FOR THE OPEN PROGRAM
challenges aligned with
the Ukraine Recovery Plan
create solutions for challenges
aligned with the Ukraine Recovery Plan
We are looking for individuals who identify themselves as creative and eager to work in a multi-disciplinary setting. If you have special interests or an extraordinary talent – whether it be artistic, scientific, entrepreneurial, organizational or other – this program is for you. What matters is your motivation, competences as well as willingness and ability to work in a team.
Weronika is a Government Affairs Lead at Microsoft Poland. Previously the director of the Digital & Fintech department at CEC Government Relations. Co-founder of ImpactCEE. She also worked at the National Bank of Poland as a specialist in the Foreign Department, where she cooperated, inter alia, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Graduate of International Relations at the University of Wrocław and the Masaryk University in Brno. She was also a PhD student at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw.
Ewa is a cultural manager, since September 2019, she has been the General and Programme Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR). In April 2018, she was admitted as the first Polish woman member and the second woman ever to the international “ECHO” organization, which brings together 21 most influential music institutions in Europe. Recently she was also appointed to the position of Co-chair of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Previously, Ewa was Deputy Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute where she was also responsible for developing the "Polska Music" program, "Campuses" project, the I, CULTURE Orchestra and the Witold Lutosławski Year. Ewa holds a MA in Arts Management from the University of London. She was awarded the Clore Leadership Programme and the Leadership Academy of Poland scholarship.
Ievgeniia is an experienced project manager, who worked with urban planning and urban design projects in many Ukrainian cities. Between 2016 and 2021 she worked at the Mykolaiv Development Agency and the Kharkiv School of Architecture. Since April 2021 she has been an urban planning expert in Urbnanyna, a non-profit based in Kyiv. She also organized a series of multidisciplinary workshops in Ukraine, such as Dreaming Up the KhTZ and Rethinking the container settlement in Nikopol. Currently doing her Urban Planning Master's degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Małgorzata is a sociologist and economist connected to the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw (ASC). Executive Director of the Polish Business Roundtable, recipient of Fulbright scholarship (Indiana University and New York University), Erasmus Sigma and U.S. Department of State scholarship. Former Deputy Director of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (University of Warsaw) and coordinator of the Polish-American Entrepreneurship Program. Co-founder and the first director of Polish Professional Women Network.
Tarik is a film producer, co-founder and CEO of Match & Spark, a film agency representing audiovisual creators. Priorly working with Alvernia Studios and Platige Image. He was also a co-producer and a consultant of international productions such as “Who Will Write Our History”, “In the Name of Honor” or “Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski”.
Rymma works as an associate professor at Sumy State University, Lifelong Learning Center (Ukraine), a research scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Stuart Weitsman School of Design as well as an art manager and as BureauArt art gallery curator. Her academic interests cover: Memory and Oblivion in the Contemporary Cities, Citizenship Education Through Art, Public Art and Identity, Public Art in Post-Soviet Countries. Rymma is also involved in international activities at the intersection of art, education, psychology and sociology in the role of a curator and general chair, eg. International Poster Competition “The Art of Living Together”, international conference “Design Functions in Modern World” and the University art gallery. She also works for non-formal education using art as an educational tool. As an artist, Rymma practices graphics, painting, land art and murals.
Anna is a film producer and entrepreneur. Co-founder of Match & Spark, a film agency representing audiovisual creators. Producer and co-producer of films such as “Arbitrage” with Richard Gere, “Vamps” with Sigourney Weaver, series “Klangor” and “Kruk 2” and, together with Nancy Spielberg, “Who Will Write Our History”. Currently focusing on production work and international development of Match & Spark as well as educational activities – she is a mentor in Hollywood Radio and TV Society programs. She graduated from SGH, Leadership for Poland and Łódź Film School, where she is a member of the University Board.
Pedro is a University Professor in Astronomy & Society at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He obtained his University degree in applied mathematics, physics and astronomy from the University of Porto, Portugal. Pedro was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany. Pedro is involved with several international organizations, eg. the European Astronomical Society, Europlanet (European Planetology Network), the International Astronautical Federation. His work has received several awards, such as Seeds Special Award 2009, Scientix Best Educational Resource in 2015 and 2016, Most Innovative Educational Activities in 2017 and 2018 by HundrED and 2018 Leiden University’s K.J. Cath Prize. Pedro has been involved in developing programs for Leiden 2022, EU City of Science and will support future EU Cities in 2024 and potentially in 2026.
Marek is the Head of the World Economy Team in the Polish Economic Institute. He has many years’ experience in analytical and research work, e.g. for the Polish Institute of International Affairs or Polityka Insight think-tank. The author and co-author of various publications on the economy, international relations and climate policy e.g. trade or climate policy. Participant and member of Poland’s delegation in 4 climate summits between 2013-2018. A graduate from the Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Warsaw. He actively promotes dialogues and exchange of knowledge among both: experts and academic groups. Marek organized several roundtable debates of international think tanks as well as scientific conferences, promoted student initiatives
Łukasz is an astrophysicist connected to the Astronomical Observatory at the Warsaw University. Master (2001) and PhD (2005) degrees at the University of Warsaw in the field of Astronomy. Pre-doctoral researcher at Tel Aviv University (2003) and Manchester University (2004). Post-doctoral researcher in the Institute of Astronomy, the University of Cambridge (2005-2015). Since 2011 adjunct at the University of Warsaw, habilitation degree in 2012, full professor since 2021. His research interests include gravitational lensing, black holes, transients and machine learning. Member of the OGLE project and the Committee of Astronomy of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Łukasz initiated the ground-based network of telescopes to conduct follow-up of Gaia alerts, organized under the umbrella of EC's OPTICON grant. He was the main organizer of seven Gaia Science Alerts workshops. Currently he continues his involvement in Gaia Alerts.
