Committee of Civil Engineering
Polish Academy of Science


about the Committee ...

The Committee on Civil Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences (KILiW PAN) already has a rich history, counted for decades. The first Congress of Polish Science that took place in June 1951 adopted, among others, a resolution that justified the need to establish the Polish Academy of Sciences. The establishment of this institution took place by means of the Act of 30.10.1951. This Act gave the opportunity to establish Scientific Committees at the Departments of the Polish Academy of Sciences, defining also the framework of their activities.

The first Scientific Committees were established on May 24, 1952. There was the Civil Engineering Committee among them. This name was valid until January 25, 1966. At that time, the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences gave the Committee of Civil Engineering a new name; Engineering Committee. This name did not last long. Already at the beginning of the 1972-1974 term, the name of the Committee was extended to the Committee for Civil and Water Engineering. This name is still valid today. 

Regardless of the name, the Committee's framework tasks were similar. On the one hand, they resulted from the Act (the Act of 30 April 2010 'On the Polish Academy of Sciences') and statutory ('Statute of the Polish Academy of Sciences' of 24 November 2010) provisions, and on the other hand they shaped by life practice. They can be summarized to the following goals:

  • environmental integration, 
  • human resources development, 
  • activities for the development of all aspects of building, 
  • formulation of scientific opinions, 
  • taking the floor on scientific and technical matters related to the scope of the Committee's competence.

The CCE’s activities are not strictly defined. They intertwine with the scope of activities of other Committees of the Fourth Department of Technical Sciences, namely: the Committee of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Mechanics Committee and the Transport Committee, as well as the Water Management Committee acting as the Problems Committee at the Fourth Department of Technical Sciences. The strength of the Committees are their common areas of activities. Hence past and planned joint meetings.

Solving common problems of civil engineering require going beyond traditional area related directly with construction of new structures, maintenance, reconstruction, renovation of existing structures – cubature as well as linear – but also the use of basic sciences such as mathematics, physics, informatics, chemistry, geography, biology and applied sciences such as materials engineering, aerodynamics, hydrology and hydrotechnics, and even automation and robotics. Anyone operating within the CCE’s field of scientific and professional activities must also take into account economic, humanistic, sociological, environmental and safety aspects.

The wide range of issues represented and used by academics in construction-related disciplines is the basis for stating that the construction profession - both in the field of scientific research and engineering practice - has been and remains difficult and fatiguing. Perhaps from here in ancient Rome the adage appeared: "If someone took up construction - you do not need to disturb him. Difficulties will overcome him”.

The Committee on Civil Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences operates in the field of science. But almost since the beginning of existence - and particulary since the second half of the 1960s - it is also open to scientific solving of technical problems of civil engineering. This is expressed through meetings, cooperation and advisory assistance, as well as by organizing scientific  conferences. constant cooperation with scientific and technical associations is a link facilitating such activities.

The Committee's cooperation with scientific and research institutes and universities is natural. Cooperation with the Institutes is primarily to solve contemporary problems of the building industry, while cooperation with universities is also to educate and promote human resources. It includes involvement in conducting doctoral studies and leading to postdoctoral degree and the title of professor.

Poland is the basic territory of CCE PAS activities. But the Committee is also active in the international field. It is participation in the work of international institutions, co-organizing international (including worldwide) conferences. Foreign Professors takes participation in the work of the Committee as associate members.

The Committee has been continuously publishing the quarterly journal Archiwum Inżynierii Lądowej since 1955 (since 1990 as the English-language journal Archives of Civil Engineering) and continuously since 1958 an irregular series of Studia z zakresu Inżynierii (95 issues were published until the end of 2016). Maintaining the high substantive level of these publications is an unquestionable merit Editors, for which belong to The special thanks.

Task Sections are the strength of the Committee's activity. Their number, names and scope of activities varied. There are currently eleven sections. their activities cover the entire competence of the Committee. Section chairmen are members of the Committee.

One of the major tasks of the Committee is to disseminate science. Conferences, seminars, symposia and congresses serve this purpose. The Committee and Sections are co-organizers or patrons of these events. The members of CCE are members of the scientific committees of conferences to care for the substantive level of the papers. Two national conferences are organized under the direct patronage of the Committee: the annual scientific conference in Krynica (in 2019 it was the 65th in turn) and the scientific and technical conference 'Construction Failures' held every two years (in 2019 it was the 29th Conference).


Presidents of the Committee since beginning

President of
                Civil Engineering Committee (since 1952)
                Engineering Committee (since1966)
                Civil Engineering Committee (since 1972)

  Cadence   President
  1952 1957 Prof. Wacław Żenczykowski
  1957 1965 Prof. Franciszek Szelągowski
  1966 1968 Prof. Wenczesław Poniż
  od XI1967 – Prof. Stanisław Hueckel
  1969 1971 Prof. Zbigniew Wasiutyński
  1972 1990 Prof. Roman Ciesielski
  1990 1999 Prof. Józef Głomb
  1999 2007 Prof. Andrzej M. Brandt
  2007 2016 Prof. Wojciech Radomski
  2016 Prof. Kazimierz Furtak