WOMEN IN STEAM
in the past and present
Our mission is to bring the three worlds together:
science, culture and an innovative society
The aim of the conference is to bring the achievements of #WomeninSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), both from a historical and contemporary perspective, to the public. We have decided to organize an event that will not only introduce the participants to the biographies of female scientists, but will also be an event showing the beauty of science 🔬🔭💉 in all its diversity and an inspiration for the young generation. As part of the conference, we are planning a series of individual speeches and several panel discussions.
AI in medicine
host: Anna Trawińska
Artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool supporting medical solutions and preventive healthcare.
panelists: Aleksandra Deżakowska, Ruslana Dovzhyk, Paulina Komorek, Agnieszka Grzybowska-Zalewska
host: Beata Kenig
Bio-tech-art, or the effect of creativity on scientific discovery and technological innovation.
panellists: Agata Kurzyk, Katarzyna Koba, Natalia Gumińska, Joanna Jurga
Immersion in edtech
host: Katarzyna Koba
Immersive technologies of the future - what experience-based learning is, and why it is important to be ready for changes in contemporary approaches to empathy-based education.
panellists: Joanna Popińska, Elżbieta Włodarska, Joanna Czapla,
Historical and present discoveries
host: Małgorzata Nowakowska
Women's achievements in science throughout history and current discoveries.
panellists: Beata Kenig, Zuzanna Podgórska, Natalia Schmidt-Polończyk,
Katarzyna Siuzdak, Agnieszka Szuster-Ciesielska, Marta Gmurek,
Joanna Ortyl, Elżbieta Gumienna-Kontecka, Agata Floriańczyk
Virology and immunology
Institute of Biological Science
at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie University
Prof. Agnieszka Szuster-Ciesielska – a researcher and an academic teacher at the Chair of Virology and Immunology of the Institute of Biological Sciences at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. Prof. Szuster-Ciesielska is a biologist specializing in virology and immunology with a 30 year-long experience in research work. She is acknowledged by microbiology and biotechnology students as an outstanding academic teacher. She is the author of more than 160 reviewed articles, quoted over 1800 times. She is also a renowned popularizer of knowledge in the field of virology, human immunology and vaccinology. In 2013 she did a research internship at Stanford University School of Medicine.
PhD, Department of Cancer Biology
at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie
National Research Institute of Oncology
Dr n. med. Agata Kurzyk - biotechnologist, artist, composer, populariser of science. Dr Kurzyk is a graduate of the Technical University of Lodz, the degree of Doctor of Medical Sciences with distinction was conferred on her by the Scientific Council of the M. Skłodowska-Curie National Institute of Oncology in 2019. At the National Institute of Oncology, Dr Kurzyk works on stem cell and cancer cell biology by 3D print. I would also add that Dr Kurzyk was recently included in the list of '22 Polish women to watch in 2022' by Forbes Women Poland.
Biotechnology and music
Fluid Flow Machinery
Fluid Flow Machinery PAN
PhD DSC Eng, Assoc. Prof. IMP PAN. Katarzyna Siuzdak is a head of the Laboratory of Functional Materials in the Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery Polish Academy of Sciences. She is an author of over 100 publications and principal investigator in many scientific projects. Her research activity concerns electroactive materials dedicated for energy conversion, storage and sensors. She is a laureate of the START FNP Scholarship and the Scholarship of the Minister of Science and Education for outstanding young scientists. She was among 22 Polish women worth following in 2022 according to Forbes Woman.
Founder and CEO in DrPlan
Aleksandra Deżakowska graduated from medical studies at the Department of Dentistry of the Faculty of Medicine of the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice and the Academy of Leadership Psychology and Authority Studies at the Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology. Currently, she is creating the innovative DrPlan solution combining the worlds of medicine and business. With passion and commitment to the field of dentistry, she explores innovative areas of improving dental care, focusing on the application of advanced artificial intelligence algorithms in dental practice.
