Wrocław Knowledge Hub and Advisory Board

Prof. Arkadiusz Wójs

Academic Director of the Hub; Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Arkadiusz Wójs was born on 7 August 1971 in Wrocław, Poland, graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT) in 1995, and received his PhD in 1997 and habilitation in physics in 2002 (both at WUT), and professor’s title in 2009.

Between 1994 and 1997 he did his MSc and PhD training with Dr. Pawel Hawrylak in part at the Institute for Microstructural Sciences of National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada. From 1997 to 2000 he worked as a postdoc with Prof. John J. Quinn at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, where he later returned regularly as a visiting professor. From 2008 to 2010 he worked with Prof. Peter Littlewood and Prof. Nigel R. Cooper as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK. In the last decade he has most closely collaborated with Prof. Jainendra K. Jain from Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Ever since receiving PhD his permanent position in Poland has been at WUT, beginning as “adiunkt” in 1997, promoted to extraordinary professor in 2008, and finally to ordinary professor in 2014. From 2012 to 2015 he served as Deputy Dean and from 2015 to 2020 he served as Dean of Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, he also headed Department of Theoretical Physics since 2014. Since 2020 Prof. Arkadiusz Wójs holds the position of Rector of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

His main research interests belong in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics and include: electronic structure and magneto-optical properties of quantum dots and other semiconductor nanostructures, collective phenomena in low-dimensional electronic systems, quantum liquids, quantum Hall effect, composite fermions, excitonic complexes in low-dimensional systems, graphene and carbon nanostructures, two-dimensional crystals.

His main research accomplishments include: prediction of shell energy structure of self-assembled quantum dots (1996), concept of hidden symmetry underlying absorption and emission spectra of parabolic quantum dots (1996), prediction of two bound states of two-dimensional charged excitons in magnetic field: dark triplet (1995) and bright triplet (2000), calculation of quasiparticle interactions and their application in hierarchy of quantum Hall liquids (2000), prediction of “unconventional” 4/11 state of fractional quantum Hall effect (2004), prediction of skyrmions in 5/2 state of fractional quantum Hall effect (2010), and concept of multi-partite composite fermions (2011).

He coauthored 180 research articles in JCR journals (e.g., in Physics Reports, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, and Applied Physics Letters) and 4 books (incl. Springer 1998 and Oxford 2003). His monograph “Quantum dots” has over 1000 citations, and his 6 papers are cited over 100 times, with total count of article citations exceeding 2800. He also gave 50 invited conference and workshop lectures. He received numerous research grants including two Marie Curie fellowships from European Research Executive Agency, Maestro from Polish National Science Centre, and Master from Foundation for Polish Science.

He received numerous several prestigious awards from Polish Prime Minister, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Polish Ministry of National Education, Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Physical Society, and Foundation for Polish Science. He is also APS Outstanding Referee, and Ambassador of Polish Congresses. He chaired joint international conferences on Electronic Properties of Two-Dimensional Systems (EP2DS-20) and Modulated Semiconductor Structures (MSS-16) in 2013, and the Congress of Polish Physical Society in 2017.

He is a member of Academia Europaea since 2017 and heads its Wroclaw Knowledge Hub since 2018.

Katarzyna Majkowska

Hub Manager

majkowska [at] acadeuro.wroclaw.pl

Katarzyna Majkowska studied Polish Philology (MA) at the University of Wrocław. She finished Postgraduate Studies in Event Management at the Wrocław School of Banking. Since March 2011 she has been working in Convention Bureau Wrocław, and from December 2011 works at the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław. Since 2017 she is the Hub Manager of the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board was established in order to advise, supervise and assist the Academic Director in a broad spectrum of strategic matters. It consists of five eminent Members of the Academy representing different fields of study of special importance to the Wrocław Hub. The main objective of the Advisory Board is to shape future activities and direction of Hub’s development, but also to investigate and pronounce opinions regarding on-going, prevalent issues of regional and general scientific and academic relevance.

  • Chairman: Jerzy Langer (Prof. Emeritus of Institute of Physics of Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
  • Adrian Bejan (Prof. Duke University, North Carolina, USA)
  • Tadeusz Luty (Prof. Emeritus of Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland)
  • Lars Walløe (Prof. Emeritus of University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Björn Wittrock (Prof. Emeritus of Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala University, Sweden)

Prof. Jerzy M. Langer

Jerzy Langer – professor of physics, specialising in physics of defects, junctions and recombination processes in solids.

