Zbigniew Kundzewicz#

Zbigniew Kundzewicz
Membership Number:4503
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:POLAND

Present and Previous Positions
  • January 1990 - October 1993 and from July 1996 to date: head of Department (earlier Laboratory) of Climate and Water Resources, associate professor (until November 1993) and full research professor (since November 1993), Institute (earlier Research Centre) for Agricultural and Forest Environment (IAFE), Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznań, Poland
  • January 2001 - April 2016 senior scientist, part-time at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany, since May 2016 – guest status at PIK
  • 2008 - 2010 research director, Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment (IAFE), Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznań, Poland
  • November 1993 - June 1996 scientific officer (P4), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Hydrology and Water Resources Department, Geneva, Switzerland
  • January 1991 - October 1993 director, Ecological Cooperation Office, Regional Parliament of the Poznań Province, Poznań, Poland
  • May 1974 - December 1989 career path from research assistant to associate professor, Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland; in the mean time:
  • November 1978 - May 1980 Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany,
  • January - June 1988 – guest scientist (BAT Ib) at the Institute for Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Fields of Scholarship
  • Extreme precipitation and flooding
  • Flood risk reduction
  • Climate change impacts on water resources
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Sustainable development
  • Water resources management
  • Hydrology

Honours and Awards
  • 2017 Dooge Medal, International Hydrology Prize
  • 2014 Honorary decoration “Distinguished for SGGW (Warsaw University of Life Sciences)” presented by Rector of Warsaw University of Life Sciences
  • 2014 Honorary decoration “Distinguished for Agriculture” presented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Government of Poland
  • 2012 Opening Lecture at the official state ceremony of launching the academic year 2012/2013 at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, attended by the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, Archbishop and other dignitaries, therein many university rectors
  • 2010 elected a Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 2010 delivered a Penman Lecture at the Third International Symposium of the British Hydrological Society, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 2008 received the Large Golden Seal of the City of Poznań, granted by Mr Ryszard Grobelny, the then Mayor of Poznań „for extraordinary achievements in the area of climate and environment protection, that make Poznań famous in the world and are a reason for pride for its inhabitants”. This is a great honour, usually bestowed to one recipient per year.
  • In 1994-2015, Professor Kundzewicz considerably contributed to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), being also a four-fold Coordinating Lead Author, in 2001, 2007, 2008, and 2012. Hence he takes a pride of being responsible for a little but meaningful part in the collective achievement of IPCC that was awarded Peace Nobel Prize in 2007. On this occasion he received a special diploma from IPCC.
  • 2004 Knight’s Cross of Polonia Restituta Order (Poland)
  • 1993 Life-long title of Professor of Earth Sciences bestowed by the (then) President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Walesa
  • 1991 Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland
  • 1987 Tison Award of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
  • 1986 Award of the Secretary General of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 1983 Julian Lambor Prize of 7th (Earth Sciences) Department of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 1978 - 1980 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship (Institut Wasserbau III, University of Karlsruhe, FR Germany)

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