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The establishment was erected in December 1952 as a Departament of Parasitology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1980 the Departament was transformed into the Insytute of Parasitology of the PAS. In 1983 the Insitute was named after Prof. Witold Stefański. It has a legal status since 1998. New discoveries as well as the need for controlling human, animal and plant parasitic diseases contributed to the establishing of parasitology as a separate field of science. In order for parasite control to be efficient it is necessary to closely investigate the host parasite system and the phenomenom of parasitism itself. The newly formed Departament of Parasitology was obligated to cover the whole field of parasitology through basic research, emphasizing parasites of human and animal health and econimic importance in Poland.
The Institute has the authority to confer the academic degree of doctor since 1961 and habilitation degree since 1981...
Themes of research conducted at the Witold Stefański Instiute of Parasitology:
Research on the biology of parasites
Research on the physiology of the host-parasite relationship
Research on the epidemiology and control of parasitic diseases
In the given context in each year of the study they are enriched by solving specific issues emerging from earlier studies , or resulting from the current economic and health needs...
The Institute has a Parasitological Library containing 25,000 volumes of books and 533 titles of periodicals. It contains literature on general, medical and veterinary parasitology as well as relating sciences : zoology, ecology, zoogeography and others
It is the most complete, specialist library which serves the whole parasitological environment in Poland, both scientists and students. The library increases its contents regularly. It cooperates and conducts exchange with 15 other libraries and scientific establishments in Poland and 97 from abroad.