The ceremony of awarding doctor honoris causa to Professor Andrzej Chwalibog took place during the Days of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, on May 17, 2019.
Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Bielawski, the rector of WULS-SGGW, while opening the ceremony, said, among other things: "An extremely important event during the Days of WULS-SGGW is the ceremony of granting doctor honoris causa by our Alma Mater." This beautiful academic tradition at the University of Life Sciences began in 1929, when the first honorary doctorate was granted to Professor Józef Mikułowski - Pomorski – the rector of WULS-SGGW in 1918-1920 and 1928-1929. Today, at the request of the Council of the Faculty of Animal Sciences, Professor Andrzej Chwalibog - an outstanding specialist in the field of zootechnical sciences, a graduate of our University - joins the distinguished group of honorary doctors of WULS-SGGW. In his academic work, Professor Andrzej Chwalibog dealt with the problems of energy and protein metabolism in animals.
He initiated innovative research on energy and protein transformation in cattle and swine.
He was involved in studies of human energy transformation at varied nutrition and at various activities. He was one of the pioneers of research on on the use of silver, gold and copper nanoparticles as alternative feed additives in animal nutrition. He also conducted research on the application of nanotechnology in the treatment of cancer.
The professional path of Professor Andrzej Chwalibog is a perfect example of promoting the Polish scientific community in the world.
In the following part of the speech, the Rector Bielawski emphasized, among other things, the importance of international cooperation for the development of the university: "Science, in addition to experience and knowledge, needs freshness, innovative ideas and courageous researchers. A broad view of the world around us, exchange of experiences and views, the ability to get inspired with the achievements of other research teams are elements fostering the development of science. This is why international cooperation, which is used both to support scientific excellence and to strengthen the quality of education, is of such importance. At the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, the internationalization of research and education has been one of the priorities. The participation of the University and its employees in international networks and scientific and didactic organizations enables us the implementation of common projects. It is also an excellent opportunity for international exchange of the faculty and students and for the use of long-term international academic internships. "
Professor Wiesław Bielawski stressed in his speech that the scientific achievements would not have been possible without the involvement of the researchers. In this context, he presented the incentive systems functioning at WULS-SGGW. "Currently, two incentive systems operate at WULS-SGGW, the first of which is a system of periodically increasing remuneration of WULS-SGGW employees who have demonstrated exceptional scientific achievements that have significantly affected the development, promotion and prestige of WULS-SGGW at national and international level. The second one is the Financial Support System for Researchers and Research Teams, the aim of which is to enable scientific and research tasks to be carried out by scientists and research teams that submitted applications for funding of their research projects, received a positive opinion but did not receive the funding. In the previous In the previous edition of the projects, 11 research teams received a total of 1 million PLN."
The laudation presenting the achievements and merits of Professor Andrzej Chwalibog was presented by prof. dr hab. Wanda Olech-Piasecka, the dean of the Faculty of Animal Sciences.
During the ceremony on Friday, honorary distinctions were awarded, which were a way of thanking the awardees for their achievements and involvement in activities for WULS-SGGW.
The group of the persons distinguished with the Medal of the Agronomic Institute in Marymont, the award which was established in 2006, was joined by: Stanisław Berger, Adolf Horubała and Włodzimierz Kluciński.
Professor Stanisław Berger is the creator and first dean of the Faculty of Human Nutrition and Rural Households, undisputed authority and propagator of the science of human nutrition. Broad knowledge and experience, passed on to many generations of students and young researchers, have made you an example of the real academic teacher and educator.
Your achievements and activity in reputable world organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, have made the name of our Alma Mater famous.
Professor Adolf Horubała is an outstanding specialist in the field of food sciences in Poland and internationally. Inquisitive researcher, author of many scientific works that enriched the achievements of the Polish science. Educator of numerous scientific and didactic staff and of specialists in the food industry. Vice-rector for didactics in the time that was difficult for the University: 1981-1984, dean of the Faculty of Food Technology, active member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and numerous associations and scientific societies. Professor, your activity has contributed to the increase in the prestige of food sciences and the consolidation of their position not only in Polish, but also in world science.
Profesor Włodzimierz Kluciński is an extremely active scientist, teacher and organizer of academic life. Gifted with unusual intuition, and with the ability to take difficult, but effective decision-making solutions, that have contributed to the significance of the WULS-SGGW. Its Rector, Vice-Rector for Science, the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The activities of Professor Kluciński contributed to the development of the cooperation of WULS-SGGW with universities in Poland and abroad. His involvement as a representative of agricultural universities in the work of numerous organizations and institutions undoubtedly influenced the development of Polish agriculture and the economy.
During the ceremony, the Rector Wiesław Bielawski awarded the Honorary Badges "for Merits to WULS-SGGW" to university employees and people who contributed in a special way to the development of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.
