Poland to mark Polish Science Day

The date of the annual celebrations is the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, in appreciation for his outstanding achievements in astronomy. Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Poland will celebrate Polish Science Day for the first time on February 19 this year, in recognition of Polish scientists' achievements, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education said on Tuesday.

The date of the annual celebrations is the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, in appreciation for his outstanding achievements in astronomy. Polish Science Day will be an inspiration for people to follow eminent Polish researchers and to reinforce their interest in science, the ministry said.

According to the ministry's data for 2018, 81,500 scientists were actively working in Poland.

The researchers were employed in 645 entities, including 132 public universities, 248 private universities, 115 research institutes, 77 units of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), 16 church-funded universities, three international institutions and 54 other entities.

The ministry reported that the largest number of scientists, 62,000, were working at public universities, while 7,600 worked in research institutes. Also, PAN units employed 5,400 researchers, private universities - 3,900, and church universities - 1,300 scientists.

The number of researches fell from 88,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2018.