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Three new Polish scientists join prestigious Academia Europaea club

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Three Polish scientists have been elected members of the Academia Europaea, the largest scientific organization in Europe. The new members are professors Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska, Piotr Tryjanowski and Rafał Weron.

Academia Europaea, established in 1988 on the initiative of the Royal Society, brings together outstanding experts in all fields of science. It issues opinions and recommendations on matters of science to national governments and international agencies, including the European Commission.

The Academia Europaea, based in London, is the largest pan-European Academy of Sciences. Its members number approx. 4,800 scientists, including most of the European Nobel Prize winners.

In 2022, three scientists from Poland accepted the invitation to join Academia Europaea.

Professor Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is a biochemistry and molecular biology expert. She manages the Gene Expression Laboratory, where she deals with metabolism and the function of RNA molecules, especially their role in response to various types of environmental stress, such as drought, high temperature, over-fertilisation. She mainly conducts research on a model plant (the thale cress) and two utility plants (potato and barley). She also deals with the role of various RNA molecules in molecular mechanisms of sexual reproduction in the evolutionarily oldest terrestrial plants - liverworts. (We informed about the professor's research HERE).

She has published over 100 scientific papers in international scientific journals (including PNASNature PlantsEMBO J.Plant Biotechnology Journal). She conducts her research as part of numerous scientific projects, both national and international ones.

Professor Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska's present and previous positions include: Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Director of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Institute of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Chair of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Member of the Presidium of the International Institute of Molecular Mechanisms and Machines of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 1st Term Member of the Council of Scientific Excellence and in Biological Sciences. Szweykowska-Kulińska is also a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization EMBO.

Professor Piotr Tryjanowski is the Director of the Institute of Zoology of the Poznan University of Life Sciences. He is one of the most cited biologists in Poland. His research focuses on the human-animal interactions, behavioural ecology, birds of the agricultural landscape and urban ecology.

He participates in numerous projects, including green and blue city infrastructure - its importance for biodiversity and health of residents, an assessment of remote detection methods in detecting the presence of species and habitat selectivity, synchronization of local white stork populations in space and time. He is a member of the International Union of Nature Conservation (IUCN) Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group.

He has published over 300 scientific papers in the best journals with international coverage and 17 books, including Therapeutic ornithology and Stork. Unauthorized biography (co -author). He often promotes science (we reported on his research on several occasions, for example HERE and HERE).

Professor Rafał Weron from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology is one of the world's leading experts in the field of energy market forecasting. His other research interests include computational economics, computational statistics and machine learning, agent modelling and complex systems, financial engineering and risk management as well as stochastic modelling and analysis of time series.

His publications have been cited over 5000 times (Scopus database; without auto-citations) and his H index is 40.

He is the author of the popular monograph Modeling and Forecasting Electricity Loads and Prices: A Statistical Approach and co -author of four other books. He has published over 100 chapters in monographs and scientific papers (in particular in prestigious Philadelphia list journals: Applied EnergyEnergy EconomicsEnergy PolicyIEEE Transactions on Smart Grid,IEEE Transactions on Sustainable EnergyInternational Journal of Forecasting and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews), including three extensive review articles on forecasting electricity prices. A holder of a doctorate in financial mathematics as well as habilitation and the title of professor of economic sciences, he is often employed as a consultant by financial, energy and IT companies. (We wrote about Professor Rafał Weron's research HERE).

Over a hundred Polish members of Academia Europaea also include professors: Janusz Bujnicki, Agnieszka Chacińska, Tomasz Dietl, Jerzy Duszyński, Michał Kleiber, Marta Miączyńska, Marcin Nowotny, Jacek Jassem, Grzegorz Kołodko, Andrzej Legocki, Andrzej Jajszczyk and Maciej Żylicz.

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