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Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Laboratory of Molecular and Systemic Neuromorphology, Warsaw, Poland

The Institute’s mission is deeply rooted in its long history of excellence in basic scientific research, but it must be periodically revised in response to dynamically changing environment of scientific research and its economical and societal implications. Therefore at the beginning of the 21st century, termed by some “the age of biology”, the Institute’s mission and development strategy must be revaluated. The enclosed director’s note sets the context for such re-evaluation process, which should involve all the stakeholders, starting with the Institute’s research and support staff, and ending with the Institute’s Scientific Council and the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The Mission of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology is to excel in basic scientific research, maintaining the highest quality of scientific output in terms of created and disseminated knowledge, which can be applied in the context of wider societal needs to improve the quality of life.

The Institute aspires to fulfil its mission by investing in human capital, in modern technologies, and by stressing the importance of effective international collaboration.