Prestigious ERC grant for Prof. Horodecki of the University of Gdańsk

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Prof. Ryszard Horodecki, a physicist at the University of Gdańsk, received a grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC).
In the competition "Ideas" Advanced Grant (AdG) he will receive funding of nearly EUR 2 million. He is the third Polish scientist to receive this grant. As announced on the University of Gdańsk website, the entire amount allocated to the project "Quantum resources: conceptuals and applications" (QOLAPS) will be used for fundamental research in the theory and implementation of new specific resources such as: quantum correlations, quantum nonlocality, or contextuality. The project is expected to continue until the end of 2016, In addition to the University of Gd, other Polish centres will be involved in the research: Center for Theoretical Physics PAS, Gdansk University of Technology, Adam Mickiewicz University, but also foreign institutions: the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany) and Stockholm Universitet (Sweden). Prof. Horodecki is an employee of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics of the University of Gdańsk, and since 2007 director of the National Quantum Information Centre of Gdańsk. He is co-founder of a new interdisciplinary field - quantum information technology. In 1999 he co-founded the first European project in this field. He was the head of Gdańsk node in four successive EU Framework Programmes projects. The scientist is co-author of a publication in the Review of Modern Physics, currently third on the list of most frequently cited works in physics published in the last two years, and third publication with exclusive Polish affiliation since the first issue of this magazine in 1929. In 2008 he won the Foundation for Polish Science Prize and the Scientific Johannes Hevelius Award of Gdańsk. Last December, Prof. Horodecki also received Ideas Plus grant from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the project "The performance of quantum-mechanical resources". Until now, ERC AdG grant has been awarded to only two other Polish scientists: Prof. Tomasz Dietl from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw and Institute of Physics PAS (in 2008) and Prof. Andrzej Udalski, astronomer from the University of Warsaw (2009). As noted on the University of Gdańsk website, in 2008-2010 the top three countries: the UK, Germany and France received significantly more grants than Poland: respectively 172, 104 and 101 ERC AdG grants. Established in 2007, the European Research Council is the first pan-European agency financially supporting the so-called "frontier research" (pioneering, cognitive research, leading to fundamental discoveries, breakthrough results.) Details available at: PAP - Science in Poland

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