Some of his major internationally acclaimed scientific achievements and discoveries include the discovery of bistability of defects in semiconductors and their negative-U character and the co-discovery of a novel mechanism of efficient holographic storage in semiconductors with bistable defects and physics of recombination phenomena in solids, particularly related to localized impurities in semiconductors.

Elected Fellow and former Foreign Secretary of Academia Europaea, Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Founding Member and Honorary Vice President of EUROSCIENCE.

Former Deputy Minister of Science and science advisor to the President of Polish

Academy of Sciences and President of Wrocław. Was the President of the Wrocław Research Centre EIT+ (now PORT), the largest new research and innovation infrastructure in Poland – co-funded by the cohesion funds.

In his science policy advisory capacity assisted European Commission (DG RTD, DG Connect and DG Regio) as a member of major science and innovation advisory bodies to the EC (EURAB, ISTAG, Governing Board of the JRC and Smart Specialisation Strategy Platform). Recently acted as a Future Emerging Technologies (FET)-AG chair, conducted, and coordinated analysis to underpin the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Research Council (ERC) and formulated concept of the FET-based EIC (2011). In the ERC headed the Advance Grants panel in condensed matter. Co-author of several key European policy documents related to the ERA, ERC, FET and regional innovation policy. Co-assessed the 6th Framework Program. Currently, member of the first Advisory Group to the European Innovation Council.

He also served as a panel member/chair of numerous national science and innovation policy assessments in the EU.

Prof. Adrian Bejan

Adrian Bejan – professor of thermodynamics – was awarded the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal for “his pioneering interdisciplinary contributions in thermodynamics…and constructal theory, which predicts natural design and its evolution in engineering, scientific, and social systems.”

He received the 2019 Humboldt Research Award for “his pioneering contributions to modern Thermodynamics and Constructal Law, the law of physics that predicts natural design and its evolution in biology, geophysics, climate change, technology, social organization, evolutionary design and development, wealth and sustainability.”

Adrian Bejan was also honored with the Turkish Academy of Science Prize (2019) and Knight of the French Order of Academic Palms (2020).

He earned all his degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: B.S. (1971, Honors Course), M.S. (1972, Honors Course) and Ph.D. (1975). He was Fellow of the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, University of California Berkeley (1976-1978).  Since 1989 he is the J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor at Duke University.

Adrian Bejan’s research is in applied physics and engineering science: thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, design and evolution everywhere in nature, bio and non-bio.

He is the author of more than 30 books and 650 peer-refereed journal articles. In February 2020 on Google Scholar he had h = 97 and total citations 72,000.  According to the 2019 ‘citations impact’ rankings, he is the 9th among all Engineering authors worldwide, all disciplines, and is ranked among the top 0.01% of all world scientists: https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000384

His impact on science is highlighted by his original methods of theory, modeling, analysis and design that today are associated with his name: entropy generation minimization, scale analysis, intersection of asymptotes, heatlines, temperature-heat (T-Q) diagram, constructal law, and evolutionary design as physics.

Adrian Bejan’s books are used worldwide in multiple editions, for example:

Freedom and Evolution, Springer Nature, 2020.
The Physics of Life, St. Martin’s Press, 2016, six translations.
Design in Nature, Doubleday 2012, and two translations.
Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics, 4th Ed, Wiley 2016.
Convection Heat Transfer, 4th Ed, Wiley 2013.
Convection in Porous Media, 5th Ed, Springer 2017.
Entropy Generation Minimization, CRC Press 1996.
Shape and Structure, from Engineering to Nature, Cambridge U. P. 2000.

He was awarded 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries, for example, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), University of Rome I “La Sapienza”, National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) Lyon, and University of Pretoria.

He is a member of the Academy of Europe, Mexican Academy of Sciences, Romanian Academy, and Academy of Sciences of Moldova.


Academic Director

tadeusz.luty [at] pwr.edu.pl

Tadeusz Luty (born in Huta Krzeszowska, Poland, September 1942) graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT) in 1965 and received his PhD degree in 1968 and Habilitation in 1972 at the same university.

From 1965 to 1969 he worked as Lecturer at the Wroclaw University of Technology. Later, he worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna, USSR. In 1972 he returned to the Wroclaw University of Technology, where he has held a full professor position since 1980. He also worked as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. In the 1990s and up to his post as a Rector, he held many positions as a visiting professor at universities in USA, France and Japan. He organised and then directed the first Centre for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in Poland.

