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

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. To this end, we are conducting a large research study. In 2016 we carried out three focus group interviews in Berlin, Oxford and London. This year we will be launching a questionnaire study. Using the questionnaire, we aim to reach a group of several hundred Polish researchers living and working abroad. We will ask them about their social and professional networks, and how other Poles enter this picture. We will ask them how they perceive research in Poland and what they think about going back. Finally, we will ask how Polonium Foundation can help and support them. Obtaining answers to these questions is the first step towards building a strong and sustainable Polish scientific diaspora worldwide.

Our questionnaire will launch in 2017. If you would like to help us conduct the study in any way, please get in touch at

Meet our research team:

Dominika Czerniawska

Kornelia Korzec

Małgorzata Bochińska

Rafał Mostowy, PhD

Piotr Oleśkiewicz

Andrzej Turkowski