Supervisors from Space Research Centre



Anna Wawrzaszek received her BS in computer science in 2004 and MS in mathematics in 2004, both from the University of Podlasie, Siedlce, Poland, and her PhD in geophysics from the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS) in 2009. Since 2009, she has been a physicist with the CBK PAN, where she has been also an assistant professor since 2011. In 2020 Anna Wawrzaszek received her DSc (habilitation) in Earth and environmental sciences and is currently an associate professor at SRC PAS.

Prof. Wawrzaszek has extensive experience with various data analysis techniques from several spacecraft missions (Helios, ACE, Ulysses, Voyager, Themis), as well as for satellite imagery (EROS-A, WorldView-2, GeoEye-1, IKONOS, Pléiades). In particular, her research interests include the advanced multifractal formalism and its application to the processing and analysis of large multidimensional datasets. She has been involved in a number of scientific projects: 7 national projects, two FP7 projects, as well as ESA projects related to the development of space technology. She was also a member of the team working on the launch of the first Polish scientific satellites (the BRITE-PL project). She is the author of more than 30 scientific articles, 6 invited talks, more than 60 conference abstracts.


Research interests:

Turbulence, space plasmas, multifractals, dynamical systems, satellite imagery.


Major publications:

Wawrzaszek A., Macek W. M. (2010). “Observation of the Multifractal Spectrum in Solar Wind Turbulence Ulysses at High Latitudes”, Journal of Geophysical Research 115, A07104, doi:10.1029/2009JA015176.

Macek W. M., Wawrzaszek A., Burlaga L.F. (2014). “Multifractal Structures Detected by Voyager 1 at the Heliospheric Boundaries”, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 793: L30, doi:10.1088/2041-8205/793/2/L30.

Wawrzaszek A., Echim M., Macek W.M., Bruno R. (2015). “Evolution of Intermittency in the Slow and Fast Solar Wind Beyond the Ecliptic Plane”, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 814: L19, doi: 10.1088/2014-8205/814/2/L19.

Wawrzaszek A., Echim M., Bruno R., (2019). “Multifractal Analysis of Heliospheric Magnetic Field Fluctuations Observed by Ulysses”, The Astrophysical Journal 876, 153, doi: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab1750.

Wawrzaszek A., Krasińska (2019). “Hopf bifurcations, periodic windows and intermittency in the generalized Lorenz model”, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 29:14, doi: 10.1142/S0218127419300428.

Hans Rickman is a professor at the Space Research Center, Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS). He was awarded his PhD in 1977 at Stockholm Observatory in Sweden. From 1978 he worked at Uppsala Observatory and retired in 2014 as Professor of Astronomy at Uppsala University. He served as General Secretary of the International Astronomical Union in 2000-2003. His stay at SRC PAS started in 2007, and in 2011 he was awarded a Presidential Professorship. Prof. Rickman conducted most of his research in international collaborations, mostly involving France, Poland, Germany and Uruguay. In 2012 he was awarded the David Bates medal by the European Geophysical Society for his achievements in the study of cometary physics.


Research interests:

Formation of stars and planets, evolution of planetary systems, cometary dynamics, collisional processes in the solar system.


Major publications:

Rickman H., Wiśniowski T., Wajer P., Gabryszewski R., Valsecchi G.B. (2014). “Monte Carlo methods to calculate impact probabilities”, Astron. Astrophys. 569, A47.

Rickman H., Marchi S., A’Hearn M.F., and 38 co-authors (2015). “Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: Constraints on its origin from OSIRIS observations”, Astron. Astrophys. 583, A44.

Morbidelli A., Rickman H. (2015). “Comets as collisional fragments of a primordial planetesimal disk”, Astron. Astrophys. 583, A43.

Nordlander T., Rickman H., Gustefsson B. (2017). “The destruction of an Oort Cloud in a rich stellar cluster”, Astron. Astrophys. 603, A112.

Rickman H. (2017). Origin and Evolution of Comets, World Scientific Publishing Company.

Jolanta Nastula has been Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs at SRC PAS since 2015. She received her PhD in physics from the University of Warsaw, her DSc (habilitation) in physical sciences from the Institute of Geophysics in the field of geophysics, and the title of Professor (April 2014) in physical sciences.

Research interests:

Atmospheric, oceanic and hydrological signals in polar motion excitation and their spectral analysis. She has made very substantial contributions to scientific areas related to the analyses of surficial fluids mass and gravity field variations from GRACE observations and their relationship to questions of the Earth’s variable rotation.