Many years of fruitful research cooperation with the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) brought Professor Luty a success in discovery of photo-induced transformation as a new tool in materials science and engineering (published in “Science”, 2003). Among many honours and distinctions (doctor honoris causa of three universities), Professor Luty received (2008) highest distinction of Polish Academy of Sciences, Nicolas Copernicus Medal for “outstanding contribution to scientific and academic community of Poland and Europe”. Tadeusz Luty has published over 150 publications on Material Sciences and Engineering/Nanotechnology.

In 2002 Professor Luty was elected Rector of Wroclaw University of Technology and President of the Council of Rectors of Wroclaw and Opole Universities. As the Rector of WUT he has started many initiatives and programmes for best science performing students. Under his leadership, the University has become known for many initiatives related to the field of commercialisation of research (Center for Technology Transfer, Lower Silesia Center for Advanced Technologies, Academic Incubators). In 2005, he was re-elected as Rector of Wroclaw University of Technology and later that year, he was also elected President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP). As the President of CRASP, he initiated a national debate on Polish higher education system in the areas of knowledge and innovation development. In 2007 he was elected as a member of the European University Association Board. He also serves as a member of the EUA Working Groups on Research Policy and Statutes Review. He has been the Polish representative to the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission since 2006.

In 2007, together with the Mayor of the city of Wrocław, Tadeusz Luty initiated the EIT Plus – a portfolio of projects aimed at the development of the education-research-business triangle in Wroclaw region in realisation of which the business, universities and municipal partners are involved. It is also an implementation of financial mechanisms including private-public partnership.

Prof. Björn Wittrock

Björn Wittrock is a Founding Director and Permanent Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and was its Principal in the years 1996-2018. He became University Professor at Uppsala University in 1999. Prior to that he held the Lars Hierta Chair of Government at Stockholm University.

His professional service has included being President of the International Institute of Sociology in the years 2005-2013, serving as Deputy Chair of the largest Consolidator panel of the ERC as well as on the Science Advisory Board of the Swedish Government and on boards and committees of more than twenty institutes for advanced study on four continents. He is one of the founders of SIAS, a group of leading institutes for advanced study and of NetIAS, the European group of such institutes.

Wittrock is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea – of which he is a Vice-President – and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of the five members of the Holberg Prize Committee. He is also a founding member of the Steering Committee of the International Panel on Social Progress.

Björn Wittrock has contributed to the sociology of ancient, medieval and modern societies and to global history, including The Cambridge World History, Vols. IV and V (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Among his publications are five monographs and fifteen edited books. The latter include Social Science at the Crossroads (with Shalini Randeria, Brill 2019); Axial Civilizations and World History (with J. P. Arnason and S. N. Eisenstadt, Brill, 2005); Eurasian Transformations, Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries (with J. P. Arnason, Brill, 2004 and 2011); The Rise of the Social Sciences and the Formation of Modernity (with J. Heilbron and L. Magnusson, Kluwer, 1998 and 2001); The European and American University since 1800 (with S. Rothblatt, Cambridge University Press, 1993 and 2006); and Social Sciences and Modern States (with P. Wagner et al., Cambridge University Press, 1991 and 2008).

Among honours awarded are: The Torgny Segerstedt Medal (Uppsala University 1999); an Honorary Doctorate (U. of Tartu 2003); Federal Cross of Merit (President of Germany 2008); the dedication of Social Theory by Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knöbl (Cambridge University Press 2009); the King’s Medal (King of Sweden 2009) “for significant contributions to Swedish social science research”; The Benefit of Broad Horizons: Intellectual and Institutional Preconditions for a Global Social Science (Festschrift, Hans Joas and Barbro Klein, eds. (Brill 2010); the Gustavus Adolphus Medal in Gold (Uppsala University 2017): “… as Principal of SCAS and its driving force ever since its creation in 1985 [he] has contributed more than anyone else to the strong position of the institute as an internationally renowned institute for advanced study … and for having made great contributions to the social sciences and the humanities in Sweden and in Europe”.


Professor emeritus Lars Walløe is senior researcher at the Department of Physiology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo. Professor Walløe and his colleagues use modern, non-invasive methods combined with advanced data processing techniques in their research, and have focused particularly on the rapid responses of the human cardiovascular system to different stimuli and the control mechanisms underlying these responses. At present, the group is working on the skin circulation and temperature regulation, short-term control of the central circulation and blood pressure, and muscle blood flow. Lars Walløe has also published on neuronal nets, statistical methodology, historical demography, population biology, reproductive epidemiology, and whale biology.