Visiting Professors – ZIP 2020/2021

During the winter semester 2020/2021, the University of Warsaw in frame of The University’s Integrated Development Programme (ZIP) will be visited by 6 outstanding scientists as part of the visiting lecturers’ program.
Here they are:


Stefan Halikowski-Smith, Historical Department, United Kingdom

Dr. Halikowski Smith is an internationally recognized researcher of European overseas empires, especially the Portuguese empire, as well as the history of Catholic missions in Southeast Asia and the so-called Iberian Overseas Creole. His interests and proposed series of lectures perfectly fit into the global history development program initiated this year at the University of Warsaw. It is worth noting that Dr. Halikowski Smith himself took the initiative to do the internship at the University of Warsaw. Although he was born outside Poland, Dr. Halikowski wants to deepen his knowledge of the Polish language and culture and he is genuinely interested in long-term cooperation in both research and didactics. His visit can be treated as an investment in long-term cooperation with a very promising, relatively young scientist with great scientific potential.


Julian Henn, Department of Chemistry, Germany

The lecture on “Fit Data Evaluation” is an advanced course dedicated to matching different models of phenomena with recorded experimental data, with particular emphasis on statistical analysis of the rest. Dr. Julian Henn has a fantastic track record in this field- several dozen scientific publications in leading scientific journals. Dr. Henn has been developing a multidimensional analysis of rest to determine whether the matching model makes full use of the information contained in the measurement results and does it strictly, using advanced statistical methods. We are convinced that this course will interest master’s students, especially those who prepare master’s theses related to crystalography. Dr. Henn is also working on the launch of an easily accessible server for the routine part of the analysis of the rest, which is planned to be available to the scientific community.


Jacek Kasprzak, Physics Department, France

Professor Jacek Kasprzak is a graduate of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw, who did his PhD in Grenoble. In 2006 he published an article on the title page of “Nature” magazine, which reported on the breakthrough discovery and summarized the early stage of his research.  The discovery gained publicity, especially in the field of optical coherence of semiconductor nanostructures, helping polaritonics to achieve its current, blooming shape and influencing other fields, such as cold atomic physics. In 2008 he was awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual International Scholarship. Since then he has been actively conducting basic research in this competitive field, combining in a unique way: heterodyne detection, spectral interferometry, cryogenics, hardware programming, semiconductor engineering and nanophotonics.


Taras Lylo, Faculty of Applied Linguistics, Ukraine

Associate Professor Taras Lylo, deputy head of the Department of Press and Foreign Information of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, is a recognized researcher of the reception of Polish culture in the media in Ukraine and the image of Ukraine and Ukrainian culture in the Polish press. He is the author of numerous works in the field of media and cultural studies, including the interpenetration of media and culture. Importantly, Associate Professor Lylo also has extensive practical experience. He worked as an editor of the “Polityka” section of the “Arka” newspaper, as a co-author and host of the “Ukraine and the World” journalistic program of Lviv Regional Television. Taras Lylo is a veteran of the ongoing military operations in Donbas in which he participated as a volunteer. It is a beneficiary of Polish and international awards and grants, incl. Polish-US Fulbright Commission, as well as a scholarship from the weekly magazine Polityka.


Jakob Fortunat Stagl, Faculty of Law and Administration, Austria / Chile

Professor Stagl has experience of working in a variety of academic environments. The feature that distinguishes a candidate’s academic career is mobility. In his career, Prof. Stagl was secretary of the prestigious German Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung, assistant professor at universities in Salzburg, Münster and Bonn. As a professor he continued his career in Göttingen, Bonn, Bochum, Frankfurt am Main, Regensburg and Freiburg im Breisgau. In the years 2014-2016 he lectured at the Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins in Santiago de Chile, and since 2016 he is a professor of Roman law and legal methodology at the Universidad de Chile. In 2020, the candidate obtained the position of visiting fellow at Clare Hall University of Cambridge. Professor Stagl is a multiple scholarship holder and winner of many prestigious awards, as well as the manager and beneficiary of numerous research projects. Currently he is working on a monograph on the morphology of Digest.


Zbigniew Struzik, Faculty of Physics, Japan

We will be hosting Dr. Zbigniew Struzik for the second time under the ZIP programme. The unique, extensive lecture “The Physics of Life” proposed by Dr Stuzik in this edition fits perfectly not only with the profile of the Faculty of Physics, but also with the scientific and didactic interests of many research communities at the University of Warsaw and beyond. Dr. Zbigniew Struzik is an excellent research scientist with significant, unique achievements in the field of neuro and cardiology, as well as econophysics and complex systems. Cooperation with Dr. Struzik has already resulted in several joint publications. We plan to undertake research on the physics of self-organizing systems and on intelligent systems, both agent-based, automaton type, and learning networks. The lecturer’s inter- and interdisciplinary experience ensures that lecturers receive the latest first-hand knowledge.