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Conference information

We are happy to announce that the 30th conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture will take place from the 6th to the 9th of September, 2023, in Warsaw, Poland. The leading theme of this SEAC conference is  Between ancient and modern astronomy,  this will be our way to commemorate two significant anniversaries related to Nicolas Copernicus: the 550th anniversary of his birth and the 480th anniversary of his death.

The main venue for the conference is Staszic Palace, founded in 1620 as a small Orthodox Chapel  but redesigned in neoclassical style in 1820-23 by the architect Antonio Corazzi and purchased for the Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning (precursor to the Polish Academy of Science), by Stanislaw Staszic, the society's co-founder.  Architectural changes introduced during the latter half of the 19th century transformed the original shape and structure of the building’s interiors. The palace was damaged during the 1939 siege of Warsaw and the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and was rebuilt in the neoclassical form after WW2. In front of the Staszic Palace, there is Berthel Thornvaldsen's monument to Copernicus with an armillary sphere (1830). The conference will be held in the Mirror Room (Sala Lustrzana) on the 1st floor. 

Poland's capital and largest city, Warsaw, is home to great museums and historical sites. Staszic Palace is located in the Śródmieście borough at the heart of the city. The part of Warsaw is home to the most important national and municipal institutions, historical monuments, museums and theaters, universities,  business centers, and after all, to many tourist attractions. It's also home to some of the finest restaurants and bars that offer dishes from all parts of the world (including vegetarian ones.

The average temperature in Warsaw in September typically ranges between 20°C and  9°C, the climate is reasonable humid, with light rains, and gentle breeze.


Organising institutions

Polish Chapter of the Explorers Club (

The Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw (

The University of Warsaw Museum (

Warsaw Scientific Society ( )

Organising Committee:

Mariusz Ziółkowski (University of Warsaw) – President

Tomasz Bulik (University of Warsaw)

Michał Gilewski (University of Warsaw)

Stanisław Iwaniszewski (State Archaeological Museum, Warsaw and National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico City)

Mirosław Jonakowski (Nicolas Copernicus Museum, Frombork)

Hubert Kowalski (University of Warsaw)

Jarosław Włodarczyk (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

Scientific Committee:

Juan Antonio Belmonte (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and Universidad de La Laguna)

Rita Gautschy (University of Basel)

Al. César González García (Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Santiago de Compostela)

Paweł Haensel (Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (CAMK) of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw)

Duane Hamacher (Universität Heidelberg and University of Melbourne)

Arnold Lebeuf (professor emeritus, Jagiellonian University in Cracow)

Alejandro Martín López (Instituto de Ciencias Antropológicas, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires)

Fabio Silva (Bournemouth University)

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