European Regional Centre For Ecohydrology
Maciej Zalewski is Professor of Lodz University, Department of Applied Ecology and Director of European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His research interests evolved from fish bioenergetics towards river ecosystems ecology, where he proposed the “Abiotic-Biotic Regulatory Concept” that defines hierarchy of factors determining structure of water communities along river continuum in different geographic zones. This theorem laid down foundations for a new paradigm for environmental sciences enclosed in Ecohydrology. He initiated the development of the Ecohydrology concept under the framework of UNESCO-IHP program and is a respected international expert in this field. As the expert of UNESCO Prof. Zalewski supported establishment of Centres for Ecohydrology in Portugal, Indonesia, China, Argentina and Ethiopia.rnProfessor Zalewski is a lecturer in national and international teaching programmes. He has been a chairman and keynote speaker of over 100 international scientific conferences and symposia and is an author of numerous publications and book chapters. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of international journal of Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology, and member of editorial boards of Ecological Engineering, Brazilian Journal of Biology, Fisheries Management and Ecology journals. He is a leader of numerous scientific national and international projects. Currently holds h Index of 24 and is cited more than 2035 times in various scientific publications (according to Scopus) Professor Zalewski is a member of environmental scientific committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and member of the Advisory Board of the Polish Ministry of Environment. He served, among others, as the national representative for Polish government in the OECD Export Credits and Environment treaty negotiations, as a member of the Scientific Council of Regional Office for Science and Technology for Europe (ROSTE), chairman of the Working Group "Fish and Land/Inland Water Ecotones" of UNESCO MAB (Man and Biosphere) programme, chairman of the Working Group “Physical Habitat Modification and Freshwater Fisheries” of FAO EIFAC (European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission) programme, member of the Council of the National Centre for Research and Development in Poland, representative of Poland at the Thematic Working Group in Environment of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI ENV TWG), representative of Poland in Thematic Process for 7th World Water Forum in Korea, chairman of the Steering Committee of UNESCO-IHP’s (International Hydrological Programme) "Ecohydrology" Programme and a member of the drafting taskforce for the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) for water and the current UNESCO-IHP programmes.