Keynote Speakers


Jaroslaw Gowin

Deputy Prime Minister

Jaroslaw Gowin has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education in October 2017. As a student, he was an active member of the Independent Students' Association and the ‘Solidarity’ trade union. In recognition of his academic successes, he was awarded the University of Cambridge scholarship. Prior to becoming a Deputy Prime Minister, Gowin served in the Polish Senate (2005 – 2011) as a member of the Science and Education Committee, Local Government and Public Administration Committee and Extraordinary Committee of the Bioethical Convention. Outside of the ministry, Jarosław Gowin founded and led the Tischner European University in Kraków and became a patron of many charities, including the St Nicholas Foundation and the Józef Tischner Children’s Hospice in Kraków. An ardent reader and mountain walker, Jarosław Gowin enjoys spending his leisure time with his family and listening to Baroque music.

Speakers of 12th Congress

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Janina Ochojska

Janina Ochojska is a renowned Polish humanitarian. She co–founded the Polish branch of the EquiLibre Foundation in 1989. Three years later, she organized a convoy of twelve trucks transporting aid to the territory formerly known as Yugoslavia. In 1994, she founded the Polish Humanitarian Action, of which she became the president. In recognition of her merits, she has been awarded numerous rewards such as The Woman of Europe Award (1994), Pax Christi International Peace Award (1995) and Legion of Honour (2003).

Karolina Wigura

Sociologist, historian of ideas and journalist. Member of the Board at Kultura Liberalna Foundation, Poland's leading centrist think tank and weekly. She is a co-director of the programme “Knowledge Bridges Poland – Britain – Europe” in St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford and an assistant professor at Warsaw University's Institute of Sociology. Former fellow of the IWM in Vienna and GMF, she is also a member of the ECFR Council.


Wiktor gajewski

Wiktor Gajewski joined the Copernicus Science Centre team in 2007 as an explainer of the ‘Experiment!’ exhibition which travelled across Poland promoting the idea of hands-on science education. His experience in the field of education and socio-cultural animation let him develop a unique events format which has later been adopted by the Copernicus Science Centre. In 2013 and 2014 Gajewski led “Warsaw Health Resort”, a project inviting artists, scientists and entrepreneurs to design new products and services answering the needs of urban communities. In 2014, he became the deputy head of the Exhibitions and Science Communication department. Since 2016, he has been leading Copernicus’ Science and Art Events Lab.

Katarzyna Gandor

Katarzyna Gandor is a popular science youtuber, blogger, former model and a biotechnology student. She is an expert in using social media to popularise science. Her story-telling talent helps her put puzzling and complicated scientific topics in simple words, making science understandable and available to a broad audience. In her videos, she addresses current issues like air pollution and vaccines as well as ethical conundrums that science has to deal with. Her videos are abundant in humour and eye-catching animations which so far attracted over 130 000 subscribers to her channel!

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marek cichocki

Since 2004 Marek Cichocki has been the Curriculum Director of the European Centre in Natolin as well as editor-in-chief of the magazine “New Europe. Natolin Review”. From 2007 to 2010 he served as a citizen advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland and Sherpa for the negotiations of the Lisbon Treaty. Since 2003 Cichocki has been also an annual publisher and editor-in-chief of the “Teologia Polityczna”. He is a permanent professor at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and visiting professor at the College of Europe Natolin. Mr Cichocki is the author of many books, essays, articles and dissertations on international relations.

JarosLaw Kuisz

Co-Director of the project "Knowledge Bridges Between Poland, Britain and Europe" at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and assistant professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. He is the editor-in-chief of the Polish political and cultural weekly Kultura Liberalna. Former visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Law School and Columbia Law School and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen.


Antony Polonsky is an emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw. He is co-chair of the editorial collegium of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry. His most recent work is The Jews in Poland and Russia (Oxford, 2010, 2012). He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Warsaw (2010) and the Jagiellonian University (2014). In 2011, he was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Polonia Restituta and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Independent Lithuania.

Barbara Schabowska

Graduating with a Philosophy Master’s Degree from the University of Warsaw as well as an MBA from the Warsaw School of Business, Barbara Schabowska is a Polish radio and television journalist. For 10 years (2007-2017) she has been a journalist of the Second Polish Radio Program, specializing in philosophical programs and music journalism. She is also the host of the “Pegasus magazine” (magazyn Pegaz) and the “Classic Stage” (Scena Klasyczna) at the TVP Kultura. From September 2017 Barbara Schabowska has been the director of TVP Kultura and from June 2018 - a member of the Program Council of the Book Institute.

…And many more!

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