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Katowice, Center

Katowice - the capital of Upper Silesia province, located in southern Poland the most industrialised and urbanised area of the country. Katowice (370 000 inhabitants, 2002) is the centre of so-called Katowice conurbation (the Upper Silesia Industrial Region - "Black Silesia") with about 4,5 million inhabitants (2001). Katowice is the XIXth century city, it grew in the times of a rapid development of the mining-metallurgical industry. In spite of its urbanised character the city as well as the whole conurbation, has interesting enclaves of wild nature - surviving remnants of indigenous nature, and also worth protection for natural, cultural and educational reasons - certain patches of terrain which have been changed, or which even came into being, as a result of human activity.


The University of Silesia

University of Silesia, main building

The University of Silesia was established in Katowice in 1968 as the ninth university in Poland and is an autonomous state university. It has its origins in the Higher School of Education, which was founded in 1928. It now has campuses in four cities in the region. The majority of faculties are located in Katowice.

Faculty of Biology and Environment Protection is one of 11 faculties of the university. The faculty undertakes research and consulting in the area of biology, environmental protection and biotechnology. It currently employs 215 staff, the scientific and teaching staff consists of 116 academic teachers. There are about 1200 students learning 3 subjects: Biology, Environment Protection and Biotechnology of Plants & Micro-organisms.

Faculty of Biology and Environment Protection, Jagiellonska Str.
Faculty of Biology and Environment Protection, Bankowa Str.

Faculty consists of 14 departments and units:
- Department of Plant Anatomy and Cytotology
- Department of Biochemistry
- Department of Biophysics and Cell Biology
- Department of Plant Systematics
- Department of Ecology
-- Section of Hydrobiology
- Department of Animal Physiology and Ecotoxicology
- Department of Plant Physiology
- Department of Genetics
- Department of Geobotany and Nature Protection
- Department of Animal Histology and Embriology
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Zoology
- Section of Methodology and Teaching Biology

3 of them deal with plant invasions problem: Department of Plant Systematics, Department of Geobotanics and Nature Protection and Department of Ecology.



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