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How PSNC are supporting the fight against COVID-19

In these times of crisis, NRENs across the world are working to support their institutions and the wider community with innovative uses of technology.  Here is how PSNC – the Polish NREN has been helping:

Broadcast of the performance at Teatr Nowy in Poznan, Poland by PSNC

In order to counteract the epidemiological threat caused by the coronavirus, all cultural events planned for the coming days in Poland were canceled, including theatrical performances. However, one of them was presented to a wider audience. It was possible thanks to the cooperation of the New Theater (Teatr Nowy) in Poznań with PSNC, which made a direct broadcast of the show “Stan podgorączkowy” (Subfebrile state) on the Internet on 13 March.


Broadcast of the rosary prayer with Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki

This was the second event co-organised by PSNC, which aims to support the society in the face of the coronavirus threat. After the recent transmission of the performance from Teatr Nowy in Poznan, PSNC enabled a transmission of “The Rosary with Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki” from the private chapel of the Bishops’ Residence in Ostrów Tumski. From a technological point of view, the broadcast was carried out “live” using a single-camera installation, which was controlled by remote access. In contrast, during the performance at teatr Nowy as many as 9 TV cameras operated on site by PSNC team were used.


IBCH PAS is developing coronavirus tests

At a recent press conference, the Director of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Marek Figlerowicz announced that due to the continuing epidemiological threat and the need to extend the diagnosis of coronavirus infections, the Institute has decided to support the Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Poznań with its resources. The Poznań scientists are working on their test for the virus.

To this end, the Director of the IBCH PAS met with Dr Andrzej Trybusz, Director of the Sanitary Station. During the meeting, procedures were jointly developed to enable the use of the Institute’s top-class equipment in the fight against the virus.


Start working online with PIONIER Research and Classroom services

One of PSNC’s proposals within the framework of digital education is the PIONIER Research & Classroom project, which offers specialized educational services in the form of a coherent platform – an educational hub. While school facilities are closed until further notice and students are subject to home quarantine, we encourage you to use PIONIER Classroom cloud services, which are free of charge. They allow you to take full advantage of the possibilities offered by e-learning.

PSNC supported the videoconference of hospitals from Shenzhen and Poznan

Chinese Shenzhen has been a partner city of the capital of Wielkopolska since 1993.  On March 26 a videoconference between the Shenzhen hospital and specialists from the Jozef Strus hospital in Poznan was organized. The connection from Poland was technically supported by PSNC.

Chinese Third People’s Hospital of Shenzhen is a hospital, which has achieved one of the best results in the treatment of coronavirus infections. The great experience of the local medical staff allowed to develop appropriate procedures to deal with the epidemic. Doctors from Shenzhen provided Poznan doctors with the developed protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, a guide on preventing the spread of the virus and a manual for people under house quarantine. They also answered a number of questions about treatment of the infected or testing of health care staff.


Stop Corona – free video-rooms for hospitals op-Corona


One of the dangers brought by the coronavirus (SARS- Cov-2) is the potential overload of our healthcare system. To help avoid that, offers the video-room service for all hospitals. PSNC and the Polish Federation of Hospitals are partners of the project.

The service is designed to help hospitals unblock their telephone lines and prevent patients from gathering in emergency rooms. Any hospital that signs up for this service may offer medical visits to patients via videoconferencing.


The launch of health self-assessment website

The website was launched in cooperation with PSNC, together with the team of prof. Przemysław Guzik from the Poznan Univeristy of Medical Sciences and a group of programming specialists from CodeLab from the team of dr Sebastian Żurek. The main purpose of the service is to help you assess your own health during the SARS-CoV-2 virus outbreak (coronavirus).

In order for the assessment to be reliable, it is necessary to answer the asked questions honestly and accurately and to check the selection of possible options. The proposed procedures are based on the recommendations of the Polish Ministry of Health.

The website gives you the possibility to choose two options – for the patient and for the medical worker. Additionally, current regulations concerning restrictions related to the current epidemic are posted on the platform.

For more information, please visit:


PSNC IoT department prints 3D visors for hospitals in Poznań

PSNC IoT department joined the action “3D visors for Poznan hospitals”, organized by a firefighter from Poznan, (Jezyce district) Bartosz Urbanski. So far, thanks to a joint action of many companies, institutions and volunteers – 767 visors have been delivered to Poznań hospitals.

The action started on March 22, 2020 with a social media post. The idea was to use 3D printers to print an element of the visor and to cut the covers out with a laser, according to the already proven PRUSA project. A few days later, Devil Design provided a filament – a material used in the 3d prnting process. Thanks to the extraordinary commitment and determination of B&M company, which brought in the PET covers which were missing on the market, the first prints could be started.PSNC IoT department, thanks to the IoT laboratory equipped with 3D printers, declared full readiness to help. The firefighters themselves assemble the visors based on the printed head mounts, stiffeners and the curtains cut from PVC plates, which are already drilled and handed over to them by the participating companies and institutions in Poznań.


IBCH PAS and PSNC as a national node in the field of coronavirus data

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center together with the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences is starting a cooperation with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) as a national node in the field of data on SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is launching an IT platform where the virus sequence data will be collected and shared. In addition, the Covid-19 portal will also create a database to collect data sets and tools to assist in coronavirus research. This initiative is coordinated by the EMBL branch in Hinxton (United Kingdom) – European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

The national nodes established in the EMBL Member States will cooperate with the main ‘Covid-19 Portal’. This initiative will also involve cooperation with existing networks and databases, including the database maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO).


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