The Central Mining Institute, established in 1925, is one of the leading research institutes in Europe. GIG is an A-rated scientific institution supervised by the Minister of Energy. It employed 490 people in 2018, including 10 scientific employees with the title of professor, 17 employees with post-doctoral degrees and 102 employees with doctoral degrees. The Institute is involved in 46 projects, including 30 international research projects as part of EU programmes and other programmes as well as 16 national projects. GIG has full academic powers concerning the conferment of doctoral and post-doctoral academic degrees in technical science in the fields of: mining and engineering geology – since 1961, environmental engineering – since 1998.

The Institute performs services for all branches of industry, central institutions and local government administration as well as international partners. The basic areas of GIG's activities are: mining and geoengineering, industrial safety, environmental engineering, sustainable energy technologies, issues related to quality as well as education and training. The results of our work lead to the implementation of organisational and technical solutions enabling the minimisation of hazards and improvement of occupational safety in mining plants. The experimental testing grounds of the Experimental Mine “Barbara” constitute the only research centre in Europe that enables the performance of gas and dust explosion testing under actual conditions as well as the testing of machines and equipment intended for work in explosive atmospheres.

The Institute also engages in important research topics such as: zero-emission power generation from fossil fuels, hydrogen production with the use of coal, carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies, economic uses for methane.

GIG is an EU-notified body within the following European directives: 94/9/EC (ATEX), 98/37/EC (machinery), 93/15/EC (explosives for civil use), 2013/29/EU (pyrotechnic articles), Regulation CPR 305/2011 (construction products). The Institute also has the status of a certification body within the international IECEx certification scheme.

GIG employs an Integrated Management System (quality, environment, occupational safety). All of the Institute’s research laboratories are accredited by bodies such as: Polish Centre for Accreditation, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance, Central Office of Measures, Polish Register of Shipping


The Society of Mining Engineers and Technicians is an apolitical, self-administrating and permanent scientific and technological organisation that brings together engineers and technicians of mining, geology and related branches associated with mining.
The date of the foundation of the association movement of Polish mining engineers is recognised as the year 1892, when graduates of the Mining Academy in Leoben established a secret representation of Polish miners and foundry workers called DELEGACJA in Cracow.

Today, the Society numbers nearly 14 000 members of various specialities employed in the mining industry. It operates in all of Poland through 18 Managing Offices and nearly 200 Associations, encompassing underground, surface and borehole mining.
It operates within all fields of geological and prospecting work as well as the extraction of minerals: hard and brown coal, copper, zinc and lead ores, rock salt, sulphur, chemical and mineral resources as well as materials for building and road construction.
Its activities also encompass: mining universities, scientific institutes, design offices and all matters technical.

The activities of the Society are based on a Statute approved during the 25th Special SITG Convention on November 7, 2008, amended on November 18, 2011.
The basic goals of SITG are particularly to:

  1. Integrate the community of engineers and technicians.
  2. Influence opinions and assessments concerning mining in Poland.
  3. Inspire technical and organisational undertakings for the national economy and the protection of the natural environment.
  4. Protect the good name of the profession and represent the interests of SITG's members.
  5. Spread technical culture and education, and promote experience in the field of science and technology.
  6. Perfect the system of technical personnel education for mining and geology, improve the professional qualifications of the technical personnel and promote creators of new technologies.
  7. Shape the work ethics of engineers and technicians.
  8. Cultivate mining traditions and conserve technical monuments.
  9. Build and strengthen acquaintanceship, and organise the cultural and social lives of SITG members and their families.