18.01.2021

Professor Barbara Tomaszewska in UNESCO expert body


Professor Barbara Tomaszewska of the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection has become a member of the prestigious UNESCO Chair on Groundwater Arsenic within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The AGH UST scientist is the only Polish representative in the organisation. 

The UNESCO Chair on Groundwater Arsenic within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an independent team of experts and advisers who carry out joint research projects, searching for innovative solutions and looking for good practices in order to solve the global problem of water within the framework of the UNESCO 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The international team of experts forms a “global umbrella” for coordinated and interdisciplinary building of a repository of knowledge and its transfer for the purpose of solving the problem of arsenic and its impact on people. The research takes advantage of solutions characterised by a significant technological perspective, as well as addressing socio-economic and environmental problems. 

Professor Barbara Tomaszewska works at the Department of Fossil Fuels at the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection. She specialises in problems related to hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, geothermal energy, environmental engineering, and the use of membrane techniques in water purification processes. 

The professor has a well-established international scientific position, primarily thanks to research projects in the field of efficient and sustainable use and management of geothermal resources, efficient use of geothermal waters and geothermal energy, as well as advanced research aiming at the optimisation of the processes of obtaining new products from waste thermal water with the use of membrane techniques. She has published about 200 scientific papers in leading Polish and international journals. She is an author of 12 books, of which one that is especially highly regarded by the international environment is the publication from 2018: “Geothermal Water Management” (editors: J. Bundschuh and B. Tomaszewska). 

Since 2018, professor Barbara Tomaszewska has been an associate editor of the Elsevier’s journal “Groundwater for Sustainable Development”, and a guest editor of “Journal of Hazardous Materials”. She takes active part in research projects carried out within the framework of international collaboration. As a leader, coordinator or key researcher, she has participated in 14 international projects carried out within the framework of European Union programmes at the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the AGH University of Science and Technology. As a leader, coordinator or key researcher, she participated in 18 national research projects, research and development projects, as well as targeted projects financed by the State Committee for Scientific Research, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Centre for Research and Development, and the Ministry of Environment. 

In 2011, she was awarded a badge of merit by the Ministry of Environment “For services to Polish geology”.