Priority Research Areas
Each of the universities in the Research Schools project had to indicate their Priority Research Areas. These are areas of research in which UWr researchers have already achieved the highest quality of research at international level through publications and project activity.
They were created on the basis of disciplines based on the best publication indicators, with the highest categories obtained in the evaluation process. They will receive support to make them the showcase of our university. At the same time, they are to support the development of other, partly unknown today, research fields.
Priority Research Areas of the University of Wrocław:
1. Functional materials
(leading discipline of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education: chemical sciences, thematic scope: a wide range of modern chemistry and physics) – the research is fundamental, but its results provide a basis for the design of new materials, including the design, theoretical calculations and synthesis of biologically active compounds: drugs, peptides, amino sugars and their derivatives; research on the role of metal ions in biological systems and interactions of metal ions with humic substances and others.
2. Handling of large data
from algorithmic and logical aspects to “data science” and artificial intelligence (leading discipline of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education: IT; thematic scope: computer science, mathematics) – algorithms with logical basis of IT; data science and artificial intelligence, deep learning; fundamental IT research related to data handling.
3. Health – from gene analysis to drug design
(leading discipline of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education: medical sciences, biomedical engineering, life sciences, biotechnology, biology, chemistry) – molecular basis of diseases, new therapeutic strategies (therapies used in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, rare genetic diseases, infectious and immunological diseases), new drugs and mechanisms of drugs as well as drug carriers, new directions in medical diagnostics.
4. Man between nature and culture
(leading disciplines of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education: biological sciences, medical sciences, psychology; thematic scope: physical anthropology, biology, psychology, broad spectrum of humanities and social sciences) – search for biological conditions of human activity, including in the sphere of creation and emotional relations; interplay between nature and culture in man – at different levels and from different disciplinary perspectives, from cells to societies and from biology to psychology.
5. Human – city and environment
(leading disciplines of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education: socioeconomic geography and spatial management, Earth and environment sciences, sociological sciences; thematic scope: Earth and environment sciences, sociology, “urban studies”, migration studies). The main research areas are social change in the context of environmental and climate change and the resulting threats and challenges: quality of life and its improvement, smart cities, migration, environmental pollution and its sustainable use; the POB addresses very topical, priority scientific problems of an interdisciplinary nature, the solution of which requires cooperation of scientists with Earth and environmental sciences and social scientists.
6. Multiculturalism – cooperation and its structures
(leading disciplines of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education: archaeology, history, cultural sciences, legal sciences; thematic scope: a wide range of humanities and social sciences) – multidisciplinary research on multicultural societies, with a diverse chronological and geographical range, analyses models of their functioning not only in national contexts; analysis of mechanisms of cooperation, coexistence and conflicts in historical and contemporary multi-ethnic communities.