1st edition


  • Dr. Hab. Magdalena Bąk, UŚ Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Literary Studies, Silesian University in Katowice

Magdalena Bąk, associate professor at the University of Silesia, works in the Institute of Literary Studies, Faculty of Humanities. Her research interests focus on Romantic literature, nineteenth-century travel writing and Polish-Portuguese literary and cultural relations. She actively participates (as a contractor or coordinator) in various didactic projects aiming at improving the quality of academic teaching (also the remote one).

Yvonne Behrens  is the research coordinator of the Competences in Health Network Management project as well as a research associate in other international projects at the Institute for Health and Social Affairs at the FOM University of Applied Sciences. Her research interests are dementia and migration as well as the promotion of health and social participation of vulnerable groups.

  • Dr. Hab. Agnieszka Bielska-Brodziak, UŚ Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Silesia in Katowice, Student and Doctoral Student Ombudsman of the University of Silesia


Agnieszka Bielska-Brodziak PhD, DS in  legal sciences,  conducts research in the field of legal interpretation and at the interface of law and bioethics. Student and Doctoral Student Ombudsman of the University of Silesia for the term of office 2020-2024. Lawyer-counsellor. Therapist of Gestalt and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in training; personal development trainer, certified tutor and mentor. A graduate of the EU and Ministry of Education programme “Masters of Didactics” implemented by the University of Aarhus, implementer of the programme “Masters of Didactics – tutoring in the study cycle”. A graduate of numerous courses and trainings in the area of teaching competences. Social activist and educator in the field of equality, minority rights, especially gender rights. Animal rights activist.

  • Dr. Maciej Bożek, Faculty of Social Sciences (WNS), University of Silesia in Katowice

Coordinator of the WNS Laboratory;  a didactician in the field of forensic and investigative psychology for more than a decade. Propagator of many innovative didactic methods, enthusiast of gamification and tutoring work. As part of his professional interests, he runs research projects directed at optimising the educational experience of students using state-of-the-art methods based on psychophysiological measurement.


Dariusz Buchczik, Dr. Eng., has been a research and didactic worker at the Faculty of Automatics, Electronics and Informatics of the Silesian University of Technology for over 20 years. He has participated in the implementation of many educational projects co-financed from the European Funds related to the education of students in the field of automation and robotics. He is a co-author and project manager of the project “Silesian University of Technology as a Centre of Modern Education based on Research and Innovation” implementing a programme of modern forms of project-oriented education.

Since the beginning of her professional career, she has worked in public institutions at the government level. She gained professional experience in the field of higher education system as Director General of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in 2016-2019 and then as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in 2019-2021, where she was responsible for the strategy of implementation of structural reform in cooperation with higher education institutions, student and doctoral organization in the framework of National Congress of Science 2016-2020. Co-author of the model of doctoral schools and the Research University – Excellence Initiative. Member of the governing board of EuroScience (2022-2026). Plenipotentiary for European Science City Katowice 2024. 

Member of the Council of the Polish-American Fulbright Commission (2018-2021). Winner of the Pro Juvenes award of the Parliament of Students of the Republic of Poland in the category:  friend of student self-government.

Research profile: political doctrines, public policies and political systems. In the public policymaking: the deliberative processes, climate change and governance in higher education and science, of academic institutions, university systems, with reference to the European University Initiative (EUI), university councils and academic freedom.



Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Assistant professor in the Department of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. 

Visual arts artist. Author of installations, videos, graphics and photographs. In his research, he focuses on themes related to peripherality in its broadest sense, local identity and vernacular aesthetics. He draws on his own micro-narratives and the processing of overheard stories and contexts. He lives in Radzionków, a small town, which he regards as an important source of reference and inspiration.

Author of the project Greetings from a Small Town: https://www.instagram.com/pozdrowienia_z_malego_miasta/.

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Dr. Marloes Cornelissen Aydemir is a historian and currently works as an instructor of Social and Political Science Freshman courses with a focus on Humanity and Society at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, where she was also awarded her PhD. She is a member of the Foundation Development Directorate. Previously she has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies at Leiden University. Her areas of interest are early modern history of the Ottoman Empire, cultural history, consumption culture and material culture. Her research interests currently focus on the material culture of diplomacy. She has a particular interest in the creation of student-centered exercises that incorporate historical primary source material.

Many years of experience in various student organisations (IAESTE, Students’ Self-Government of the Poznań University of Technology, Council of Scientific Circles of the Poznań University of Technology, Students’ Forum BCC) and a few more have given me unique competences, which I constantly translate into my business activity. Starting as a person influencing the development of other people’s businesses, I took on the development of my own. Since 2017, together with my partner, we have successively pursued ambitious goals to climb to the heights of the business world. We are a guarantee of increased visibility and sales for our clients. At the same time, I support Biomedical Engineering conferences and am responsible for running the code_sensei programming school in Poznan, Wroclaw and Warsaw. I love “connecting the dots” both in my business activities and for my business partners.


Jan Folkert Deinum is a senior educational advisor at the University of Groningen. In the past years he was responsible for the support team for online education at that university during the COVID pandemic. His research interest is on professional development of university teachers, academic leadership and Learning Analytics. Concerning the latter he is responsible for implementing Learning Analytics in his university to provide for all kinds of decision makers, from students and teachers to study advisors and senior management educational data in a manner that suits the decision making on each of these levels. Another big student data project he is responsible for is StudentLines which aims to collect data among students and alumni of different universities in the northern part of the Netherlands to enable longitudinal cohort studies by scientists and decision makers. He furthermore teaches educational leadership courses at universities in South Africa and in Poland and has been advisor to universities in Europe, Africa and Asia.

  • Giota Digkoglou, project manager, Faculty of Management, University of Macedonia, Greece

Giota Digkoglou is a researcher and project manager working on scientific and educational projects. She is particularly involved in projects concerning the promotion of responsible use of resources and sustainable development through education, and develops educational programmes that support continuous professional and personal development. She is a PhD student at the Faculty of Management at the University of Macedonia, specialising in combining multiple criteria decision analysis with argumentation theory in companies.

