Panel discussion

11.00-12.15 am



Dr. Anna Plater-Zyberk is a Director of International Relations Office of the Polish Academy of Sciences. As the head of the unit she is responsible for recommendations on international policy, coordination of bilateral and multilateral cooperation of the Academy, overseeing the activities of the PAS representation centers abroad, as well as PAS activities in over 60 international organizations or networks. Currently she coordinates also Polish participation in PEriTiA project funded under H2020.

Prior to joining the Polish Academy of Sciences, Anna has been coordinating international cooperation of the National Science Center (NCN). In her role Anna was coordinating Polish participation in a number of ERA-NET, ERA-NET + and JPI programs including HERA, JPI CH, Norface, Biodiversa, and many others. She has co-authored successful proposals submitted by the NCN and funded under the Framework Programs including POLONEZ MSCA COFUND and QuantERA. She was also responsible for bilateral calls for proposals including BEETHOVEN with DFG and PIRE with the NSF (USA). In the years 2007-2011, prior to her career in research management, Anna has been working in the industry sector.





Mr. Harald Hartung is Head of Unit of DG-RTD E.4 “Fair Societies & Cultural Heritage” and Acting Head of Unit of DG-RTD E.5 “Democracy & European Values” in the European Commission. Previously he worked at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture as Head of Unit responsible for: Innovation and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (January – October 2017), Youth Policy and Programme (April 2015 – December 2016), International co-operation and programmes (January 2013 – March 2015), Jean Monnet Programme and Equity in Education and Training (July 2011 – December 2012), Multilingualism policy (November 2006 – June 2011), Culture (April 2004 –October 2006), Civic participation (Oct.1999 – March 2004) as well as new technologies in the audio-visual sector (Mai – September 1999).

Before joining the European Commission he was Counselor for Industrial Affairs at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU and Head of Delegation of the Federation of Austrian Industry (VÖI) at the permanent Representation between 1996-99.




Mr. Jon Deer is a Director of Research and Enterprise at City, University of London since summer 2019.  Before that the he was the Deputy Director of Research and Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science responsible for the research development strategy, which included participation in European funding programmes.  He has worked with European funding of social science and humanities research since 1995, just after the launch of the 4th Framework programme. He has worked as a strategy consultant for a number of institutions across the EU. Jon is an active advocate for SSH research representation in science policy in the UK and EU.  He is a board member of the Campaign for Social Science (UK) and European Alliance for Social Science and Humanities, which he helped to establish in 2015.  He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in 2017.



Prof. Małgorzata Kossowska is a full Professor in psychology, head of the Social Psychology Unit and Center for Social Cognitive Studies in the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University. Her areas of interest include the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of complex social phenomena (e.g. political beliefs, prejudice, stereotyping), cognitive rigidity and its relationships with problem solving and decision-making. She has authored over 80 papers published in Polish and international journals. She is the author and co-author of seven books about social cognition, closed-mindedness, stereotyping, prejudice and tolerance.

Vice-dean of the Philosophy faculty at Jagiellonian University (2012-2019), former head of the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University (2008-2012); member of the NCN Council (2012-2020), between 2008-2014 President of the Polish Association of Social Psychology, from 2016 Member of the Polish Academy of Science, Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Psychology (European Liaison Officer).





Prof. Valentina Lepri is Professor of History of Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. After obtaining a PhD from the Italian National Institute for Renaissance Studies, in Florence, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, at the University of Warsaw and at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. More recently, she has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (Horizon 2020).

Her monographs and articles explore the forms of knowledge manipulation and production in the Early Modern Age, with special reference to sixteenth-century philosophical and political issues.






Dr. Geny Piotti is currently Head of EU-Research Affairs at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt upon Oder (Germany). She advises the University management and scientists in all matters concerning EU-University strategy and EU-funding schemes. Before accepting this office she was Officer for Career Development at the Social Science Research Center (WZB) in Berlin and Science Officer for the Domain Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) at the COST Office in Brussels. During her previous career as Researcher in the field of Economic Sociology she has worked in Institutions such as the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Cologne) and the European University Institute (Florence).

