Director of the National Science Centre is responsible for financial management as well as correct and efficient completion of NCN tasks. The Director is also in charge of international cooperation and acts as a legal representative on behalf of the Centre.
Director – Prof. Zbigniew Błocki
Since 1990 he has been affiliated with the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of Jagiellonian University, where he took his doctoral degree in 1995. In 1999, as a recipient of the Fulbright senior grant, he worked at Indiana University Bloomington and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2001 he resided at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, and in 2002 he carried out research for three months at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig. In the years 2006 and 2013 he was a visiting professor at Indiana University. He gave a number of lectures at such locations as Princeton, Harvard, Columbia University, University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Fudan University, Nagoya, Tel Aviv, Grenoble, The Indian Institute of Science – Bangalore, Uppsala, Tor Vergata, Vienna, Purdue University, Australian National University, Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu – Paris.
In the years 2010 through 2015 he was a member of the Council of the National Science Centre, and between 2010 and 2013 – of the Board of the Polish Mathematical Society. Currently, he is a member of the scientific board of the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and of the Committee of Ethics of the European Mathematical Society. In the years 2011-2012 he held the office of director of the Institute of Mathematics, Jagiellonian University; he also served as deputy to the president of the Organising Committee of the 6th European Congress of Mathematics in Krakow, in 2012. For a number of years he has been a member of the scientific committee and the main coordinator of the series of lectures in memoriam Stanisław Łojasiewicz, at Jagiellonian University. In the period between 2010 and 2015 he coordinated the research project Geometry and Topology in Physical Models, as part of the International PhD Projects Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science. He is involved, as Principal Investigator, in the project Pluripotential Theory and dbar under the Ideas Plus Programme.
He has received numerous prestigious state and academic awards from such bodies and institutions as the Polish Mathematical Society or Jagiellonian University.
Deputy Director – Dr Tomasz Bzukała
NCN Deputy Director since September 2014. Tomasz Bzukała is a graduate of the Faculty of History of Jagiellonian University and the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw. In June 2014 he obtained his PhD at the Faculty of History of Jagiellonian University on the basis of a dissertation entitled Social diseases in Cracow during World War I in the light of the documentation of the Municipal Health Office in Cracow. He has gained his experience in public administration as an intern at the Ministry of Infrastructure (Department of the Construction Market and Technology) and at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union in Brussels (Department of Research, Education and Culture). Between 2009–2010 he served as the chief specialist in the Bureau of the Minister, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. On 29th November 2010 he was appointed a civil servant. On 1st October 2010 he was assigned to the organisational work of creating the National Science Centre. From April 2011 until September 2014 he served as the Head of the Administrative Department for the NCN. Also from July 2011 until September 2012 he served as NCN acting Deputy Director.