Peptide research in Poland commenced in early 50-ies at the Technical University of Gdańsk by professor Emil Taschner was continued by his
successors, i.e. professors: Andrzej Chimiak (Technical University of Gdańsk), Gotfryd Kupryszewski (University of
Gdańsk), Bogdan Liberek (University of Gdańsk), Barbara Rzeszotarska (University of Opole), Teresa Sokołowska
(Technical University of Gdańsk) and Czesław Wasielewski (Technical University of Gdańsk). Almost at the
same time, peptide research began in three other centres: at the Warsaw University by professor Stefania Drabarek, at the
Technical University of Łódź by professor Mirosław T. Leplawy, and at the Wrocław University by professor
Ignacy Z. Siemion. At present, more than 200 research workers from about twenty groups are involved in peptide research. Their
interests focused on the chemical synthesis, structure, pharmacology, biochemistry and immunology of biologically active
peptides. All aspects of peptide and amino acid chemistry and biology are presented and discussed on the Polish Peptide
Symposia which have become the main forum for exchanging views by the Polish peptide chemists. The first Polish Peptide
Symposium was held by G. Kupryszewski in Gdańsk in 1967. Since the second symposium, which took place in 1973 in Wdzydze
near Gdańsk, the Polish Peptide Symposia are organized every second year alternatively to the European Peptide Symposia.
Although the language of the symposia is Polish, English is also welcomed. Usually about 150 Polish peptide chemists and
biologists take part. Also few foreign colleagues participate in these meetings. The list of the Polish Peptide Symposia, their
locations, dates and organizers are given below.
See also picture gallery from the 18th Polish Peptide Symposium (organized in 2005 in Wrocław)
and the 20th Polish Peptide Symposium (organized in 2009 in Władysławowo).