Culture studies scholar, sociologist, PhD, DS in humanities, associate professor at the Institute of Culture Science of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Silesia in Katowice. His research interests focus on the field of culture and art, which is the field in which he lectures at the Faculty of Arts and Education Sciences. In addition to his research and didactic work, an important aspect of his activity are various forms of organisation and cooperation at regional and national level (such as with the National Centre of Culture). He has also achievements in the field of painting, literature and photography. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1838-7197 


Emre Erol is an assistant professor of history at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University (Istanbul). He is also the director of the Foundations Development Program that coordinates Sabancı University’s core-curriculum program. He completed his Ph.D. at Leiden University’s School of Middle Eastern Studies and his M.A. (history) and his undergraduate studies (political sciences) at Sabanci University. His doctoral dissertation is published as a book titled The Ottoman Crisis in Western Anatolia  / Turkey’s Belle Époque and the Transition to a Modern Nation State by I.B. Tauris in 2016. He worked at the various campuses of the University of Leiden between 2009 – 2016. He contributed to the School of Middle Eastern Studies, the International Studies and the International Honours College of Leiden University at The Hague (LUC). He has taught courses in the fields of history, area studies, political science and philosophy.  Lately, he is primarily teaching world history courses at Sabancı University’s core-curriculum. His main areas of interest are the late Ottoman history, modern Turkish history, migration and capitalism in the Eastern Mediterranean, comparative Area Studies, world history and nationalisms.  He is involved with research projects and freelance consulting in addition to teaching.


Institute of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice

Jacek Francikowski, assistant professor at the Institute of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Natural Sciences. His scientific interests are in the field of animal physiology, neurobiology and ethology; his teaching interests are in the testing and introduction of digital tools assisting academic teaching.

Prof. Dr hab. n. med. i  n. o zdr. Tomasz Francuz, Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Medical University of Silesia (SUM) in Katowice.

Since the beginning of his professional career, he has been involved in organisational activities at the Medical University, among others as a member of the Council of the Faculty of Medicine; member of the Faculty Nostrification Committee, chairman of the Faculty Nostrification Committee, member of the Curriculum Council for the Faculty of Medicine, member of the Faculty Recruitment Committee for the English study programme, member of the SUM Senate, member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committee. In the 2017-2020 term, member of the University Committee for Quality of Education in the Medical Study Programme of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Medical Universities.

  • Prof. Luigi Frezza, Professor of Sociology, University of Salerno, Italy

Luigi Frezza (Gino Frezza, as he signs his publications) is Professor of sociology at the University of Salerno. He has been content coordinator of international projects. His research work is devoted to the relationship between different types of audiovisual media, especially cinema, comics and television. He is the author of 15 monographs and numerous articles and chapters in collective works in the field of Italian and American culture, traditions in the different phases of development of media and communication technologies, the complexity of communication between users and texts in audiovisual media, media transformations between the analogue and digital eras, communicative figures and processes in cinema, television and comics in the 20th century. From 2017 to 2020, he was coordinator of Italian sociologists of culture and communication affiliated to the AIS (Italian Sociological Society) .



PhD; experienced senior researcher and data analyst; expert of survey design CX – EX – UX , data visualisation  and textual data analysis. Collaboration with a large panel of European companies in various sectors, like L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton, HSBC, Credit Agricole, Daimler, Salomon, Decathlon.


Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Chair of the IUCN WCEL Agreement on Plastic Pollution Task Force

Alexandra R. Harrington is a lecturer in law at Lancaster University Law School. She is Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law Agreement on Plastic Pollution Task Force and Director of Studies for the International Law Association of Colombia. She recently served as Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Global Governance. She is the author of International Organizations and the Law (2018), International Law and Global Governance: Treaty Regimes and Sustainable Development Goals Interpretation (2021), Just Transitions and the Future of Law and Regulations. She regularly consults for governments and international organisations on legal issues related to climate change, governance issues, environmental law, sustainable development and human rights.


Manager with many years of experience gained from working with Polish and foreign startups. Currently, she is a product development director in a research and development project in the area of artificial intelligence use in education. She pursues her interest in higher education management at the Faculty of Management, Wrocław University of Technology. She has worked, among others, in the General Council for Science and Higher Education. Deputy Chairwoman of the Council of the Innovative Poland Foundation, President of the Academic Foundation.

Rick Huizinga serves as an educational specialist and (university) teacher trainer at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). His main work involves applying current research on teacher development in practical programmes in order to support individual teachers through coaching, observation, and training. This involves designing programmes such as the University Teaching Qualification and Senior Teaching Qualification at the UG as well for the Masters of Didactics programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. Prior to his work in Groningen, Rick led the university-wide intercultural education efforts at Emory University (USA). He began his career in South Korea as Head Teacher for the University of Minnesota’s center in Seoul before moving on to related positions in the United States, Korea, and Finland. While studying teacher development in Finland he also co-authored two editions of a high school English textbook for use in Finnish public schools.


Ewa Jarosz, Full Professor in social sciences, Vice-Chancellor for Staff Development at the University of Silesia in Katowice, directs the creation and implementation of equality and equivalence policies at the University of Silesia, including the team implementing the Gender Equality Plan. She manages the international project Gender Equality Program in Academia – Raising Diversity [GEPARD]. Educator, researcher in the field of children’s rights, in particular social participation of young people and violence against children. Author of numerous scientific articles and books. Winner of scientific awards, ministerial awards and awards from scientific societies. Member of the Committee on Pedagogical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Advisor to the Children’s Rights Ombudsman from 20011-2018, author of annual reports of the Children’s Rights Ombudsman on social attitudes towards violence in upbringing. Graduate of the EU and Ministry of Education programme “Masters of Didactics Fundamentals” implemented by the University of Groningen, implementer of the programme “Masters of Didactics – tutoring in the study cycle”. Graduate of courses and training in didactic competence. Certified tutor.

  • Prof. Dr. hab. Jolanta Jastrząb, Faculty of Arts, Department of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice

Jolanta Jastrząb is Full Professor of fine arts, affiliated with the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice since its very beginning; supervisor of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies at the Academy; coordinator of the Silesian art therapy programme (University of Silesia, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Academy of Music in Katowice). As a visual artist she has been implementing art projects in therapeutic activities since 2010. Her most recent research concerns the strategies of diagnosis and verification in art therapy activities through visual arts as well as the incorporation of fine art-based creative activity into the therapeutic process itself. She is the innovator of a nationally innovative method of artification-based creative activation for senior citizens.

