Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
— Maria Skłodowska-Curie

Report Beyond recognition: Polish scientific diaspora as a source of social capital
Raport „Niedostrzeżeni: Polska diaspora naukowa jako źródło kapitału społecznego”

Over the last three decades, Poland has experienced a large-scale brain drain. Many of the brightest young scientists decided to go into exile. We are trying to connect such people. We believe that the first step to do that is to better understand who they are.

What we did?
Between October 2017 and October 2018, we polled 464 Polish scientists working abroad (Polish scientific diaspora) in 31 countries, at all career stages, recent and long-term migrants. We asked them about links with the Polish scientific community abroad and in Poland, potential benefits from these contacts, as well as attitudes to return migration. The resulting study constitutes the largest snapshot of the Polish scientific diaspora in recent years.

Meet our research team:

Dominika Czerniawska

Małgorzata Bochińska


Piotr Oleśkiewicz

Rafał Mostowy, PhD