The Rector of Warsaw University of Life Sciences
Professor dr hab. Wiesław Bielawski
Wiesław Bielawski born on 23 December 1950 in Wierobie (Podlaskie Voivodedship) in 1974. He graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Immediately after graduation he was hired as an assistant in the Department of Biochemistry. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Environmental Sciences in 1982, completing his dissertation entitled "The ways of assimilation leading to the formation of amino acids in the seedlings of rye" and defending it before the Scientific Council of the Institute of Plant Biology. In 1992, he obtained postdoctoral habilitation degree in Agricultural Sciences in the field of agronomy - plant biochemistry, based on his scientific achievements and his dissertation "Isozymes of glutamine synthetase from seedlings of triticale varieties on the example of Malnoe." Three years after obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Bielawski was employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Life Sciences. He received the title of Professor of Agricultural Sciences in 2002 and the position of full professor in 2008.
The functions performed at the university by professor Bielawski were: Pro-Rector for Development (2008-2012), Por-Rector for Development - Deputy Rector (2012-2016), Dean for Science (2002-2005) and Teaching (1999 -2003) at the Faculty of Agriculture and Biology, The Head of the off-campus Educational Centre in Leśna Podlaska (2000-2002), Head of off-campus Educational Centre in Łowicz (1999-2002), Head of the Department of Biochemistry (1994-2008).
On March 18, 2016, Professor Bielawski was elected the Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences for the term 2016-2020.
Immediately after graduation, Bielawski was employed as an assistant in the Department of Biochemistry, where he has worked since, now at the position of a full professor.
Research interests of Professor W. Bielawski focuse on the following areas:
• assimilation of inorganic nitrogen in cereals, with particular emphasis on the molecular properties of enzymes responsible for these process;
• 2-oxo acid metabolism and amino acids up in conditions stimulating and inhibiting photorespiration;
• physiological functions of glutathione and biochemical properties and regulation of the activity of glutathione reductase;
• biochemical mechanisms conditioning resistance to preharvest sprouting cereals;
• proteolytic enzymes in the organs of generative and vegetative cells cereals and soil bacteria of the pseudomonas species;
• phytocystatines - cysteine endopeptidase inhibitors, their synthesis and molecular properties.
Professor W. Bielawski created an original scientific approach to triticale biochemistry, and his work is considered the most comprehensive compendium (from among other that are known in the literature) of biochemical knowledge of the elements of physiology and cytology on triticale.
Most of his research was conducted within his own grants, so called supervisor grants ("granty promotorskie") and European grants. He was the leader or the principal investigator in fifteen research projects, including eleven funded by KBN (Polish State Committee for Scientific Research), NCN (National Science Centre), The Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The results of professor Bielawski's research were published in prestigious journals, indexed by JCR such as Phytochemistry, Planta, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Journal of Plant Physiology, Amino Acids, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology, Plant Growth Regulation, Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Cereal Chemistry, Folia Microbiologica, Journal of Basic Microbiology, Biologia Plantarum, Acta Pysiologiae Plantarum, Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica, Israeli Journal of Aquaculture-Bamidgeh. His scientific achievements comprise of 113 works, including 60 published in IF journals. He has reviewed several KBN grants, over 150 scientific publications and a number of educational projects of the EU. He has also prepared 15 reviews of doctoral dissertations, 3 reviews of scientific and didactic work for the procedure of awarding the professor title, 10 reviews of achievements for the position of full professor and associate professor. In addition, he supervised 10 completed Ph.D. theses, including 8 defended with distinction. Another 2 theses are in progress. He is co-author or co-editor of 5 teaching scripts.
Professor Bielawski has lectured on plant biochemistry, animal biochemistry, food biochemistry, enzymology, transformation of nitrogen compounds in the soil and in plants. He was repeatedly indicated as the best or one of the best lecturers in anonymous surveys conducted among students. In 2003, Bielawski was distinguished with the Educational Award of the President of Warsaw in the category of "Best academic teacher".
In order to increase his academic qualifications and teaching, he did domestic and international internships, i.a. a yearly internship at the Department of Biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, a 3-month internship at the Institute of Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, a few weeks long internship at the Federal Research Centre for Cereals and Potatoes in Detmolt (Germany), and an 8-month-internship at the Institute of Plant Breeding and Acclimatization in Radzików near Błonie.
Activity for the university and the university community
Professor Bielawski served as a Rector for development and Deputy Rector in years 2008-2016 (two terms) and was responsible for financial management, investments and repairs, real estate management, computerization, the EU structural funds (2008-2013), health services, cooperation with trade unions, health and safety and for preparations for the anniversary celebrations of 200 years of agricultural education in Poland.
Professor W. Bielawski also served as disciplinary spokesman at the General Council of Science and Higher Education (2002-2005), he was a member of the Committee for Academic Enterprise of the Polish Chamber of Commerce for High Technology (since 2013), where various activities are undertaken in order to promote academic entrepreneurship and academic achievements of business ventures such as start-ups, spin-offs and spin-outs.
As a member of the Monitoring Committee of the Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020, he implemented a lot of valuable initiatives facilitating knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas.
Other significant activities of professor W. Bielawski include: membership in the Programme Board of the Acta Physiologiae Plantarum journal (2004-2008), chairing the Rector Programme Committee for Biology Programme (1999-2003), membership in the Polish Biochemical Society (since 1992) and the Polish Botanical Society (since 2000).
During a reporting-election meeting of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (KRASP) on June 4, 2016, he was elected the Vice-President of KRASP for the term 2016-2020.
Honors and awards:
Professor Bielawski has been awarded for his scientific, didactic and organizational achievements with the following distinctions: Silver Cross of Merit, the Medal of the National Education Commission, Honorary Award "Merit for Agriculture", Medal "Merit for Bialski District", Gold Badge of Honor "Merits for WULS-SGGW", Medal of 30th anniversary of Solidarność. He also reveived the award of Ministiry of Science and Higher Education and numerous first-degree awards from His Magnificence, the Rector of the WULS-SGGW.