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Commission on Geoinformatics


Chairperson Jacek Kozak
Deputy Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson
Tomasz Szmuc
Piotr Wężyk
Secretary Krystian Kozioł
Deputy Secretary Stanisław Szombara


KThe Geoinformatics Commission, which was established in 1998, addresses ways of collecting, storing, analysing, and presenting data related to the space-time of the Earth with the aid of appropriate information technology. This involves information about the Earth itself and about the objects, phenomena, and processes occurring on and below the Earth's surface. The discipline investigates the physical environment and its properties or natural or anthropogenic resources and the changes occurring in them. It follows from the nature of the commission that it brings together geographers, geophysicists, geodesists, specialists in photogrammetry and remote sensing, mining scientists, and computer scientists. The commission’s main task is to enable specialists to exchange the experience they have of different disciplines within geoinformatics, to stimulate the development of geoinformatics, and to promote its findings.
The commission holds monthly meetings and organises or co-organises national and international scientific conferences. Their proceedings are published in the pages of the commission’s yearbook, "Geoinformatica Polonica".


See the webpage of the journal „Geoinformatica Polonica”:



Commission Members


    PAU Members
    Prof. dr hab. Stefan Witold Alexandrowicz
Prof. dr hab. inż. Jakub Bodziony
Prof. dr hab. inż. Tadeusz Chrobak
Prof. dr hab. inż. Jakub Siemek
Prof. dr hab. inż. Ryszard Tadeusiewicz
    Commission Members
    Prof. dr hab. inż. Joanna Bac-Bronowicz
Dr hab. inż. Anna Barańska
Dr inż. Małgorzata Buśko
Prof. dr hab. Adam Cichy
Prof. dr hab. inż. Konrad Eckes
Prof. dr hab. Mariusz Flasiński
Prof. dr hab. inż. Dariusz Gotlib
Prof. dr hab. inż. Stanisław Gruszczyński
Prof. dr hab. inż. Beata Hejmanowska
Prof. dr hab. inż. Ryszard Hejmanowski
Prof. dr hab. inż. Józef Jachimski
Dr hab. inż. Jacek Jakubowski
Dr hab. inż. Alicja Kicińska
Prof. dr hab. Jacek Kozak
Dr hab. Zenon Kozieł, prof. UMK
Dr hab. inż. Krystian Kozioł
Dr inż. Artur Krawczyk
Dr hab. inż. Jacek Kudrys
Prof. dr hab. inż. Andrzej Leśniak
Dr hab. inż. Stanisław Lewiński
Dr Małgorzata Luc
Dr inż. Michał Lupa
Prof. dr hab. inż Jadwiga Maciaszek
Dr inż. Kamil Maciuk
Dr inż. Janusz Magiera
Prof. dr hab. inż. Henryk Marcak
Dr inż. Wojciech Mastej
Dr hab. inż. Sławomir Mikrut
Dr ha. inż. Bartosz Mitka, prof. URK
Prof. dr hab. inż. Mariusz Młynarczuk
Dr Małgorzata Mycke-Dominko
Prof. dr hab. inż. Barbara Namysłowska-Wilczyńska
Prof. dr hab. inż. Marek Nieć
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Olajossy
Prof. dr hab. Jan Romuald Olędzki
Prof. dr hab. inż. Robert Olszewski
Dr Krzysztof Ostafin
Dr Katarzyna Ostapowicz
Dr Zbigniew Perski
Prof. dr hab. inż. Edward Popiołek
Prof. dr hab. inż. Krystian Pyka
Prof. dr hab. inż. Tadeusz Słomka
Prof. dr hab. inż. Tomasz Szmuc
Dr inż. Stanisław Szombara
Dr hab. inż. Marta Szostak, prof. URK
Prof. dr hab. inż. Ryszard Ślusarczyk
Prof. dr hab. inż. Kazimierz Twardowski
Dr hab. inż. Jarosław Wąs, prof. AGH
Prof. dr hab. Piotr Werner
Prof. dr hab. inż. Piotr Wężyk
Prof. dr hab. inż. Jan Zabrodzki
Prof. dr hab. Wiesława Żyszkowska


Commission on Quaternary Palaeogeography


Chairperson Marek Krąpiec
Deputy Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson
Dorota Nalepka
Włodzimierz Margielewski
Secretary Magdalena Moskal-del Hoyo