Since 2018 she is part of the spokesman’s team of the Working Group ROSE (Research on Societies in Europe), that gathers representatives in EU-liason officers of German Universities with strong SSH focus.




Success stories’ presentations

14.00 -15.15 pm


Dr. Jan Barski holds a Master of Science degree in spatial planning from the Wroclaw University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English studies (translation) from the University of Wroclaw. His PhD thesis was dedicated to the topic of industrial suburbanization, while his teaching experience revolves around regional development, settlement systems, city-building, and spatial analysis. His further academic interests include European programmes and the overlaps of planning and language sciences. In his career, he has been both a member and the leader of international and cross-disciplinary teams which have worked on scientific research and project applications.

His responsibilities at the CityScience Lab consist of an overall engagement in the Lab’s project involvement, with special focus put on European programmes, as well as of research activities. He is the co-manager of the Horizon 2020 project MICADO: Migrant Integration Cockipts And Dashboards.





Dr. Magdalena Góra is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University primarily concentrating her work on the external relations of the European Union, EU actorness in international relations especially in EU’s close neighborhood, the changes in foreign policy and international relations in Central and Eastern Europe as well as on collective identification changes in the European Union after enlargement.

Magdalena has led and participated in several research projects funded by Polish National Science Center, COST programme and currently she is a co-leader of WP on Future of Europe Debate within Horizon 2020 funded project EU3D. EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy. She participates at the Jean Monnet Network ‘The European Union at the Crossroads of Global Order’ (EUCROSS) (2017-2020) and Jean Monnet Network: REACTIK – cReative Economy And Culture inTernatIonal link. She works also within the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network: ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism’ (FATIGUE) (2018-2012). She was recently awarded Fulbright Senior Award for pursuing her research at New York University in 2020.




Dr. Maciej Maryl is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences; founding Director of the Institute’s Digital Humanities Centre. Literary scholar, sociologist, translator. He was awarded scholarships of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Foundation for Polish Science and Fulbright Junior Advanced Research Grant (2010) and Fulbright Senior Award (2017). He is a member of Teksty Drugie and OpenMethods Editorial Boards and IBL PAN representative in scholarly consortia: DARIAH-PL Steering Board and OPERAS Core Group. He is a member of ALLEA E-humanities Working Group, co-chair of DARIAH Digital Methods and Practices Observatory, and the head of DARIAH-PL Digital Philology Working Group.

Dr. Maryl is currently chairing the COST Action CA16213 New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent (NEP4DISSENT) and acts as Work Package leader in two H2020 projects:  Transforming Research through Innovative Practices for Linked interdisciplinary Exploration (TRIPLE) and Preparing open access in the european research area through scholarly communication (OPERAS-P). His team also contributes to the H2020 project Shaping interdisciplinary practices in Europe (SHAPE-ID).





Dr. Justyna Olko is a Professor in the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw and director of its Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity. She specializes in the ethnohistory, anthropology and sociolinguistics, language endangerment and revitalization as well as decolonizing research practices.

Dr. Olko received the first grant in the humanities for Poland from the European Research Council (Europe and America in Contact, 2012-2017) and the Twinning grant of the European Commission (Horizon 2020, 2016-2018). Currently, she is leading two team projects: Language as a cure: linguistic vitality as a tool
for psychological well-being, health and economic sustainability (TEAM Program, Foundation for Polish Science) and Indigenous trauma, acculturation and agency. The Nahua world from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century (National Science Centre grant). Justyna Olko is also the a member of the National Science Center Council (2018-2022) and was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2013), as well as a Burgen Fellowship by Academia Europaea (2013).





Prof. Gintautas Mažeikis is philosopher, the Head of the center of Social and Political Critique at Vytautas Magnus university, Kaunas, Lithuania. The spheres of his researches and activities are Critical theory of symbolical thinking: in Culture, Politics and Social life.

In 2013-2016 prof. Mažeikis participated in COST- action ”In Search for Transcultural Memory” (ISTME). What is more, in 2017-2018 he was the supervisor of the scientific part of the project “INNOCULT – Centre of Excellence for Cultural and Creative Innovations in Lithuania”, funded under H2020.






The list of the speakers will be updated.