Program Małopolskiej Nocy Naukowców w Instytucie Fizyki Jądrowej PAN

Hasło programu: From quarks to stars - enter the world of physics

14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00
  • Aula
  • Aula
  • Aula
  • Aula
  • Aula
PHYSICS OF THE FIRE - Introduction
  • Aula
  • Main
  • Aula
PHYSICISTS COUCH - "Why do we need scientists"
  • Aula
  • Building nr 0: level -1
  • Building nr 1: Cyklotron AIC-144
  • Laboratories of IFJ PAN
  • Tents in IFJ PAN
  • Tents in IFJ PAN
  • CCB
  • IFJ PAN place
  • Building nr 3: level -1
  • Building nr 0: level 0
  • Aula
  • Building nr 0: level -1
  • Sala Studium Doktoranckiego
  • Building nr 0: level -1
  • Building nr 0: level -1
  • Building nr 26
  • Corridor in main building

Physics tricks

* Obligatory registration - details

Time: 14:30, 16:30 i 18:45, Building nr 5, level 1, Aula IFJ PAN

A show of physical experiments in which nature reveals its magical face. The presenters of the demonstrations will discuss the presented experiences in an accessible way. Together we will find answers to questions about the shows. There will be prizes for those who are active during the shows. Registration for the Show is obligatory.

Stopping the Sun to Move the Earth - a few words about Copernicus

* Obligatory registration on the spot on September 29 at the reception from 14:00

Time: 15:45, Building nr 5, level 1, Aula IFJ PAN

Copernicus was a great astronomer, but it was his hobby. He mainly dealt with managing church properties as a canon of Warmia. He was a man of many talents and acquired extensive knowledge in mathematics, medicine, law, philosophy, and theology through various studies. During the lecture, we will learn about his biography, astronomical discoveries, and the revolutionary heliocentric theory that changed our understanding of the universe. Step by step, we will realize how thanks to Copernicus, humanity began to understand that Earth is not unique, and our planet and other celestial bodies are part of a larger cosmic puzzle. With these innovative ideas, Copernicus became one of the key figures that contributed to the birth of modern astronomy and physics. His legacy endures today, inspiring future generations of scientists to explore the mysteries of the universe. Join us for the lecture, which will bring us closer to the fascinating history and achievements of Nicolaus Copernicus, the man who set the Earth in motion and halted the Sun.


* Obligatory registration on the spot on September 29 at the reception from 14:00

Time: 17:45, Aula IFJ PAN

Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) have recently been a topic often present in the media space and public debate. However, there are often inaccurate definitions of the term SMR. The lecture includes aimed at trying to organize these issues and, consequently, to better understand the problem. The appearance of SMR reactors on the market offers a different perspective on nuclear energy. SMRs are of interest to exporters of nuclear technologies, potential importers as well as private investors. The advantages and wide range of applications may cause this new type of reactors to play an important role in projects for, among others, decarbonization. During the lecture, various meanings of the term SMR and the history of the development of this type of solutions will be discussed. The audience will learn about the development and global situation of SMRs in the world and about the possibilities of using nuclear energy from such reactors in terms of energy and heat. An important aspect is the economy of SMRs and barriers to their entry into the market. The issues of SMR reactors in the context of the Polish Nuclear Energy Program will also be discussed.

Physics of Fire


Time: 19:50, Aula IFJ PAN

Where does it come from? Is it safe? Can we control it?

FIRE-SHOW – Physics of the fire

Time: 20.00, main entrance IFJ PAN

Fire - where does it come from? is it safe? Can we control it? You will be able to get answers to these questions during a fascinating story about the physics of fire, illustrated with a spectacular show 'fire, dance - two elements'. It's all performed by the eminent theater group NAM-TARA. We invite you to an amazing show!
Short introduction will be at 19.50 in the Aula.

Physics of the fire

Time: 20.00, main entrance of IFJ PAN

Fire - where does it come from? is it safe? Can we control it? You will be able to get answers to these questions during a fascinating story about the physics of fire, illustrated with a spectacular show 'fire, dance - two elements'. It's all performed by the eminent theater group NAM-TARA.
We invite you to an amazing show!
Short introduction will be at 19.50 in the Aula.

