"Our ceremony included an outstanding professor, who is an authority in the field of hydrology, as well as researchers at the beginning of their careers. This is a proof that in science, as in life, we need role models and authorities. And each work requires continuation. It is thanks to it that the world is moving forward, and we want to bring «the light of pure knowledge to humanity»"- said the Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Professor Wiesław Bielawski.
Addressing the researchers, he referred to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining its independence: "Let’s demonstrate patriotism by working together for the sake of the power of our country, and let us leave legacies in the form of a safe, strong and educated Homeland to future generations."
The ceremony was attended by the members of the Senate of the WULS-SGGW, academic and administrative staff, as well as by the students. Also, family members, co-workers and friends of prof. dr. hab. Z.W. Kundzewicz and of the doctors receiving their habilitation and Ph.D. degrees were present.
The ceremony was honored by the Academic Choir of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and members of the Artistic Group "Promni".
Professor Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz is an outstanding researcher in the field of hydrology, who has been cooperating with scientists from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences
(especially from the Department of Water Engineering) for many years. In 2014, he received the honorary badge "For merits for WULS-SGGW". In the years 2014-2017, he was the coordinator of the Polish-Norwegian project CHASE-PL, in which WULS-SGGW was the second Polish partner. The project was a great success (more than 20 publications in the "Web of Science" database, of which eight were co-authored by the professor with employees of WULS-SGGW). Published books were also a result of the project, including "Climate change and its impact on selected sectors in Poland", edited by Z.W. Kundzewicz, O. Hovy
and T. Okruszko. Professor Kundzewicz collaborated with professor Kazimierz Banasik as part of the IAHS (Z.W. Kundzewicz - secretary of the Commission of Water-Economic Systems - ICWRS, editor and member of the Board, K. Banasik - vice-president of the International Continental Erosion Commission - ICCE) and professors Edward Pierzgalski and Andrzej Byczkowski as part of the committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences, which resulted in co-authored articles in the "Nauka" [Science] quarterly.
In addition, in February last year, Professor Kundzewicz solemnly handed over a private collection of several dozens of "red books" to the Library of the WULS-SGGW, i.e. hydrological monographs published by IAHS. He did it in the belief that WULS-SGGW is the best scientific institution in Poland that works on the topic, and hence these books will be of interest to local employees and students.