NALECZ, Maciej

Director, Division of Science policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO

Maciej J. Nalecz, biochemist, Professor (life title) and former director of the Nencki Institute of Exeprimental Biology Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (1999-2001), from 2001: Director of Division, most recently of Science Policy and Capacity Building (SC/PCB), Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO HQ, Paris

Titles and positions: MSc, Warsaw University, cum laude (1976),  Ph.D., the Nencki Institute, with honors (1980), Dr. Sci. (“habilitation”), the Nencki Institute (1987), Professor, nominated by the President of Poland (1994). Author or co-author of over 150 scientific publications. Director of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, (1990-2001), creator, first Director and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, under the auspices of UNESCO (1995-2001), Member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Fellowships Committee of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies, FEBS (2001-2010).

Research visits: doctoral training at the University of Berne, Switzerland (1978), the Autonomous University of Mexico City, Mexico (1979), and the Maryland University at College Park, USA (1980), post-doctoral stay at the University of Berne, Switzerland (1981-1985), visiting professorship at the University of Tokyo, Japan (1987), the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (1988) and the University of Berne, Switzerland (1989-1990).

Honors: elected Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Letters (PAU, 1998), awarded with the Knight Cross of “Polonia Restituta”, (1998) and Officer Cross of “Polonia Restituta”(2008) by the President of Poland, Doctor honoris causa, Univeristé d’Artois, France (2002), elected Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (2003).

Within UNESCO: Director of Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, Executive Secretary of the International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP); Secretary of the Council of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) centre under UNESCO’s auspices, in Jordan; Promoter of the 2005 International Year of Physics, 2011 International Year of Chemistry, 2014 International Year of Crystallography and 2015 International Year of Light; Member of the Jury, on behalf of UNESCO, of the UNESCO-l’OREAL For Women In Science (FWIS) Prizes in life sciences, Member of the Steering Committee, on behalf of UNESCO, of the 2015 World Science Forum in Budapest.




17:00-18:30 5 NOVEMBER
thematic SESSION I.A: science for peace