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History and range of activities

History and range of activities of the Institute

The history of the Institute consists of several events leading to the establishment of the independent scientific and research unit of the Polish Academy of Sciences:

The studies carried out at the Institute are characterized by interdisciplinarity and complexity. They are implemented on the basis of the entire research process—from basic research to application—with a particular emphasis on their usefulness. The interdisciplinary nature of the Institute’s activities includes disciplines such as:

It is worth emphasizing that the Institute is a pioneer in the use of geothermal energy in Poland. The first Polish experimental geothermal plant, located in Bańska Niżna-Biały Dunajec and made up of two deep boreholes, was launched in 1993. As of today, this installation is used for heating purposes and as a geothermal laboratory.