Though the commission was formed as part of the Kraków branch of PAN in 1979, it has functioned as part of the structure of PAU since 1993. Its roots lie in the Committee for Starunia Research and in its bulletin, Starunia, which first appeared in 1933. The commission unites disciplines that study the Quaternary, including geology, geomorphology, paleontology, and archaeology. The commission issues the yearbook Folia Quaternaria, which publishes papers on Quaternary palaeogeography, including neotectonics, the palaeoenvironmental aspects of prehistoric settlement, palaeoclimatology, palaeomalacology, and dendrochronology. The topics discussed at its meetings include the stratigraphy of Pleistocene and Holocene sediments, environmental changes, the age and dynamics of landslides, the conditions in which lacustrine chalk deposition occurs, and speleothem formation.

See the Folia Quaternaria page at:



Commission Members


    PAU Members
    Prof. dr hab. Stefan Witold Alexandrowicz
Prof. dr hab. Bolesław Ginter
Prof. dr hab. Janusz K. Kozłowski
Prof. dr hab. Marek Krąpiec
Prof. dr hab. Janusz Kruk
Prof. dr hab. Maria Łanczont
Prof. dr hab. Jan Machnik
Prof. dr hab. Teresa Madeyska
Prof. dr hab. Leszek Marks
Prof. dr hab. Adam Nadachowski
Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Niedźwiedź
Prof. dr hab. Krystyna Wasylikowa
    Commission Members
    Prof. dr hab. Zofia Alexandrowicz
Prof. dr hab. Witold Alexandrowicz
Prof. dr hab. Dariusz Ciszewski
Dr hab. Jacek Forysiak, prof. UŁ
Dr hab. Piotr Gębica, prof. UR
Dr Wojciech Granoszewski
Dr hab. Tomasz Kalicki, prof. UJK
Prof. dr hab. Piotr Kittel
Dr Piotr Kłapyta
Dr hab. Elżbieta Szychowska-Krąpiec, prof. AGH
Prof. dr hab. Henryk Kubiak
Dr hab. Maria Lityńska-Zając, prof. IAE PAN
Dr hab. Włodzimierz Margielewski, prof. IOP PAN
Dr hab. inż. Danuta J. Michczyńska, prof. UŚ
Dr hab. Adam Michczyński, prof. UŚ
Dr hab. Anna Michno, prof. UJ
Dr hab. Magdalena Moskal-del Hoyo
Dr hab. Przemysław Mroczek, prof. UMCS
Dr hab. Aldona Mueller-Bieniek
Prof. dr hab. Dorota Nalepka
Doc. dr hab. Andrzej Obidowicz
Dr Jacek Pawlyta
Prof. dr hab. Anna Pazdur
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Rakowski
Dr Tadeusz Sokołowski
Dr hab. Renata Stachowicz-Rybka, prof. IB PAN
Dr hab. Jacek Szmańda, prof. UP
Dr hab. Jan Urban, prof. IOP PAN
Dr hab. Agnieszka Wacnik, prof. IB PAN
Prof. dr hab. Adam Walanus
Dr hab. Jarosław Wilczyński, prof. ISEZ PAN
Dr hab. Piotr Wojtal, prof. ISEZ PAN
Prof. dr hab. Antoni Wójcik
Prof. dr hab. Bartłomiej Wyżga
Dr Jerzy Zasadni



Commission on Development Biology

(dawniej Komisja Embriologii i Morfologii PAU)


Chairperson Bartosz Płachno
Deputy Chairperson Piotr Świątek
Secretary Aneta Słomka


The commission, which was formed in 1996, brings together scholars from all of the major research centres in Poland. It serves to integrate research on embryonic development and plant and animal morphology. In addition to its regular meetings, the commission organises annual national scientific conferences in conjunction with the Kraków branch of PAN and the Jagiellonian University. The costs of printing the abstracts in Acta Biologica Cracoviensia are borne by PAU.
The commission publishes other material resulting from its activities in Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica and in Folia Morphologica.



