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.

 Information 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 Republic.



Scientific symposium in Sobótka – June 2005

Scientific symposium in Kraków – May 2006

Scientific symposium in Kraków – May 2007

4th Mid-European Clay Conference in Zakopane – September 2008

Scientific symposium in Kraków – September 2009

Scientific symposium in Warszawa – September 2010