The mission of the PUŁAWY Competence Center is to provide additional benefits to the agricultural market participants.

Prof. Janusz Igras, Ph.D., Eng.

New Chemical Syntheses Institute
ins.pulawy.pl

Prof. Janusz Igras, Ph.D., Eng. is the Scientific Director in the New Chemical Syntheses Institute in Puławy. Prof. Janusz Igras, Ph.D., Eng. is the member of Main Council of Science and Higher Education by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the chairman of Scientific Council of PUŁAWY Competence Center. Prof. Janusz Igras, Ph.D., Eng. is a recognised expert in the field of fertilizers and fertilization, he also combines the scientific activity in the area of chemistry and agriculture. He is also the coordinator from the part of Poland by the European Commission, expert of The Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) on nonpoint pollution and expert of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on fertilizers and fertilization.

Prof. Jan Łabętowicz, Ph.D.

Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW
sggw.pl

Prof. Jan Łabętowicz, Ph.D. graduated from Warsaw University of Life Sciences- SGGW, Faculty of Agriculture and Biology. His professional career was connected to agriculture and Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW. He works at home faculty continuously since 1972, climbing all levels of the career ladder from assistant up to full professor.

Professor’s scientific activity, as specialist in agricultural and environmental chemistry covers a broad spectrum of issues related to fertilizers and crops fertilization. Moreover, much of his work also relates to issues of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection in rural areas. In his research and experimental works, he deals, in particular, with the issues of agrochemical fertilizers assessment in terms of their agricultural efficiency and environmental effects, implemented mostly on a scale of perennial fertilizer static experience.
He published, in this field, as the author or co-author about 300 publications, including 172 original research papers in Polish and foreign magazines, 12 academic textbooks, manuals and professional guides as well as 21 monographs. He is also co-author of three patents related to the fertilizers production and the author of several popular publications and many expert opinions, reviews, research and design works. He participated in dozens of grants and both national and international research programmes as co-author or project manager. He completed research fellowships abroad and participated in conferences in many countries in Europe.

As the university teacher, he was the promoter of 5 doctoral dissertations and more than 60 master’s theses. He gives lectures for students in the following fields: agriculture, environment protection, biology, environmental engineering; from the academic subjects such as: agricultural chemistry, environmental protection, environmental chemistry, biological utilization of waste. He has also contribution to postgraduate education.

Prof. Jan Łabętowicz, Ph.D. in the years 2000 – 2012 was the Head of the Department of Agricultural Chemistry in the Department of Soil Environment Sciences. He performed the function of Vice-Dean for Science (1996/97-2001/2002) twice and the function of Dean (2002/2003-2007/2008) of the Faculty of Agriculture and Biology (2002/2003-2007/2008). He is the member of Committee of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences and Puławy’s Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation Scientific Council. He also performs the function of the chairman of The District Committee of the Olympiad of Agricultural Knowledge and Skills from many years.

As for scientific, educational and organizational achievements he has been awarded the first degree award of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, repeatedly winning the awards of Rector of Warsaw University of Life Sciences SGGW. He was also awarded the Silver Cross of Merit, the Medal of the National Education Commission, the Medal of “A Person of Merit For Agriculture”, the Golden Badge of the Polish Society of Soil Science and Medal of Honor “for his contribution to Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW”.

Prof. Stanisław Krasowicz, Ph.D.

Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute
iung.pulawy.pl

Prof. Stanisław Krasowicz, Ph.D. in agricultural sciences (born on 14th Oct 1950). He works at the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Puławy. He is deputy director of Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Puławy for research, in the field of environmental research. His research interests include issues of economics and organization, and regional diversity of agricultural production, analysis and evaluation of the level of farms sustainability with different directions of production in different habitat conditions as well as both organizational and economic conditions, assessment of natural, economic and social conditions for the development of agriculture, improvement the effectiveness of the transfer of research results into practice. Author and co-author of about 300 publications. Supervises the multiannual programme of Puławy’s Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation entitled “Supporting actions in shaping the agricultural environment and sustainable development of agricultural production in Poland” established for the years 2011-2015. Member of the following scientific councils: Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute (IAFE NRI) in Warsaw, The Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment (IAFE) of Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań, Member of the Committee of Agricultural Economics and Rural Areas Development of Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań, Chairman of the Committee of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences of Polish Academy of Sciences Department in Lublin, Member of the Polish Society of Agronomy (PTA) and the Association of Agriculture and Agribusiness Economists (SERiA), Member of the Scientific Council of PUŁAWY Competence Center.

Prof. Wojciech Lipiński, Ph.D.

National Chemical-Agricultural Station
schr.gov.pl

Prof. Wojciech Lipiński, Ph.D., graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Life Sciences in Lublin. He worked in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry of the University as research assistant and then assistant professor from 1990-1996. He worked in National Chemical-Agricultural Station in Lublin since 1996 and in National Chemical-Agricultural Station in Warsaw since 2003. He perform the function of director from the moment of establishment of National Chemical-Agricultural Station in 2004 up to now.

He is the member of, inter alia: Committee of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences, Scientific Council of Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – National Research Institute in Puławy, Polish Society of Magnesium Science and Polish Society of Ecological Engineering (Vice-President of Warsaw Department). He is the author and co-author of over 300 scientific, popular science publications, opinions, expertise, monographs and textbooks.

Key topics of interest include physicochemical chemical soil properties and the factors determining the availability of minerals for crops, soil as a major source of essential nutrients in agriculture and changes in its physicochemical chemical properties under the influence of agricultural activities, environmental impacts of fertilization, management systems in agrochemical and environmental studies.

Prof. Tadeusz Filipek, Ph.D.

