„Innovations in Agriculture - Traditions and Modernity.
In memory of Anna Jabłonowska née Sapieha”

Brief description of the project

A two-day international conference, which is dedicated to the memory of Anna Paulina Jabłonowska, an agricultural innovator, patron of science and art, and influential politician of the end of 18th century. The conference will mainly address modern topics, including issues related to innovation in agriculture, acclimatization and cultivation of crops, especially medicinal plants.

Date and place

The conference will be held on-line on 18-19 September, 2020.

The organizers

Institute for the History of Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with Societas Scientiarum Klukoviana et Jablonovianae and the Rev Krzysztof Kluk Museum of Agriculture in Ciechanowiec.

The patrons of the project shall be: the Committee for the History of Science and Technology and the Polish Pharmaceutical Society.

The Organizing Committee shall include: Iwona Arabas, Institute for the History of Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and Robert Księżopolski, Societas Scientiarum Klukoviana et Jablonovianae.

Contact information

Robert Księżopolski
Societas Scientiarum Klukoviana et Jablonovianae
Tel.: +48 668 840 034
mail:  biuro@jablonowska-konferencja.pl

Justification

Anna Paulina Jabłonowska was an outstanding representative of the Polish Enlightenment, creator of one of the largest and most valuable natural collections of eighteenth-century Europe.

She was the author of works in the field of economics and administration of goods, a patron of science and art, as well as an influential politician. She supported, among others, rev Krzysztof Kluk, the author of "Dictionary of Plants" (Dykcyonarz roślinny) and many other works dedicated to, among others, agriculture and medicinal plants.

Due to the rich activity of duchess Anna Jabłonowska, we are planning a series of speeches given by representatives of various scientific disciplines such as history, agriculture, pharmacy, botany and museology.

Project description

Over 100 people will take part in the conference, including scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), academics, agricultural advisors, university students, pharmacists and museum employees.

Twenty speakers will represent all of these environments.
Therefore, the conference will be directed not only to , but also to people who in practice deal with cultivation and acclimatization of crops, especially medicinal plants.

Lectures by historians and historians of science will be confronted with the statements of specialists dealing with contemporary issues similar to those raised by the duchess.

Such discussion voice will certainly the importance of innovation for the cultivation, breeding and acclimatization of crops, which was introduced by duchess Anna Jabłonowska.

Project justification

The great interest in the figure of the duchess, especially among regional historians of Podlasie and the Lublin regions and their herbal traditions inspired the organizers to expand the topic list beyond the history of science.

Programme of the conference will be divided into the following thematic blocks

Traditions and modernity of innovation in cultivation, breeding and acclimatization of crops Spice, medicinal and aromatic plants – then and now

History of natural sciences in the Polish Republic at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries The history of the First Polish Republic Social and economic development of Podlasie at the end of the First Polish Republic

During the conference, among others, the following issues will be raised:

  1. Goods management and innovative agriculture in the economic and writing activity of Anna Jabłonowska
  2. Innovations in agriculture: traditions and modernity
  3. Social and sociological aspects and the educational mission of the Natural History Cabinet of Anna Jabłonowska
  4. Introduction of modern crops in the Jabłonowska land
  5. Cultivation of exotic plants in the Jabłonowska land
  6. Medicinal plants in the cultivation and writing of Anna Jabłonowska
  7. Medicinal plants and crops in the works of rev K. Kluk and duchess Anna Jabłonowska
  8. The Balkan travels of Aleksander Antoni Sapieha and their role in the development of natural knowledge
  9. Innovative herb growing in the agroforestry system
  10. Blueberry and cranberry hydroponic plantations
  11. Hydrogel substrates in herb cultivation and adaptation to climate change

We plan to have about 20 up tp 25-minute lectures in 5-6 sessions over two days.

Planned form of dissemination of project results Dissemination of the digital recording of the proceedings and post-conference publishing financed by the Rev Krzysztof Kluk Museum of Agriculture in Ciechanowiec.

Goals and effects planned to be achieved

The figure of duchess Anna Jabłonowska may, even today, be an inspiring model of a woman, citizen and innovator in the field of agriculture and agricultural management as well as pioneer of nature research.

The aim of the conference is to present the outstanding figure of Duchess Anna Jabłonowska and her many achievements, which still have not been fully recognized and appreciated, especially in the context of her innovative activity in the field of natural and agricultural sciences at the end of the First Polish Republic.

The result will be the restoration of the memory of the importance of the activities carried out by duchess Anna Jabłonowska for the development of natural sciences in the 18th century, in particular the innovations she introduced in the field of managing agricultural and horticultural crops. We plan to emphasize her pioneering work related to the acclimatization of plants and the continuity of the tradition of growing herbs in our lands.

We also expect that the conference will initiate interdisciplinary research on the modern importance of duchess Anna Jabłonowska’s collector, social and economic activities, as well as achievements in the field of breeding and acclimatization of exotic plants.
We have the ambition to organize a conference important for both scientists and regional history researchers.
Our speakers will be historians, science historians, scientists in the field of agriculture and forestry, and museologists.

Additional information

The digital record of the proceedings and its planned release should help to disseminate the content of the conference.

The international conference "Innovations in Agriculture - Traditions and Modernity.In memory of Anna Jabłonowska née Sapieha" will be organized in cooperation with Societas Scientiarum Klukoviana et Jablonovianae and the Rev Krzysztof Kluk Museum of Agriculture in Ciechanowiec.

It aims to restore the memory of one of the most important figures in the history of natural sciences in Poland and to present her achievements, especially innovative methods of managing agricultural crops, on the international arena.

The conference extensively takes into account the participation of regional entities, mainly from Podlasie and Lublin region, which should initiate in the future many local projects popularizing science and activate local civil society.