General Information

The Zakopane Conference on Nuclear Physics, for historical reasons called School, has been organized since 1963 by the Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics of the Jagiellonian University.

The aim of the Conference is to increase the mutual communication of physicists representing various areas of nuclear physics and to create opportunities for intense interaction between graduate students, young researchers and senior scientists. During the construction of the scientific program special attention has always been paid to offering  the enthusiastic and pedagogical overviews of the most recent research subjects in nuclear physics from both the theoretical and the experimental points of view. Young participants have also opportunity to present results of their research in short talks or on the posters.

The present Conference is entitled "Extremes of the Nuclear Landscape". Invited lectures, selected seminar contributions and posters will cover new developments in the study of various nuclear phenomena: from low lying shell model states to collective excitations at extreme spins and temperatures, from light to superheavy nuclei, from exotic proton drip-line nuclei to very neutron rich nuclear systems. New opportunities and challenges arising at the radioactive ion beam facilities and the latest experimental methods and apparatus will also be presented. We will discuss as well the role of today's nuclear structure research in the understanding of the astrophysical processes and its influence on other disciplines.


Zakopane, a town beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra mountains, offers a wide choice of free time activities. Early September promises mild, sunny weather, inviting outdoor recreation. Be sure to bring sturdy walking boots and clothing suitable for excursions and strolls. Short hiking trips into the Tatra Mountains National Park will be organized. For those who enjoy swimming, the Aqua Park Zakopane complex housing indoor and outdoor geotermal pools, is situated just beside the conference hotels. During your visit to Zakopane you will also have a chance to become acquainted with the folklore of the mountaineers.

While travelling to Zakopane we encourage you to spend some time in the city of Kraków, the historical and cultural capital of Poland.


The 2012 Zakopane Conference on Nuclear Physics is organized by the Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, the Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics of the Jagiellonian University and the Committee of Physics of the Polish Acedemy of Sciences.

International Advisory Committee

Thomas Aumann (Darmstadt), Faiçal Azaiez (Orsay), Lorenzo Corradi (Legnaro), Michael Haas (Rehovot), Morten Hjorth-Jensen (Oslo), Robert Janssens (Argonne), Adam Maj (Kraków), Witold Nazarewicz (Tennessee/Warszawa), Robert Wadsworth (York)

Local Organizing Committee

Bogdan Fornal – chairman
Wojciech Królas – scientific secretary
Maria Kmiecik – managing director

Michał Ciemała, Natalia Cieplicka, Jerzy Grębosz, Łukasz Iskra, Mateusz Krzysiek, Reinhard Kulessa, Magdalena Matejska-Minda, Katarzyna Mazurek, Witold Męczyński, Małgorzata Niewiara, Tomasz Pawłat, Bogdan Sowicki, Cecylia Szklarz, Bartłomiej Szpak, Jacek Wrzesiński, Mirosław Ziębliński