Major publications:

Nastula J., Ponte R. M., (1999). “Further evidence for oceanic excitation of polar motion”, Geophys. J. International, 139, pp 123–190, 10.1046/j.1365-246X.1999.00930.

Nastula J., Ponte R. M., Salstein D.A., (2007). “Comparison of polar motion excitation series derived from GRACE and from analyses of geophysical fluids”, Geoph. Res. Lett., Vol. 34, art. no. L11306, 10.1029/2006GL02893.

Nastula J., Salstein D.A, Kołaczek B., (2009). “Patterns of atmospheric excitation functions of polar motion from high-resolution regional sectors”, JGR, Vol. 114, art. no. B04407. 10.1029/2008JB005605.

Seoane I., Nastula J., Bizouard C., Gambis D., (2009). “The use of gravimetric data from GRACE mission in the understanding of polar motion variations”, Journal of Geodynamics, Vol. 48 Issue: 3-5, pp. 235–240, 10.1016/j.jog.2009.09.02.

Nastula J., Paśnicka M., Kołaczek B., (2011). “Comparison of the geophysical excitations of polar motion from the period: 1980.0–2009.0”, Acta Geophysica, Vol. 59 no.3, pp. 561–577, 10.2478/s11600-011-0008-2.

Nastula J., Gross R., Salstein D., (2012). “Oceanic excitation of polar motion: Identification of specific oceanic areas important for polar motion excitation”, Journal of Geodynamics, pp 16–23, 10.1016/j.jog.2012.012.002.

Nastula J., Gross R., (2015). “Chandler wobble parameters from SLR and GRACE”, JGR, Vol. 120, pp 4474-4483, 10.1002/2014JB011825.

Wińska M., Nastula J., Kolaczek B., (2016). “Assessment of the Global and Regional Land Hydrosphere and Its Impact on the Balance of the Geophysical Excitation Function of Polar Motion”, Acta Geophysica, Vol. 64, no 1, pp 270-292, 10.1515/acgeo-2015-0041.

Wińska M., Nastula J., Salstein D., (2017). “Hydrological excitation of polar motion by different variables from the GLDAS models”, Journal of Geodesy, Vol. 91, Issue 12, pp 1461–1473, doi:

Śliwińska J., Nastula J., (2019). “Determining and Evaluating the Hydrological Signal in Polar Motion Excitation from Gravity Field Models Obtained from Kinematic Orbits of LEO Satellites”, Remote Sensing,  Vol.11,  Issue: 15, pp 1–19, 10.3390/rs11151784.

Bogusz J., Brzeziński A., Nastula J., (2019). “Research on Earth rotation and geodynamics in Poland in 2015-2018”, Geodesy and Cartography, Vol. 68, issue 1, pp 65–86, 10.24425/gac.2019.12609.

Śliwińska J., Wińska M., Nastula J., (2019). “Terrestrial water storage variations and their effect on polar motion”, Acta Geophysica, Vol. 67, issue: 1, pp 17-39, 10.1007/s11600-018-0227-x;

Nastula J., Wińska M., Śliwińska J., (2019). “Hydrological signals in polar motion excitation – Evidence”, Journal of Geodynamics, Vol . 124, pp 119-132, 10.1016/j.jog.2019.01.014.

Dr. Jerzy Nawrocki holds an MSc in physics (1976) and a PhD in satellite geodesy (1998). He is a physicist and astronomer and head of the Time and Frequency Laboratory at the Astrogeodynamical Observatory of the Space Research Centre in Borowiec, Poland. Being a specialist in the field of time and frequency, he works on: the implementation of time scales, comparisons of indications of atomic clocks over long distances, design and computations of TA (PL), development of receivers for the transfer of time TTS-X. Dr. Nawrocki has participated in the construction of the Galileo Precise Time Facility in Fucino, Italy. A member of the Consultative Committee for Time and Frequency at the BIPM.


Research interest:

Atomic time and frequency standards, atomic time scales, long distance precise comparisons of atomic clocks, satellite geodesy


Major publications:

Hendricks R.J., Ozimek F., Szymaniec K., Nagórny B., Dunst P., Nawrocki J., Beattie S., Jian B., Gibble K., (2019). “Cs Fountain Clocks for Commercial Realizations – An Improved and Robust Design”, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control. DOI:

Szymaniec K., Hendricks R.J., Turza K. Dunst P., Nagórny B., Nawrocki J., Krehilk P., Śliwczyński Ł., Czubla A., (2018). “Operation of caesium fountain frequency standards with remote hydrogen maser references”, Metrologia DOI: 10.1088/1681-7575/aae40d.

