International Conference

Warsaw, Poland, 31 May - 1 June 2016
Venue: Copernicus Science Center

(as of 18 May 2016)

31 May 2016

Venue: Plenary Hall, Copernicus Science Center

8.15 - 9.00


9.00 - 9.30
Opening Ceremony
  • Bianka Siwińska – Executive Director, Perspektywy Education Foundation
  • Paul Jones – Ambassador of the United States to Poland
  • Wojciech Kaczmarczyk, Secretary of State, Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment
  • Prof. Stanisław Bielecki, Vice President of Conference of Polish Rectors, Rector of Lodz University of Technology
  • Karen Slavin, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation
9.30 - 10.00
1st day Keynote speech
  • Steven Zipkes – Winner of National STEM Visionary Award (USA): STEM changes the world
10.00 - 11.10

1st Plenary Session: Keep calm & make your mark. Innovation "in action"

The creation of an ecosystem that will support the growth of true innovation is a big challenge facing Poland as well as Europe. The experience of the most successful technological start-up founders in the past few years will serve as a basis for discussion how best create innovation.

Bianka Siwińska – Executive Director, Perspektywy Education Foundation (Poland)


11.10 -11.40
Coffee break
11.40 - 12.00

Special Guest

  • Whitney Hischier, Faculty Director, Center for Executive Education, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley (USA): Potential of Women's leadership in high-tech business
12.00 - 13.00

2nd Plenary Session: No women - no profit? Role of high-tech business and industry in boosting women's potential in STEM

The engagement of the high-tech industry in building a STEM pipeline that starts at school, goes through university studies all the way to the job market. The leaders of this industry will discuss the ways to better use the women’s potential in STEM, and about the benefits women’s engagement brings to economy and society.

Moderator: Michał Dżoga, Director of Public Affairs, Intel Europe (Poland)


13.00 - 13.30

Perspektywy STEM Schools’ Ranking (Poland)

Prof. Tadeusz Słomka, President of the Ranking Board; Rector, University of Science and Technology AGH in Krakow

  Partner Rankingu

13.30 - 14.30
14.30 - 16.00

3rd Plenary Session: Women in Science and Higher Education

Science needs women. The Session will discuss institutional measures supporting the presence of women in science and higher education. Results of research in this area will be presented

Moderator: Dr. Ewa Rumińska-Zimny, UN Expert


16.00 - 16.30
Coffee break
16.30 - 17.40

4th Plenary Session: Are STEM women sexy? image of female engineers, innovators, scientists

A geek, a tough businesswoman or a pretty face? The way women engaged in STEM are portrait has a strong influence on the way their competences are perceived by society. Women active in the field of technology will talk about the challenges they encounter.

Moderator: Dr. Katarzyna Walczyk, President, Top500 Innovators (Poland)


17.40 - 18.00

#MamyGłos: Review of Inspirational clips


Lean in STEM evening:

  • Science Stand-up session
  • WOMAN and the (loop) MACHINE
  • Molecular cuisine
  • Award Ceremony with a twist

31 May 2016

Venue: Seminar Room, Copernicus Science Center

Close meetings – (by invitation)

14.30 - 16.00
"Roundtable for STEM"

Roundtable for STEM is a partnership initiative by individuals and institutions interested in popularizing technology and science; promising to be a creative, dynamic meeting of the worlds of academia and high technology business.

  • EU representatives, employers, universities, not-for-profit organizations
16.15 - 17.45

Kick-off meeting of the "Lean in STEM" Mentoring Program

1 of June 2016

Venue: Plenary Hall, Copernicus Science Center

9.00 - 10.00

Digital University - Special Edition: On the future of new technologies

10.00 - 11.30

5th Plenary Session: STE(Arts)M – Science, Technology, Creativity!

Where technology, science and innovation meets art and where art meets technology, science. It will be the theme of this remarkable meeting of scientists and artists in one.

Moderator: Dr. Aleksandra Wójcik-Głodowska - Deputy Program Director, Copernicus Science Center


  • Joanna Lisiecka, sociologist - Perspektywy Education Foundation (Poland)
  • Agata Kurzyk, musician and medical researcher (Poland)
  • Kathryn Zazenski, artist, US Fulbright researcher (USA)
  • Dr Bartosz Martyna - actor, dramatist, acting consultant, performer and director in Warsaw Dance Theatre (Poland)
  • Nasreen Sultana Mitu, professor and cartoon artist, University of Rajshahi (Bangladesh)
  • Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, film critic (Poland)
  • Derrick Ogrodny, Managing Director, Virtual Brain (USA)
11.30 - 12.00

Coffee Break

12.00 - 12.20

2nd day Keynote speech

12.20 - 14.00

6th Plenary Session: You are not alone:) Girls go STEM! Initiatives

The aim of the session is to share information and experience on initiatives supporting women in STEM in various parts of the world.

14.00 - 14.30

Closing Remarks

Moderator: Dr. Bianka Siwinska, Executive Director, Perspektywy Education Foundation

  • Eva Fabry, Director, European Centse for Women and Technology (Norway): Let's play together! European Celebration for Women in Computing

End of conference

1 of June 2016

Venue: Seminar Room, Copernicus Science Center

10.00 - 11.30

STEM - Educators in action

Copernicus Science Center's meeting for high school teachers and principals - new methods and techniques in STEM education, global inspirations. Panel discussion – Education between generations – what do we want from each other?

Moderator: Dr. Jakub Bochiński


  • Robert Firmhofer, Director, Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw: Introduction
  • Zuzanna Opała, GiLaSAT – winner of the CanSat Poland 2016 competition: How to launch a mini-satelite – tech projects in high-school
  • Dominika Rafało, team PW-Sat2: Education in orbit - satellite PW-Sat2
  • Aneta Jabłońska, Young Explorers Club: Miniphanomenta – building experiments at school
  • Mihai Gina, European Schoolnet: From online courses to webinars and resources repositories – helping teachers and students see how much fun STEM is

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