Invitation to FNP conference “SKILLS for Modern Scientists: How to effectively support researcher development?”

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We cordially invite you to participate in the international conference “SKILLS for Modern Scientists: How to effectively support researcher development?” organized by the Foundation for Polish Science as part of its SKILLS* project. The conference will be held on 23–24 November 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, ul. Prusa 2, Warsaw.

The conference will be devoted to the theme of developing the potential of researchers and supporting them in their career growth. The speakers will address topics connected with the process of peer review of applications, interdisciplinary cooperation, technology transfer, and the social responsibility of science. The discussion panels will include such researchers as prof. Franklin Carrero-Martinez from the National Science Foundation (USA), dr José Labastida from ERCEA (Belgium), dr Fabrice Vallée from CNRS (France), dr Eppo Bruins from STW (the Netherlands), dr Szymon Talbierz, CEO of Svanvid Ltd (Poland), and Dr. Marcin Grynberg from Citizens of Academia (Poland).


Monday, 23 November

13:30 – 14.30 Registration and lunch

14.30 – 14.45 Welcome remarks:

Prof. Zbigniew Błocki, Director of the National Science Centre
Prof. Krzysztof Kurzydłowski, Director of the National Centre for Research and Development
Prof. Maciej Żylicz, President of the Board of the Foundation for Polish Science

14:45 – 15:15 Keynote speech: Dr Charles Wessner, Georgetown University, USA

15.15 – 16.45 Panel session I: Peer-review

Moderation: Dr Maria Nedeva, Manchester Business School, Manchester University, UK

  • Dr Franklin Carrero-Martínez, National Science Foundation, USA
  • Dr Jose Labastida, European Research Council Executive Agency, Belgium
  • Dr Liv Langfeldt, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU), Norway
  • Dr Georg Bechtold, German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany

16.45 – 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 – 18.30 Panel session II: Science with and for society

Moderation: Dr Joanna Różyńska, University of Warsaw, Poland

  • Norbert Steinhaus, Wila Bonn, Germany
  • Dr hab. Marcin Grynberg, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics PAS and Citizens of Academia, Poland
  • Dr Agata Jurkowska, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Dr Bartosz Wilczyński, University of Warsaw, Poland


Tuesday, 24 November

9.00 – 9.30     Registration and welcome coffee

9.30 – 11.00   Panel session III – Interdisciplinary cooperation

Moderation: Dr Anna Ajduk, University of Warsaw, Poland

  • Dr Fabrice Vallee, CNRS, France
  • Dr Klaus Zinöcker, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria
  • Dr hab. Wojciech Fendler, Medical University of Lodz, Poland

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break

11.15 – 12.45 Panel session IV – Technology transfer

Moderation: Paweł Bochniarz, PWC, Poland

  • Dr Eppo Bruins, Technology Foundation STW, The Netherlands
  • Ryszard Buczyński, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Dr Małgorzata Skibska-Zielińska, National Centre for Research and Development, Poland
  • Szymon Talbierz, Svanvid Ltd., Poland

 12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

 14.00 – 15.30 Panel session V – Career paths in science and science management
Moderator: Dr hab. Wojciech Sowa, National Science Centre, Poland

  • Dr Franklin Carrero-Martínez, National Science Foundation, USA
  • Dr Anjana Buckow, German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany
  • Dr hab. Tomasz Klimczuk, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland

 15:30 16.00 Summary of the conference

16:00              Closing of the conference


Anyone who is unable to attend the conference in person is encouraged to view the online transmission of the event on the Foundation’s Youtube channel. The transmission will begin at 14:30 am on the first day of the conference and 9:30 am on the second day.

The conference will be conducted in English. The Foundation will provide simultaneous translation from English to Polish. The number of spaces is limited. Participation in the conference is free of charge.

Please confirm your attendance by 17 November 2015:, +48 22 311 84 27.

*The SKILLS project of the Foundation for Polish Science is co-financed from European Union funds as part of the European Social Fund.