President: Dr hab. Paweł Bylina (Institute of Ceramics
and Building Materials, Warszawa)
Vice-President: Dr Tadeusz Szydłak (AGH University
of Science and Technology, Kraków)
The Polish Clay Group has the formal status of a section of the
Mineralogical Society of Poland. The group was founded on March 22, 1973 in Kraków. Originally,
it was headed for many years by Prof. Leszek Stoch, then by Prof. Edeltrauda
Helios-Rybicka. In 1999, Prof. Jan Środoń took over and a two-year term of the
head was introduced. In the next years the chairmen of the Polish Clay Group
were successively Prof. Krzysztof Bahranowski, Dr. Czesław August, Dr.
Katarzyna Górniak and Prof. Jan Środoń. At present this function is being
performed by Dr hab. Paweł Bylina.
Over past 37 years, the group organised numerous
lectures devoted to clay minerals, 20 one or two-day symposia, and 4 three to
four-day national conferences (1977
in Boleslawiec, 1983 in Krakow, 1988 in Warsaw, and 1993 in Trzebieszowice). In
1999, the group hosted the European Clay Conference (EUROCLAY) in Kraków.
In 1998 the group formally joined ECGA.
At the beginning of 2006 the Polish Clay Group amounted to 45 formal members
(paying ECGA dues). At present, the group meets once a year for a one-day
session in June.
A fund supporting the participation of young
scientists in EUROCLAY conferences was established in 2000. The first awards
were granted in 2003 at the EUROCLAY meeting in Modena, the second – in 2007 at the EUROCLAY
meeting in Aveiro.
on the Polish Clay Group Award 2011
In 1999, the group formed a
federation with Slovak, Hungarian and Croatian partners, which decided to held
joint conferences (2001: Stará Lesná, Slovakia; 2004: Miskolc,
Hungary; 2006: Opatija, Croatia;
2008: Zakopane, Poland;
2010: Budapest, Hungary). The next MECC will be
held in 2012 in Czech
Scientific symposium in Sobótka – June 2005
in Kraków – May 2006
in Kraków – May 2007
Mid-European Clay Conference in Zakopane – September 2008
in Kraków – September 2009
symposium in Warszawa – September 2010