Morzynski P., Bober M., Bartoszek-Bober D., Nawrocki J., Krehlik P., Sliwczynski L., Lipinsk, M., Maslowski P., Cygan A., Dunst P., Garus M., Lisak D., Zachorowski J., Gawlik W., Radzewicz C., Ciurylo R., Zawada M., (2015). “Absolute measurement of the 1S0 - 3P0 clock transition in neutral 88Sr over the 330 km-long stabilized fibre optic link”, Scientific Reports 5, doi:10.1038/srep17495.


Jurek Sasiadek has been a professor in control engineering and aerospace engineering at the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS) since 2015. Prof. Sasiadek received his PhD and DSc (habilitation) degrees from Wrocław University of Technology. In parallel, since 1982, he has had a position at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where he is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


Research interests:

Guidance, navigation and control (GNC); robotics; sensor and data fusion; mechatronics; space robotics; unmanned aerial vehicles; mobile robots; intelligent and adaptive control systems; autonomous systems; non-linear control; cooperative robot control; vision systems; global positioning systems (GPS); inertial navigation systems; control systems theory; aerospace control systems; control theory and application; energy systems control; biomedical and bioengineering systems.


Major publications:

Sasiadek J.Z. (2002). “Sensor fusion”, Annual Reviews in Control.

Dulęba I., Sasiadek J.Z. (2003). “Nonholonomic motion planning based on Newton algorithm with energy optimization”, IEEE transactions on control systems technology.

Green A., Sasiadek J.Z. (2004). “Dynamics and Trajectory Tracking Control of a Two-Link Robot Manipulator”, Journal of Vibration and Control.



With 49 years of professional experience, Janusz Sylwester has managed 13 research projects. He is a member of numerous review panels, both Polish and international. Since 2009, Prof. Sylwester has been an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.


Research interest:

Solar Physics, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Atomic Physics.


Major Publications:

Sylwester J. (1984).Variation in observed coronal calcium abundance of X-ray flare plasmas”, Nature,

Sylwester J. (2018). “Highly Ionized Calcium and Argon X-Ray Spectra from a Large Solar Flare”, ApJ, 2018ApJ...863...10P.

Mirosław Rataj studied at the Faculty of Mechatronics, Warsaw University of Technology, where he earned his PhD and DSc (habilitation) in Optical Engineering. His main field of study is the design of optical and optoelectronic instruments. He also works on design and project management for spectro-imaging instruments working in the optical range, for remote sensing purposes. He deals mainly with Hyperspectral and Fourier Spectrometers for measurements from ground and airborne level. He has worked on the design and project management for units and modules of space instruments for the missions Mars Express, Venus Express, Herschel, Juice SWI, Mertis – Bepi Colombo, ATHENA WFI and ARIEL Fine Guidance System.


Research interests:

Optics and optoelectronics design for space missions.


Major publications:

Pilch A., Kamisinski T., Rataj M., Polak S. (2017). “Acoustic Simulation’s Verification of WFI ATHENA Filterwheel Assembly”, Archives of Acoustics vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 483–489.

Pietrzak R., Rataj M. (2017). “Estimation and correction of the influence of an IR spectometer on mechanical vibrations”, Opto-Electronics Review 25: 110–117.

Da Deppo V., Focardi M., Middleton K., Morgante G., Pascale E., Grella S., Pace E., Claudi R., Amiaux J., Colomé Ferrer J., Hunt T., Rataj M., Sierra‑Roig C., Veltroni I. F., Eccleston P., Micela G., Tinett G., “An afocal telescope configuration for the ESA ARIEL mission”, CEAS Space Journal 9: 379-398.

Rataj M., “A chemical survey of exoplanets with ARIEL”, Experimental Astronomy vol. 46, Issue 1, 135–209, 10.1007/s10686-018-9598-x.

Rataj M., “ATHENA WFI optical blocking filters development status toward the end of the instrument phase”, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 10699.

Rataj M., “The ARIEL space mission”, Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering vol. 10698.

