This year, the final session will focus on the issue related to the achievements of Polish explorers of Siberia. We do not exclude discussing other topics, but it is the issue we want to pay close attention to.
Join us tonight for another new episode of Chapter Connect, this time with our Poland Chapter! We’ll introduce you to Mariusz Ziółkowski FI’02, Chair of the Poland Chapter, in conversation with V.P. of Chapters Tim Radke MN’13.
Featuring special guests –
• Monika Rogozińska MED’93 – How the Chapter was born
• Marcin Jamkowski FI’05 – The deepest underwater cave – Hranicka Propast in Czech Republic
• Tomasz Stachura FI’13 – Wreck of Karlsruhe in the Baltic Sea
• Benedykt Hac FI’15 – Stuttgart: The most dangerous wreck in the south Baltic Sea
• Hubert Kowalski FI’17 – Underwater rescue of artifacts from the Swedish occupation of Poland in the 17th century
• Tomasz Grzywaczewski FI’14 – The Death Road across Siberia
• Andrzej Ciszewski FI’99 – Cave Explorations in China
• Mateusz Waligóra FI’20 – Solo unsupported Gobi desert crossing on foot and Vistula River walk
• Maciej Klósak FI’19 – In Szolc-Rogiński’s footsteps in Cameroon
• Anna Urbańska FI’14 & Jakub Urbański FI’14 – Cannibals of Papua New Guinea
• Andrzej Piętowski FI’09 – First kayak expedition down the Colca Canyon, Peru
To watch the stream, simply visit our homepage at explorers.org, our YouTube channel, or live on our Facebook page – Thursday, January 21 at 3:00 pm ET (21:00 in Poland)
Mariusz Ziółkowski FI’02 – Poland Chapter Chair
Mariusz Ziółkowski FI’02 is a Professor of Archaeology of the Americas at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He is also the Director of the Center for Andean Studies of the University of Warsaw in Cusco, and Extraordinary Professor at the Universidad Católica Santa María de Arequipa, Peru.
Ziółkowski specializes in Inca archaeology and ethnohistory, absolute dating techniques, archaeoastronomy, and has taken part in archaeological work in Poland, Iraq, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. He was decorated with the Order of Merit, in the rank of Officer, by the Government of the Republic of Peru in 1998.
He is the author of several books, including – “Pachap unancha. The Metropolitan Calendar of the Inca State” (Ediciones El Lector, Arequipa 2015) & “Myths, rituals and politics of the Incas” (with Jan Szemiński – Ediciones El Lector, Arequipa 2018).
The project is part of the Grant Perfect Science – Independence Engraved in DNA. Wacław Sieroszewski – Polish friend at the farthest ends of the world no. DNK / SP / 481115/2020 of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Wacław Sieroszewski was a 19th-century Polish exile, who in Yakutia undertook scientific and exploratory activities, the culmination of which was the creation of one of the most important monographs on the life and customs of the Yakut “12 years in the country of the Yakut”. Currently, he is recognized by this Siberian Nation as a hero who discovered them for the world and contributed to the preservation of their culture, tradition and history. On April 20, 2021 75 years will have passed since the death of this outstanding researcher and independence activist, who, after returning from exile to Russian Siberia, served as both a PM and senator of the Second Polish Republic. In connection with this anniversary, a series of scientific events will be organized, during which the latest results of research on the figure and achievements of W. Sieroszewski will be presented.
The first part of the project will be the Warsaw-Yakutsk online conference on October 20, 2020. The following conference is scheduled for March 2021 and will have an innovative seminar character resulting from its combination with scientific expeditions, the results of which will be presented at the end of the conference.
2021 – the second part of the project will take place in Yakutia.
a/ Polish scientists and researchers in a conference / seminar in Yakutsk will present and remind the figure of Wacław Sieroszewski, then work out a plan to commemorate this extraordinary discoverer.
b/ a scientific journey will be carried out in the terrains related to Wacław Sieroszewskis’ scientific activities
c/ the third part will end with a seminar presenting the results of the journey, which will be a step towards further scientific cooperation and will contribute to a better mutual perception of both nations Polish and Russian Federation. At the same time, the conference conducted in this way will be an internationally understandable signal of goodwill that science and passion for exploration the world create a universal language that connects across divisions
Krzysztof Wielicki FI’1997 (Lowell Thomas Award’2001) received Piolet d’Or Carriere – Golden Ice Axe Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the highest honor in mountaineering. Wielicki is a fifth man who climbed all 14 eight-thousanders (The Crown of the Himalayas and Karakoram) and the first who summitted three of them in winter, including Mt Everest. He is still active, he led two winter expeditions to K2, the last unconquered in winter eight-thousander. Czytaj dalej
An exhibition at the University of Warsaw organized by the Polish Chapter of the Explorers Club.
On the initiative of the Polish Chapter, on May 28, 2014 at the Castle in Łęczyca, an Agreement was signed on the creation of the Award. The signatories who created the Award Chapter are representatives of the Polish Chapter of the Explorers Club, the City Hall of Łęczyca, the County of Łęczyca and the Warsaw Scientific Society. The prize is awarded annually for outstanding exploration and research achievements on earth, in the sea and in space in the following categories:
1. Grand Award for a Polish citizen,
2. Award for a foreigner distinguished in cooperation with Polish researchers.
The prize aims to promote Polish exploratory achievements and to remind, through the person of the Patron, the historical significance that our country has played in the field of intercultural contacts.
Special Awards are also granted for outstanding achievements in the field of exploration.
The jury has 12 members; its chairman is currently prof. dr hab. Stanisław Rakusa Suszczewski. All Winners become Honorary Members of the Award Chapter.
The seat of the Award Chapter is the Royal Castle in Łęczyca, where usually in February the names of the winners of subsequent editions are announced.
The ceremonies of the first four editions of the Award (2015 – 2018) were held at the Archdiocese of Tum near Łęczyca (more information about the Prize on the website – link), while the fifth edition took place on May 15, 2019 at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
The ceremony of the 6th edition is planned for June 3rd, 2020 in the auditorium of the Collegium Maius (15th century) of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (link)
On Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 16:00, in the Collegium Maius of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the 6th edition of Benedict the Pole Award ceremony will be held. Czytaj dalej
The Fifth Ceremony of Benedict the Pole Awards took place in the Concert Hall of the Royal Castle in Warsaw on 15th of May 2019. Czytaj dalej
Wystawa – Exhibition – Mostra – Bиставка – Ausstellung – Yзэсгэлэн
“25 years before Marco Polo; Benedict the Pole and Giovanni da Pian del Carpine on the court of the Khan of Mongols, 1245-1247”
The exhibition “Poles on the Silk Road” was opened in the Museum of Metsamor in Armenia in October 2017, thanks to the financial support of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (project no. 943/DUN/2016).