2009 - The year 2009 turned out to be “nuclear year” in Poland. On January 13 the government launched preparations for the Polish Nuclear Power Program. An ambitious goal has been set to build the first power plant by 2020. The program involves public authorities, commercial investors and research support. The strategic document “Energy policy of Poland till 2030” assigned the third role to the Polish nuclear research institutes, including IPJ. They will join forces to form the National Laboratory for Nuclear Research. The procedure for the necessary legislation has been initiated and the creation of the new Lab. is expected by 2011.
2008 - In 2008 IPJ strengthened its position in basic research and opened a new chapter in applied studies. Scientific output exceeded 250 publications, including 232 in reviewed international journals from the ISI Master Journal List. The Hirsch index, taking into account the number of citations in the years 2000-2008, reached about 40, which gives us the seventh place among Polish research units, after two institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Institute of Nuclear Physics and Institute of Physics, Faculties of Physics and Chemistry of Warsaw and Jagiellonian Universities and Warsaw Medical University. The H-index cannot be used as the only measure of the quality of scientific output, as it depends on the size of the institute. However, it gives a good feeling of the “scientific strength”.
2006 - Last year was a year of solid good work. The number of publications has grown again, as shown in the graph below. With 276 papers in 2006 produced by 134 scientists, we crossed the point of 2 papers per scientist. This might be easy to achieve in a small, exclusive institute, but in the case of a large national laboratory it requires maintaining a high level in all its departments. Our scientific achievement over the last few years was appreciated by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education awarding IPJ the first category among physics institutes.