The Centre for the Research on Egyptian Temple (CRET) inaugurated its activity in December 2016, in result of a reorganisation approved by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, with Jadwiga Iwaszczuk as its director. The CRET is structurally subordinated to the Department of Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Cultures, directed by Ewa Laskowska-Kusztal. The foundation of the CRET was inspired by the fact that a team of six scholars, whose research interests are concentrated on one of the most important problems of Egyptian archaeology in Poland, namely temple architecture, were already employed in the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Science. Such a numerous team of scholars concentrated on the question of the ancient Egyptian temples is unique as far as archaeology in Poland and international Egyptological community are concerned.
One of the main tasks of the CRET is to form a young generation of scholars. Its aim is also to intensify scholarly discussions on various aspects of Egyptian temples in co-operation with other institutions.