University of Life Sciences in Lublin
up.lublin.pl

Prof. Tadeusz Filipek, Ph.D. currently performs the function of the head of Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry in University of Life Sciences in Lublin, where he works since 1973 moving through subsequent stages of the professional career: doctorate in 1980, habilitation in 1987, the title of professor of agricultural sciences in 1993. He published a total of about 250 works, of which 125 original research papers and many expertises and other scientific studies. Professor’s research interests include:

  • causes and effects of soils acidification, especially aluminum and manganese toxicity and immobilization of plant nutrient,
  • management of biogenic and fertilizer elements in the agricultural production environment,
  • use of unconventional substances and waste for fertilization and reclamation of degraded soils.

He was the promoter for 12 engineers, 45 masters and 7 Ph.D in agricultural sciences.
He took part in short-term fellowship programmes abroad as “visiting professor” or “invited speaker” in: University of British Columbia – Vancouver, Canada; Institute of Arable Crop Research – Rothamsted Experimental Station, Great Britain; Institute of Soil Protection – ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Zagazig University – Egypt. He participated in conferences and scientific symposiums in Poland and in many countries of Europe and the whole world. He reviewed 24 doctoral dissertations, 11 habilitation dissertations, 11 achievements for the professor’s title, and many research projects, publications for the Polish and English scientific journals.

Currently he performs or performed in the past scientific and organizational functions: Chairman of the Committee on Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, President of the Polish Fertilizer Association, Member of the Scientific Councils: IA – PAN (Polish Academy of Sciences), Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation- National Research Institute in Puławy and Fertilizer Research Institute in Puławy, Member of the Programme Council: Electronic Journal of Polish Agricultural Universities (EJPAU), Polish Journal of Soil Science, Acta Agrophysica, Acta Scientiarum Polonorum, manager and coordinator of many research projects funded by the KBN / MniSzW (Ministry of Science and Higher Education), Member of advisory bodies: the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Special, Interdisciplinary, Advisory and Task Forces of the Minister; Specialty Task Force on Life Sciences, Member of the Science Council, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Research Commission for Science Development. He received distinctions, honours and awards: Medal of the National Education Commission (2000), Gold and Bronze Cross of Merit, Individual 3rd degree of the Minister of National Education.

Prof. Zofia Spiak, Ph.D.

Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
up.wroc.pl

Prof. Zofia Spiak, Ph.D. graduated from Wrocław Academy of Agriculture (currently Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences), where she works as academic teacher. Specialist in the field of agricultural and environmental chemistry, particularly in the field of micronutrients in plant nutrition and circulation of elements in the soil-plant-human system. In the frame of methodological research she elaborated, among other, the toxicity limit of the zinc to nickel for plants as well as solution for extraction from soils of micronutrients digestible for plants.

The author of about 200 scientific publications, one academic textbook and 6 monographs. She acted as manager or contractor of dozen national and foreign research projects. She developed a series of reports for entrepreneurs and business organizations. In 2002-2008 she served as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology. She promoted nine doctors and about 100 masters. Since 1994 she was the Vice-Dean of of the Plant Nutrition Department and is a member of the Committee on Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Witold Grzebisz, Ph.D.

Poznań University of Life Sciences
puls.edu.pl

Prof. Witold Grzebisz Ph.D. has been working at Poznań University of Life Sciences since 1978 and currently chairs the Agricultural Chemistry Department at the University. He has been supervising research connected with nutrition, fertilization systems and crop fertilization technology for over 20 years. He has authored about 500 publications, including 300 scientific papers and 200 scientific articles. Professor Grzebisz cooperates with numerous leading research institutions in Poland and other countries, including International Potash Institute in Switzerland, and World Phosphate Institute in Morocco. Thanks to Professor Grzebisz’s hands-on contact with the agricultural practice in Poland, it was possible for him to prepare numerous specialist texts targeted directly at farmers, advisers, students, and high school pupils. For years, Professor Grzebisz has also been conducting training sessions for farmers.

Prof. Florian Gambuś, Ph.D., Eng.

University of Agriculture in Krakow
ur.krakow.pl

Vice-Rector for the University Organisation and Economic Co-operation, served two terms as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Agriculture at the University of Agriculture in Cracow. He studied at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agriculture in Cracow. In 1977 he was granted the title of Master’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering. The title of Doctoral Degree in Agricultural Sciences was awarded to him by the Council of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Agriculture in Cracow in 1986 after presentation of the dissertation entitled ”Effects of liming on the sorption of copper in soils and its bioavailability to plants”, and doctoral degree in agricultural sciences in the field of agronomy – agricultural chemistry in 1993 on the basis of dissertation “Heavy metals in the surface layer of soils and plants of Cracow province”.

He was granted the title of professor of agricultural sciences in 1999. He has been employed as a full professor since 2008. As the head of Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, he deals mainly with the environment chemical contamination and chemical analytics. He has published more than 250 different types of publications, including 115 original creative works.

He is one of the members of the Committee on Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Agricultural Commission of Polish Academy of Learning (PAU). He actively supports publishing activities as a member of the Programme Council of Electronic Journal of Polish Agricultural Universities and Acta Scientiarum Polonorum and the editorial board of the monthly AURA dealing with environmental issues.

Prof. Stanisław Sienkiewicz, Ph.D.

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
uwm.edu.pl

Prof. Stanisław Sienkiewicz, Ph.D. works at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn since 1983. He is head of the Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Environmental Management and Agriculture, and since 2012, also serves as Vice-Dean for Student Affairs at the same Faculty. He gives lectures from the following academic fields: soil chemistry, agricultural chemistry and environmental chemistry. The main areas of research interest are: the effect of fertilization on soil properties, soil fertility and productivity, optimization of crops fertilization, agricultural and ecological effects of fallowing and set-aside soils, natural organic waste management.