Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University. Main research field: mass communication (analysis of media content, information and public relation campaigns, media relations, government relations, public opinion and government policy, media and social problems). Other research fields : public policy (evaluation of public programs, policy advice, agenda stetting), sociology of social problems.

The COST project will provide an opportunity to participate in the network of scholars conducting study of public attitudes towards Economic and Monetary Union. Such a study revealing people’s expectations, hopes and fears in turbulent times of economic crises can result in a design of information campaign strengthening public support for European integration


Nicolaus Kopernicus University, Toruń.

Institute of Archaeology, Mikołaj Kopernik University, Toruń logoNCU is comprised of 14 faculties: Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences; Faculty of Chemistry; Faculty of Languages; Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science; Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science; Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management; Faculty of History; Faculty of Law and Administration; Faculty of Fine Arts; Faculty of Theology and three faculties of Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz: Medical Faculty, Pharmaceutical Faculty and Faculty of Health Education. Twelve faculties have the power to grant doctorate and eleven - to grant post-doctorate degrees. Apart from the faculties, interfaculty and general university units, general university centres and interdisciplinary groups participate in education, scientific-and research and organisational activities.

NCU employs over 4,100 people including 2,030 scholars, 252 of whom hold the professorial title. The rich education offer is effectively explored and used by approximately 40,000 students who are now being educated in 50 fields of studies, 100 specialisations, over 130 courses and post-graduate studies and 16 doctoral studies. In recent years, the NCU has been accepting approximately 10,000 candidates a year, and the number of graduates in the Jubilee year is bound to exceed 100,000. Students find on offer studies of art, conservation, medicine, technical physics and interfaculty studies of humanities, all unique in the country. › Website

Institute of Archaeology, Nicolaus Kopernicus University, Toruń.

The Institute of Archaeology is a department of the Nicolaus Kopernicus University, Toruń.
Prehistory of North-Eastern Poland, settlements and material culture of medieval Pomerania and the Chełmno, medieval architectonic and urban complexes, lacustrine forms of prehistoric and medieval architecture, subaquatic archaeology, the history of glass, the history of arms and armour, the ancient history of the Northern Black coast, Greek numismatics, reconstruction of the natural environment. › Website

Mariusz Mielczarek Pr Mariusz MielczarekMariusz Mielczareck is professor of ancient history and archaeology.
He is president of the Polish Numismatic society. › Personal Page


Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Science.

The Institute for History of Material Culture PAN was founded to life in 1953. In 1992, the institute assumed the today’s name of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology PAN (IAE).

IAE gathers researchers representing diverse disciplines: Primeval, Medieval and Mediterranean archeology, cultural anthropology, ethnology, history of material culture. The scientific program involves integration of the disciplines with the knowledge of history and the society by means of archeological-historical-cultural methods. One of the leading research lines are studies on society changes in close link to the relationship with their environment.

IAE is one of the few institutions which has the opportunity to lead studies on a broad scale. The various means of documentation, excavation materials and highly specialized laboratory form a solid basis for researches and PhD students. The conferences organized by IAE are attended by representatives from different disciplines and institutions.
Thanks to its own publishing houses, organization of scientific meetings, exchange of scholarship-holders, wide international cooperation, the Institute plays also an important role in popularization of achievements of Polish sciences. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website


The Wrocław University.

Wrocław University logoThe Wrocław university (Uniwersytet Wrocławski) continues the tradition of two old universities. One of them, the Leopoldine Academy in Wrocław (Breslau, Wratislavia) was established in 1702 by Emperor Leopold I and transformed into the Silesian Frederick-William University in 1811. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the University of Breslau produced 9 Nobel Prize winners, such as Theodor Mommsen, Philipp Lenard, Eduard Buchner, Paul Ehrlich, Fritz Haber, Friedrich Bergius, Erwin Schrödinger, Otto Stern and Max Born. In 1945 after heavy war damages it was transformed again into a Polish university and rebuilt by academics that had went from the John-Casimir University of Lwów that was established in 1661 and occupied by the Soviets in 1939. The former Lwów University was particularly renowned for its mathematicians and philosophers. Today the Wrocław University is the fourth largest Polish university and the largest academic institution in south-western Poland. About 1900 academics teach over 36,000 students and c 1400 doctoral students at ten faculties.

Numismatic research was very vivid there during the second half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, being connected mainly with the name of Ferdinand Friedensburg (1858-1930). After a long break, the numismatic seminar works again in the Institute of Archaeology from 2007. › Website

The Institute of Archaeology, Wrocław University.

Institute of Archaeology, Wrocław University logoThe Institute is a part of the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences; it has 21 academics who are educating more than 200 students. The Institute consists of three departments (of Stone Age, Bronze and Early Iron Age and Medieval and Modern Age) and a separate Laboratory of Archaeometry. Its present research activity covers the historic region of Silesia (parts of Poland and of the Czech Republic) but also Ukraine and Peru. › Website

Borys Paszkiewicz Pr. Borys Paszkiewicz(b. 1959) specializes in Medieval and modern numismatics and monetary history. His main field of interest is a disintegration and reintegration of coinage in Central and Eastern Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages.
He co-operates with many academic institutions and museums in Poland as well as the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, National Museums in Prague and Vilnius.

Now B. Paszkiewicz is the President of the Numismatic Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the editor of two academic journals: Wiadomości Numizmatyczne and Śląskie Sprawozdania Archeologiczne. › Personal Page


The University of Bialystok.

University of Bialystok logoThe University of Bialystok was established in 1997. It is a young university but with old, as long as 40-year-old, academic tradition. It was transformed from the Branch of Warsaw University, which had existed in Bialystok for nearly 30 years.  Academic achievements and potential have contributed to its present position as one of the biggest and dynamic academic centres in the North-Eastern Poland.

The University consists of nine faculties, including one located abroad in Vilnius. Classes and lectures are delivered by app. 900 academic teachers.
At present the University offers courses in 23 fields of study and 55 specializations for app. 18.000 students within full-time and part-time programmes. › Website

The Institute of History, University of Bialystok.

Logo of the Institute of History, University of BialystokInstitute of History was established as a part of the Branch of Warsaw University in 1968. Research programs conducted by the Institute of History embrace the history of Poland and East Central Europe but also ancient history and the history of the United States of America. Research priorities of the Institute include studies into society (family studies, demography, genealogy, prosopography, property rights, ethnic minorities), politics and military (two world wars, history of north-eastern borderland in Poland in the 1920s), religion and religious denominations (interdenominational relations, the role of Catholic and Orthodox churches, reformation) and intellectual and material culture (preservation and promotion of national heritage, archaeology of Polish lands).

In the Institute of History there is a strong tradition of research on family history and economic history of late medieval and early modern Europe, which was started by professor Andrzej Wyczański. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

Piotr Guzowski PhD Piotr GuzowskiFrom 1999 working as an academic teacher at the University of Bialystok in the Institute of History. His academic interests include aspects of peasant economy, land market, commercialization, credit market, peasant and gentry family and household in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern period. He is the author of a book Chłopi i pieniądze na przełomie średniowiecza i czasów nowożytnych(Peasants and Money at the turn of the Middle Ages), Avalon, Kraków 2008.

I believe that COST-project will give an opportunity to examine the integration of European markets in the late Middle Ages and the beginning of Early Modern period, which will allow a comparison between economic development of Western and Eastern Europe. › Personal Page



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