Perfect Scientist

* Obligatory registration on the spot on September 29 at the reception from 14:00

Time: 20.30, Aula IFJ PAN

Going out to lunch, we give instructions to the Perfect Scientist to solve a very difficult problem in theoretical physics. When we return, the machine carefully and accessibly explains to us the various steps of the original solution found... A pipe dream or the near future? In this talk, I will discuss the benefits and risks of using Artificial Intelligence in science.

Physicists couch “Why do we need scientists?”

* Obligatory registration on the spot on September 29 at the reception from 14:00

Time: 21:00, Aula

A discussion panel with experts known from our YouTube program "Kanapa Fizyków". When the entire Kraków is taken over by the academic community during the Małopolska Scientists' Night, one question arises: what is it all for? What is the value of scientific work today when artificial intelligence is developing so quickly and attacking new areas of creative work? Does the world still need scientists for anything? In our debate, we will show what the true value of scientific thinking is, especially in today's world, when the media still deceives us with headlines and unconfirmed rumors, using topics such as climate change and new energy sources as an example.


* Obligatory registration on the spot on September 29 at the reception from 14:00

* grupy max. 8 osób

Time: 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, level -1 budynku 0

Have you seen particles 1013 times smaller than the diameter of a hair, or particles that live 10-20 seconds? What does antimatter look like?Come and see the virtual world of particles through special glasses.

History of Krakow Cyclotrons U-48, U-120, AIC-144

Time: 14:00-22:00, Building nr 1

A trip into the past IFJ PAN. An exhibition of old measuring instruments, computer components, photos. You can see how our Institute was created, how science was conducted there, what instruments were used, and with what devices the calculations were made. The exhibition is located in the building, built at IFJ and operating since 2000, the cyclotron AIC144, in rooms that are themselves the history of the Institute. Everyone interested in history is invited to a trip into the past and present.

In the labyrinth of science

14:00-22:00 (last entrance 21:30)

Visiting selected laboratories of the Institute

* Mandatory registration

Organized groups (min. 10, max. 15 people): visiting from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - obligatory registration - details

Registration start: September 21, 2023, from 9:00 am

Other visitors (visiting from 5 p.m.): registration on the spot on September 29 at the reception from 14:00


Time: 14:00 – 22:00, Tents in the IFJ PAN

Tents of IFJ PAN Scientific Departments - Presentation of the achievements of the IFJ PAN main departments in tents set up in the open air. Meetings with scientists, presentations of physical experiments.

CREDO tent
The latest achievements in recording particles from space will be presented. Little is known about the fact that every second we are bombarded with particles that were formed in the Earth's atmosphere after colliding with particles - travelers created millions of years ago and traversing the vastness of the universe to finally reach us. The observatory in which scientists work: Pierre Auger in Argentina, with the area of an average province in Poland, will be shown. You will also be able to participate in catching particles yourself - using, for example, your smartphone by joining the CREDO project at the IFJ PAN. Thanks to this, each of us, from a student to a pensioner, can become a scientist - a co-author of perhaps fundamental discoveries. Maybe it will also help to warn people about the impending earthquake or explain the origin of some diseases, the sources of which we do not know yet? The study of particles from space has a huge future and it is important that we can all do it here and now.

Eavesdropping on satellites - Eavesdropping and recording of photos from weather satellites flying over IFJ PAN using a simple TV card for a computer and a piece of wire as an antenna. We will also follow signals from planes flying around Krakow.

Tatuaż z fizyką w tle - Mini water tattoo parlor (washable).

Outdoor game

* Od 13 lat, wymagana rejestracja w punkcie przed wejściem do budynku głównego; gra drużynowa dla 3-4 osób

Godziny 17:00-21:00, teren IFJ PAN (przewidywany czas trwania 40-60 minut)

An outdoor game in the convention of an "urban game" based on the laws and physical phenomena encountered in everyday life, organized on the premises of the IFJ PAN. Participants will be equipped with a map of the Institute and a mobile application that will allow them to reach the competition tasks. The correct solution will reveal the location of the next task. Prizes await the winners who complete the game.