Title: Art, science and therapy:- co-existence of disciplines in the service of the uncommon people



  • Ksawery Kaliski, Design Department, Department of New Media, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice

Ksawery Kaliski – graduated with honours from the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice in 2002. In 2013, he received a doctor of arts degree for his interactive work using artificial intelligence PR•OR•OK. In 2020, he was awarded the postdoctoral degree in arts. He is Head of the Department of New Media at his alma mater. Since 2003, he has been running  Artmediale, a company dealing with design, sculpture and multimedia art. He collaborates with designers, computer scientists and musicians on advanced multimedia projects related to interactive space and original interfaces. For UNESCO, he created the of the multimedia presentation Memory of Poland – Memory of the World. He is the author of the concept of the interactive Chopin Museum in Warsaw and the concept of the interactive exhibition of the new rooms in Wieliczka Salt Mine (UNESCO). As part of the international art+science collection, he created the interactive installation EON for the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. He is also an author of the mapping of the thematic spaces of the permanent exhibition of the Silesian Pantheon in the Archcathedral in Katowice (together with Roman Kalarus). He has created numerous leads and animations for cinema and television films

Yuki Kaneko is an astrophysicist and an instructor at the Foundations Development Directorate at Sabancı University.  She teaches and coordinates freshman science courses within the core curriculum of the University.  She received PhD in physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and worked as a research associate in the U.S.  After coming to Turkey, she taught at a high school for gifted students before joining Sabancı University in 2009.  Her research interests are high-energy astrophysical phenomena as well as science education, and she also offers various training/workshops in college-level STEM education with active-learning approaches in higher education.

Dr Jolanta Klimczak, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice 

Jolanta Klimczak  has a PhD in the field of sociology; sociologist and educator. Author of numerous scientific articles and chapters in multi-authored monographs, co-author and co-editor of monographs on gender, discrimination, sustainable development, media communication and social animation. Participant in international research projects (FP7, EU), international teaching project and national grant manager. She teaches sociology of gender, media studies and organises anti-discrimination workshops. She participates in the team implementing the gender equality plan for the University of Silesia.  



Zsófia Kollányi holds an MA and PhD degree in Social Policy Analysis from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, and an MSc in Economics from Corvinus University, Budapest. She has been teaching health and health policy-related classes as well as economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, ELTE for about ten years. Her main areas of professional interest are social and health inequalities, the complexity of health and the challenge of how to channel all these aspects into policy making. She is involved in several research projects, mostly related to community-based, participatory, public health research and development.

  • Dr. hab. Dominika Kowynia, Faculty of Arts, Department of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice

Dominika Kowynia  is associate professor in the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. She works at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Painting, where for the last year she has been running a diploma studio. Her medium is painting, in which she combines autobiographical and literary motifs, as well as narrations concerning the surrounding political and social reality. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and has realised more than a dozen solo exhibitions.


Rector of the University of Silesia in Katowice 

Literary scholar, essayist, full professor at the Institute of Literary Studies of the University of Silesia, Director General of the Silesian Science Festival Katowice. In 2010 he received the Gdynia Literary Award in the “essay” category for his book Ciała Sienkiewicza. Studies on gender and violence. He has also published: To Conquer History. The Problem of Representation in The Face of the Moon by Teodor Parnicki (1999), Marking the Grass or the Practice of Philology (2011), Thinking Well with Literature (2016) and Many Titles (2019). He compiled an edition of Theodor Parnicky’s novel Only Beatrice in the National Library series (2004). Professor Koziołek chaired the Nike Literary Award in 2015 and was a member of the jury of the award from 2012 to 2015. In 2016 his book Thinking Well with Literature was honoured with the Silesian Literary Laurel. In 2017, he received the Kazimierz Wyka Award for outstanding achievements in essay writing and literary and artistic criticism. Together with Ewa Niewiadomska, he hosts the podcast The Canon of Polish Writers.

  • Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Krasoń, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Pedagogy, University of Silesia, Katowice

Katarzyna Krasoń – full professor (University of Silesia and K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice). Honorary Member and Expert of the Association of Polish Art Therapists “Kajros”. Expert of the Polish Accreditation Committee since 2010; Director of the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Silesia in 2007-2012; Deputy Dean for Science of the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Silesia in the terms 2012-2016 and 2016-2019; Member of two Sections of Polish Academy of Sciences: Elementary Education and Art Pedagogy of KNP PAN. Her research interests include creative and artistic expression (theater, film, music, dance) in education and therapy. She works on issues of intersemiotic translation and spatial visualization. She is a co-creator of the inter-university art therapy bachelor’s degree programme and participates in projects carried out at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, resulting in two 2022 publications: With and About Myself – or Meeting the Patient (Volume 1) and Artification as a strategy for creative activation of seniors.

Title: Art, science and therapy:- the coexistence of disciplines in the service of uncommon people 

  • Dr. Justyna Kucharczyk, Faculty of Design, Study programme: Design, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice

She acts as a vice-rector for research and cooperation and is Head of the Studio of Social Communication. Her interests and professional activity focus on designing visual information systems. In design, she is interested in identifying needs and responding to challenges with design methods. Among others, she has created information systems for: Pyrzowice International Airport, NOSPR in Katowice, Solarek in Kleszczów, Silesian Park in Chorzów, buildings of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Fryderyk Chopin’s Birthplace House in Żelazowa Wola, International Cultural Center in Cracow the Municipal Transport Association in Katowice. She actively participates in conferences, runs workshops and trainings. She also co-manages the Tukej design studio.

Panel title ‘How to teach creativity? Quality of education of young scientists for work in the innovative economy sector

Magdalena Kudewicz-Kiełtyka – a graduate of sociology from the University of Silesia, of Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Economics in Katowice and the Academy of Diplomacy. Since 2013 she has been working at the Silesian University of Technology, where in the first three years she was in charge of the recruitment of foreigners and international promotion, and since 2016 she has been heading the University Development Office. She is primarily responsible for the implementation of strategic projects, including those in the area of obtaining international accreditations for faculties and monitoring the university’s development strategy, collecting and reporting data for various types of rankings, and coordinating development projects funded from various sources, such as the Excellence Initiative – Research University programme.

Presentation title: Impact of international accreditation on enhancing the quality of education – practical experiences in selected disciplines. EU Area Leader.


