Awarded the Young Scientist Medal on 25 June 2019 for his breakthrough development of research in the field of topology of algebraic varieties and its applications.

Dr. Piotr Achinger completed his Master's degree in 2010: Simultaneous Informatics and Mathematics Studies at the University of Warsaw. Since 2011, as a Fulbright Science and Technology Award holder, he has been studying at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2015 he defended his doctoral thesis entitled "K (Ï€, 1) Spaces in Algebraic Geometry" concerning topological properties of algebraic varieties using, among others, p-adic Hodge theory. The work was awarded the Kenneth Ribet and Lisa Goldberg Award in Algebra. After his doctorate, Piotr Achinger worked as a postdoc (European Post-Doctoral Institute) at the Banach Centre (Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences) in Warsaw and at the IHES (Institut des Hautes Ã‰tudes Scientifiques) near Paris, and is currently an adjunct professor at the Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Piotr Achinger, PhD, deals with algebraic geometry, with particular reference to arithmetic applications and the topology and algebraic homotopy theory. His greatest achievement hertofore is the proof of the thesis developed in 2016 that every affine algebraic variety over the field of positive characteristics is K space (Ï€, 1), i.e. it has disappearing higher homotopy groups.

Dr. Piotr Achinger is a laureate of the Kazimierz Kuratowski Award (PTM/IM PAN, 2016) and the START Scholarship (FNP, 2016). Apart from scientific research, he is involved in initiatives such as conducting classes and internships for scholarship holders of the National Fund for Children. He is also a member of the Board of the County Polish Mathematical Society and the Scientific Council of IM PAN.