The knowledge, the competences and the talent of Lublin scientists secure the presence of the city among the most important centres in our country, as well as among foreign centres. Inventors acting here, experimenters and inspirers are appreciated in rankings, awarded with prizes, also invited to international and interdisciplinary research teams. The statements of many of them are quoted in specialized literature, and their opinions are presented in the media. The activity of the Lublin scientific community builds the academic brand of Lublin. This is shown in the World’s Top 2% Scientists Ranking (a prestigious list of scientists from around the world, most often cited by other authors), in which in 2020 there was included 35 scientists representing Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Lublin University of Technology, the Medical University in Lublin and the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. The most outstanding Lublin scientists are awarded annually by the Minister of Education and Science. Only in 2021, these awards were given to:
for significant achievements in the field of scientific activity
- ks. dr hab. Henryk Józef Drawnel – the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin;
- dr hab. Katarzyna Radzik-Maruszak – Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin;
- dr hab. inż. Tomasz Cholewa – Lublin University of Technology;
for significant achievements in the field of teaching activity
- dr hab. Alicja Snoch-Pawłowska – Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin;
for significant achievements in the field of implementation activity
- dr hab. Jerzy Wielbo – Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin.
The internationalization process is very important for Lublin’s science, which results in strengthening research staff potential. World-famous specialists in various fields are invited to cooperate with the universities and to participate in conferences or projects. Among them, there are such personalities as, for example, prof. dr Jean Poesen (Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, an expert in the field of soil erosion and gully erosion), prof. dr hab. Keshra Sangwa (Lublin University of Technology, prof. Jan Czochralski’s Prize winner), prof. Georgiy Kasianov (Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, cooperating with the university under the NAWA “Guest Professors” program). The city supports its universities in the process of internationalization. The inspiration in this regard is the cooperation, among others, in the “Research in Lublin” program, implemented by Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin with the support of the City of Lublin and in the “Visiting Professors in Lublin” program. For several years, the EUniverCities project has also been carried out – where European city-university tandems regularly meet to exchange experiences or organize thematic workshops.