It’s an event which strives to challenge the popular stereotype and prove that science is not all about older men in glasses. The meeting will be held on 5 December in the CSC under the slogan ‘Science: it’s a girl thing!’. This event is a Polish edition of the European Project under the same name and aims at promoting exact sciences among women as a choice for professional career and breaking the stereotypes linked to the traditional division of carrer paths into typically male and female ones.
On this day, a series of lectures and meetings with recognized and prominent representatives of science will be held. The meetings will be attended by students of the selected schools from the Mazovia Voivodeship. Information about the programme is available at the official website of the European Commission: www.science-girl-thing.eu
1. Anna Bajer, PhD: works in the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Biology at the University of Warsaw. Her scientific interests include ecology and parasite epidemiology. In her work, she performs research on the effectiveness of drinking water treatment processes for removal of parasites. She examines intestinal parasite infections and tick-borne diseases in dogs, as she is also a sled dogs raiser and coach.
2. Joanna Chwiej, PhD Eng.: employed at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. Her lecture will present the application of synchrotron radiation in medical research.
3. Magdalena Czapkiewicz: doctoral student at the Laboratory of Cryogenic and Spintronic Research, Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
Her scientific study focuses on phenomena occurring in semiconductor nanostructures. This is not a scientific abstraction - we use them every day. Smartphones, tablets, LCD TVs or printers are electronic devices controlled by processors constructed of millions of nanostructures.
5. Martyna Grydlik, PhD: scientist at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, Dresden. Her studies focus on semiconductor nanotechnology and in more details - optical and structural studies on siliceous and germanous.
6. Irena Grześ, PhD: ecotoxicologist from the Department of Zoology and Ecology of the Agricultural University in Krakow. She performs research on ants, focusing on reactions of animals on environmental stress factors, such as presence of heavy metals. Impact of environmental factors is examined at the individual and colony level.
7. Anna Hajdusianek, PhD: works in the Institute of Physics at the Wroclaw University of Technology. From several years she has been involved in the organization of the Lower Silesian Science Festival. Lecturer and animator of many popular events and lectures at the Festival. In 2008, she established the Academy of Young Explorers. Awarded and honored for its outstanding activity and willingness to share her knowledge with the youngest. Honored with a prestigious title of Science Populariser 2010.
8. Monika Koperska: doctoral student at the Laboratory for Research on Durability and Degradation of Paper, Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University. Finalist of the international competition FameLab 2012. She studies conservation chemistry - the area of chemistry dedicated to conservation and preservation of widely understood cultural heritage, from the most valuable works of arts to library resources.
9. Magdalena Markowska, PhD: works in the Department of Animal Physiology at the Faculty of Biology of the Warsaw University. She studies interactions between pineal gland and immunological system, with particular focus on melatonin receptors functions.
10. Joanna Pawłat, PhD Eng.: employee of the Department of Electrotechnology of the Institute of Electrotechnics and Electrotechnology Fundamentals of the Lublin University of Technology. Her professional interests cover engineering and environmental protection, and in particular the application of low-temperature plasma in medicine and non-conventional energy sources.
11. Katarzyna Sadecka: doctoral student at the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology in Warsaw. She conducts research on growing eutectic materials using the micro-pulling down method and studies properties of such grown materials in context of their potential uses.
12. Paulina Szafrańska, PhD: works at the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża. In her research, she combines ecology and physiology-related phenomena, and among others studies the impact of metabolic rate on survival rate and reproductive success in mammals. Her research is not conducted on laboratory mice but on wild animals caught in their natural environment, usually in the Białowieska Forest and Biebrza Marshes.
13. Prof. Anna Szemik-Hojniak, PhD: works at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wroclaw. Winner of the Distinguished Service Award 2002 - 2011 for her work as Director of the Management Board for East Europe Region of the international corporation INWES (International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists). Invited by the European Commission to join the ‘Science: it is a girls’ thing’ project of the ‘Women in Research and Innovations’ programme of the Directorate.