ICNF 2017 - 3rd International Conference on Natural Fibers
Bast Plants – Flax and Hemp Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Poznan, Poland
Prof. Dr. R. Kozłowski graduated from A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland with MS in the area of applied chemistry. PhD in the area of chemical Technology. Deputy Director for scientific affairs of the Institute of Natural Fibres (INF), Poland 1976- 1987. General Director of INF 1987-2008. 2009 - 2015 - Professor Consultant at the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Poznan, Poland. From July 08, 2016 – Deputy Director for Science at the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants. Professor Honoris Causa of Pontifical Catholic University Ibarra, Ecuador. The Textile Institute, Manchester, UK: Honorary Fellowship from 2008, member of Council from 1988. From 1989 up to now Coordinator of UN-FAO ESCORENA European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants – in the area of natural fibrous materials. From 2008 coordinator of the ESCORENA Focal Point (European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture) under auspices of FAO. Observer (for more than 10 years) of meetings of Intergovernmental Group on Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibres held at FAO. Consultant of UNIDO. Expert and evaluator of projects of European Union. From 2009-2013 professor worked at the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania as the Director of BASTEURES project (“Bast Plants - Renewable Strategic Resources for European Economy”). From 2009-2016 (March) professor worked as the scientific advisor of the Institute for Engineering of Polymer Materials and Dyes in Torun, Poland. Author of more than 26 books edited by such Publishing houses as: Woodhead Publishing LTD, Elsevier, Nova Science Publishing, Taylor & Francis and others. Editor of the Handbook of Natural Fibres, 2 volumes (2012), Woodhead Publishing, UK. Author of more than 21 patents (including international patents), and 24 implemented technologies. He is also author and co-author of more than 250 papers connected with the area of: natural fibrous materials, flax and hemp cultivation, primary processing of raw materials, finishing of products, their innovative technical application and modification, flammability and flame retardancy of natural and man-made fibres and derived products, protection against biodegradation of natural fibrous materials, bio-composites, polymers. Expert in industrial fibrous crops. Professor Kozlowski is the member of American Chemical Society (ACS), ICOMOS, and many others. The editor – in – chief of the Journal of Natural Fibers by Taylor& Francis (USA), Scientific Bulletin of ESCORENA under FAO auspices, and EUROFLAX Newsletter.
Bast fibrous plants like flax and hemp even in XXI century are very important lignocellulosic fibrous raw materials with continuously enlarging area their application. Flax, hemp, jute, kenaf, ramie are the most known and important natural fibres serving mankind up from ancient times to modern time today and tomorrow. These natural fibres have played an important role in human society since approximately 7 000 B.C.