Adam Mickiewicz University

Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań, Poland, is one of the top 3 Polish Universities. Its 100-year old reputation is founded on long tradition of higher education in the City of Poznań and the outstanding current achievements of its staff, students and graduates. AMU has over 37000 students including 745 international students representing 78 nationalities and offers education in 228 full degree programs. AMU is engaged in world-changing research on a local and global level, addressing complex contemporary challenges. The university boasts excellent laboratories, which attract talented researchers from Poland and abroad. Researchers at AMU conduct their studies responsibly, knowing that we have a real impact on our lives and those of future generations. AMU is engaged in educating the future changemakers. We encourage students to actively participate in the life of the city and the region. We reach beyond the university walls – AMU educational offer is addressed to almost all generations. AMU fully engages in its third mission and cooperates with the social and economic environment. We initiate academic and educational partnerships, and encourage employers to participate in curriculum development.

Paweł Churski

Associate Professor at AMU, Director of the Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Vice President of the Polish Committee on Spatial Planning at Polish Academy of Science, member of the CoRep of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). He is an expert in socio-economic geography, spatial management, agglomeration development, regional growth and regional policy including regional innovation systems and RIS3. He is national and regional expert in regional and local development, labor markets and standards of living in Polish metropolis and cities. Guests (including lecturer) foreign universities or institutions, e.g. Free University in Brussels, School of Slavonic & East European Studies University of London, Pole Universitaire Europeen Tuluza, University of Abertay Dundee, Comenius Univeristy in Bratislava, Vilnius University, Irkuck University, European Commission, Committee of Regions, and participant in international conferences. He is the author of over a two hundred publications, including nine monographs and he is a leader and main conductor of scientific projects. He is innovator and manager of higher education. Full information and bibliography see: https://www.churski.pl

Katarzyna Fagiewicz

Fagiewicz received habilitation 2017 in Geography, the field Earth Sciences. Since 2003 she works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Integrated Geography at AMU. Her field of interests concerne the structure, functioning and planning of landscape systems with emphasis on degraded and post-mining areas. She lead the project on structural and functional transformation of geosystems as a result of opencast mining of lignit (financed by National Science Centre). She participated in the Strategic Partnership between Technische Universität Dresden and the Department of Integrated Geography of AMU in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IÖR) in the field of development of post-open mining landscapes. Her activities cover also the methodology and application of environmental impact assessments procedures. Recently she focuses on urban green infrastructure planning related to vacant land. Elaborating this topic she participates in the H2020 project: COproductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, Innovation and Governance (CONNECTING Nature).

Tomasz Herodowicz

PhD. in Earth Sciences at the Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences (Adam Mickiewicz University). His research interest focuses on determining the importance of the EU’s regional policy in shaping the condition of natural environment. He takes effort to identify the relations between three elements: (1) environmental intervention of EU regional policy, (2) pro-environmental changes of economy and (3) the condition of the natural environment. He is author and co-author of nine scientific articles and a 2nd prize winner in the competition for the best master’s thesis on European funds in Wielkopolska (organised by the Marshal’s Office of the Wielkopolska Region). He participates in two research projects financed by National Science Center referring to identification the factors of socio-economic development of the less developed regions and shaping the environmental dimension of sustainable development.

Piotr Lupa

Researcher and project assistant in the HORIZON 2020 projects: TeRRIFICA – Territorial RRI Fostering Innovative Climate Action; CONNECTING Nature – „COproductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, INnovation and Governance, and ESMERALDA -„Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking”. PhD in Earth Sciences (in the field of geography with a specialization in integrated geography and ecosystem services) at the Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), employed in the Department of Integrated Geography. His research interest focuses on mapping and assessment of ecosystem services with use of GIS methods and tools, operationalization of ecosystem services concept in environmental management, nature-based solutions in planning of green cities, climate change adaptation of cities.

Andrzej Mizgajski

Professor of Earth science and Head of the Department of Integrated Geography at AMU. He is an author and co-author of more than 170 publications in the field of integrated geography, environmental management, and urban ecology. Currently, he focuses on ecosystem management in urban areas. Among numerous honors, he received a Fellowship from the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has a wide practical experience in environmental management being appointed as Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Environment (2004-2006) and earlier as the head of regional environmental authority in Poznań (1993-1999). Since 2014 he is the Chairman of the State Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection. He conducts broad international cooperation with research and scholar organizations. He was a Member of the European Research Council Consolidator Grants Evaluation Panel and the Core Group of Management Committee at the project COST Action: “Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities – Future Challenges and Lessons Learned”. He represented EU member countries at the Steering Group of the Project: Mapping of Ecosystems and Their Services in the EU and its Member States. He is a Member of scientific boards as well as of the Editorial Board of the renowned Journal Ecosystem Services, Elsevier.

Joanna Morawska-Jancelewicz

Science Shop coordinator, interested in the social innovation and socially responsible university. At the university she is also involved in the University Engagement Strategy, Green University Program, Gender Equality Program and key projects related to university–society dialogue. She is member of EUA Focus Group on Universities and Public Engagement and a Group of Socially Responsible University at the Ministry of Investment and Development and Ministry of Science and Higher Education. She has initiated the Forum of the Engaged Universities.

Dawid Ochota

PhD student at the Department of Regional Analysis (Adam Mickiewicz University). His doctoral thesis focuses on challenges of the european regional policy on the changing labour market. His scientific interests concerns labor market policy, regional policy of the EU, Poland and Spain, planning and management at the local and regional level. He is a research assistant in the HORIZON 2020 project TeRRIFICA: Territorial RRI Fostering Innovative Climate Action.