Commission Members


    PAU Members
    Prof. dr hab. Barbara Bilińska
Prof. dr hab. Szczepan Biliński
Prof. dr hab. Wincenty Kilarski
Prof. dr hab. Barbara Płytycz
Prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Pyza
    Commission Members
    Prof. dr hab. Hieronim Bartel
Prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Bednarska-Kozakiewicz
Prof. dr hab. Jerzy Bohdanowicz
Prof. dr hab. Alicja Boroń
Dr hab. Paweł Grzmil, prof. UJ
Prof. dr hab. Robert Hasterok
Dr hab. Anna Hejmej, prof. UJ
Dr hab. Mariusz Jaglarz, prof. UJ
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Joachimiak
Prof. dr hab. Jerzy Klag
Prof. dr hab. Ewa Kurczyńska
Prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Kuta
Prof. dr hab. Dorota Kwiatkowska
Dr hab. Anna Pecio, prof. UJ
Prof. dr hab. Bartosz Płachno
Dr hab. Weronika Rupik
Prof. dr hab. Maria Słomczyńska
Dr hab. Aneta Słomka, prof. UJ
Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Stpiczyńska
Prof. dr hab. Teresa Szklarzewicz
Prof. dr hab. Piotr Świątek


Commission on Agricultural, Forest, and Veterinary Sciences


Chairperson Krystyna Koziec
Deputy Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson
Jan Szarek
Józef Walczyk
Secretary Stanisław Brożek


The commission’s activities began in the Agricultural Science Team, established in 1991, which became the Agricultural Science Commission the following year. Its name was changed to the Agricultural, Forest, and Veterinary Sciences Commission in 2013. The commission’s activities include organising talks, conferences, lectures, and meetings. The resulting materials are published with the financial support of PAU. The commission addresses the following themes: agricultural sciences (agronomy, plant conservation, entomology, agricultural engineering, food and nutrition technology, horticulture, plant physiology, animal physiology, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, animal genetics, animal breeding, and biotechnology), forest sciences (forest ecology, forest conservation, tree breeding, forest entomology, forest phytopathology, the science of forest soils, and the mechanisation of forestry work), and veterinary sciences (animal reproduction, animal andrology, epizootiology, and the study of the development of illnesses and disease in swine). The commission collaborates with Accademia dei Georgofili in Florence, and its members work with a number of societies of scholars abroad, including the International Neuroendocrine Federation, the Society for Neuroscience, and the International Union of Forest Research Organisations.
Selected papers in digital form:
a) Agricultural and veterinary sciences: The genetic basis of animal reproduction (, ); The physiological and pathophysiological aspects of metabolism (; The hormonal regulation of growth and reproduction in birds (;
b) Forest science: Modern technology and engineering in sustainable forest use: ( ); An automated device for the scarification of acorns with identification of necrotic changes ( ); A presentation of habitats and their importance for forest management ( ); The European spruce bark beetle and its role in forests ( ).



Commission Members


    PAU Members
    Prof. dr hab. Stefan Skiba
Prof. dr hab. Jerzy R. Starzyk
Prof. dr hab. Marian Tischner

    Commission Members

Dr hab. Wiktor Adamus
Prof. dr hab. Józef Bieniek
Prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Boryczko
Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Brożek
Prof. dr hab. Monika Bugno-Poniewierska
Prof. dr hab. Krystyna Czekońska
Prof. dr hab. Franciszek Dubert
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Dubiel
Prof. dr hab. Teresa Fortuna
Prof. dr hab. Florian Gambuś
Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Grodzki
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Grzywacz
Prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Kosiniak-Kamysz
Prof. dr hab. Krystyna Koziec
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Libik
Dr hab. Joanna Makulska, prof. UR
Prof. dr hab. inż. Stanisław Małek
Prof. dr hab. Władysław Migdał
Prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak
Prof. dr hab. Marcin Pietrzykowski
Prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Smorąg
Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Surówka
Prof. dr hab. Jan Szarek
Dr hab. Jan Szczepaniak, prof. PIMR
Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Szulc
Dr hab. inż. Sylwester Tabor, prof. UR
Dr hab. Kazimierz Tarasiuk, prof. URK
Dr hab. Paweł Tylek
Prof. dr hab. Józef Walczyk
Prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Wiech
Prof. dr hab. Janusz Żmija



Commission on Geography


Chairperson Kazimierz Krzemień
Deputy Chairperson Adam Kotarba
Secretary Bolesław Domański
Deputy Secretary Zofia Rączkowska


The commission, which replaced the Geographical Sciences Commission at PAN Kraków, was formed in 2011. It upholds the traditions of the PAU Geography Commission established in 1924.
In conjunction with the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization within PAN, it supports the publication of the yearbook Studia Geomorphologica Carpatho-Balcanica.