President’s Plenipotentiary for Research and Development, Central Office of Measure; 

Doctor of Humanities in the discipline of management science; Academic teacher at the Department of Management and Social Communication of the Institute of Public Affairs of the Jagiellonian University. In 2006 and 2007 he taught a series of classes at INHolland University in Rotterdam as a CAF Expert in Education. From 2008 to 2021, he held management positions at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, renamed the Ministry of Education and Science as of 1.01.2021. During this time (2016-2019), he worked in the Board of the Minister of Science and Education for the preparation of the reform of higher education and science, and acted as Chairman of the Advisory Team of the Minister of Education and Science for the evaluation of applications and reports under the “Implementation PhD” programme. Coordinator in dozens of system and non-competitive projects in Operational Programs, i.e., PO KL, POWER, PO IG, PO IR, PO PC. He specializes in management in the public sector. Dr. Kurkiewicz’s main areas of research and development interest include: state scientific policy, project management, innovation in the R&D sector and contemporary management instruments supporting organizational change processes in public institutions. He has represented Poland in numerous EU bodies.

Young Science Foundation

Doctor of social sciences in the discipline of management and quality sciences (Warsaw University of Technology). Conducts scientific research in the field of higher education management, innovative forms of education, e-learning, project management. Co-founder and president of the Young Science Foundation. Member of the Polish Accreditation Commission. Until recently, at the Warsaw University of Technology, she acted  as Plenipotentiary of the Rector for the Development of Innovative Forms of Education and headed the Department of Innovation Development of Young Scientists. From 2013 to 2015, she was Head of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Programme in Missile Technology at Warsaw University of Technology. She was also Vice-Chairwoman of the Council of Young Scientists (3rd and 4th terms, 2012-2015), Chairwoman of the National Representation of Doctoral Students (2010-2011) and of the Warsaw Alliance of Doctoral Students (2009).



Edyta is the Director of the Internationalisation Office at the University of Economics in Katowice. For the last 20 years she has been committed to various activities related to the internationalisation process of higher education institutions. She has coordinated and been involved in many international projects involving universities, graduates and employers. She is also a co-founder and board member of the Silesian Universities Network (SUN).

Since 2018, she has been working with the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) as an expert and consultant. She has been involved with the European Association of International Education (EAIE) since 2002 and has now been elected to the EAIE General Council for the term 2022-2024.

At the EU Katowice, she coordinates the work of teams for the acquisition of international accreditations including CEEMAN (awarded in 2020), EFMD (awarded in 2022) and AACSB (in progress).

Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice in the Illustration Studio and Visual Information Studio, and at the Faculty of Arts of Ostrava University in the Graphic Design Studio. Author of graphic signs, visual identities, calendars, posters, publication layouts, websites and multimedia presentations. She specializes in visual information design. Her achievements include the development of a system of documents for the course of studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, the project New Court Forms , ie., a set of interactive infographics and templates of legal documents, carried out in cooperation with the INPRIS institute and the Association of Friends of Integration, and visualizations of the budget of Katowice in 2016-2022.

Since 2019 she has been the supervisor of Michal Justycki’s doctoral thesis. This experience has allowed her to gain a better understanding of Deaf Culture and also to engage in universal design education. As a result of cooperation between students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and the Deaf community, a number of works have been created to support communication between hearing and deaf people. The works were presented, among others, in the Silesian Museum in Katowice in 2020 as part of the Art of Connecting Festival.

  • Dr. Roman Lewandowski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theory and History of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice

Art critic and theoretician. Author of more than 250 publications in magazines, books and websites, as well as of several hundred exhibition projects in galleries in Poland and abroad. Author of the monograph The Passage Effect. Confrontations and Negotiations of Identity in Contemporary Artistic Practices (Katowice 2018). In his theoretical activity, he is particularly concerned with the anthropology of identity and subjectivity and its iconographic depiction in the world of contemporary art.

Graduate of art history from the Jagiellonian University and philosophy from the University of Silesia, assistant professor in the Department of Art Theory and History at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. In 2018, she defended her doctoral thesis on non-visual works of Polish art under the supervision of Dr. hab. Maria Hussakowska. Author of the book Dzikusy. New Art from Silesia (2014) and numerous texts on art, published in magazines: “Dwutygodnik”, “Fragile”, and “Art&Buisness”. Editor of such publications as On or out the grid (2022), Most in the world (2022) Deep listening (2019), Test of strength (2018), Solstices (2017), Spectrum (2016), Standing strong (2015), Night activities (2014), On coming and perishing (2014), Milky teeth (2013), Small things (2012), Nothing to see (2011). Editor of the art section of the biweekly magazine Artpapier (2006-2009). Curator of exhibitions at the BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice, Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow, BWA in Tarnów, BWA in Olsztyn, Szara Kamienica Gallery in Krakow, Rondo Sztuki in Katowice, CCA Ujazdowski Castle. In 2018-2021, head of the Programme Department at the BWA Gallery of Contemporary Art in Katowice. Scholarship holder of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Since 2018, she has been collaborating with the Doctoral School of the J. Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.


  • Dr. Lukasz Machura, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Silesia in Katowice

Dr. Lukasz Machura is an associate professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He has participated in a number of projects popularizing programming skills addressed to both university and high school students (From Algorithm to Professional, pRobot, CyberMil). He was the leader of the CC Infinite project (Computing Competences. Innovative learning approach for non-IT students). He is one of the main originators of the interdisciplinary course Digital Communication, which has been successfully implemented at the University of Silesia since 2020. He has many years of experience in teaching programming to both science and humanities students, having developed and taught courses in programming, algorithms, time series analysis or numerical methods.

Dr. Anna Machwic

She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. In 2010 she received a PhD in the field of art: fine arts. Since 2003 she has been teaching design to students, and since 2013 she has been in charge of the Illustration Studio at her alma mater.


Children’s books are her passion and area of academic interest. She took part in international conferences, including European Art of Illustration in Warsaw (2009), Think(in) Visual Communication in Warsaw (2014), Illustration Research in Krakow (2012), and Laughter in Visual Communication in Warsaw (2016). She has run workshops and given lectures on illustration at home and abroad, including  the North Wale School of Art and Design in Wrexham (UK) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (Belgium).


