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When & where?

12 - 13 October 2018
Technical University of Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Provisional Agenda [click for a better view]

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We have few ticket types. All of them include:

  • Two days of talks and poster sessions, debates and countless opportunities to network

  • SPP giftbag with some cool geek SPP gadgets

  • A workshop of your choice

  • Lunches and coffee breaks with unlimited caffeine and sugar supplies to keep you running

  • Friday SPP party

    If you're unsure of what type of ticket applies to you, email us at

Early bird tickets - limited availability


Talks & Poster Presenters:


[Call for abstracts closed]

Payment after confirmation of your abstract acceptance. Travel grants available!


Early Bird:


[limited amount]
For participants with an academic affiliation or an R&D position outside academia, and for those who finished their studies/PhD in 2017 or 2018


Early Bird:


[limited amount]
For participants without an academic affliation [if you graduated 2017 or 2018, or hold an R&D position outside academia, see Academia] Price includes Friday dinner buffet.

Travel grants

Thanks to our partner - the Foundation for Polish Science, there will be travel grants available for  speakers and poster presenters. We will be informing about the details at the time of confirmation of a successful abstract submission.

Regular tickets (available later)





[available later]
For participants with an academic affiliation and for those who finished their studies/PhD in 2017 or 2018





[available later]
For participants without an academic affliation [if you graduated 2017 or 2018 see Academia]

Keynote speakers

Prof. Ewa Dąbrowska

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg / University of Birmingham

Are children really better language learners than adults?

Prof. Andrzej Górak

TU Dortmund

Let us separate together: joint research for purification of gases, pharmaceuticals and bioproducts


Dr. hab. Aleksandra Walczak

Ecole Normale Supérieure

How different are our immune systems?


Invited speakers

Dr. Jan Kosiński

EMBL Hamburg

Structure of the nuclear pore complex by integrative structure determination


Dr. Paweł Dydio

University of Strasbourg

Nature-inspired catalysis for modern organic synthesis

Dr. Michał P. Heller

MPI for Gravitational Physics / Narodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych

Gravity, Quantum Fields and Information

Special guest: Janina Daily

Join us for a standup comedy night on Friday!

Workshops & panel discussions

Grants you are invited to! Workshop on the NAWA grants application process

Access to funding is essential for scholars to excel in their research careers. NAWA is happy to offer grants for academics at all stages of their careers that help to create an environment where researchers can achieve their best work. 

When applying for a grant, candidates dedicate a significant investment of time and engagement to this process. Yet not all of the proposals are compelling. So, what are the key elements that make for a successful grant application? How are we to understand the proposed project correctly and the nuances of each section to be submitted? Finally, how can you make your application stand out from the crowd?

This workshop aims to increase the chances of your proposal being successful. Participants will develop and refine  the narrative tools of a sample grant application and will also have a chance to develop a deeper understanding of what  project research quality  NAWA is looking for in its programmes. The interactive nature of the session will give you an opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have or share your thoughts and needs in order to create better funding programmes. 

Agnieszka Stefaniak-Hrycko, Head of the Department of Programmes for Scientists

Agnieszka has extensive experience in the science and higher education field, acquired through 15 years working for major governmental institution – Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Firstly in the Minister's Office and then in the Department of Science, where she managed groups and teams, and acted as project manager of science-related projects. Currently Agnieszka is responsible of building the offer dedicated to scholars and PhD students in Poland and abroad. Her long term experience makes her an expert in the area of programmes for scientist but also a true passionate. Agnieszka believes that NAWA will help lots of scholars make their dreams come true. 

Paweł Kurzyński, Senior Specialist at the Department of Programmes for Scientists

Paweł has 11 years’ experience of working with government policies and programmes supporting scientists, research institutions, enterprises and start-ups. Initiator and coordinator of the "Grants for success" campaign. Author of many publications describing R&D support programmes and articles in the media and on the Internet. Since 2008 has delivered lectures on and trainings in EU Funds and national grant programmes.

Piotr Kępski, Senior Specialist at the Department of Programmes for Institutions

Piotr is in charge of International Alumni programme at NAWA. Has experience in the field of research policy development and implementation of infrastructure and digital projects. A former Polish delegate to the programme committee for Future and Emerging Technologies in Horizon 2020 and FP7. He actively participated in the preparation of Open Access policy recommendations in Poland. PhD student in Sociology at SWPS University.   

How MIT EF Poland Acceleration Program is helping startups to grow? 

A practical approach to storytelling 

SQL - Coding Crash Course


How about a standup comedy night or an overly geeky pub quiz night on Friday, and the legendary SPP party on Friday? Join us for a buffet evening, have fun and make new friends! Sometimes the best (scientific) ideas come up over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine! 

Strategic partner

Main partner

Honorary patronages

Community partners

Projekt jest współfinansowany w ramach programu Ministra Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego pod nazwą „DIALOG” w projekcie “Gateway to the Polish Research Diaspora: portal oraz wydarzenia integrujące polską światową społeczność badawczą”.

Projekt odbywa się przy udziale środków Fundacji Współpracy Polsko-Niemieckiej.

Projekt jest współfinansowany w ramach funduszy polonijnych Ministerstwa Spraw Zagranicznych Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej.

Projekt finansowany ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Społecznego w ramach Programu Operacyjnego Wiedza Edukacja Rozwój 2014-2020, III Oś priorytetowa „Szkolnictwo wyższe dla gospodarki i rozwoju” Działanie 3.3. pt. „Umiędzynarodowienie polskiego szkolnictwa wyższego”

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