prof. dr hab. Janusz Janeczek

Janusz Janeczek

prof. dr hab. Janusz Janeczek

  • University of Silesia in Katowice

 

Mineralogist, geologist. He graduated from the University of Wrocław in 1976 where he worked until 1984. Since 1985 he has been a faculty member of the University of Silesia and held a position of  rector for two terms between 2002-2005 and 2005-2008. He was the Vice-Rector for research, international cooperation and promotion of the university (1999-2002). During his second term as rector he was elected the Vice-President of the Conference of Rectors of Polish Universities. In the years 1993-1999 he acted as the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia where he currently is the head of the Chair of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrography.  Between 1998 and 2002 he was the president of the Mineralogical Society of Poland. He is a chairman of the Mineralogical Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the Mineralogical Society of Poland, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Russian Mineralogical Society. He has received scholarships from the British Council (University of Manchester), the Fullbright Scholar Program (University of New Mexico) and the Japanese Association for the Promotion of Science at Hiroshima University. He is laureate of the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Ignacy Domeyko Award (1986). He was a Polish representative in the Selection Board of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Courses and Joint Doctorate Programs.

Among his research interests are: geological aspects of radioactive waste disposal, including natural analogues of different forms of spent nuclear fuel and underground repositories of radioactive waste (in the years 1990-2000 he was a member of an international research working group studying natural fission reactors in Oklo, Gabon), mineralogy of atmospheric dust and pegmatites.  On these he has written several dozen publications. His most significant works include research on uranium minerals and the migration of radioactive elements in and around natural nuclear fission reactors. He has supervised nine doctoral dissertations.