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Conference summing up the project on long-term pollutant emissions

21.06.2023 - 11:10, update 27.06.2023 - 12:31
Editors: OO

The conference summing up the research project ‘The impact of long-term pollutant emissions – environmental, health, and socio-cultural effects of non-ferrous metallurgy’ takes place on Thursday, 29 June 2023 at 10 a.m. in Ireneusz Opacki Lecture Hall at the USil Faculty of Humanities.

The project was financed within the ‘Green Horizon’ call for proposals of the Research Excellence Initiative and constitutes an important scientific and research undertaking of a documental and disseminating nature. The project gathered a team of several dozen researchers from the University of Silesia and other universities from Poland and abroad representing multiple disciplines: biology, literary studies, geology, history, social and economic geography, physical geography, history of art, chemistry, social sciences and musicology.

Its goal was to answer many questions such as: how, when and why non-ferrous metallurgy and its pollution affected people’s life and the environment, along with the type of changes it has induced. A significant part of the project was studies conducted on the Rawa River and its catchment area of identical dimensions. The project focused mostly on research on spaces in Katowice (particularly in the districts of Szopienice and Roździeń), Chorzów and Świętochłowice.

A part of the results has already been published, and the rest will be published to the maximum extent possible.

During the conference summing up the project, research sub-teams are going to share their results indicating the most significant achievements and conclusions.

Meeting Schedule

  • 10.00–10.15 a.m. – start and introduction
  • 10.15–11.00 a.m. – presentation of research findings regarding the Rawa River and its catchment area; natural, environmental and humanistic issues
  • 11.00–11.30 a.m. – discussion panel ‘The Rawa for the Rawa’, host: Damian Absalon, PhD, DLitt, Assoc. Prof.
  • 11.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. – coffee break
  • 12.00–13.15 p.m. – presentation of research findings regarding Szopienice district and lead; natural, environmental and humanistic issues
  • 13.15–13.45 p.m. – discussion panel ‘Szopienice, lead, people’, host: Marta Tomczok, PhD, DLitt, Assoc. Prof.
  • 13.45–14.00 – summary of actions within the project

For more details about the project, check us.edu.pl/idb/horyzonty/emhumen.

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