Queen Jadwiga Foundation Inc. (QJF)
was established in Australia by prof. Zbigniew Les and Magdalena Les in the
year 2000, on the occasion of the 600th Anniversary of refunding of the
Jagiellonian University. The aims of the Queen Jadwiga Foundation are, among
others, promoting the interdisciplinary scientific research, not
contradictory to the Christian values, publishing scientific journals and
books, and promoting people characterized by attributes such as kindness,
wisdom, strength of character and personal sacrifice which were
characteristic to St. Jadwiga Queen of Poland.
The Queen Jadwiga Foundation
is dedicated to promoting the cultural activities in music and visual arts,
educational and cultural exchanges between nations and increasing
understanding of European and Polish culture and history. All QJF activities
are based on inspiration of the work and life of our Patron St. Jadwiga
Queen. Honorary members of QJF are, among others, Cardinal
Stanisław Dziwisz, prof. Tadeusz Gromada and a Nobel Laureate prof.
The QJF Art&Science Gallery, a part of the QJF
activities, is the result of research in image understanding and aesthetic
evaluation. Among others, a several exhibitions were organized in Melbourne
to present works of art from the QJF Art&Science Gallery.
QJF Press is
dedicated to publishing books with the unique graphic design that follows
the way of illustrating of the illuminated manuscripts.
Jadwiga’s Trail is an attempt to identify and show places (e.g. cities,
towns, monasteries, churches) which St. Jadwiga Queen visited or most
probably visited. St Queen Jadwiga's Research Institute of Understanding
(SQJRIU). SQJRIU carries out the research on machine understanding - a new
area of research established by prof. Zbigniew Les.
QJF organizes the series
of lectures “QJF Lectures” in which the best thinkers and scientists
presents theirs point of views on the most important issue of the European
Each year on June the 8th, St. Queen Jadwiga’s Festive Day, the
little pearl awards are given to laureates of the St. Jadwiga’s Queen pearls
competition. Among laureates, there are Cardinal
Stanisław Dziwisz, Cardinal
King Felipe VI and
Queen Letizia of Spain,
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and
Sister Wendy Beckett.