Assoc. Prof. Tomasz Tasiemski PhD (PhD degree 1997, post-doctoral degree 2008) works at the Chair of Adapted Physical Activities at the Poznan University of Physical Education in Poland. In 1990 he had an accident, resulting in a spinal cord injury (SCI), and since then his research and private interests have been related to rehabilitation and sports in people with SCI with special focus on the Active Rehabilitation (AR) - a community peer-based approach for persons with SCI (AR training camps provide intensive, goal-oriented, intentional, group-based, customized training and peer-support opportunities in a community environment for individuals with SCI*). He has conducted a number of the AR workshops and camps in Europe (Poland, Rumania, Albania, UK), Eurasia (Georgia, Russia), Asia (Vietnam, Nepal, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh) and Africa (Zimbabwe, Uganda).

He is an author or co-author of many scientific publications, three handbooks and one scientific monograph. Since 2003 he also works for the European Commission in Brussels as an expert evaluating scientific proposals submitted within European Union Framework Programmes. He was recipient of a British Council scholarship in the UK (1998-1999) and held two Marie Curie individual research grants from the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium (2001-2003 in the UK; 2004-2005 in Poland). He is a member of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and the Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP). He was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit by the President of Poland (2006), the National Education Committee Medal for outstanding contribution to education (2000), and Honorary Professor Wiktor Dega Medal for activities for people with disabilities (2000).

*In order to find out more about the Active Rehabilitation please read our research article published this year in the Spinal Cord:

Divanoglou A., Tasiemski T., Augutis M., Trok K. Active Rehabilitation - a community peer-based approach for persons with spinal cord injury: international utilization of key elements. Spinal Cord 2017, 1-8. Advance online publication, 4 April 2017; doi:10.1038/s2017.28.