Rataj M., “Structural modelling and mechanical tests supporting the design of the ATHENA X-IFU thermal filters and WFI optical blocking filter”, Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering vol. 10699.

Since 2014, Paweł Lejba has been a manager of the Borowiec Astrogeodynamic Observatory, being a part of the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS) and head of the Borowiec Satellite Laser Ranging Station (BORL7811). Dr. Lejba’s research activity focuses on laser tracking of satellites and space debris as well as orbit determination of different satellites/space debris from laser measurements under the framework of the Space and Surveillance Tracking programme.


Research interests:

Satellite Laser Ranging, Space Debris, Space Surveillance and Tracking.


Major publications:  

Lejba P., Schillak S., Wnuk E. (2007). “Determination of orbits and SLR stations’ coordinates on the basis of laser observations of the satellites Starlette and Stella”, Advances in Space Research, Volume 40, Issue 1, 143-149.

Lejba P., Schillak S. (2011). The determination of the station positions and velocities from the laser observations of Ajisai, Starlette and Stella satellites”, Advances in Space Research, Vol. 47, Issue 4, 654-662;

Konacki M., Lejba P., Sybilski P., Pawłaszek R., Kozłowski S., Suchodolski T., Litwicki M., Kolb U., Burwitz V., Baader J., Groot P., Bloemen S., Ratajczak M., Hełminiak K., Borek R., Chodosiewicz P., (2016). “Polish and European SST Assets: the Solaris-Panoptes Global Network of Robotic Telescopes and the Borowiec Satellite Laser Ranging System”, Proceedings of the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference (AMOS);

Kucharski D., Kirchner G., Bennett J. C., Lachut M., Sośnica K., Koshkin N., Shakun L., Koidl F., Steindorfer M., Wang P., Fan C., Han X., Grunwaldt L., Wilkinson M., Rodríguez J., Bianco G., Vespe F., Catalán M., Salmins K., del Pino J. R., Lim H.-C., Park E., Moore C., Lejba P., Suchodolski T. (2017). “Photon pressure force on space debris TOPEX/Poseidon measured by Satellite Laser Ranging”, Earth and Space Science, Vol.4, Issue 10, 661-668.

Lejba P., Suchodolski T., Michałek P., Bartoszak J., Schillak S., Zapaśnik S. (2018). “First laser measurements to space debris in Poland”, Advances in Space Research, Vol. 61, Issue 10, 2609-2616, DOI:,2017.

Konacki M., Malacz A., Chimicz A., Lejba P., Sybilski P., Pawłaszek R., Kozłowski S., Suchodolski T., Kozłowski K., Sybilska A., Rogowska B., Pazderski D., Żołnowski M., Shearer A., Słowikowska A., Pilichowski M., Malawski M., Gędek M. (2019). “Optical, Laser and Processing Capabilities of the New Polish Space Situational Awareness Centre”; Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference (AMOS);

Piotr Orleański holds a PhD in electronics and his process of obtaining a DSc (habilitation) degree is nearly finished. He has more than 40 years of experience as electronic engineer, test engineer, systems engineer, group leader and project manager in the design and development of space based instrumentation, in particular in digital electronics, optoelectronics, DC/DC converters and space technology (design rules, reliability, environmental conditions, components and materials base, testing). Over the last 20 years he has spent a total of more than 6 years at research and commercial institutions in Europe, the United States, Canada and China. In particular, Orleański was employed (five years, half-time contract) as a STIX/SolarOrbiter System Engineer at Fachhochschule Nordwestschweitz (FHNW) in Switzerland. As Polish Leader or Co-I, Orleański has participated (and still participates) in more than 20 international space projects. Currently nine experiments Piotr Orleański participated in are successfully working in space: IBIS/Integral, BRITE-Lem, BRITE-Heweliusz and CCSDS/OP-Sat in Earth orbit, MXGS/ASIM on the ISS, PFS/MarsExpress and CaSSIS/ExoMars in Martian orbit, MERTIS/BepiColombo on its way to Mercury and STIX/SolarOrbiter on its way to the Sun.


Research interest:

Satellites, scientific instrumentation, computers, optoelectronics, space technology


Major publications:

Orleański P. (2019). Satelitarna aparatura naukowa – projektowanie instrumentów ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem reguł dotyczących niezawodności (Satellite scientific instrumentation – Design focused on reliability aspects), SRC PAS.