The roots of PAU’s geography commission reach back to the Physiographic Commission, which was established in 1865 as part of the Kraków Learned Society’s Natural and Medical Sciences Section. The Geography Commission took over the Physiographic Commission shortly after the opening of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1873. In the late nineteenth century and at the beginning of the twentieth, the number of geographers achieving associate membership of the Physiographic Commission rose sharply. They included A. Rehman, F. Czerny Szwarcenberg, E. Romer, J. Smoleński, W. Łoziński, L. Sawicki, S. Lencewicz, and S. Pawłowski. In 1919, E. Romer and L. Sawicki were selected as corresponding members of PAU. These circumstances were conducive to the establishment of a separate specialist commission covering a wide range of geographical sciences. The establishment in Brussels in 1922 of the International Geographical Union (Union Géographique Internationale) added impetus to this initiative. Geographers from individual countries could secure International Geographical Union affiliation on condition that the relevant country formed a national committee (comité national).
It was necessary to fulfil these conditions, for example, when seeking official participation in international geographical congresses. In September 1923, prof. E. Romer submitted a formal application and request to the PAU Board in respect of forming a committee (council) of this kind. He resubmitted his application and request on two further occasions in November of that year.  The inaugural Congress of Polish Physiographers, which was organised by the PAU Physiographic Commission and the Polish Copernicus Society of Naturalists, took place in Kraków on 2–6 January 1924. There were three plenary sessions and seven meetings of sections at the congress, including a meeting of the Geographical Section under the leadership of prof. L. Sawicki. Of the dozen or more resolutions Sawicki’s section passed, the formal proposal to establish a Geographical Commission within the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences can be considered the most important.
On 14 January 1924, the plan to establish an Academic Geographical Commission in Kraków was discussed at a meeting of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences Faculty of PAU in the presence of the PAU members who had attended the congress. One day later, a corresponding proposal was submitted on behalf of the Geographical Section of the Congress of Polish Physiographers, signed by prof. Michał Siedlecki (a zoologist), an active member of PAU, and by prof. Ludomir Sawicki, a correspondent member of PAU. The first, introductory meeting of the Geography Commission was convened and chaired by the Secretary General of PAU, prof. Stanisław Wróblewski, on 25 July 1924. Prof. E. Romer was designated as chair and prof. L. Sawicki took over as secretary. The first general meeting of members and associates of the Geography Commission was convened on 14 November 1924, with 30 participants.
The commission took over the tasks of the National Geographic Committee.
Seven sections were established within its structure:
(1) Mathematical geography with cartography
(2) Climatology and hydrography
(3) Geomorphology
(4) Phytogeography
(5) Zoogeography
(6) Human geography
(7) Regional geography.
Following the death of prof. L. Sawicki, the commission became considerably less active. So much so, that the PAU Board decided to abolish it in 1938. The news of the commission’s demise was conveyed to its chair, prof. E. Romer. A proposal to establish a new Geography Commission, a move that several members had called for, was unexpectedly advanced at a PAU meeting on 7 June 1938. Further discussions continued until the end of 1938. prof. E. Romer resigned and the commission was dissolved. The idea of reactivating the Geographical Commission returned with a new proposal to establish a PAU commission to study the Pleistocene. The proposal was put forward and approved on 27 March 1939, while the draft regulations of the commission, drawn up by prof. W. Szafer, were presented on 1 May 1939 at a meeting of PAU Faculty III. They were eventually approved on 9 June 1939 at a meeting of the PAU Board
On 21 June 1939, prof. T. Kowalski, the PAU secretary general, sent a draft of the regulations to prof. W. Semkowicz so that they could be checked for consistency against the relevant points of the PAU rules of procedure.
This was the final item of business concerning the inter-war PAU Geography Commission.  Prof. J. Nowak and prof. J. Smoleńsk, who requested the reactivation of the Geography Commission in 1939, did not survive World War II. In addition, the eminent scholar prof. S. Pawlowski, who was murdered by the Nazis, was also missing. What is more, PAU Faculty III was reorganised after the war. These circumstances meant that no steps were taken to revive the Geography Commission.
In 1952, the communist authorities decreed the suspension of PAU. In the new reality that had taken hold by 1958, new scholarly commissions began to appear as part of the structure of the Kraków branch of PAN. The Geographical Sciences Commission was formed in Kraków on 17 March by the local branch of PAN. It was composed of thirty-nine members drawn from the Jagiellonian University, PAN Department of Physical Geography, PAN Department of Nature Conservation, and the Pedagogical University of Kraków.  It undertook research carried out in teams and individually.
It published journals (yearbooks), including Folia Geographica (a physical geography and economic geography series) and Studia Geomorphologica Carpatho-Balcanica. It also issued monographs and atlases.
The PAN Geographical Sciences Commission held 244 meetings and sessions during the entire period it was active (1966-2011). Summaries of its academic bulletins appeared in the pages of the Kraków PAN branch’s Reports from Commission Sittings.  The financial position of the Kraków PAN branch, which steadily deteriorated in the first decade of the twenty-first century, meant that less work was published. The PAN Geographical Sciences Commission itself ceased publishing from 2010.
Following these difficulties, the Board of the Geographical Sciences Commission held discussions with the Director of the PAU Faculty of Natural Science and with the Praesidium of the Kraków Branch of PAN. The result was that the PAN Geographical Sciences Commission was suspended and a proposal to create a geography commission was submitted to the PAU Faculty of Natural Science. The proposal was approved by the PAU Board on 16 April 2011. The commission had 31 members, of which three were PAU members.  The first organisational meeting of the PAU Geography Commission was held on 12 May 2011, with 18 people in attendance.
The commission’s inaugural sitting, which was held in conjunction with the PAU History of Science Commission, took place on 23 November 2011 and was devoted to the history of the PAU Geography Commission. This is how the commission came to be revived within the structure of PAU.
The PAU Geography Commission usually holds meetings on every second Thursday of the month. They provide an opportunity for Kraków geographers and guests invited from Poland and abroad to deliver papers. In conjunction with the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization within PAN, the commission supports the publication of the yearbook Studia Geomorphologica Carpatho-Balcanica, which is a geography periodical that has gained worldwide recognition. Material from the commission’s meetings is published in PAU monograph series that are the responsibility of the PAU History of Science Commission and the PAU and PAN Scientific Archive in Kraków.
It also organises various exhibitions presenting archive reports and material. The Geography Commission is one of the most active in the academy. It often refers to its historical tradition in its activities.