She is involved in promoting worthwhile children’s books, curating the Well-Designed Book – Let’s Start with Children competition and the accompanying conference Children’s Book – How is it done? These events, organized by the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice since 2008 (every two years), are a review of current trends in book design for the youngest.

Faculty of Humanities, Center for Didactics and Tutoring

University of Silesia in Katowice

Academic lecturer at the University of Silesia, Faculty of Humanities, PhD in literary studies. Her research interests focus on English literatures and translation as a cultural phenomenon. Coordinator of the Center for Didactics and Tutoring. Coordinator of various national and international educational projects aimed at improving the quality of academic teaching. Member of the Steering Committee of the Transform 4 Europe project.  Graduate of the “Masters of Didactics Fundamentals” and “Masters of Didactics: Educational Leadership” and “Masters of Didactics: Train the Trainers” programmes organized by the European Union and the Ministry of Education. Graduate of certified courses and trainings in academic didactics, tutoring and personalized didactics. Coordinator of the Masters of Didactics project at the University of Silesia. Sworn translator of English. Expert translator of TEPIS (the Polish Society of Sworn and Specialized Translators TEPIS).

Graduate of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics at the University of Warsaw. Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Since 2014 full professor of mathematical sciences. He works on group and ring theory. After graduating from the UW Institute of Mathematics, 1999-2000 director of this unit. In 2005-2007 he chaired the State Accreditation Commission. Serves on the editorial committees of the journals Delta, Algebra and Discrete Mathematics. In 2007-2009 Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Education. In 2009-2012 Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. President of the General Council for Science and Higher Education for the 2018-2021 term.

Since 2003, member of the international team of mathematics experts in the PISA program coordinated by the OECD; since 2012, chairman of this team. Member of CERI, the Steering Committee for Educational Research at the OECD, since 2012.

Administrator/Progamist at the University of Economics in Katowice; takes care of the quality, transparency and positioning of the website.

Faculty of Humanities

University of Silesia in Katowice

Academic lecturer at the University of Silesia, PhD in literary studies. Educator and evaluator of didactic and social projects, active in the third sector. Initiator, coordinator, implementer of many projects (including those implemented in international partnerships) aimed at improving the quality of academic teaching, as well as non-formal and school education. Participates in the work of a team preparing a gender equality plan for the University of Silesia.

  • Dr. Joanna Maszybrocka, Director of Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechatronics programmes, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Silesia in Katowice

Dr. Joanna Maszybrocka is an academic teacher with more than 20 years of professional experience.  Her research interests are related to additive manufacturing of advanced materials. Author of more than 60 scientific papers, coordinator of 1 research project, assistant supervisor in two doctoral theses. Since 2011, she has been intensively involved in teaching and organizational activities designed as the University’s response to changes in the social and economic environment. Her activities focus on the selection of teaching methods and techniques to equip graduates with a comprehensive set of skills, combining elements such as materials engineering, mechatronics, computer science, and biomedical engineering with the ability to understand the entire technological process. Dr. Maszybrocka is also involved in the implementation and development of the educational quality assurance system at the University of Silesia.

  • dr hab. Paweł Mendrek prof. at the Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Head of Department of Intermedia and Scenography


Co-leader of the Interdisciplinary Activities Studio, area of visual narration and film experimentation. Author of paintings with elements of collage, and of photographs, drawings and films. Graduate of graphic design at the Katowice branch of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and of painting and film at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. He has received a scholarship from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and is a two-time finalist for the Strabag Award. He also works as a curator, editor and producer of art projects His key project is the international Parallax project opening up a multi-level academic debate on the role of art education institutions and education processes carried out since 2015 in collaboration with Chelsea College of Arts from London and HDK Valand from Goteborg.

Rector of the Silesian University of Technology

Chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (KRASP).

  • Michal Mierzwa, Ph.D., Eng., Director of study programmes (first and second degree) in physics, Director of doctoral studies in physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Silesia in Katowice


Michal Mierzwa, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Science and Technology. He has participated in a number of didactic projects both as an author of didactic materials and as a supervisor. Content coordinator in the projects “pROBOT”, PiN and “From Algorithm to Professional”, co-author of the textbook and teaching materials in the projects “From Algorithm to Professional”, iCSE, CC-Infinite.

He has developed the concept and curricula for the courses in Applied Informatics and Digital Communication (co-taught with the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Silesia). He serves as Director of study programmes (first and second degree) in physics and as head of doctoral studies in physics.


  • Dr. Marco Navarra, University of Salerno, Italy

Marco Navarra, Ph.D. in the sociology of cultural processes, a member of the “Media Culture Society” Study Center at the University of Salerno (the Center is headed by Prof. Gino Frezza). Over the past ten years, he has participated in European research and innovative projects in the fields of lifelong education, digital skills, e-learning, and gender issues. He successfully led the creation of a public-private partnership for the sustainable development of the Campania region. He is a lecturer on cultural planning and project management at Italian and foreign institutions. 


The Chairman of the National Representation of Doctoral Students is a graduate of the Inter-Faculty Study of Biotechnology at SGGW in Warsaw.  Since 2016, he has been a participant in the Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of SGGW and works as a research and teaching assistant at the Center for Translational Medicine of SGGW. He received an award in the Young Inventor category of the Innovation Leader competition for his research on the development of nanoparticle markers for cancer diagnosis in magnetic and fluorescence contrast.


Marcin Pałys graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Warsaw. From 1988 to 1992, he was a doctoral student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, where he received his doctoral degree in chemistry in 1992. In 2005 he was awarded a post-doctoral degree at at the UW. His scientific activities concern transport phenomena in electrochemical systems and the use of artificial intelligence methods in electrochemistry.

From 1994 to 2010 he worked an assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry, UW and since 2010 he has been working as an associate professor at the UW. He served as Vice Dean of the Department of Chemistry in 2005-2010, 2008-2012, as Vice-rector of the UW, and as Rector of the University of Warsaw in the 2012-2016 and 2016-2020 terms.

He served as vice-chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Polish Universities (KRASP, 2012-2016), member of the Presidium of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (KRASP, 2012-2020), chairman of the Committee on Organization and Legislation of KRASP (2014-2020) and member of the Committee on Strategic Problems of Higher Education of CRASP (from 2016 to present). In 2016-2020 he chaired the Conference of Rectors of Warsaw Universities. In the current term of 2020-2024, he chairs the Team for European University Networks in CRASP.

