The Candela Foundation was established on 25 February 2021 as a result of a crowdfunding campaign initiated by Michał Karpiński, Mihai Suster, Piotr Węgrzyn and Adam Widomski – alumni, staff members and PhD students of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, who met while working in the Student Associations of Optics and Photonics at the University of Warsaw, which has been supporting students and PhD students since 2010. The motivation to establish the foundation was the desire to use the experience gained and expand the scope of activities. People who have been actively working for the development of optics and photonics in Poland have been invited to cooperate. The first talks concerning the establishment of a new foundation took place in January 2020, and the work on creating a formula for the new organization began just over six months later in August 2020.
18 January 2021
On that day, a crowdfunding campaign Help build a foundation which will support young scientists in Poland” was launched on the zrzutka.pl portal. In 10 hours from its launch the full amount was collected. The list of people who have supported the not yet existing Candela Foundation can be found on this page.
2 February 2021
On that day Michał Karpiński, Mihai Suster, Piotr Węgrzyn and Adam Widomski signed the foundation act establishing the Candela Foundation.
25 February 2021
On that day, an entry appeared in the National Court Register for the Candela Foundation, enabling it to start its activities with full legal identity
1 April 2021
To był ostatni dzień akcji crowdfundingowej która doprowadziła do stworzenia Fundacji Candela. Lista osób które wsparły nas finansowo znajduje się poniżej. Udało się pozyskać 11 500 PLN co stanowi 143% pierwotnie założonej kwoty (8000 PLN).
Recognition of Donors
As a Foundation, we are grateful to all the donors who supported the crowdfunding campaign and made it possible to start the Candela Foundation. Our gratitude is especially directed to the Donors who, as part of the campaign, were awarded the lifetime titles of Graphene Diamond and Golden Donors. Thank you!
Danka i Jess
Ikanowicz & Co
The initiative to establish and build the Candela Foundation, from the very beginning met with the support of the scientific and industrial community. Leaders representing the leading organizations related to optics and photonics in Poland expressed their support by signing letters of support. We received letters from following organizations:
Centre of Optical Quantum Technologies (QOT), University of Warsaw,