I congratulate the University of Lodz team on the victory in the Nationwide Volleyball Tournament of Higher School Employees. It is good that the gold medal stays in Lodz (although it is regrettable that by the decision of the Rector of TUL we were excluded from the struggle to keep it at our University). But the absence in Koszalin allowed us to take part in the VI Great Volleyball Tournament as part of the Chemikalia. And the Invincible team turned out to be invincible again.


it’s official – we’ve got a grant to set up an International Research Agenda (IRA). Legislative work has begun. As soon as formalities are completed, a competition for the director position will be announced. At the same time, the preparations for submitting the application in the second stage of the Teaming for Excellence competition are starting – winning also this grant would allow a significant extension of the IRA’s scientific activity.


On December 11-12 I had the pleasure to take an active part in the XXII conference of modern instrumental methods in trace analysis, which took place in Lodz. In addition to numerous interesting lectures, the organizers surprised us with a musical fest, which, combined with excellent food, made the evening meeting extremely successful.


At the invitation of the Pharmaceutical Department with the Medical Analytics Department of the Medical University of Lublin, the representation of the PŁ staff (in a reduced line-up) played a volleyball match with the representation of this Faculty on December 2 as a part of the charity action “We play for Frank”. The match with huge cheering and beautiful setting won the host team in the tie-break that ended with the score15:13. We ended the evening with a nice meeting combined with the auction, from which the income was also intended for Frank’s treatment. Several liquors from this auction went to Lodz.


Traditionally, in September, another conference in the sequel of Molecular Interactions in Biomolecules (MIB 2017), organized by Professor Jaroslav Burda, was held. This time, in addition to interesting lectures, we managed to get to know the local specialties (as you can see in the picture) – after all it is Pilsen!


Between 10 and 14 of July 10th European Isotope Conference on isotopes was held. Since the beginnings of these conferences are disappearing in the darkness of history, I recall below their history: 1999 The International Conference on Stable Isotopes and Isotope Effects, Carry Le Rouet, France (Étienne Roth) 2001 2001: an Isotope Oddysey, Zakopane, Poland (Piotr Paneth), the sheep bell, an equivalent of the whip of the GRCs, originated from this conference and is passed from chairperson to chairperson 2003 International Isotope Effects Conference, Uppsala, Sweden (Olle Matsson) 2005 Isotopes, Bath, U.K. (Ian Williams) 2007 Isotopes 2007, Benicassim, Spain (Vicent Moliner) 2009 Isotopes 2009, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Damian Axente) 2011 Isotopes 2011, Gréoux-Les-Bains, France (Richard Robins) 2013 Isotopes 2013, Sopot, Poland (Agnieszka Dybała-Defratyka) 2015 ISOTOPES 2015 – Isotope effects across disciplines, Jerusalem, Israel (Faina Gelman) 2017 Isotopes 2017 – The Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Stable Isotope Sciences, Ascona, Switzerland (Thomas Hofstetter) 2019 …., Gemany (Martin Elsner) The series of these meetings is important since last year the board of the Gordon Research Conferences trust decided not to continue the series of conferences on isotopes initiated by Jacob Bigeleisen in 1945.