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

Polonium Foundation has just launched a worldwide study on the Polish scientific diaspora. We are looking for Poles working abroad as scientists to take part!

We are pleased to announce the launch of a worldwide study called “First insight into the Polish scientific diaspora”. We are conducting it to evaluate the potential and challenges faced by Poles working abroad as scientists. It is done thanks to the partnership with the Polish Society of Arts and Sciences Abroad and Foundation for Polish Science.


We aim to reach active scientists who work outside of Poland and consider themselves to be Polish. We invite them to take part in an online questionnaire that was designed following a series of focus groups conducted in Berlin, Oxford and London among a diversified group of Polish scientific researchers working abroad. By launching the online study we hope to collect data from hundreds of Poles from all around the world.

We strongly believe that the results of the questionnaire will be fundamentally interesting for:

  • all institutions and organisations who would like to cooperate with Polish scientists abroad,
  •  the international scientific community
  • Polish institutions and organisations

We believe that study will have two main benefits. First, it will help to better understand the Polish scientific community, its professional and social links, and how to gauge its potential. Second, it will underline main challenges of uniting Polish researchers into a strong and sustainable community with real impact on the future of science in Poland.

Although the data gathered in the study will be anonymous, we will optionally ask users to provide basic demographic data like the host country, field of study and time spent abroad. The results will be handled by the foundation’s research team. First results will be presented at the conference Science: Polish Perspectives 2017. 

To our knowledge this is the first worldwide study of the Polish scientific diaspora, so please share the news and contribute if you can.

Thank you!

Should you have any questions, please get in touch at

Meet our research team:

Dominika Czerniawska

Kornelia Korzec

Małgorzata Bochińska

Rafał Mostowy, PhD

Piotr Oleśkiewicz