Stanislaw BieleckiLodz University of Technology - Professor/Rector
Stanislaw Bielecki, PhD, DSc.
Professor Stanislaw Bielecki is a full professor at the Institute of Technical Biochemistry, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Lodz University of Technology. His main areas of research interest are: industrial biotechnology, applied biocatalysis, molecular engineering of enzymes and biopolymers, especially bacterial bionanocellulose biosynthesis and its application in medicine and industry. His scientific achievements consist of over 200 research papers, more than 40 patents and patent applications. Professor Bielecki has lectured extensively abroad and has been invited as a visiting professor to universities in Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, France, the USA and China. Professor Bielecki created the Lodz school of industrial biotechnology, which has grown strong and has been recognized both in Poland and Europe. Previously professor Bielecki chaired many important scientific forums, such as the Biotechnology Committee at the Presidium of Polish Academy of Sciences, the Commission of Biotechnology at the branch of PAS in Lodz. He was also a member of the Advisory Board of the EU FP7 “Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Biotechnology” priority and is currently a member of the European Bioeconomy Panel. Professor Bielecki participates in the Scientific Councils: PAS Centre for Medical Biology and Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies. At present he holds the positions of Rector of the Lodz University of Technology and Vice-President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland.
Bioeconomy in Poland – open opportunities
The use of bioresources has a long tradition in Poland. But intensive and widespread efforts to raise awareness of the need for a more comprehensive approach to biological resource are necessary for the development of bioeconomy. One of the pillars of bioeconomy, the industrial biotechnology deals with, inter alia, biocatalysts/bioprocesses for industry and environment protection, biofuels, biodegradable biomaterials/biopolymers. The main addressees of the IB projects are food processing factories, biodiesel producers, chemical and cosmetic companies and biogas producing companies.
Substantial increase of sustainable biomass production in Poland is unlikely to happen in the next several years. The existing agricultural potential shall be used for production of food crops and animal feed processing into high quality food products. The research and development in the area of bioeconomy should be focused on preventing further soil degradation and soil biomass and biodiversity restoration, increasing the competitiveness of Polish agri-food sector, developing technologies for conversion of secondary biomass into biofuels and raw industrial materials, developing technologies for non-agricultural biomass production, mitigating the effect of the global warming on agriculture.
The industrial biotechnology sector in Poland currently presents a relatively strong research potential. However, it is also characterized by insufficient implementation of research outcomes to industry. Moreover, it rarely produces new-to-the-world products. The majority of Polish regions have included bioeconomy in their smart specialization strategies. It seems to be a good direction, but there is a need to integrate diverse activities undertaken by different regions depending on the stage of processing of renewable biomaterials.