Excellence Initiative - Research University

University Centre of Excellence “Astrophysics and astrochemistry”

Contactul. Grudziądzka 5, 87-100 Toruń
tel.: +48 56 611 3303
fax: +48 56 622 5397
e-mail: astrochem@umk.pl

Scientific partnerships

International scientific projects

  • European VLBI Network (EVN) – a network of radio telescopes located primarily in Europe and Asia, with additional antennas in South Africa and Puerto Rico, which performs very high angular resolution observations of cosmic radio sources.
  • RadioAstron – radio interferometric observations with Russian satellite Spectr-R, equipped with a 10-m radio telescope.
  • RadioNet – European Commission projects to support European Radio Astronomy.
  • Low-Frequency Array for radio astronomy (LOFAR) – network of radio antennas located in different European countries (3 in Poland), that works at MHz frequencies.
  • The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) – is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the largest in the world. It has a hexagonal primary mirror array 11 metres across.
  • High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) –  world’s largest observatory for studying very high energy gamma-ray astrophysics.
  • Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) – an initiative to build next generation ground based gamma-ray observatories (on ESFRI).
  • Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics (ATHENA) – is the X-ray observatory mission selected by ESA, within its Cosmic Vision programme, to address the Hot and Energetic Universe scientific theme.
  • Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) – an initiative to build a telescope that will produce the deepest, widest, image of the Universe.
  • RoboPol  – an initiative to build and operate a unique polarimeter that is currently mounted on  1 .3-m telescope of the Skinakas Observatory.


  • University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Space Telescope Science Institute, USA
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
  • Wigner Research Center for Physics, Budapest, Hungary