The Marceli Nencki Foundation for the Support of Biological Sciences is a non-governmental organization that conducts public benefit activities. The statutory goal of the Foundation is to support scientific, popularization, and educational efforts in the field of biological sciences. The Foundation focuses its activities primarily on students and young scientists who wish to bring biological sciences closer to young people and foster their creative development. Close cooperation with the Nencki Institute and the promotion of its scientific heritage result in many joint initiatives, including lectures, workshops, study visits, Art and Science, and co-organized scientific conferences. The Foundation began its activities on November 14, 2012. Its founders were professors from Nencki Institute and members of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Council of Founders included Lech Wojtczak, Leszek Kuźnicki, Leszek Kaczmarek., Małgorzata Kossut, Jerzy Duszyński, Jacek Kuźnicki, and Maciej Nałęcz (visible in the picture), who were joined in 2017 by Bożena Kamińska-Kaczmarek, Anna Grabowska, and Krzysztof Turlejski.

The supervisory body of the Foundation is the Foundation Council, which includes members of the Founders' Council and professors Adam Szewczyk, Andrzej Wróbel, and Stefan Kasicki, who in the first term of office was the President of the Foundation's Management Board. After the death of Prof. Lech Wojtczak on September 30, 2019, Prof. Maciej Nałęcz was elected Chairman of the Foundation Council. Currently, the President of the Foundation is Hanna Fabczak.

The Marceli Nencki Foundation for the Support of Biological Sciences was established by a notarized deed on December 19, 2011, and entered by a court decision in the National Court Register on March 26, 2012.

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The "History of One Photo" project on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Nencki Foundation

One of the foundational goals of the Nencki Foundation is to promote the scientific heritage of the M. Nencki PAN. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its establishment, the Nencki Foundation began the project "The Story of One Photo". The goal of ​​the project is to tell the 100-year history of the Nencki Institute through photos that are enriched with a detailed description of the illustrated image, with others having particular emphasis on the people shown in the photo, and the circumstances behind them. The photos demonstrate the broadly understood work at the Nencki Institute, i.e. photos from research work, institute ceremonies, defending doctoral dissertations, stay at scientific internships, participation in conferences, workshops and social meetings, etc. We anticipate that we will receive photos that are still within the archives family, but have not been published yet, which were created during activities at the Nencki Institute.

General principles of the project:

- photos, in JPG format, should be sent by e-mail (e-mail subject: "History of One Photo") to the address:,  along with a text describing the photo, and the circumstances of its taking (up to 1000 characters from spaces). The description of the photo should be signed by the author of the text.

- photos received, of good technical quality, will be published on an ongoing basis on dedicated Facebook sites and Instagram. The most interesting photos will then be published on the website of the Nencki Foundation.

- sending a photo by e-mail is tantamount to consenting to its publication by the Nencki Foundation for the implementation of the statutory objectives.

- the beginning of the Project on July 1, 2021. The project will run for the next 12 months.