The Leading National Research Centres are flagship units of Polish science. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Warmia and Mazury is the first faculty at the university which is included in a consortium with the status of the Leading National Research Centre.
“We have also received the status of Leading National Research Centre for years 2015 – 2019 in the area of veterinary science,” says Professor Andrzej Koncicki, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Warmia and Mazury.
Apart from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Warmia and Mazury, other members of the consortium include: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) as the consortium leader, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the National Veterinary Research Institute – National Research Institute in Puławy.
“In order to receive the status of the Leading National Research Centre, we had to comply with rigorous criteria. One of them was cooperation and conduct of scientific research with other centres, which are the members of the consortium,” adds Dean A. Koncicki.
The new Leading National Research Centre will conduct work on innovative methods of diagnostics, therapy of infectious diseases of animals with special attention given to diseases which are a threat to human health. Scientists will also conduct epidemiological studies on farm animals as sources of pathogens dangerous for man and animals. One of the tasks of the consortium will also be examination of chemical remnants, including veterinary medications, in food deriving from animals, fodder and the environment.
A very important activity is also going to be the Integrated Ph.D. School. All consortium units will teach Ph.D. students and the funds will be used to finance scholarships and domestic and foreign internships.
The Leading National Research Centres are going to receive PLN 50 million of additional financing in the course of 5 years – even up to PLN 10 million annually. This means that the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Warmia and Mazury may receive as much as additional PLN 2 million annually.
“We are going to assign the received funds for increase of the scientific and research potential, as well as development of scientific personnel and higher remuneration for scientists,” adds the dean.