Since 2019, he has been a member of the Board (Board) of the European University Association (EUA). Since 2020, he has also been a member of the Board (Governing Board) of Magna Charta Observatory in Bologna. Since 2022, he has chaired the General Council for Science and Higher Education.

Dr. Magdalena Piotrowska-Grot, Coordinator of the Center for Didactics and Tutoring at the University of Silesia

Magdalena Piotrowska-Grot, PhD in the humanities. Her research interests include Polish poetry of the second half of the 20th century, post-secularism and the category of poetic engagement. Coordinator of the Center for Didactics and Tutoring at the University of Silesia, university lecturer, educator involved in the development of academic didactics.

Dr. Eng. Marzena Podgórska, a research and teaching fellow at the Department of Organization and Management, Silesian University of Technology. Her scientific interests oscillate around the topics of project management, human resource management and the concept of project-based learning in student education. Member of project teams, certified project manager. Co-author and member of the project team “Silesian University of Technology as a Center for Modern Education based on Research and Innovation”; coordinator of the program of modern forms of project-oriented education.

Director General of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, director of the National Agency of the Erasmus+ Program and the European Solidarity Corps. Member of advisory and consultative groups to the European Commission. From 2005 to 2007 member of the board of the European association EALTA for quality improvement in language proficiency testing. Coordinator of the Council of Europe’s “Country Profile” project. Since 2014 an expert of the Horizon 2020 program. Author of articles published in Poland and abroad, including Cambridge University Press. Member of the Scientific Council of the International Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, USA. Member of the Artificial Intelligence Working Group at gov.tech/KPRM. Official delegate of Worldskills Poland. Ph.D. in humanities in the discipline of linguistics in 2007 at the University of Warsaw and postdoctoral degree in social sciences in the discipline of management and quality sciences in 2022 at the Silesian University of Technology. Musician, composer, author and member of ZAiKS.

Dr. Magdalena Półtorak, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Silesia in Katowice

Magdalena Półtorak – university lecturer, doctor of legal sciences, director of the study programmes: Entrepreneurship, International Business Law and Arbitration and Environmental Administration. Author and co-author of publications on human rights, gender equality guarantees and vulnerable persons in international law, with a special focus on refugee women. Participant in national and international research and teaching projects (JUST, NCN, Erasmus+). Coordinator of modules: “Gender equality in society” and “Women’s rights”.

Member of the team developing and implementing the Gender Equality Plan at the University of Silesia in Katowice.

Maria Próchnicka has worked at the Jagiellonian University since 1980, currently as an associate professor. She is a specialist in the field of information science. The areas of her research are related to information systems design, information user behavior, and information management. For two terms from 2012 to 2020, she served as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Communication at the Jagiellonian University. She has extensive experience in didactics management and in managing the processes of ensuring and improving the quality of education, having served, among others, as Vice-Dean for Didactics at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication, UJ (2012-2016), the head of doctoral studies at the faculty (2008-2012), as well as in directing in the management of didactics projects. In 2013-2014 she headed the project Harmonization of didactic management at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, funded by the National Center for Research and Development, and since 2018 she has been the project manager of ZintegrUJComprehensive Development Program of the Jagiellonian University. At the Jagiellonian University, she took an active part in quality assurance and improvement activities for many years (2008-2016), from 2010 to 2016 as a plenipotentiary of the Jagiellonian University Rector for improving the quality of education. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Polish Accreditation Committee, and since 2016 she has served as Secretary of PKA.

Agnieszka Put, Ph.D., is the head of the Communication Department at the University of Economics in Katowice, coordinates the work of the team developing principles and good practices of web content accessibility; she likes to put her thoughts into written words. She canexpress what others find difficult to say. She adheres to the principle that “we communicate anytime, anywhere. Efficient communication can work wonders and communication barriers build high walls’.


  • Dr hab. n. o zdr Piotr Romaniuk, Prof. SUM

Doctor of Humanities in the field of political science, Doctor of Health Sciences. Associate professor at the Silesian Medical University in Katowice. Head of the Department of Health Policy and the Department of Public Health Policy. From 2017 to 2020 Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Public Health at the Bytom University of Silesia. Since November 2020 Chairman of the Health Sciences Discipline Council of ŚUM. Academically, his main focus is on issues related to the functioning and transformation of health and social security systems, as well as the formulation and evaluation of public health policies.

Andrzej Romanowski graduated from the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Technical University of Lodz, and subsequently created innovative services and multimedia products for the ICT industry. At the same time  his doctoral thesis in the discipline of Information Technology, partly carried out as part of research internships at Leeds University and the University of Manchester in England, was defended with distinction a defense at the Technical University of Lodz. He received his postdoctoral degree in 2019 at the Częstochowa University of Technology. He is the co-founder of Human-Computer Interaction master’s degree program,  unique in Central Europe. In this field, he has extensive scientific and educational cooperation with researchers from LMU Munich, Chalmers University of Technology, Harvard University, and National University of Singapore. He has served as president and member of the Lodz Branch of the Polish Computer Society, as well as of the Association for Computing Machinery and ACM SIGCHI Poland Chapter. Andrzej Romanowski is an ambassador of student-centered, project-based and problem-based education and active learning methods. He has implemented a number of international educational projects, including short, intensive forms of education, which he strongly advocates. He is one of the pioneers of the implementation of Problem Based Learning and Design Thinking at the Technical University of Lodz, as well as one of the co-authors of the currently implemented concept of flipped education methods, the so-called Flipped Education at the Technical University of Lodz


Deputy Director General of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System

Manager specialising in the development of innovation and synergies between education and business, particularly industry. He gained experience in managerial positions at Grupa Azoty, being responsible for, for example, acceleration programmes for start-ups and for cooperation with partners from the education and science sector, including the implementation of the dual education system. Earlier he was associated with the Future Industry Platform (a government institution responsible for supporting processes related to the digital transformation of economy) in the positions of chairman of the board, member of the board, as well as president of the board. He was responsible for the European Network of Digital Innovation Hubs, international cooperation, especially with the European Commission and OECD, as well as regional activities. Experienced in FRSE, where he served as a board member for a year and was involved in the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme in the area of higher education, WorldSkills, and COVID-19 pandemic crisis management.

