We are pleased to announce that the Polish Chapter of the Explorers Club has embarked on a project dedicated to Polish explorers of the New World and the Pacific Islands.
One of the patrons of 2023 is Pawel Edmund Strzelecki, a foremost Polish explorer, world-renowned geologist, and geographer, who was the first Pole to organize a solo scientific voyage around the world, lasting nine years. He set out on it from England in June 1834. He visited and conducted scientific research in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Marquesas, Tahiti, Hawaii, and New Zealand, stopping for a longer time in Australia and Tasmania (1839-1843), the then British dominions, where he made his most important geological and geographical discoveries. On his way back to Europe, he stayed in Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Egypt, and Algeria. Due to the territorial scope of his research explorations, it is impossible to classify him into one narrow area.
However, it also provides an opportunity to present those lesser-known Polish explorers and researchers who made significant contributions to the knowledge of the New World and especially Australia and the islands of the Pacific. The choice of this particular area is dictated by the fact that both Strzelecki and Bronislaw Malinowski or Jan Stanislaw Kubary were active there but also was his contemporaries or successors, such as Adam Joachim Kulczycki, Aleksander Zakrzewski, Jerzy Zubrzycki, Józef Zwierzycki and others. In some cases, such as A-J Kulczycki, are overlooked. These scholars will be commemorated so that their important achievements in world science are not forgotten.
The form of implementation of this project is a bilingual (English and French) poster exhibition (about 15 posters) with an accompanying 30-minute film.
The deadline for completion is December 15, 2023.
Grant amount: PLN 200,000
The project is financed from the state budget within the framework of the competition of the
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, “Public Diplomacy 2023″.