Rzeczpospolita Polska


dr habili. eng. Andrzej Białowiec, Assistance Professor


Dr habili. Eng. Andrzej Białowiec was born and raised in Gdynia. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Protection and Fisheries, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. He defended his doctorate at the Faculty of Environmental and Agricultural Development, the home University. In 2012, Andrzej Białowiec obtained the postdoctoral degree in technical sciences, in environmental engineering at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

His professional activity Dr habili. Eng. Andrzej Białowiec focuses mainly on the following research areas: the use of hydrophyte systems to treat sewage, leachate and waste, biological waste treatment, conversion of waste into solid and gas fuels, innovation in waste management and inventive engineering. He attaches great importance to the utilitarian nature of conducted research and development activities, thanks to which his solutions have been implemented in waste treatment plants.

Participant of numerous scientific internships in foreign research centers, including Cardiff University, University of Beira Interior, Politechnica di Milano, Tsinghua University. Participant of the TOP 500 Innovators program at Stanford University. Grantee of Fulbright Senior Award at Iowa State University. Currently, he participates in research and development projects related to waste torrefaction, and the biogas production from food industry waste. Dr. Białowiec has initiated the novel concept to waste management approach – Waste to Carbon.The success of his students and Ph.D. students bring him joy and motivation.

Privately, he likes to give himself hard time during extreme orienteering rallies.

dr. Eng. Arkadiusz Dyjakon, Assistance Professor


Dr eng. Arkadiusz Dyjakon, od 2010 roku adiunkt na Wydziale Przyrodniczo-Technologicznym Uniwersytetu Przyrodniczego we Wrocławiu w Zakładzie Niskoemisyjnych Źródeł Energii i Gospodarki Odpadami, Instytutu Inżynierii Rolniczej. Specjalista w zakresie wykorzystania biomasy dla celów energetycznych, spalania i współspalania węgla i biomasy, oraz zastosowania odnawialnych źródeł energii w praktyce.

W przeszłości pracował w takich instytucjach, jak: Delft University of Technology (Holandia), Energy Research Centre of the Netherland ECN (Holandia), Electricity de France EDF R&D (Francja), Politechnika Wrocławska, Clausthall University (Niemcy). Zrealizował także wiele staży na innych Uczelniach polskich (UR Kraków, UP Poznań) i zagranicznych (Aston University, Tsinghua University), a także w przedsiębiorstwach prywatnych.  

Jest ekspertem w programie LIDER finansowanym przez NCBiR w Warszawie. Był kierownikiem i głównym wykonawcą w projektach krajowych i zagranicznych. Jest autorem i współautorem ponad 70 publikacji naukowych polskich i zagranicznych, 3 skryptów akademickich, 4 patentów oraz kilkunastu prac, ekspertyz i raportów wykonanych dla przemysłu. 

Przedmiotem zainteresowań naukowych są badania i analizy techniczno-ekonomiczne oraz środowiskowe wykorzystania biomasy dla celów energetycznych, a także termiczne przetwarzanie biomasy i jej współspalanie z węglem. Dodatkowym obszarem badawczym są także możliwości aplikacyjne odnawialnych źródeł energii w praktyce i zdecentralizowane układy energetyczne. 

dr. Eng. Agnieszka Medyńska-Juraszyk, Assistance Professor


Dr. eng. Agnieszka Medyńska-Juraszek graduated with the Master’s degree in Environmental Protection at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. In 2011 received the title of PhD in agricultural sciences, the subject of doctoral dissertations was “The role of ectohumus in trace element cycling in forest ecosystem under impact of copper industry and started work in the Institute of Soil Sciences and Environmental Protection at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

In 2017 became a deputy director for research. Main research topics refer to soil chemical degradation and reclamation methods with organic sorbents. In 2012/2013 she held an internship in Bioforsk - the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research in Norway and started research with biochars for soil remediation processes. Gained her scientific background also in USA, Brazil and Spain. Since 2013 involved in B+R activities cooperating with entrepreneurs interested in biochar production and environmental use of biowastes.   


dr. hablil. Antoni Szumny, Associate Professor


dr. Eng. Hubert Prask, Assistance Professor


Hubert Prask was born in Wrocław. He graduated Wrocław University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical and Power Engineering, major: energy in 2009. From 2009 to 2014, PhD studies at the University of Life Sciences in Wrocław at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Technology at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering. In 2014, PhD title of agricultural sciences in the discipline of Agricultural Engineering, the subject of the doctoral dissertation: "The influence of the substrates fragmentation level and methods of anaerobic digestion in biogas yield".

