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Polish Society for Horticultural Science

Horticulture has long been an important discipline of plant production in Poland. The development of modern horticultural production has been considerably influenced by scientific activity of research centres at Agricultural Universities and branch intitutes of fruit-growing, floriculture and vegetable growing.

The Polish Society for Horticultural Science (PSHS) was established in 1987 on the initiative of the Polish Academy of Sciences in order to integrate a horticultural science community in Poland. Professor Tadeusz Wojtaszek, a great promoter for the Society's establishment, was elected as first President of the Society. After his death in 1990, this function was bestowed on Prof. Andrzej Libik (1990-1999) and next on Prof. Stanisław Cebula (1999-2007), Prof. Edward Kunicki (2007-2011), and Prof. Piotr Siwek (2011-2015). Presently Dr. Jacek Nawrocki is the President of the Society.

The statuory purpose of the Society is to develop scientific and educational activities of its members in horticultural research in all the fields, particularly in pomology, vegetables, ornamental plants, horticultural plant breeding, apiculture and landscaping.

The Society accomplishes its goals through:

  • organisation of lectures, meetings, conferences and symposia of a local, all-Polish and international range and thus promotion of horticultural knowledge;

  • regular publication of a scientific horticultural journal Folia Horticulturae in English and Information Bulletin devoted to current activities of PSHS members.

The Society's status distinguishes three possible types of membership:

  • ordinary member - every person working in scientific research or showing interest in horticulture who declares co-operation and help in accomplishing the goals of the Society;

  • supporting member - legal person interested in the Society's activities who declares financial support on behalf of the Society (see more...);

  • honorary member - a person who has had a considerable share in the development of horticultural sciences or rendered outstanding services for the benefit of the Society.

At present the Society has 443 ordinary members. The status of a honorary member has been awarded to distinguished scientists, namely Professors: Stanisław Cebula, Tadeusz Hołubowicz, Mikołaj Knaflewski, Eugeniusz Kołota, Marian Kossowski, Andrzej Libik, Barbara Michalik, Józef Piróg, Jan Starck, Maria Szymańska. Honorary members were also: Wojciech Angelus, Edward Close, Jerzy Korohoda, Nora Krusze, Janusz Lipecki, Jan Myczkowski, Szczepan Pieniążek, Henryk Skąpski, Jerzy Skierkowski, and Stanisław Zagaja.

From the beginning The Board of PSHS has had its seat in Krakow (The Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture at the University of Agriculture), the city where agricultural studies have long tradition, which originated at the Jagiellonian University.

The Polish Society for Horticultural Science consists of eight divisions whose activities cover the whole of Poland: Kraków, Lublin, Olsztyn, Poznań, Skierniewice, Szczecin, Warszawa and Wrocław. Some of its members are associated in the Plant Growing, Seed Production and Biotechnology Section.

The Polish Society for Horticultural Science is a member of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).

The statuory activities of the Society are supported with financial means attributed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the accomplishment of concrete tasks related to popularisation of knowledge and publishing activity. It is also supported by numerous sponsors and, in small part, by membership fees. Each member receives two issues of Folia Horticulturae oraz Information Bulletin for free. Following the decision of the General Assembly of Delegates on the 9th of September 2003 the annual membership fee was risen to 50 PLN beginning from the 1st of January 2004. The students are charged a reduced fee (50%).

Membership fees can be paid into the bank account of the Polish Society for Horticultural Science: Bank Pekao SA, Krakow Reginal Office Branch, Poland, IBAN PL81 1240 1431 1111 0000 1045 9430, SWIFT PKOPPLPWKRA.

Supporting members of the Polish Society for Horticultural Science:

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Contact: Dr. A. Kalisz