Professor Tadeusz Słomka (born 1948)

AGH UST Rector in the academic years 2012/13 – 2015/16



Professor Tadeusz Słomka was born into a craftsman’s family in Świątniki Górne near Krakow on 27th October, 1948.  


Since early childhood, he has been interested in inanimate nature. He completed Technical Secondary School of Geology in Krakow, and later graduated from the Faculty of Geology and Exploration at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. His doctoral and post-doctoral dissertations dealt with the sedimentology of deposits of the Flysch Carpathians. He is an author and co-author of over 240 scientific publications dealing with stratigraphic/ depositional geology, the mathematical modelling of the deposits of useful minerals (Cu, radioactive elements, Zn and Pb, hard and brown coal, diatomites, kaolinites and rock materials), and the sedimentology of deep-sea clastic rocks. He is also an author of 6 academic textbooks and an editor of 9 books. He has presented the results of his research at many Polish and international scientific conferences in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, Greece, Mexico, the USA, Australia, and other countries. 


He was Head of the Department of General Geology, Environmental Protection and Geotourism for 12 years, Vice-Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection (two terms of office), Vice-Rector of the AGH University of Science and Technology (two terms of office), and since 2012 he has been Rector of the AGH University of Science and Technology.    


During his professional career he has also been the President of the Assembly of Deans of Faculties of Earth Sciences, an advisor to the Deputy Minister of the Environment, the founder and President of the International Association for Geotourism, a member of the International Association for Sedimentologists and the International Association for Mathematical Geology, a member of the Committee on Geological Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and a member of many scientific boards of Polish and international institutions.   


He is the President of Board of the Polish Higher Education-Business Forum, Vice-President of the Scientific-Industrial Board of the Institute of Highway Technology and Innovation, Vice-President of Board of the Association of Universities InnoTechKrak, as well as a member of the Scientific-Industrial Board at the Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence.  Since 2016 he has headed the Conference of Rectors of Polish Technical Universities. He is also the President of the Academic Sports Association (Management Board). 


He was the initiator and editor-in-chief of the magazine “Geotourism”, and a member of the Editorial Board of “Acta Montanistica Slovaca”. The Secretary and President of many regular international scientific conferences: Application of Mathematical Methods and Information Technology in Geology “Geotour”. He has headed over 20 research grants and projects commissioned by industry. He has given (and still gives) lectures and seminars, and he has conducted fieldwork in general geology, mathematical geology, geological cartography, sedimentology, and geotourism.  


He has been awarded a Gold Cross of Merit, a distinction of “Honoris Gratia” awarded by the President of the City of Krakow, and a distinction “Poczesna Gramota” for his contributions to the Lviv Polytechnic National University. 


He has been awarded a degree honoris causa of the Shibaura Institute of Technology and the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk. In October 2016, he was also awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology.   


He is married with two children – a daughter and a son, and he also has four grandchildren. He has many hobbies as well as collections: masks from all over the world, geological items, padlocks, coins, and clocks. He is a bibliophile (his library comprises over 8,000 books). His passions are travelling and sightseeing – especially places and objects of inanimate nature.