Specializes in Renewable Energy Sources, especially in the field of agricultural biogas plants. Research apply on physicochemical analyzes and biogas production from agricultural substrates and substrates from the agri-food industry. In addition to research on increasing the efficiency of the anaerobic digestion process Hubert Prask also performs physicochemical analyzes and digestate processing after anaerobic digestion for the use of digestate as fertilizer.

Privately, he is a hunter, plays tennis, rides a lot of bicycle, and snowboarding in winter.

dr. Eng. Jan Den Boer, Assistance Professor


Jan den Boer holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, an M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University in Budapest and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology (Chair of Waste Technology). At WUELS, he holds a position as assistant Professor and is involved in scientific research and teaching in the field of waste management and environmental issues. For WUELS he has been involved the FP7 project EuroPruning, mainly dealing with the environmental assessment of the energetic use of pruning residues and in the Interreg Central Europe project STREFOWA with a focus on food waste prevention and management. In the latter project he is leading a workpackage on ‘Transnational Anti-Food-Waste Network and Action Plan’.

He has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of waste management having started in The Netherlands with a focus on Waste Logistics and Economy (De Straat Milieu-Adviseurs). Later his focus moved to research and consultancy in waste technology and sustainability assessment at the Ifeu Institute (Heidelberg) and the Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany. For the latter he coordinated the FP5 project LCA-IWM on the development of tools for the waste forecasting and the environmental, social and economic assessment of waste management systems. He was also employed as a project leader at Wameco S.C. with a focus on international projects.

Currently he focuses his research on food wastage and life cycle assessment of waste and biomass.

Private interests: football, hunting and trying to convince any of his four children to clean up their mess.

  M.Sc. Eng. Jacek Łyczko, Ph.D. Candidate

MSc. Jacek Łyczko was born in Wodzisław Śląski, in Upper Silesia. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Science, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, in 2017. In the same year he began doctoral studies at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Science of his Alma Mater.

His scientific interests are related to chemical analytics, particular in chromatography science, mainly in relation to food and food quality. First of all, he deals with the analysis of essential oils and aromatic profiles of herbs, spices and pharmacopoeial plants, as well as assessing the impact of the drying process on fresh plants. As part of these issues, he took courses on chromatographic analysis in Poland, Germany and Japan. Currently, he is in project Innovative drying methods as a factor regulating the quality of selected spice plants financed by the Wrocław University and Life Sciences, as part of the Innovative Doctorate project (B020 /0009/19) a project manager.
In addition to scientific commitment, MSc. Jacek Łyczko, shows commitment to organizational work, being the Vice-President of the UPWr PhD Student Council, a member of the commission related to the implementation of amendments to Act 2.0 or the Recruitment Committee to the UPWr doctoral school.

Privately, MSc. Jacek Łyczko likes to spend time playing role-playing games (RPGs), board games and culinary delights in the comfort of home cooking.

M.Sc. Eng. Kacper Świechowski, Ph.D. Candidate


Kacper Świechowski graduated the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (WUELS). He graduated in engineering and Master of Science degree in the field of Renewable Energy Sources and Waste Management, specialization: waste management in 2018. He also completed postgraduate studies in Occupational Safety and Health Management. During the master's thesis, he became interested in the production of solid fuels from waste materials. The interest in the processes of thermochemical treatment of waste determined his doctoral studies. In his scientific work, he focuses on biochar production considering its energetic utilization. Additionally, he explores the possibility of increasing the efficiency of the methane fermentation process of agricultural waste by using biochar as an additive material.