Go to the webpage of „Studia Geomorphologica Carpatho-Balcanica”



Commission Members


    PAU Members
    Prof. dr hab. Stefan W. Alexandrowicz
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Kostrzewski
Prof. dr hab. Adam Kotarba
Prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Krzemień
Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Niedźwiedź
Prof. dr hab. Stefan Skiba
    Commission Members
    Dr hab. Jarosław Balon
Dr hab. Elżbieta Bilska-Wodecka
Dr hab. Anita Bokwa, prof. UJ
Dr hab. Tomasz Bryndal, prof. UP
Prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Długosz
Prof. dr hab. Bolesław Domański
Dr hab. Marek Drewnik
Prof. dr hab. Krystyna German
Dr hab. Elżbieta Gorczyca
Prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Górka
Prof. dr hab. inż. Czesław Guzik
Dr hab. Krzysztof Gwosdz
Dr hab. Bogdana Izmaiłow
Prof. dr hab. Antoni Jackowski
Dr hab. Józef Kukulak, prof. UP
Prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Kurek
Dr hab. Sławomir Kurek, prof. UP
Prof. dr hab. Adam Łajczak
Dr hab. Roman Malarz, prof. UP
Dr hab. inż. Włodzimierz Margielewski, prof. IOP PAN
Dr hab. Dorota Matuszko, prof. UJ
Dr hab. Grzegorz Micek, prof. UJ
Dr hab. Mirosław Mika, prof. UJ
Dr hab. Zygmunt Olecki
Dr Józef Partyka
Dr hab. Katarzyna Piotrowicz
Prof. dr hab. Joanna Pociask-Karteczka
Dr hab. Paweł Prokop, prof. IGiPZ PAN
Prof. dr hab. Zofia Rączkowska
Prof. dr hab. Roman Soja
Dr hab. Izabela Sołjan, prof. UJ
Dr hab. Jacek Szmańda, prof. UP
Dr hab. Jolanta Święchowicz
Prof. dr hab. Janina Trepińska
Prof. dr hab. Robert Twardosz
Prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Ustrnul
Dr hab. Agnieszka Wypych, prof. UJ
Dr hab. Joanna Zawiejska
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Zborowski
Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Ziaja
Dr hab. Mirosław Żelazny