XR Extended Reality
Founder and Creative Director
at Infinite Frame Media
Dr Joanne Popinska is a Polish-Canadian award-winning XR filmmaker, documentary filmmaker and sociologist who holds a PhD in Film Directing (specialising in VR) from the PWSFTviT in Łódź, Poland. Her debut VR film, THE CHOICE, premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and SXSW, where it won the audience award. She devotes her creative vision to developing themes such as human rights, animal rights and the environment. Using the latest technology and various VR narrative techniques, he is constantly looking for ways to capture the audience's attention, evoke empathy and interest from different perspectives.
Department of Chemical Technology
and Engineering, Crakow University of Technology
Professor in the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology at Cracow University of Technology (Poland). She is also a CEO and Co-owner of Photo HiTech Ltd. (Cracow, Poland), specializing in developing and producing one component of cationic photoinitiators working in visible light. She received her PhD degree in Chemistry (speciality in Photochemistry) in 2012 from Cracow University of Technology. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher under Prof. Dr Thomas Jüstel at Müenster University of Applied Sciences in the Institute for Optical Technologies (Germany). She is an inventor with more than 30 patents and has received more than 50 international and national awards for her research.
Chemical Technology and Engineering
RNA Biology Laboratory at the International
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw
Graduated from the University of Warsaw with a Master's degree in Polish studies and a Ph.D. in biology. Co-author of 9 publications in international scientific journals, and prime investigator in two research grants. Currently, a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory of RNA Biology at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, previously associated with the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Warsaw. Uses third-generation sequencing techniques and machine learning algorithms to study the messenger RNA maturation and processing. In her free time, she draws and runs a science blog.
Department of Psychology at the Academy
of Humanities and Economics in Lodz
A blogger, social activist, author. She studies psychology at the University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz. Her book “Anyways, I Love Life” describes the everyday life, love and friendship relations of a person with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), all that with sincerity and sense of humor. Through her writings she aims to increase awareness of the problems, needs, dreams and relationships of people with disabilities.
Psychology and social activity
Neuropsychology and VR Therapy
Co-founder and medical director
at BioMinds Healthcare
Elżbieta Włodarska – a psychologist, neuropsychologist, VR therapist; the co-founder and medical director of BioMinds Healthcare. A specialist with 18 years long clinical practice in the therapy of people with neurological conditions – a coma, a stroke, brain trauma, brain tumors or neurodegenerative diseases. A diagnostician of dementia processes. Author and coordinator of therapeutic programs for neurological patients and people with dementia (including Alzheimer Disease) as well as internal training for medical personnel. An enthusiast of the Montessori Senior methodology.
Department of of Civil Engineering and Resource Management at the AGH University of Science and Technology
D.E. Natalia Schmidt-Polończyk – assistant professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Resource Management; a Spokeswoman of Science. Fascinated by road tunnels, where she studies security and evacuation. She came up with the idea and then she became a co-author of the first scientific research of evacuation in real tunnels in Poland. As a tutor and coach she helps students in their personal and scientific development. She popularizes science on her Instagram profile @doktorka_tutorka and in the podcast The Bunker of Science. She is the author of Women’s 15 Minutes About Science, talking with female researchers. She is also the author of the #BraveWomenInScience (#OdważneWNauce) campaign organized each year on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Agata Floriańczyk – Lean Operations Leader for production technologies at an aviation company. She graduated from Warsaw University of Technology with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering and MSc in Mechanical Engineering. She also completed the Executive MBA program from Rotterdam School of Management. Agata started her career in 2011 at while being still a university student. She worked in an international team designing heavy duty gas turbines. Since 2015, she has worked in the aviation industry, taking various technical, leadership and operations roles supporting field, services and manufacturing of turbofan engines. In 2022, she was recognized with the Women in Technology Award for demonstrating technical excellence, delivering customer impact, and promoting organizational citizenship.
Co-founder and CEO at TechNovator Health
Ruslana Dovzhyk is Chief Business Development Officer for quantum wireless technology at TechNovator Health. Ruslana is a specialist with 9 years’ experience in quantum wireless charging technology, especially for medical and active implantable devices, devices that require constant power consumption with possibility to avoid repeated surgeries depending on battery life and possibility of energy and data transfer. She graduated from Sumy State Agrarian University (Ukraine) in Management Organization, Foreign Relations and from National University of Physical Training and Sport, Physical education teaching and coaching, Rehabilitation. She also completed the Mini—MBA program from Business Solution International School.
