The Grzybowski Foundation is only the second foundation of its kind in the world. As such, the Foundation sees its role in assuming a more international profile, establishing and furthering links with other international foundations and societies. This will also require expanding the current Board of Trustees. It is hoped that the foundation will in the near future expand its activities to assume a leading role in co-ordinating, promoting, and supporting micropalaeontological activities- not only in Poland, but also in other countries of the former eastern European block. In particular, the immediate goals of the Foundation include the following:
- Organizer of the International Working Group on Foraminiferal Classification.
- Promoting and supporting education and scientific activities in the field of Micropalaeontology, with emphasis on eastern Europe (especially the Carpathians);
- Organising and coordinating the distribution of scientific books and journals to libraries in eastern Europe;
- Publishing studies on the taxonomy, paleobiology, paleoecology, and biostratigraphy of foraminifera and other microfossils;
- Organising poster sessions and symposia at scientific meetings to promote Carpathian micropalaeontology and results obtained by young Micropalaeontologists;
- Organising scientific conferences and field excursions on the topic of micropalaeontology and stratigraphy;
- Maintaining the micropalaeontology collections and library at the Jagiellonian University, which include the foraminiferal collections of J. Grzybowski and S. Geroch.
- Promoting the work of Jozef Grzybowski and his school and the accomplishments of the Carpathian school of micropalaeontology.
- Conferences Organised
- Co-organisor of a field course entitled "Petroleum Geology of the Polish Carpathians", April 1992Organisor of the Fourth International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera, Krakow, September 1993Co-sponsor of the "ODP and the Marine Biosphere Conference", Aberystwyth, 19-21 April, 1994Sponsor of the BMS Foraminiferal Group meetings, UCL and the BMNH, 1994Participation in the "History of Geology" poster session at the AAPG Annual Meeting, Denver, 1994.
- Co-sponsor of the Fifth International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera, University of Plymouth, 1997
- Organisor of the Mikro-98, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2007,meetings in Poland.
- Organisor of an ad-hoc workshop on Miocene benthic foraminifera, Sibiu Romania, May 2001
- Co-sponsor of the Sixth International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera, Charles University Prague, September 2001
- Co-organisor of the First (2002), Second (2003), and Third (2004) Italian Meetings on Environmental Micropaleontology in Urbino, Italy
- Co-sponsor of the Fourth Romanian Symposium on Paleontology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca - September 2003.
- Co-sponsor of the Seventh International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera, University of Urbino, September 2005.
- Organisor of the Joint Meeting of Regional Committee on Northern Neogene Stratigraphy / Northern Paleogene Stratigraphy, Krakow Poland, 2007
- Organisor of the next International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera in Cluj, September 2008
- Organisor of the next Micro meeting in Holy Cross Mountains, Poland, in 2009.
- Co-organisor of the Romanian Symposium on Palaeontology, Cluj, 2009
- Co-organizer of the 1st Joint MIKRO-2011 Workshop and TMS Foram/Nanno Group Meeting - June 27-31 2011
- Perspectives for the Future
- Expanding the foundation's role in furthering education in Micropalaeontology- at present mainly at two centres (Jagiellonian University, and University College London), with links to universities in Kiel, Oslo, Urbino, Cluj,& Bucharest
- Furthering research in Micropalaeontology by offering funding opportunities to support the research of active young micropalaeontologists, especially those working on topics related to eastern and central Europe
- Organising scientific conferences, symposia, and field conferences on the topics of micropalaeontology, biostratigraphy, and paleoecology. The "IWAF" and "Mikro" conferences are currently organised and sponsored by the foundation
- Promoting scientific findings through its Special Publication series
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How YOU can help the GF
Become a part of the International Working Group on Foraminiferal Classification, the main goal is to revise the suprageneric classification of the Foraminifera and to compile a complete catalogue of the foraminiferal genera, learn more...