Besides science, he is interested in history, enjoys amateur running and rowing.

dr. Eng. Małgorzata Fugol, Assistance Professor


Małgorzata Fugol was born in Wrocław. In the year 2008 she graduated from a master's degree at the University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, major: environmental protection. In year 2013, she graduated from a doctoral study at the same university and faculty at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering and obtained a PhD degree in agricultural sciences.

Professionally, she focused on agricultural biogas plants, optimalization of the anaerobic digestion process and biogas / methane production, the use of organic wastes from agricultural, agro-food industry, municipal wastes for energy production, digestate sludge management by making fertilizers and other products from it. It is worth noting that the conducted research is based on physico-chemical analyzes and anaerobic digestion is carried out in a batch and flow way, which is identical to that in agricultural biogas plants.

Privately, she loves animals and nature, rides a horse and is interested in health and broadly defined an alternative medicine.

dr. Eng. Sylwia Stegenta-Dąbrowska, Assistance Professor


Dr. Sylwia Stegenta-Dąbrowska is an assistant professor at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering. She graduated her PhD thesis with distinction in 2018, after almost 3.5 years of doctoral studies. Dr. Stegenta-Dąbrowska has over 5 years of experience in waste management and environmental engineering research, development and implementation technologies including the (1) waste bio-stabilization including aerobic composting and (2) anaerobic digestion with biogas recovery. Main interests include emissions and efficiency of decompositions process of organic waste.

Dr. Stegenta-Dąbrowska concern increasing the efficiency of organic waste decomposition, production of carbon monoxide during composting and control of gas emissions from these processes. Dr inż. Stegenta-Dąbrowska is the author of 6 expert opinions and professional reports on management of waste management, odors and emissions from composting and fermentation processes. From 2019 he is a member of the Leading Research Team - Waste and Biomass Vaorization Group (WBVG), under the direction of Dr. Andrzej Białowiec, prof. UPWr. operating at the University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław and the head of the Biomass and Waste Laboratory. Numerous cooperation with the waste management industry resulted in six research grants, and international cooperation allowed the publication of obtained results in reputable English-language magazines.

So far, Dr. Stegenta-Dąbrowska completed 6 research grants, including 1 project manager and 5 research contractor, author of 13 scientific publications, including 9 with the IF index. It also participates in popularizing science through participation in international conferences (China, Italy) as well as national conferences and organizing workshops for children and young people.

Karolina Sobieraj, MSc Eng., PhD student


In 2018 Karolina Sobieraj, MSc Eng., completed two-stage studies in the field of Renewable Energy Sources and Waste Management in the specialty Waste Management, with a scholarship of the Minister for students for outstanding scientific achievements in the 2017/2018 academic year award. From October 2019, she is a PhD student at the UPWr Doctoral School in the discipline of environmental engineering, mining and energy. At the same time, she began working in the leading research team of Waste and Biomass Valorization Group (WBVG).

During her studies, she was analyzing the process of biological decomposition of organic waste, first in laboratory scale when determining the biodegradable fraction content in municipal waste, then on a technical scale, analyzing the spatial distribution of process gases in piles during composting of organic waste. From July to December 2017, she worked as a executive in the research project "Selection of the composition of substrates based on the BEST-TERRA compost and composting technology at the factory composting plant at the Boguszowice sewage treatment plant" (PROJ/2017/04/00007). The results were presented as a poster: "The analysis of spatial distribution of process gases within a pile during composting of bio-waste" during the International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS 2018) in Beijing.

In November 2017, she won the first edition of Food Waste Hackathon Poland with her group. She is the co-author of six scientific publications, including five with the IF index (total IF=6.546). From February to December 2019, she conducted proceedings related to direct threat of damage and environmental damage, land surface pollution and remediation plans, as well as providing information on the environment and its protection as a specialist in the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Wrocław. The main scientific interests relate to the biological oxygen treatment of waste, gas emissions from these processes, modeling the impact of technological factors on the composting process and reducing food waste.

In June 2019, she submitted an application for funding a research project on the intensification of carbon monoxide production during composting of bio-waste to produce biosyngas under the grant of the National Science Center PRELUDIUM-17.

Tomasz Noszczyk