Medical wireless technology
Department of Biomedical Engineering
and Nuclear Physics at the Warsaw
University of Technology
President of the Association Advocates of Science (Rzecznicy Nauki), she combines science and business by working as Business Development Manager at a Swedish laboratory. She has 10 years of experience in radiation protection and radon dosimetry. She is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. She worked as an educator at the Maria Curie Museum in Warsaw. A certified tutor, mentor and soft skills trainer. TEDx speaker and organizer of TEDxWarsawWomen. Experienced in providing science communication courses for students and scientists.
Department of Biological and Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wroclaw
Prof. Elżbieta Gumienna-Kontecka (PhD, DSc) is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. At present, she is the head of the Research Group of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and the head of the Department of Biological and Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wrocław. Her research interests focus on the structure and thermodynamics of bioinorganic systems, research on natural metallophores, as well as the development of their biomimetics as structural probes of iron and other metals assimilation processes by microorganisms, which can help in the design of novel diagnostic tools and therapeutics against antibiotic resistant microbes. Prof. Gumienna-Kontecka is a co- author of 90 scientific publications (cited by independent authors over 1250 times).
Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
Health Data Science
PhD, Personal Health Data Science at SANO – Centre for Computational Personalised Medicine
Paulina Komorek is a post-doc, data scientist and researcher. She holds a master’s degree in medical physics from Jagiellonian University. After completing graduate studies, she started PhD programme “Interdisciplinarity for Innovation Medicine”. Her doctoral project concerns conformational changes in proteins that are of great importance in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. She gained international research experience at University of Oldenburg and Yale School of Medicine. She also worked as data scientist in a start-up dealing with diagnosis the condition of human heart. At Sano Paulina Komorek is engaged in a project relating to applying AI in personalized medicine. She is a laureate of several national and international awards. Paulina Komorek loves expanding knowledge on the possibilities of supporting medical care by new technologies.
President of the Management
Board of Sanofi in Poland
Agnieszka Grzybowska-Zalewska is President of the Management Board of Sanofi in Poland and CEO of Specialty Care. She also serves as President of the Management Board of the Association of Employers of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies INFARMA.
She has been present in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years, sharing her experience and knowledge in the areas of management and marketing and sales. From 2013 to 2021, she served as CEO of Sanofi Genzyme in Poland - now Specialty Care - one of Sanofi's key business units, offering breakthrough therapies in the areas of immunology, rare diseases, oncology and neurology. Agnieszka Grzybowska-Zalewska is a graduate of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Gdansk and the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Medical University of Gdansk.
Biology and Pharmacy
PhD, CEO of BITECH ThinkTank
Since 2021, Anna Kalinowska-Balcerzak have co-founded and led the independent organisation BITECH ThinkTank, which aims to develop an interdisciplinary language of technology and standards for media education, supporting accessible communication about science. As a scientist, together with her team she also support doctoral students and young scientists in Poland with both needs related to researcher well-being as well as the development of managerial competences in
Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw
Dr Joanna Jurga ‒ spatial designer, researcher (Institute of Industrial Design) and university lecturer (SWPS University). Specialist in sense of security design who does scientific research on such sense-related parameters as light, type and colors of materials or temperature and their impact on the well-being of the users of a given interior. Analogue astronaut and a two-time commander of space missions at LunaRes Research Station. Meditation teacher and outer space enthusiast. Her works have been honored at exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Participated in numerous design festivals (Lodz Design Festival, Gdynia Design Days, Dutch Design Week). Finalist of competitions such as: MakeMe, Young Design, Innovation Ad and Jutronauci. Author of the book "Sound Shelter" and the #BEZPIECZNIK podcast.
