• STEM Education
  • Women in the Forefront
  • for Innovation
31 May - 1 June 2016 Copernicus Science Center
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Summary & Gallery


The "STEM Education for Innovation - Women in the forefront" conference will be held in Warsaw at the prestigious Copernicus Science Center, 31 May – 1 June 2016. It will be the biggest meeting of STEM experts, STEM educators, innovators, representatives of high tech industry, community leaders and policy makers in this part of Europe. Up to 350 participants are expected.

The debate will be on the importance of education in the STEM area and the need to give STEM priority in the state’s policy and in the activities of other stakeholders. The conference will also serve as a forum for the exchange of good practice. The Conference will attempt to answer how and why it is important to support women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on all levels: social initiatives, public policy, education and support for social activity and strategy for socially responsible industry and business.

Key Note Speeches

Steven Zipkes

Winner of National STEM Visionary Award (USA)

STEM changes the world

Morning, 1st Day

Steven Zipkes is the founder and president of Advanced Reasoning In Education, llc. (Global PBL Academies) and the former founding principal (2006-2015) of the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized Manor New Technology High School (near Austin, Tx). This school proposed new and successful method of learning based entirely on STEM projects. Now Zipkes helps to create such institutions around the US. Proven practitioner redesigned systemic whole school STEM change for all.

Steven Zipkes, the founding principal at Manor New Technology High school, was awarded the National STEM Visionary Award by the International Association for STEM Leaders at the National STEM Leadership Summit in Washington DC on April 24th.

Whitney Hischier

Faculty Director Center for Executive Education,
Haas School of Business University of California Berkeley

Potential of Women's leadership in high-tech business

Noon, 1st Day

Faculty Director at Haas Schools of Business (Berkley). Design and deliver customized learning solutions for executive clients. Focus on experiential leadership development, succession planning, career management and ROI on employee educational investments. Core industries include oil and gas, technology, shipping and pharmaceuticals. Teaching expertise in managerial skills, performance management, and leadership presence o executives.

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business — which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 20 years.

Education: BA, Stanford University, MBA, Haas School of Business DELOITTE, CONSULTING, San Francisco, CA KPMG , Consulting

Special guests

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

Top Speakers

Olga Kozierowska
Sukces Pisany Szminką
Hanna Zielińska
Radio TOK FM, journalist

STE(Arts)M Artists

Dariusz Aksamit
Science Stand-uper
PhD Student at Physics Faculty, Warsaw University of Technology, President of Association of Science Speakers
Dr. Monika Aksamit-Koperska
Science Stand-uper
Winner of FameLab Competition, Jagiellonian University
Dr. Joanna Bagniewska
Science Stand-uper
Teaching Fellow in Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading (UK)
Kuba Bochiński
Science Stand-uper
Astronomer at the Open University, Coordinator of the European Space Agency ESERO project
Antoni Syrek-Dąbrowski
Stand-up master of ceremony

...and you will meet at the conference young, talented girls in science, technology & innovation:


Katarzyna Chrapko
Young Innovator
Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński
Lower Secondary School No. 1 in Nisko
Aleksandra Gabryjałowicz
Energy study at Poznań Technological University
Klaudia Gębala
Mentee at "Girls go start-up! Academy"
Martyna Gola
Computer science student
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
Paula Kochańska
Software Engineer
student at Warsaw University of Technology
Estera Kot
Scala programmer, Student of Electrical Engineering
Warsaw University of Technology
Jonna Maraszek
Student at AGH University of Technology
Scholar New technologies for Girls
Sandra Wiktorko
STEM Rising Stars Manager

Up to 350 participants are expected!


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

Conference website: www.leaninstem.pl/conference

Register now

Special events

"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-profit organizations

The meeting will be held at 14.30 am, on 1st day of the Conference (Seminar Room)

Science Stand-up! session

Young, talented scientists talking dirty about science

STE(Art)M Corner

Art is a natural element in which people develop. The STEM area is closely connected to art. In the “STEAM” space you will be able to experience the unusual connection of art with science and technology. The partners of the STE(art)M Corner are: Music School and Akademia Łucznica.


At the conference you will meet young, talented girls in science, technology & innovation. In a special "Rising Stars Space" they will have unique speed-mentoring opportunity with the most successful STEM professionals (CEO's, Executives) from hight tech industry.

STEM Schools Ranking - Final Ceremony

Interactive Exhibition: World on the move

Vibrations and waves, power and magnetism, air and water – these are just a few thematic zones of this newly open space in Copernicus Science Center. The exhibits will amaze you with precision and give you multiple opportunities to perform various experiments.

Digital University

The goal of Digital University is education for business development through innovations and bringing knowledge about new technologies. We develop innovation skills within companies and show them possible paths of development in their areas and their businesses in a world dominated by technology.

We have insights and huge knowledge about those two types of business which leads to deep understanding of their needs and we know how to support them and how to educate them. We spent many years working in one of the biggest polish corporations and now we cooperate with startups, being a startup ourselves, creating Digital University project. These combines into unique set of skills and knowledge that makes us one of the most successful educational startups in Poland.

STEM Fun4Kids Corner

Come to the conference with kids! You will be able to participate in meetings, lectures and other activities freely, meanwhile, your children won’t be bored. They will spend time in a space organized specially for them, learning exciting things from ​​STEM field and simply having fun at the same time. Throughout the whole conference a group of well-qualified animators will take care of the kids. Our mission is to enable science and technology to education from an early age, as well as developing interests in the fields of science and skills of independent and creative thinking in children. STEM Fun4Kids Corner focuses precisely on this idea .This year Girls Code Fun, LEGO Robots and Co. will create special entertainment program for STEM Fun4Kids Corner.

STEM in popculture

How does popculture reflect STEM? Is it afraid or delighted?

How is it Science shown in movies, horror, pop-music and comics.


Centrum Nauki Kopernik

Copernicus Science Center

20 Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie St.
00-390 Warsaw


Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum

Address: Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 2,
00-030 Warszawa

Tel: +48 22 58 29 100, +48 22 58 29 900, +48 22 58 29 401

Reservation: +48 22 58 29 400, warszawahotel.centrum@gromada.pl

Procedure: The rooms awaits on password PERSPEKTYWY.
You can pay with cash or credit card.

Warning! Discounted reservations are limited!

Map Check-in 2:00 PM Check-out 12:00 PM

You may also stay in one of those hotels listed below (not pre-reserved):

Hotel Bristol

Krakowskie Przedmieście 42/44

+48 22 551 10 00

Hotel Sofitel Victoria

Krolewska 11,

+48 22 657 80 11

Hotel Novotel

Marszałkowska 94/98

+48 22 596 00 00