Ela, Visiting Lecturer at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, is an internationally educated researcher, educator, coach and mentor. Ela teaches at the Medical University in Warsaw and acts as a trainer and facilitator in various academic and non academic contexts. She also leads and coordinates a home education initiative which she started six years ago. Ela’s past work experience includes acting as Assistant Director of an MA programme at Cambridge Theological Federation and supervising undergraduate students at Homerton College, Cambridge. She recently completed a postgraduate programme in Coaching and Mentoring at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and Laboratorium Psychoedukacji in Warsaw. Ela is passionate about creativity and loves facilitating individual and group creative processes.
Milena is an astronomer, assistant professor at the Astronomical Observatory at Warsaw University. She graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, obtained Ph.D. at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, the Polish Academy of Sciences in Toruń, and collaborated with Charles University in Prague and the University of Wrocław. Her scientific interests include variable stars, binary systems evolution, exoplanets studies, and the search for compact objects. Milena is a member of the OGLE all-sky survey, BRITE nano-satellites consortium, and Solaris network of telescopes project. She is involved in many science engagement initiatives related to astronomy and space sciences at the local and international levels.
Permanent associate of the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Leiden. Founder of the portals Astronomia.pl and Kopernik.pl, and their publisher in 2001-2013. Editor-in-chief of the magazine "Kosmos" in 2010-2014, and previously the publisher of the TV program "Magazyn Astronomia". One of the creators of the action. From 2012, he was also associated with the creative industry through cooperation with Platige Image, where as Associate Studio Director he co-founded Fish Ladder - a special task team. He was the initiator and producer of projects created in partnership with ESA - "Ambition", "Ambition - Epilogue" and "Rosetta VR". He is also the founder of Science Now - a company implementing projects in the field of science communication.
Kasia is a creative producer & music consultant with extensive experience in the culture/entertainment industry. Co-created the permanent exhibition of the Polish pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai (Science Now x Stellar Fireworks x Tellart consortium). Runs special projects of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, including NOSPR AI in collaboration with IBM (2020). Developed strategic programs for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Polska Music/I, CULTURE Orchestra) & for the ONSTAGE mobile app. Runs the Automatophone Foundation, which carries out contemporary music & sound art projects, including social responsibility initiatives with deaf & unhoused communities. Classically trained cellist. Graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Aspen Young Leaders Programme, Google for Startups Founders Academy & Warsaw Film School.
Martyna is a designer and researcher interested in fostering urban and social innovation through interdisciplinary and participatory design. Currently working at Science Now as design researcher and creative producer. A student of the postgraduate program “Cities and Metropolis. Urban studies” at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has experience in product design, experience design, service design and social design. She conducted research projects such as “Protest Cookbook” investigating post-pandemic futures of protest and “Inter–Bodies” exploring the relations between gender, safety and space. Organizer of the ART+DESIGN+SCIENCE program (2020). Alumna of ART + DESIGN + SCIENCE program (2019). Graduate of Product Design at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and Design Innovation and Citizenship at the Glasgow School of Art.
Ola is a multidisciplinary hybrid designer and researcher gravitating towards the design of intervention for untested futures, focusing on turning ideas into actions to transform the state of society by proposing small-scale interventions to approach large-scale challenges. Alumni of ART + DESIGN + SCIENCE program (2019 edition). She’s working on the intersection of design, research and strategy and exploring the world of design for children’s culture and life-long learning. Graduate of School of Form at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poznań, Poland and Master Studies in Design for Emergent Futures at Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), currently a student at Aalto University (Espoo, Finland).
An astrophysicist by training, Kateryna is a project developer at the International Astronomical Union and Leiden University. She obtained her BSc and MSc in physics and astrophysics from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, and PhD in planetary science and astrobiology from the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and a lecturer at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Kateryna has advanced our understanding of how asteroids, comets and dust affect planetary surfaces in the Solar System and beyond, and for this asteroid number 13680 (1997 PY) was named Katyafrantseva. Since the beginning of 2022, Kateryna works in the Astronomy&Society group at Leiden University, where she focuses on developing projects to further the use of astronomy as a tool for sustainable development globally.
Josh is a writer, editor and curator who focuses on the world of design and its position in the webs of folklore, identity, politics and futures. He received his MA in Design Curating and Writing from the Design Academy Eindhoven and cut his teeth at the independent publishers and exhibition space Onomatopee Projects, where he worked for three years as an editor and city curator. Currently based in Warsaw, he established the foundation and bookshop Ziemniaki i, which researches the social relevance of myth and folk practices by placing them in the context of populist politics, belief and digital technologies. Josh is the recipient of the 2022 Fondazione Fitzcarraldo scholarship in Cultural Policies at Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and a contributing writer to publications including DAMN Magazine, Revista-ARTA, Dialog, FORMY, CritiCALL! and The Future of.
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