Department of Molecular Engineering at the Faculty
of Process Engineering and Environmental Protection
of the Lodz University of Technology
D.E. Marta Gmurek is a professor at the Department of Molecular Engineering at the Faculty of Process Engineering and Environmental Protection of the Lodz University of Technology, where she actively participates in research on the degradation of xenobiotic compounds (including endocrine substances and pharmaceuticals) using reactive forms of oxygen - methods of advanced oxidation and photosensitization process. She also deals with water quality issues and the idea of closed-circuit water management. In 2019, she was elected a member of the Academy of Young Scientists of the Polish Academy of Sciences (AMU PAN). Marta Gmurek is actively involved in many activities for young scientists, especially women and girls involved in or interested in scientific work, especially in STEM fields.
Senior Scientist w ABB
Dr. Eng. Renata Porębska has been working as a researcher at the ABB Corporate Technology Center for 12 years. There, she creates new technologies for the energy industry and robotics by leading and participating in research and development projects. As a materials engineer, he specializes in the development of thermoplastic components, from the conceptual phase, design, prototyping, to product development. As part of the sustainable development of ABB products, Dr. Porębska is responsible for the preparation of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and EDP (Environmental Product Declaration) documentation.
08:30 - 09:20
09:30 - 10:00
Mayor of the City of Lodz
Director of Pinocchio Theater in Lodz
hosted: Beata Kenig, Katarzyna Koba
10:00 - 10:35
Yesterday – A Few Words About Women in Science in History.
Beata Kenig, Zuzanna Podgórska
10:35 - 10:50
COFFEE BREAK + MINDFULNESS SESSION
How Do Female Scientists Disappear?
SideroArt, or Molecular Probes that Allow you to Deceive Bacteria and Image Infections
Natural Killers Cells Fight Where Others Cannot
11:45 - 12:05
COFFEE BREAK + MINDFULNESS SESSION
12:05 - 12:50
AI in medicine - Artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool
supporting medical solutions and preventive healthcare.
panelists: Aleksandra Deżakowska, Ruslana Dovzhyk, Paulina Komorek,
hosted: Beata Kenig
12:55 - 13:30
We Are Still Playing Green... - Sustainable Development - Opportunity or Necessity?
Light at the End of the Tunnel - What the Road Tunnel Tells Us
13:30 - 14:20
LUNCH + MINDFULNESS SESSION
14:20 - 15:05
Bio-tech-art - Bio-tech-art, or the effect of creativity
on scientific discovery and technological innovation.
panelists: Agata Kurzyk, Natalia Gumińska, Joanna Jurga,
hosted: Beata Kenig
15:10 - 15:45
Three-dimensional Printing Technologies (3D-VAT) Based on Digital Light Processing - We Are Printing Our Future
Can Planes Have Red Noses, Be Heavier Than a Blue Whale and Fly on Electricity?
15:45 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:45
Immersion in ed-tech - Immersive technologies of the future, so what experience-based learning is, and why it is important to be ready for changes in contemporary
approaches to empathy-based education.
panelists: Joanna Czapla, Anna Kalinowska-Balcerzak,
Elżbieta Włodarska, Joanna Popińska
hosted: Katarzyna Koba
16:45 - 17:00
Water Recovery Turns Sewage into Resources - Modern Chemical Engineering in terms of Sustainable Development
President at Vega Fundation
Founder and president of Vega Foundation whose aim is to popularize science and knowledge of people of science. Author of three books on outstanding astronomers, physicists and Polish scientists and their discoveries. Organizer of science picnics and workshops. She runs a YT channel on which she publishes interviews with outstanding scientists and on www.fundacjawega.pl she runs a blog about scientific discoveries and fascinating natural phenomena.
Founder & CEO at SensiVR Health
One of the '100 Women in AI' in Poland, she is also Founder and CEO of strartup SensiVR Health. As a pioneer and designer of immersive and haptic creative technologies for the EdTech, Digital Health and E-culture industries, she works with a network of women in technology taking on leadership challenges of sharing experiences and knowledge together. She bases her experience and skills on designing multisensory interfaces for #metaverse, #NFTs and #Web3 technologies. He consults for innovative projects in human-computer interaction (HCI), artificial intelligence (AI) and sensory perception-based solutions, including augmented reality (XR).