Prof. Maciej Zalewski

Prof. Maciej Zalewski, European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Department of Applied Ecology, University of Łódź, Poland

Maciej Zalewski is a Professor of Applied Ecology at Lodz University, Director of the UNESCO European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and founder of the ecohydrology concept under the framework of the UNESCO-IHP program. Professor Zalewski’s research interests evolved from fish bioenergetics towards river ecosystems ecology, to which he proposed a concept of an abiotic-biotic hierarchy of factors determining water communities. Based on scientific experience gained during a scholarship with the Canadian government and work for UNESCO MAB Programme, he proposed a new paradigm in water related sciences–ecohydrology–based on the requirement for regulation of ecological and hydrological processes to reach sustainability. He works closely with UNESCO-IHP, as well as other United Nations’ and European Commission’s programs and institutions. Professor Zalewski is author and co-author of numerous scientific articles in prestigious scientific journals, as well as book chapters concerning the ecohydrology concept. He has been chair and/or keynote speaker of more than 70 international scientific conferences and symposia around the world. He is founder and editor-in-chief of international journal Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology, and a member of editorial boards of Ecological Engineering, Brazilian Journal of Biology, Wetlands Ecology and Management, Fisheries Management and Ecology, and Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management. Professor Zalewski is a member of environmental scientific committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and member of the Polish Advisory Board of Ministry of Environment for Water Resources Management. He has served as national representative for the Polish government in the OECD Export Credits and Environment treaty negotiations and the Scientific Council of Regional Office for Science and Technology for Europe (ROSTE) and chair of the working groups “Fish and Land/Inland Water Ecotones” (UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme) and “Physical Habitat Modification and Freshwater Fisheries” (FAO EIFAC (European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission)). He is a member of the Council of the National Centre for Research and Development Poland, representative of Poland at the Thematic Working Group in Environment of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI ENV TWG), chair of the Steering Committee of Programme “Ecohydrology” of the UNESCO-IHP and a member of the drafting task force for the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) for water and UNESCO-IHP programmes. He was a leader of numerous research national and international projects, including the five years (2008-2012) Polish Aid Programme funded development project in Ethiopia.