Director of the Office for Cooperation with Regions at the Foundation for the Development of the Education System – Agency for the Erasmus+ Program and the European Solidarity Corps. He has extensive experience in building and implementing long-term marketing and sales strategies.    He has tangible sales successes and a strong track record of promoting and increasing brand recognition, which translates into regular revenue growth. He can also operate in a fast-changing business environment, focusing on creating holistic visions and their consistent implementation

  • Jakub Stelmach, Student of Graphic Arts, Faculty of Art, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice


Jakub Stelmach – third year graphic design student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Works in the medium of video, installation, AV live, and interactive installations. In his artistic endeavors, he analyzes the subjective feelings of man juxtaposed with the objective image of the world. He is primarily interested in exploring how different media and senses interact together and how the reception of artistic works changes as a result of their combination. His works usually take spatial form and have the character of recorded improvisation.


Title: Gravity aware – installation

Professor, Rector and Vice-Rector of the University of Gdansk, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, author of original methods of determining pharmaceutical residues in the environment, recognised scientist and organiser of academic life. 


At the University of Gdansk he heads – since 2006 – the Department of Environmental Analysis. The Professor’s scientific activities fall within the field of environmental protection. He has co-authored more than 300. scientific articles and 3. academic textbooks. He has promoted 14. doctoral students. His papers have been cited over 12,000 times and his Hirsch Index is at 60.


He was the initiator and first director of the Fahrenheit Association of Universities in Gdańsk. He was one of the co-founders of the alliance of 6 (now 9) universities of the European University of the Seas SEA EU. At the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, he chaired the first University Counci.

Professor at the University of Silesia, linguist, chairwoman of the Committee on Education and Students at the Silesian University in Katowice, leader of an interdisciplinary and inter-University research team, coordinator of several educational grants including several international ones, such as: E-learning prospects for humanities (Erasmus+), Cross-disciplinary Academic Offer (Erasmus+), and Knowledge of Islands (EEA). President of the Agere Aude Foundation for Knowledge and Social Dialogue. Involved in activities crucial to the social responsibility of science.

Associate Professor at the University of Silesia, Doctor of Humanities in Philosophy. For 11 years, she served as the institute’s deputy director for student affairs; for the last 3 years, she has been the faculty coordinator of the Erasmus+ programme. Certified academic tutor. Graduate of the “Masters of Didactics Fundamentals” and “Masters of Didactics: Advanced Teaching and Tutoring” programmes organised by the European Union and the Ministry of Education. Graduate of certified courses and training in academic didactics, tutoring and personalised didactics. Research Assistant at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard University, Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She works on contemporary art philosophy and new media aesthetics.

  • Loizos Symeou , Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, European University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Loizos Symeou is Professor of Sociology of Education at the European University of Cyprus. He serves as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and chairman of the Education Quality Committee. He studied at the University of Cyprus, the University of Sydney in Australia and the University of Cambridge (Wielka Brytania), where he obtained his PhD and was funded by the UK Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) Award Scheme. He headed the Department of Education at the University of Cyprus (2007-2012) and also served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Social and Educational Sciences (2014-2018). His research interests focus on the sociological analysis of school-family-child relationships. His most recent research concerns homework, school experiences of Roma children, and family involvement in higher education. He receives national, European and international grants for his research. He is the author of one monograph and more than one hundred scientific articles and chapters in collective monographs.

  • Mikołaj Szpaczyński, M.A., Faculty of Arts, Department of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice


Mikołaj Szpaczyński, a graduate in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, currently an assistant at his alma mater and a doctoral student at the Intermedia Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Author of films, sculptures and actions in space. In his work he is concerned with going beyond the usual patterns of contact with nature and searching for the non-human perspective. Since 2019, he has been spending most of his free time underground, excavating a cave near his home in Jaworzno.


EVIP Centrum Sp. z o.o.

He has more than 15 years of business and managerial experience, gained in the structures of international global, European and Polish companies. He held the position of Strategy Director of the OT Logistics Group. He has worked for Polish and international investment funds. As an auditor and strategic advisor associated with Ernst & Young, MDDP and ITSG, he supervised many consulting, financial, legal and IT projects for energy companies, banks and State Treasury companies. He coordinated a bond issue project on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. He successfully worked for his client in the process of privatisation of Gdańsk ports.


  • Şükrü TALAŞ, Prof. Dr. , Afyon Kocatepe University, Turkey

Şükrü Talaş – Professor employed at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Afyon Kocatepe University, Turkey. Professor Talaş graduated from Marmara University, then Brunel University (University of West London), and obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds on the basis of his dissertation on microstructural studies of steel alloys. He did his post-doc studies at Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Medical College of Georgia (USA) and University of Calgary (Canada). Professor Talaş has authored a number of publications in the field of metallurgy and teaches undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses.

He works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice as an associate professor. Since its foundation in 2009 he has led the Interdisciplinary Activities Studio, whose original curriculum teaches the use of the widely understood visual language. He is the initiator of many artistic projects and curator of exhibitions. He is active in painting, installation art, video art and realizes site-specific works. In his work, he analyses the urban environment and studies the influence of architecture on the behaviour of its users. As part of his artist-in-residencies, he researched the residential areas of Cairo, Cleveland, Detroit, Northern England. In 2016, he was a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow and a visiting professor at Cleveland State University. He has also lectured at Case Western Reserve University, Youngstown State University, and Missouri State University. He has presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, including Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland (USA), Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough (UK), Kunsthalle Hannover, Hannover (Germany) and CREA Cantieri del Contemporaneo, Venice.


He helds post-doctoral degree in physical culture sciences. In his scientific activity he studies issues of sport pedagogy in the context of social aspects of undertaking physical activity, dual career of student-athletes and conditions of participation in active tourism. Vice-Rector for didactics and students at the J. Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, head of the Department of Pro-health Physical Activity and Tourism. Manager of the Project “Training of staff for sport – integrated university programme” (POWR.03.05.00-00-z051/18-00). Since 2010 an expert of the Polish Accreditation Committee, since 2020 a member of the PKA appeal panel.