In this edition we have prepared a multimedia version of the game for you. You will need a smartphone with a web browser and internet access to participate.

Escape room

* Od 16 lat, rejestracja w punkcie przed wejściem do budynku głównego; gra drużynowa dla 3-4 osób

Time: 16:00-21:00, level -1 building 0, every 0.5h; duration time: 30 min (+5 to get there)

Professor W. Spaniały examines in a very unusual way: it is enough to give him a piece of paper with the appropriate grade. There is only one catch - the cards are hidden in boxes, the opening of which requires a code. Each subsequent assessment (3, 4, 5) is a new puzzle (based on physical effects) to be solved. What grade will you be able to get? You only have half an hour! Prizes await the winners.


* Obligatory registration - details

Time: 16:00-21:00, duration time: 30 min, Building nr 0, level 0

Poker of scientists is a general knowledge quiz with cards and chips. Participants bid for the possibility of answering questions in the field of science, the Institute's activities, social sciences, culture and hobbies. Between biding rounds cards appear on the table narrowing the scope of the question (e.g. first card: culture, second card: music; third card: Polish popular music;). The winner of the biding answers the question. Difficulty level depends on the own secret card received at the beginning of the hand..
The game consists of multiple hands and is limited in time. The player with the most chips at the end of the game will receive a prize.
Are you good at science? Or maybe you know the world of the Internet or sports better? Here you choose what questions you answer. Keep a poker face and challenge others!

Quiz – „Zmierz się z Fizyką”

Time: 15:20, 17:20, Building nr 0, level -1, 19:30 - Aula

Competition, during which volunteers will face each other in solving physical puzzles. Planned prizes. The quiz will be conducted via the Kahoot platform. Please install the Kahoot application on your own phone in advance. The manual will be attached at a later date.

Constructor’s Cave

Time: 14:00-20:00, Building 0, level -1

A special place for children and others, where participants will be able to build simple models of physical devices (such as: spectroscope, hovercraft, periscope, kaleidoscope) and take them home. Participants will learn how the devices made by them work. We hope it will awaken their curiosity in further exploring the world. In addition, you will be able to try your hand at the role of a constructor of interesting buildings made of blocks. There are prizes for the most agile constructors.


* Obligatory registration - details

Building nr 5, level 1, Sala Studium Doktoranckiego

Workshop participants will be able to see how they work by building simple devices. The lecturers will discuss the physical phenomena used in these devices. After the classes are finished, the devices you have built can be taken home. Workshop topics will be announced at a later date. Registration for the Workshops is obligatory.


* Obligatory registration - details

Time: 20:35 – 21:20, Building 0, level -1

We invite all future astronauts, space travel dreamers and space enthusiasts to space construction workshops. What's our plan? We will learn some facts and curiosities about space expeditions. We will also use some household items to create a space mission with a spaceship or a Martian rover.
The classes will be a shortened version of the workshops from the "Young Scientist's Tent" project.


Time: 14:00-20:00, Building 0, level -1

Films made by our scientists about physics and more. We invite you to our intimate cinema for a moment of relaxation.


* Obligatory registration - details

Time: 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, Building 26

The presentation with a demonstration.

During the presentation, an introduction to phenonena of the electrical resistance will be given. Next the superconductors – astonishing materials with zero electrical resistance will be presented. Visitors will find out which materials and under which conditions transition into a sc state happen and the possibilitie superconductor applications. The presentation will conclude with a demonstration of superconducting levitation.

The world as seen by a physicist

Time: 15:00-22:00, korytarz w głównym budynku

An artistic vision of the world captured in the paintings of our scientists.

Koordynator wydarzenia

Projekt finansowany ze środków programu ramowego Unii Europejskiej w zakresie badań naukowych i innowacji „Horyzont Europa”
na podstawie umowy o udzielenie dotacji nr 101061168 w ramach działania „Maria Skłodowska-Curie”