• Professor Mariantonietta Fiore - University of Foggia
• Professor Paweł Rowiński – Vice President of the Polish Academy of Sciences
• M.Sc. Eng. Jacek Liziniewicz – Forest District Manager from Gostynin Forest District
• Dr. Mieczysław Walkowiak - Vice President of the Board of Sokołów S.A.
• Dr. hab. Alina Daniłowska, Associate Professor of WULS-SGGW
• Dr. hab. Maria Jeznach
• Dr. hab. Edyta Lipińska
•M.Sc. Eng. Anna Kurek
• M.Sc. Radosław Puszyło
• Dr. hab. Grażyna Topolska, Associate Professor of WULS-SGGW
The Academic Choir of WULS-SGGW and the Folk Art Ensemble "Promni” added splendor to the ceremony.
Biographical note of the Doctor Honoris Causa of the WULS-SGGW:
Andrzej Chwalibog was born on August 8, 1947 in Gdansk. In 1971, he graduated with distinction from zootechnical studies at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.
In 1974-1975, he completed two research internships: at the National Research Institute of Animal Science in Copenhagen (as a FAO scholarship holder) and at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. He continued his scientific work at the Department of Animal Physiology, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Institute of Animal Sciences in Copenhagen.
In 1985, Doctor A. Chwalibog obtained the degree of Doctor of Science and was promoted to associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. In 1995, he was appointed professor and head of the Division of Physiology and Nutrition. As a result of his initiative, two centers were created in 2003: Center of Experimental Nutrition and Physiology and Instrument Center for Indirect Calorimetry and Stable Isotopes. Their main task was to coordinate the use of unique research infrastructure and to integrate the faculty members at universities in Copenhagen and Aarhus, as well as to internationalize research. In the same year, one of the first doctoral schools were founded by the professor at the University of Copenhagen - Research School in Animal Nutrition and Physiology.
From the beginning of his scientific work, Professor A. Chwalibog dealt with the problems of energy and protein metabolism in animals. The results of his research became the basis for nutritional recommendations for various animal species. He also initiated innovative research on energy and protein transformation in cattle and swine. Professor A. Chwalibog was also involved in the study of energy conversion in humans with varied nutrition and and various activities. In the first decade of the 21st century, the Professor focused his research more on explaining the processes of transformation of nutrients and energy not only at the systemic level, but also at the cellular and molecular levels.
In 2007, Professor A. Chwalibog was one of the first to start research on the use of silver, gold and copper nanoparticles as alternative feed additives in animal nutrition. In joint research with the Department of Animal Nutrition and Biotechnology of the Faculty of Animal Sciences of WULS-SGGW, he developed a method of feeding nanoparticles in ovo. These studies have shown that the nanoparticles, especially silver and some allotropic forms of conjugated carbon conjugated with amino acids, can stimulate the immunological and antioxidant status, as well as optimalize muscle development in the hen embryo.
In the last decade, in the same team, Professor Chwalibog conducted research on the application of nanotechnology in cancer therapy. Experiments focused on the creation of nanomolecules, based primarily on graphene, for targeted oncological therapy.
He published the results of his research in 428 publications, including 216 in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is also the co-author of 43 books and compendia and 169 short communications. The significance of these works is demonstrated by 3,355 citations registered in the Google Scholar database and the index h = 31. In the Web of Science database there are 1860 citations and the index h = 22.
Professor Andrzej Chwalibog is the editor-in-chief of two renowned journals: the Journal of Molecular Nanotechnology & Nanomedicine and the International Journal of Avian and Wildlife Biology. He is also a member of editorial committees in many journals, as well as a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Physiology and Animal Nutrition of the Polish Academy of Sciences and many prestigious international scientific societies. He has participated many times in panels of experts evaluating scientific projects in Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Norway, Poland, Sweden, South Africa and Russia.
Profesor Chwalibog was a supervisor to 50 successful M.Sc. and 20 doctoral candidates.
The group of his students is international. In 1993, he was nominated by the students' self-government of the University of Copenhagen to become the best teacher of the year. In addition, he reviewed 12 doctoral dissertations and 6 applications for the title of professor.
Professor Andrzej Chwalibog cooperates with scientists from many countries, but he has always treated cooperation with his Alma Mater as a priority. The scope of our cooperation covers all types of academic activity, for which he was awarded the Honorary Badge "For Merits to WULS-SGGW". He carried out numerous classes for students and doctoral students at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and organized and supervised internships of young scientists at the University of Copenhagen. The result of the cooperation between the Professor and the Department of Animal Nutrition and Biotechnology is 66 joint works, 6 chapters in books, 84 communications and 2 patent applications.
The professor is a great lover of nature, especially wild animals. Spending a lot of time in the African bush and watching wild animals living there, he possessed exceptional knowledge in this field. He shares her passion with students during the classes.
His professional accomplishments was appreciated by the Queen of Denmark, Margaret II, giving him the title Knight of the Dannebrog Order.