Vice-Rector for Education and Students at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Head of the team for the implementation of the new concept of studies at the University. Coordinator of the Project “University of Silesia as an Accessible, Universal and Open University” Graduate of the EU and the Ministry of National Education programme “Masters of Didactics Fundamentals” implemented by the University of Groningen. Participant in the next edition of the programme: Masters of Didactics Advanced Program -Educational Leadership. Member of the Steering Committee of the project “Transform4Europe – T4E: The European University for Knowledge Entrepreneurs” – project implemented under the initiative “European Universities”.


Vice-Principal, University of Malta Junior College

Co-chair, Gender Equality & Sexual Diversity Committee, University of Malta

Roderick Vassallo is the Vice-Principal at the Junior College of the University of Malta. His interests are wide and varied: a scientist by profession, an educator by vocation and also a trained actor. At the core of all his activities runs a deep motivation to promote social justice though education.

He is an active member in four major University of Malta committees promoting human rights: Access-Disability Support Committee, Committee for Race and Ethnic Affairs, Equity Committee and the Co-chair of the Gender Equality & Sexual Diversity Committee. At Junior College, he is responsible for student affairs. In fact he chairs the Student Wellbeing & Support Committee, amongst many other roles.


Anna Waligóra, PhD in social sciences, assistant professor at the Faculty of Organisation and Management, Silesian University of Technology. The implementer of numerous national and international scientific and educational projects. Author of monographs and scientific articles on education in a broad sense. Academic teacher, pedagogue, therapist. Coordinator of the Erasmus+ Programme.

  • Dr Michalina Wawrzyczek-Klasik, Faculty of Arts, Department of Graphic Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice


Michalina Wawrzyczek-Klasik – PhD in art; assistant professor at the Serigraphy Studio, Faculty of Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Visual artist and secret activist.

She works with image, object and text. Her research is guided by the idea of decolonising nature. Since completing a residency at the Spanish Joya Institute: arte + ecologia in 2018, she has been working on her original project ‘The Secret Activism’, which includes all her recent realisations. She collaborates with artists, activists from different parts of the world, focused on issues of ‘deep ecology’ and ‘deep culture’. Together with Dr. Małgorzata Rozenau and Dr. Joanna Zdzienicka-Obałek, she coordinates the activities of the Minus1.artspace gallery in Katowice.

Dr hab. n. pharm. Slawomir Wilczynski, associate professor at SUM. Head of the Department of Fundamental Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice. His scientific interests are focused on modern imaging methods used in medicine and pharmacy. Expert of the National Centre for Research and Development, Member of the Investment Committee in the Bridge Alfa Programme of NCBR, expert of the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy, Medical Research Agency, Polish Accreditation Commission and Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego.

Head of study programmes: philosophy, cognitive science, philosophical counselling and coaching

Faculty of Humanities, University of Silesia in Katowice


Dr Magdalena Wołek is a philosopher, flutist and pianist. She works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Silesia in Katowice. She is interested in aesthetics and neuroaesthetics, philosophy of art (especially contemporary art), philosophy of music and philosophy of new media. She is a member of the international research group Cult-Media.


She is currently involved in the establishment of the Cognitive Research Laboratory at the University of Silesia. She is an experienced KISM tutor and a participant in many national and international projects related to teaching. Task coordinator at Knowledge of Islands (EEA).

  • Dr. hab. Joanna Wowrzeczka, Faculty of Arts and Educational Science, Institute of Visual Arts, University of Silesia in Katowice


Joanna Wowrzeczka works at the Institute of Visual Arts, University of Silesia. Her research interests revolve around the field of art (to which she dedicated her first doctorate in sociology); her artistic interests focus on socially useful, engaged and inclusive art. She actively participates in the life of the city as an activist and city councilor. Founder of the “Szara” Gallery in Cieszyn (currently run by Joanna Rzepka in Warsaw) and the Common Room of Political Criticism  in Cieszyn.


Tytuł: The Elementary Reservoir based on a camouflage net, or common matrix, and hundreds of weaves made by different people is meant to give us a sense of connecting gazes, establishing relationships, mutual support, woven from individual gestures of strong protection.

 The effect of joint creation from May 4 to October 11 remained at the weaving site. The Sun, heavy rain, wind, people, and  animals worked on it regardless of our will. In Minus1.artspace it is to work further on the terms of the site.

  • Bartłomiej Wróblewski, M.A., Coordinator for Improvement of Teaching Competences, Charles University in Prague

Bartłomiej Wróblewski is a graduate of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, where he completed English philology and postgraduate studies in pedagogy. He is currently working as a coordinator of pedagogical skills development at Charles University in Prague. He also taught at the Institute of Applied Languages at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Czech Republic), where he specialised in English for Mechanical Engineers. His main area of interest is general didactics, needs analysis and curriculum development. He has participated in a number of international courses to improve teaching skills, e.g. “Teaching Methodology and English Language Development” in Bournemouth (England). He collaborates on the project ‘Perspectives on e-learning for the humanities’, which aims to develop and disseminate modern online teaching tools and to exchange good practices in distance learning.


Head of the English Philology study programme, Faculty of Humanities

Paweł Zakrajewski,  English philologist, linguist; in 2015 he received his PhD in the discipline of linguistics. Since the beginning of his research and teaching career, he has been affiliated with the University of Silesia in Katowice. His research interests include various aspects of linguistics, in particular pragmatics, sociolinguistics, specialised languages and critical linguistics. Participant and coordinator of several international educational projects.  

Sales and marketing manager, polyglot, foreign language teacher. Works as Marketing & Sales Manager for Poland at Le Sphinx, a company specializing in market research software. Assistant lecturer at the Department of Consumption Research at the University of Economics in Katowice.

Dr hab. inż. Aleksandra Ziembińska-Buczyńska, PhD, associate professor of Silesian University of Technology; microbiologist, didactician, science populariser. Works at the Department of Environmental Biotechnology at the Silesian University of Technology. Co-founder and director of the Centre for Popularisation of Science at the Silesian University of Technology. Deputy chairman of the Council for the Popularisation of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences and member of the Science Spokesmen Association. 

  • Dr. Agata Zygmunt, Head of study programmes: urban policy and public consultancy, sociology, social work and human resources management, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice

Dr. Agata Zygmunt is a sociologist, assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Silesia in Katowice, and director of the following study programmes: urban policy and public counselling, sociology, social work, human resources management. She is an accredited academic tutor. Her research interests include issues in the sociology of social problems, demography and social policy.