Ostgaard N., et al  (2019). “The Modular X- and Gamma-Ray Sensor (MXGS) of the ASIM Payload on the International Space Station”, Space Science Reviews 215(2), DOI: 10.1007/s11214-018-0573-7;

Thomas N., Cremonese G., Ziethe R., Gerber M., Brändli M., Bruno G., Erismann M., Gambicorti, L., (...), Wray, J.J., (2017). “The Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter”, Space Science Reviews 212 (3-4), 1897.

Krucker S., Bednarzik M., Grimm O., Hurford G.J., Limousin O., Meuris A., Orleański P., Seweryn K., Skup K.R., (2016). “The Spectrometer/Telescope for Imaging X-rays on Solar Orbiter: Flight design, challenges and trade-offs”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 824, 626;

Orleanski P., Michalska M., Nowosielski W., Ciechanowicz M., Klein T., Risacher C., Di Giorgio A., Pearson J.C., (...), Teyssier D. (2012). “Controlling the THz heterodyne – Lesson learned from HIFI/Herschel mission”, 19th International Conference on Microwaves, Radar and Wireless Communications, MIKON 2012, 426.

De Graauw T., Helmich F.P., Phillips T.G., Stutzki J., Caux E., Whyborn N.D., Dieleman P., Roelfsema P.R.,(...),Zwart F. (2010).  “The Herschel -Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI)”, Astronomy and Astrophysics 518, (7-8).

Stanisław Lewiński is head of the Earth Observation Department at the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS), where he is an associate professor. He has over 30 years of extensive practical experience in the field of satellite image processing and GIS. He has participated in and also served as a leader of various scientific and application projects oriented towards obtaining information about the environment on the basis of satellite images. Projects were funded by the Polish Government, the EU as well as ESA. He has processed low, medium, high and very high-resolution satellite images. Based on Landsat ETM+ images he has proposed a method for semi-automatic preparation of land cover and land use databases using the object-oriented classification of HR satellite images (2007). Working under the framework of the SATChMo/Geoland2 EU project, he led a team that prepared an algorithm ready for object-oriented classification of KOMPSAT-2 and FORMOSAT-2 satellite images (2009). In 2016-2019 he led the ESA S2GLC project, within which a method for global mapping was developed. He is the author of 70 publications including 2 monographs, and has prepared 20 satellite maps.


Research interests:

Classification of satellite images using new approaches, processing time series, the use of satellite images for environmental protection, land cover and land use monitoring.


Major publications:

Krupiński M., Lewiński S., Malinowski R., (2019). “One class SVM for building detection on Sentinel-2 images”. Proceedings Volume 11176, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments;

Gromny E., Lewinski S., Rybicki M., Malinowski R., Krupiński M., Nowakowski A., Jenerowicz M., (2019). “Creation of training dataset for Sentinel-2 land cover classification”. Proceedings Volume 11176, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments;

Gromny E., Lewinski S., Rybicki M., Malinowski R., Krupiński M., Nowakowski A., (2019). “Post-processing tools for land cover classification of Sentinel-2”. Proceedings Volume 11176, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments;

Lewiński S., Nowakowski A., Malinowski R., Rybicki M., Kukawska E., Krupiński M., (2017). “Aggregation of Sentinel-2 time series classifications as a solution for multitemporal analysis”. In Proc. SPIE 10427, Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XXIII, 104270B doi: 10.1117/12.2277976.

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Tomasz Mrozek received his PhD from the University of Wrocław in 2005. Since 2006 he has been a a senior lecturer at the Astronomical Institute, University of Wrocław. Since 2011 he has been a member of Solar Physics Division team at the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS). He is a member of Solar Orbiter/STIX science team, and Co-Investigator of the ASO-S/HXI instrument.


Research interests:

X-ray imaging spectroscopy of the Sun, solar failed eruptions, EUV observations, solar flares.


Major publications:

Mrozek T. (2011). “Failed Eruption of a Filament as a Driver for Vertical Oscillations of Coronal Loops”, Solar Physics.

Netzel A., Mrozek T., Kołomański S., Gburek S. (2012). “Extreme-ultraviolet and hard X-ray signatures of electron acceleration during the failed eruption of a filament”, Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Mrozek T. et al. (2018). “Solar Microflares Observed by SphinX and RHESSI”, Solar Physics.

Mrozek T. et al. (2020). “Catalog of solar failed eruptions and other dynamic features registered by SDO/AIA”, Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.