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European Nuclear Society
e-news Issue 50 Winter 2016

25 years Polish Nuclear Society (PTN)

Together with ENS, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Polish Nuclear Society will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its official establishment. The concept of the establishment of PTN was born in the spring of 1990. At that time there were stormy discussions on the desirability of the nuclear power plant being built at Żarnowiec. In this situation arose the concept of using the lessons of other countries which had been successful in disseminating knowledge on nuclear technology and developing nuclear power without much difficulty.

A group of scientists sent a letter to the Secretary General of the European Nuclear Society (ENS), with headquarters in Geneva, requesting information on the possibilities of cooperation with the bringing together of dozens of nuclear science companies from across the world. Then, after an initial consultation in April, the then President of the National Atomic Energy Agency proposed the accession of Poland to ENS. The condition, however, was to create an organization operating outside the structure of the government and pro-development science and nuclear techniques. In July, they developed a "Declaration to create a Nuclear Society" and began the appropriate information campaign. The founding meeting was held at the Institute of Thermal Technology (ITC), Technical University of Warsaw in two stages: 14 February and 16 March 1991. During the meetings, they voted on and adopted the statutes. On 9 May 1991, the Department of Civil VII Regional Court for the capital city of Warsaw, in the presence of several founding members, the company was established. On 26 June 1991, the ITC Warsaw University of Technology took place on 1st ​​General Assembly of the PTN, convened by the 145 members of the Founding enterprises. The official logo of the organization is “PTN” in Polish (Polskie Towarzystwo Nukleoniczne).

It should also be recalled that we have begun preparations for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Maria Skłodowska - Curie. The anniversary falls in November 2017. Currently, the house where the winner of two Nobel Prizes  was born is being renovated. It now houses the Museum of Maria Skłodowska - Curie. We hope also that the organizations affiliated to ENS will not forget this anniversary.

medal Polish Chemical Society
medal Polish Chemical Society

The photographs shown a medal Polish Chemical Society. The headquarters of this organization is the Museum of the Maria Skłodowska Curie. This medal in November last year received Secretary General of the Polish Nuclear Society (Dr. Wojciech Głuszewski). A similar medal was also President Lech Walesa, honorary patron of the Congress of the Polish chemist.

 President Lech Walesa in the 3rd row. Secretary of PTN third from the right in the second row.
Photo. 3. President Lech Walesa in the 3rd row. Secretary of PTN third from the right in the second row.

President Lech Walesa in the 3rd row. Secretary of PTN third from the right in the second row.
Photo. 4. Several members of the Board of the Polish Nuclear Society against a new variety of clematis, which received the name of Maria Skłodowska - Curie.

© European Nuclear Society, 2016