Prof. dr. hab. Karol Życzkowski
Director of National Quantum Information Centre

Prof. dr. hab. Paweł Horodecki
Director on Research Policy

Dr. hab. Łukasz Rudnicki, Prof. UG
Director for Organizational Affairs

Jolanta Rejniak, MSc.
Chief Specialist for Administration and Finance



Scientific Council of National Quantum Information Centre 2019-2023

  • Prof. dr. hab. Wiesław Laskowski, Uniwersytet Gdański, Head of KCIK Scientific Council
  • Prof. dr. hab. Karol Życzkowski, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, KCIK Director
  • Prof. dr. hab. Paweł Horodecki, ICTQT-Uniwersytet Gdański, Director on Research Policy
  • Dr. hab. Łukasz Rudnicki, ICTQT-Uniwersytet Gdański, Director for Organizational Affairs
  • Dr. hab. Lech Mankiewicz, CFT PAN, Warszawa
  • Dr. hab. Adam Sawicki, CFT PAN, Warszawa
  • Dr. hab. Łukasz Cywiński, Instytut Fizyki PAN, Warszawa
  • Dr. hab. Tomasz Sowiński, Instytut Fizyki PAN, Warszawa
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Czachor – Politechnika Gdańska, Gdańsk
  • Dr. inż. Marcin Nowakowski, Politechnika Gdańska, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Żukowski, Uniwersytet Gdański, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Adam Miranowicz, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
  • Prof. dr. hab. Andrzej Grudka, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
  • Prof. dr. hab. Jakub Zakrzewski, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
  • Dr. hab. Zbigniew Puchała, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
  • Prof. dr. hab. Krzysztof Kowalski, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Łódź
  • Prof. dr. hab. Jakub Rembieliński, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Łódź
  • Prof. dr. hab. Dariusz Chruściński, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
  • Dr. Piotr Kolenderski, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
  • Dr. hab. Lech Jakóbczyk, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław
  • Dr. hab. Marek Mozrzymas, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław


Previous Director

Director of National Quantum Information Centre 2007-2019

Prof. dr hab. Ryszard Horodecki

Message from the Director “All our former experience with application of quantum theory seems to say that what is predicted by quantum formalism must occur in the laboratory.” From the perspective of almost a century, quantum theory appears as a kind of quantum inscription written in an abstract mathematical language, based on axioms that are difficult to translate into intuition. Deciphering its successive verses is a fascinating intellectual adventure, reaching out for ever new resources – the quantum correlations responsible for its subtle organization. There was a time when it seemed that the quantum inscription had been deciphered and no longer held any power to surprise us. The rise and rapid development of quantum information theory at the turn of 20th and 21st century, including present discoveries, reveal how deceptive this assumption was.

Quantum inscription, being equally resistant to both understanding of the machinery of its formalism and to countless experimental tests, is among the greatest challenges to the human intellect. Perhaps the most significant challenge was issued by John Bell when he formulated the theorem which is an unshakeable foundation for the tests of “applied philosophy”. It inclines us to ask more general questions. Why does Nature allow itself to be described at all? After all, it might be spiteful and not exhibit any kind of regularity. One of the attempts to open the “safe of cognition” was Hans Georg Gadamer’s hermeneutic philosophy of understanding, encapsulated in the formula: “The phenomenon of language and understanding is a universal model of being and cognition.” Gadamer’s turn to language once more inclines us to ask the natural questions: Is the language of quantum inscription – the formalism of the Hilbert space – somehow distinguished, and is it universal? Do such concepts as “non-commutativity”, “randomness”, “uncertainty”, suitably rescaled, turn out to be invariants of the modelling of physical reality that embraces the phenomenon of gravity? Does the “classic world” only reflect the border form of the quantum structure of the world? Is an anthropocentric cosmological principle in conflict with quantum no-go bonds on the processing of quantum information? Can the quantum inscription be described from outside as a kind of game between the observer and Nature, and what connection does this have with Gödel’s theorem? Do the laws of Nature constitute a kind of bonds on the processing quantum information? Or perhaps Nature is “polyglot” and requires complementary (non-contradictory) languages. Naturally many other questions can be asked. You may view inscription from many different perspectives and trace your own virgin trail; the reward is always the inscrutable horizon of cognition. There is also a practical dimension. Nature generously repays attention, revealing its characteristic potential, which translates into quality of life. The National Quantum Information Centre is open to bold challenges. A special kind of atmosphere prevails here, in which creative freedom is encouraged. The historic building which is the Centre’s headquarters in Sopot, set in beautiful natural surroundings between woods and sea, provides an unrivalled space for discourse and co-operative endeavours that cut across all possible divisions.

Previous Boards

Scientific Council of National Quantum Information Centre 2015-2019

  • Prof. dr. hab. Ryszard Horodecki, Uniwersytet Gdański, Dyrektor KCIK
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Kuś, CFT PAN, Warszawa, Przewodniczący Rady Naukowej KCIK
  • Dr. hab. Lech Mankiewicz, CFT PAN, Warszawa
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Żukowski, Uniwersytet Gdański, Gdańsk
  • Dr. hab. Marcin Pawłowski, Uniwersytet Gdański, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Jacek Kossut, Instytut Fizyki PAN, Warszawa
  • Prof. dr. hab. Leszek Sirko, Instytut Fizyki PAN, Warszawa
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Czachor, Politechnika Gdańska, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Paweł Horodecki, Politechnika Gdańska, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Antoni Wójcik, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
  • Prof. dr. hab. Ryszard Tanaś, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
  • Prof. dr. hab. Jakub Zakrzewski, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
  • Prof. dr. hab. Karol Życzkowski, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
  • Prof. dr. hab. Krzysztof Kowalski, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Łódź
  • Prof. dr. hab. Jakub Rembieliński, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Łódź
  • Prof. dr. hab. Dariusz Chruściński, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
  • Prof. dr. hab. Andrzej Jamiołkowski, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
  • Dr. hab. Lech Jakóbczyk, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław
  • Prof. dr. hab. Robert Olkiewicz, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław

Scientific Council of National Quantum Information Centre 2007-2015

  • Prof. dr. hab. Ryszard Horodecki, Uniwersytet Gdański, Gdańsk, Dyrektor KCIK
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Kuś, CFT PAN, Warszawa, Przewodniczący Rady Naukowej KCIK
  • Dr. hab. Lech Mankiewicz, CFT PAN, Warszawa
  • Prof. dr. hab. Jacek Kossut, Instytut Fizyki PAN, Warszawa
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Czachor – Politechnika Gdańska, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Paweł Horodecki, Politechnika Gdańska, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Robert Alicki, Uniwersytet Gdański, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Żukowski, Uniwersytet Gdański, Gdańsk
  • Prof. dr. hab. Antoni Wójcik, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
  • Prof. dr. hab. Ryszard Tanaś, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
  • Prof. dr. hab. Jakub Zakrzewski, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
  • Prof. dr. hab. Karol Życzkowski, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
  • Prof. dr. hab. Krzysztof Kowalski, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Łódź
  • Prof. dr. hab. Jakub Rembieliński, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Łódź
  • Prof. dr. hab. Dariusz Chruściński, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
  • Prof. dr. hab. Andrzej Jamiołkowski, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
  • Prof. dr. hab. Zdzisław Latajka, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław
  • Prof. dr. hab. Robert Olkiewicz, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław