The Polish Neuroscience Society was founded in 1991 on the initiative of Prof. Marek Kowalczyk (Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Warsaw) and Prof. Małgorzata Kossut (the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS). The founding members included also scientists from different scientific centers of Warsaw: Julita Czarkowska-Bauch, Wojciech Danysz, Mirosław Mossakowski, Jolanta Skangiel-Kramska, Andrzej Wróbel.

At the beginning of 1991, Prof. Małgorzata Kossut published an important article in TINS entitled “Neuroscience in Poland” portraying the community of neurobiologists and reviewing the state of nervous system research in Poland. It was an introductory action aimed at establishing the Society.

from the Introduction:

Earlier this year I tried to locate and count the scientists who may possibly want to join the Polish Neuroscience Society. A first rough estimate indicated about 200-250 scientists, including graduate students, who do research on the nervous system. It seemed worthwhile to attempt to highlight their work so that Polish neuroscience might share in the impetus coming from the historical changes sweeping across Europe (Trends Neurosci. 1991 Feb.,14(2): 52-4).


The founding meeting took place in Warsaw in April 1991. The organizers first proposed the name Polish Neurobiological Society which was then replaced by the Polish Neuroscience Society. To achieve its objectives, the Society established Sections of Neurology and Neuroimmunology, Neurochemistry, Neurophysiology and Anatomy, Molecular and Cell Neurobiology, Neuropharmacology, Neuropsychology, Neuroinformatics, Popularization of Knowledge on the Nervous System.

The members of the PNS Founding Committee:

Marek Kowalczyk (left), Małgorzata Kossut, Mirosław Mossakowski, Jolanta Skangiel-Kramska, Andrzej Wróbel, Julita Czarkowska-Bauch, Wojciech Danysz

The program of the Founding Meeting has been preserved till today. The concept of the meeting reflects one of the crucial goals of the Society, i.e. integration of basic and clinical studies:


P O L I S H   N E U R O B I O L O G I C A L   S O C I E T Y

F O U N D I N G   M E E T I N G

April 12th, 1991

I n v i t a t i o n


11.00   Opening of the Conference


Scientific Session – M. Kossut

11.10    B. Żernicki – Neurobiology in Poland.

11.30    I. Hausmanowa-Petrusewicz – Neuromuscular diseases – the area of neurobiological studies.

12.00    M. Mossakowski – Studies on pathogenesis of late ischemic encephalopathy.

12.30    Caffee break

13.00    A. Wróbel – The network of inhibitory connections in the lateral geniculate body - an identified neuronal network.

13.20    W. Szelenberger – Physiology of sleep: An update.

13.40    M. Kowalczyk – Mechanisms of nociception and antinociception.

14.00    Lunch break.


Organizational Session – L. Kaczmarek

14.40   1. Adoption of the name of the Society

             2. Adoption of the resolution on the foundation of the Society

             3. Adoption of the Statute

             4. Election of the Interim Main Board

             5. Establishment of membership fees

             6. Information about problem committees

             7. Miscellaneous:

                 Information about the I Congress of the Society in September 1992.

                 Information about the I Scientific Symposium on November 16th, 1991.


The Organizing Committee kindly invites you to participate in the Founding Meeting of the Polish Neurobiological Society which will be held in the hall of the Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology at Kozielska 4 in Warsaw (behind Old Powązki – please see the map) at 11.00 on April 12th, 1991

The Meeting will be accompanied by an exhibition with the participation of:

The Polish Medical Publishers
The Polish Scientific Publishers
International Publishing Service
Medical Electronics Laboratory
Andy Sp. z o.o., the representative of TACUSSEL electronique in Poland
Sirpol Co. – Ruch Sp. z o.o.


The Organizing Committee

Julita Czarkowska-Bauch
Wojciech Danysz
Małgorzata Kossut
Marek Kowalczyk
Mirosław Mossakowski
Jolanta Skangiel-Kramska
Andrzej Wróbel

Programs of the next meetings and conferences can be found in the section CONGRESSES AND CONFERENCES

Prepared by: Katarzyna Nałęcz (2005), Julita Czarkowska-Bauch i Małgorzata Skup (2016)

Resources: PNS Archives; Statute of the Polish Neuroscience Society, Warsaw 1991; Statute of the Polish Neuroscience Society as amended at the General Assembly of Members. Warsaw 1997; Supplements and conference issues of "Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis" 1992-2015.