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Renata Salerno-Kochan

Michał Halagarda


International Conference – the 19th IGWT (Internationale Gesellschaft für Warenwissenschaft und Technologie) Symposium "Commodity Science in Research and Practice - Current Achievements and Future Challenges" was held between 15 and 19 September 2014 at the Cracow University of Economics. The IGWT Symposium is the largest and the oldest Commodity Science conference periodically taking place in the leading scientific centers since 1978. The organization of Symposium in 2014 was commissioned to the Polish Society of Commodity Science, which is a member of the International Association of Commodity Science and Technology (IGWT) since 1979. The Society has undertaken this scientific and organizational project together with the Cracow University of Economics. The Rector of the Cracow University of Economics Assoc. prof. CUE Andrzej Chochół was elected chairman of the Organizing and Scientific Committees of Symposium. Assoc. Prof. CUE Renata Salerno-Kochan, current Chairman of the Polish Society of Commodity Science Board, was chosen the secretary. The Organizing and Scientific Committees were formed of employees of the Commodity Science Department of the Cracow University of Economics. Particular involvement in the organization of the conference showed: PhD. Mariusz Giemza, PhD. Agnieszka Kawecka, PhD. Tomasz Lech, PhD. Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz, PhD. Jerzy Szakiel, MSc. Anna Gacek and MSc. Magdalena Wojnarowska. Organization of the conference was also supported by the Polish Society of Commodity Science Board Secretary MSc. Michał Halagarda and Treasurer PhD. Artur Wolak as well as by the students of the Scientific Association of Quality Management. The Symposium was held under the patronage of the Mayor of the City of Cracow Jacek Majchrowski and the Marshal of the Małopolska Province Marek Sowa. The Polish Society of Commodity Science, as the co-organizer of the Symposium, received a grant from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for dissemination of knowledge. The opening ceremony of the conference took place at the historic Hall of Sittings of the City Council, at the Wielopolskich Palace in Cracow. The ceremony was graced by the presence of the Mayor of the City of Cracow Jacek Majchrowski, who welcomed the participants and wished them fruitful deliberations and unforgettable stay in Cracow. The conference was inaugurated by the Rector of the Cracow University of Economics Assoc. prof. CUE Andrzej Chochół. The Symposium was attended by over 180 participants from 15 countries, including: Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Israel, Japan, Korea, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Italy. Within five days of the conference four plenary sessions, five panel sessions and six poster sessions were held. Scientists from around the world presented a total of 37 papers and 117 posters on issues related to achievements and challenges of the Commodity Science in the age of globalization, consumer protection and satisfaction, economic and marketing aspects in Commodity Science, environmental aspects in Commodity Science, innovations in product development, management systems: quality, safety, environment, energy, risk & knowledge, packaging and logistics, quality of food products, quality of industrial products and safety and authenticity of products.

During the Symposium a meeting of the Commodity Science Committee of Polish Academy of Sciences "Commodity Science 2.0 and problems of sustainable development for
the life quality improvement" chaired by prof. Romuald Zalewski and a plenary session of the accompanying conference of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Technology and Humanities in Radom "The role of Commodity Science in quality management in terms of the knowledge-based economy" chaired by prof. Jerzy Żuchowski and prof. Andrzej Korzeniowski were also organized.

During the Symposium, the General Meeting of the representatives of national scientific societies affiliated with IGWT took place.  During it the new IGWT Board was elected. The Rector of the Cracow University of Economics Assoc. prof. CUE Andrzej Chochół, who previously was the vice president of IGWT, was chosen the new President of the International Society of Commodity Science and Technology - Gesellschaft fur Internationale Warenwissenschaften und Technologie (IGWT) with secretariat in Vienna. Assoc. prof. CUE Renata Salerno-Kochan was elected the General Secretary of IGWT. Prof. Władysław Kędzior became a member of the Board for the next term of office.

Scientific achievements of the Symposium participants were published in the form of summaries and 8 thematic monographs forming a series „COMMODITY SCIENCE IN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE”:



  3. INNOVATIONS IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND PACKAGING ed. Agnieszka Cholewa-Wójcik and Agnieszka Kawecka;

  4. FOOD PRODUCTS' QUALITY ed. Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz and Stanisław Popek;

  5. FUTURE TRENDS AND CHALLENGES IN THE FOOD SECTOR ed. Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz and Stanisław Popek;

  6. NON-FOOD PRODUCTS 'QUALITY & INNOVATIONS ed. Renata Salerno-Kochan;

  7. TOWARDS QUALITY - MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND SOLUTIONS ed. Tadeusz Sikora and Joanna Dziadkowiec;


During the conference, participants had the opportunity not only to exchange experiences and scientific achievements, but also to learn Polish tradition and culture, as well as explore the monuments of the City of Cracow and surrounding area. Tour of the Wawel Royal Castle, the Main Market Square Underground, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the Schindler Factory and evening ride through the Old Town were organized. Guests also tasted Polish cuisine during gala dinners held in Warsaw Chamber of the Wieliczka Salt Mine and in Cracow's oldest restaurant - Wierzynek, as well as during traditional Polish feast organized in the "Skansen Smaków" restaurant in Kryspinów. Moreover, Symposium participants had the opportunity to visit the advanced production lines of Fiat Auto Poland S.A. and Kompania Piwowarska in Tychy.

The symposium was highly rated by the participants. This is evidenced by the numerous congratulations and thanks forwarded to the Chairman of the Organizing and Scientific Committees the Rector of the Cracow University of Economics Assoc. prof. CUE Andrzej Chochół and the Secretary of the Organizing Committee, the President of the Board of the Polish Society of Commodity Science Assoc. prof. CUE Renata Salerno-Kochan.

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