Outstanding scientific achievements in the field of small and medium-sized enterprise economics, as well as creating a center of economic study in Gdańsk brought Prof. Piotr Dominiak, the GUT Vice-Rector for Internationalization and Innovation, the Johannes Hevelius Scientific Award of the City of Gdańsk. He is the first scientist from our university who received this prize in the humanities and social sciences category.
"Conducting internationally renowned research, teaching young scientists and promoting economic knowledge, professor Piotr Dominiak created a scientific centre for studying social sciences", said Prof. Jerzy Błażejowski in a laudation delivered during a ceremony at the Gdańsk Main Town Hall.
Receiving the award Prof. Piotr Dominiak said he felt honored and humbled by the list of previous laureates.
"Finding myself among the scientists who received this prize before me is a great distinction", Prof. Dominiak said thanking Prof. Jacek Namieśnik, the GUT Rector, for supporting his candidacy. "This prize goes to the entire Gdańsk University of Technology, since this is the first time a member of its academic community is awarded in a category different than natural and exact sciences. It proves that GUT is a true university, a place providing opportunity to research multiple disciplines".
In the natural and exact sciences category, the award was given to Prof. Piotr Stepnowski, Vice-Rector for Research and Foreign Cooperation of the University of Gdańsk.
"The development of our city would be impossible without its cooperation with the scientific community", Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, acting mayor of Gdańsk, stated during the ceremony. "The award testifies to your successes, but is also a thank you from our city for making its name known throughout the world", she added.
Established in 1987, the Johannes Hevelius Scientific Award of the City of Gdańsk is granted for outstanding scientific achievements by a committee consisting of Gdańsk national university rectors, a representative of the mayor, previous laureates and a representative of private universities. It is handed during a ceremony which takes place annually on the 28th of January, the birthday of Johannes Hevelius.
The first Johannes Hevelius Scientific Award of the City of Gdańsk was given to Prof. Edward Borowski from the GUT Faculty of Chemistry in 1988. Scientists working at our university who also received this prize are Prof. Kazimierz Gęba from the Faculty of Applied Physics and Mathematics (1989), Prof. Edmund Wittbrodt from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (1997), Prof. Jacek Namieśnik from the Faculty of Chemistry (2001), Prof. Michał Mrozowski from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (2002), Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (2006), Prof. Janusz Rachoń from the Faculty of Chemistry (2010) and Prof. Kazimierz Darowicki from the Faculty of Chemistry (2016).