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Professor Michał Zasada is the new rector of the WULS-SGGW

On June 30, 2020 the electoral college elected the 22nd rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS-SGGW). The new rector is Professor Michał Jerzy Zasada. The four-year term of office will start on September 1.

Michał Zasada graduated from the Forest Faculty of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 1993. Five years later, he obtained his PhD in forest sciences. In 2008, he obtained the degree of habilitated doctor and in 2014 - the title of professor of forest sciences.

Among the many positions and functions held by professor Michał Zasada to date, it is worth to mention the function of vice-dean of the Faculty of Forestry of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) held twice: in 2005–2008 he was deputy dean for didactics and in
2012–2016 - deputy dean for research. From 2008 to 2012, he was the dean of the Faculty of Forestry. In the passing term of office of the university's rector, since 2016, Professor M. Zasada is the vice-rector for international cooperation.

Professor Dr. hab. Michał Zasada has held significant functions on the national and international forum. He is, among others, a member of the Committee on International Cooperation of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (KRASP), a member of the board of CASEE - the ICA Regional Network for Central and South Eastern Europe, and a member of the Committee on Forest Sciences and Wood Technology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). For several years, he was the financial auditor of the European Forest Institute.

Professor Michał Zasada's research works focus on forest management, modeling the growth of trees and stands, dendrometry, the use of modern technologies in forest inventory and decision support systems in forestry. He is the author of 129 publications, including 50 in journals indexed in Web of Science.

Professor Michał Zasada was the supervisor of four completed doctoral dissertations, a reviewer in five doctoral dissertations (including 1 international dissertation) and three habilitation dissertations, as well as an opponent in the doctoral dissertation in Finland.

He has also served as a research project manager, research coordinator or principal investigator in many international and domestic projects financed by State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN), National Science Centre (NCN)  and National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR), in projects financed by the State Forests, including projects implemented in practice. He managed didactic and capacity building projects under Tempus, Erasmus + and FSS.

Privately, Michał Zasada is married and has three children. His hobby is amateur radio.

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Congratulations to the new Rector!