Vice-Rector for Development

First Deputy Rector
Vice-Rector for Development
Professor dr hab. Kazimierz Tomala

Kazimierz Tomala was born on January 1, 1956 in Prussia near Warka. He graduated from the Horticultural Technical School in Sochaczew in 1975. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (1980). He earned his PhD in agricultural sciences (1987), and his postdoctoral degree (habilitation) in agricultural sciences in the field of horticulture – orcharding (1996). He was granted the professorship in agricultural sciences (2001). Since April 1, 1982, he has worked as an academic teacher at the Faculty of Horticulture and Biotechnology, currently as a professor at the Department of Horticulture and Economics of Horticulture.

He has completed numerous academic internships, including: 1984 - University of British Columbia and Research Station - Summerland, Canada (scholarship holder of the AS Dekabana Foundation), 1987–1989 - Michigan State University, USA, 1999 - Universidad de TALCA, Chile, 2001 - Jilin University, China.

From the beginning of his research work, he has been working on the issues of quality and storage capacity of fruit, including: causes of variability in the mineral composition and storage capacity of apples and pears, methods of determining maturity, enrichment with calcium, stunting apple growth, use of gibberellins, pre- and post-harvest blocking of ethylene receptors and storage under CA and ULO conditions, recently also in a dynamically controlled atmosphere. The academic achievements and the dissemination work covers this topic and consists of 517 studies, including: 79 creative works, 84 chapters in monographs, 106 communications, 5 books, 2 implementation instructions, 234 popular science works, 7 expert opinions. Professor Tomala has given over 160 lectures for field engineering and technical staff as well as fruit farmers-practitioners, as well as over 50 radio and television interviews. He is a manager of six research projects won in competitions of KBN (State Committee of Scientific Research), a package in a project financed from the 5th Framework Program of the European Union, three grants commissioned by international entities and 14 grants commissioned by representative offices of international entities.

Professor Tomala participated in over 50 national and international conferences, congresses and symposia, including in Belgium, China, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and Italy, where he shared the results of his research. He delivered 5 plenary lectures at international symposia (as a Keynote Speaker), 9 introductory lectures at national conferences and chaired sessions at international and national conferences 7 times. He has been invited to give lectures in Chile (1999), China (2001), Russia (2009), the Czech Republic (3 times; 2003, 2010 and 2017) and Ukraine (3 times; 2000, 2014 and 2015).

He gives lectures on horticulture, storage, basics of horticultural production, horticultural commodity science, regulating growth and maturation, as well as a master's seminar on horticulture.

Under his supervision, 116 engineering theses were carried out, 154 master's theses, 12 doctors successfully completed their doctoral theses, including one from Yemen.

He repeatedly reviewed doctoral and postdoctoral dissertations for academic institutions, as well as achievements in the procedure for awarding the title of professor. He prepared 56 reviews, including 9 reviews of doctoral dissertations, 29 reviews or opinions in the procedure for awarding the postdoctoral degree (habilitation) - in the procedure for awarding the title or employment as a professor, 1 in the procedure for awarding the title of doctor honoris causa, 1 for the award of rights for doctoral degrees, 45 research projects and 62 scientific articles.

Selected important functions held at WULS-SGGW: supervisor of the students’ academic association (1991–1994), vice-dean for student affairs at the Faculty of Horticulture (1994–1999), dean of the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (1999–2005), head of the Department of Horticulture (1997–1999, 2006–2016) ), member of the Senate Committee for Teaching and Education (1996–1999), as well as its chairman (2002–2005), member of the Senate Finance Committee (2005–2008), member of the Senate Committee for the Development of Research and Teaching Personnel (2008 2012), member of the Rector's Committee for Tenders (2005-2016), member of the Council of the Inter-faculty Study of Commodity Science (2006-2012), disciplinary spokesman for academic teachers (2012-2016), vice-rector for didactics (2016-2020).

Selected important functions held outside of the WULS-SGGW: member of the Working Group Horticulture in the Team of Agricultural Sciences Experts of the Ministry of National Education (1996–1998), a supporting member of the Society for the Development of Dwarf Orchards (1996–), a member of the KBN Horticulture Section (P06C, 1997–2000), a member of the Polish Society of Horticulture Sciences ( 1990-), member of the Editorial Board of Folia Horticulturae (2001-), member of the Editorial Board of Acta Agrobotanica (2002-), member of the Botanical Society (2002-), chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Horticulture and Floriculture (now the Institute of Horticulture) in Skierniewice (2003-) , deputy chairman of the KNO PAN (2003–2006) and member of the KNO PAN (2007–2015), member of the Warsaw Scientific Society (2004–), scientific consultant of the practical monthly SAD (2006–), member of the Scientific Council of the Horticulture Department of the scientific journal of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań - Nauka Przyroda Technologie - (2007–), member of Section III - Biological, Agricultural, Forestry and Veterinary Sciences - Center Commission for Degrees and Titles (2013-2016).

Professor Tomala co-organized 4 international scientific conferences, 23 editions of the Open Day of the Experimental Orchard in Wilanów (since 1997) and 16 editions of the FruitPro International Trade Fair of Fruit Farming (since 2005). He organized and provided with modern research equipment a specialized laboratory of Fruit Physiology and Storage.

For his scientific, didactic and organizational achievements, Professor Tomala received numerous awards from the Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and was decorated with the Honorary Badge "For Merits for the Warsaw University of Life Sciences", the Gold Cross of Merit, the Honorary Badge "of merit for agriculture" and the Medal of the National Education Commission.

Hobbies: growing orchids, mushroom picking, music films and traveling.