Institute

Milestones

1988-1989: First discussions among Profs. A. Azzi, M.J. Nalecz, L. Kuznicki, J. Kuznicki and L. Kaczmarek- emergence of the idea to create a modern, international institute for cell and molecular biology in Warsaw, Poland.tl_files/Pictures_RS/IIMCB_history4.gif

September 1, 1991: Proposal to create the institute published by Profs. M.J. Nalecz and L. Kuznicki in "NetNews" (Bulletin of the Molecular and Cell Biology Network, UNESCO).

March 19, 1992: The Scientific Secretary and Vice-President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), Prof. L. Kuznicki, takes the decision to found the Polish Network for Molecular and Cell Biology MCBN-UNESCO-PAN.

April 5, 1993: The Director General of PAN acts on the recommendation of Prof. A.Werynski, the Scientific Director of the Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, PAN, and Prof. M.J. Nalecz to secure a construction site for the new Institute on the Ochota Campus.

November 1993: The 27th Session of the UNESCO General Conference supports the idea for founding the new Institute.

June 1994: The State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN), acting on the recommendation of Prof. W. Karczewski, accepts the activities aimed at establishing the Institute.

October 5, 1994: The Presidium of PAN votes to support the Institute.tl_files/Pictures_RS/IIMCB_history3.gif

May 26, 1995: In Paris, Prof. F. Mayor (Director General of UNESCO) and Prof. A. Luczak (Deputy Prime Minister and Head of KBN) sign the "Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization concerning the Establishment and Operation of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw".

October 2-7, 1995: In Warsaw the International Conference on "New Frontiers in Cell and Molecular Biology" inaugurates the scientific activities of the Institute.

April 1996: Profs. A. Azzi (Switzerland) and N. Nelson (Israel) become scientific advisors to the future Warsaw Institute on behalf of MCBN UNESCO; first meeting in Warsaw.

June 1996: The Presidium of PAN and Prof. M. Mossakowski (the Scientific Secretary and Vice-President of PAN) tl_files/Pictures_RS/IIMCB_history2.gifdecide about the establishment of the Department for Molecular and Cell Biology (Zaklad Biologii Molekularnej i Komorkowej PAN) as a precursor to the Institute with a goal to develop a research program and to initiate operation of the Institute.

December 1996: The Department for Molecular and Cell Biology employs its scientific organizers: Profs. M.J. Nalecz, J. Kuznicki, Kaczmarek, R. Przewlocki and M. Witt. Among their first responsibilities is to take over the newly constructed building of the Institute on the Ochota Campus, to draft the scientific program, to search for additional funding, and to appoint principle investigators based on international competition.
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1997: Ratification by the Polish Parliament and the President of the Republic of Poland of the "International Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization concerning the establishment and operation of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw"

January 1997: The Scientific Secretary and Vice-President of PAN nominates local Members of the Scientific Council of the Department: Profs. J. Albrecht, J. Duszynski, A. Gorski, A. Jerzmanowski, J. Kawiak, W. Krzyzosiak, A. Legocki, A. Paszewski, W. Stec, A. Werynski, J. Vetulani and M. Zylicz.

January 1998: Members of the International Advisory Board of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw (IAB/IIMCB) are appointed by the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Prof. Leszek Kuznicki.

April 25, 1998: First inaugural meeting of the IAB/IIMCB. Prof. Maciej J. Nalecz elected as a Chairman of the IAB/IIMCB, Prof. Nathan Nelson and Prof. Ryszard Przewlocki as Vice-Chairmen; Rules and Regulations of the International Advisory Committee and of the competition for the position of professor, researcher and assistant accepted. Members of the Competition Jury elected: Prof. Willem H. Gispen (Chairman), Prof. Frank Gannon, Prof. Andrzej Legocki and Prof. Angelo Azzi.

May 1, 1998: Angelo Azzi appointed as a Director of IIMCB and Vice-Directors: J. Kuznicki and M. Witt, for a four-year tenure.

December 1998: The Department for Molecular and Cell Biology dissolved and the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw start its independent activity.

January 1, 1999: The President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in agreement with the Directl_files/Pictures_RS/IIMCB_history5.giftor-General of UNESCO, nominated professor Angelo Azzi from Switzerland as the director of the Institute and professors Jacek Kuznicki and Michal Witt as vice-directors. As the nominated director stayed abroad, he gave his power of authority to prof. J. Kuznicki.

1999: The first two laboratories start their activity at IIMCB.

October 4-5, 2000: MCBN/UNESCO-Max Planck Society-Polish Academy of Sciences (MPS/PAS), Symposium and Workshop on "Impact of Modern Biology on Society".

January 2001: Max-Planck Society / Polish Academy of Sciences, Junior Research Group starts its activity at IIMCB, lead by Dr. Matthias Bochtler.

June 2001: Professor J. Kuznicki elected as Director of the Institute (nomination since February 1, 2002). Michal Witt nominated as Deputy Director for Scientific Matters.

November 2002: New members of the International Advisory Board nominated for 2002-2006 term.

January 2003: Status of the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Bio-Medicine is granted by the European Commission within 5th Framework Programme.

June 2005: Professor J. Kuznicki elected as Director of the Institute.

January 2006: Polish Academy of Sciences / Max-Planck Society, Junior Research Group starts its activity at Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, lead by Dr. Ewa Paluch.

June 2006: New members of the International Advisory Board nominated for 2006-2010 term.

May 2009: Professor J. Kuznicki re-elected as Director of the Institute (term 2010-2014).

January 2010: New members of the International Advisory Board nominated for 2010-2014 term.