Science: Polish Perspectives (SPP) events connect Polish scientific diaspora all over the world. By bringing SPP events to this community, Polonium Foundation is hoping to better understand it, connect its members and give them a platform for discussion with academia, policy makers and industry in Poland. All SPP events promote interdisciplinarity and encourage best outreach practices.

SPP 2019 will be taking place in Cambridge, bringing together 250 representatives of the research community. More information coming soon! In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter (below) to make sure you don't miss any updates.


When & where?

8 - 9 November 2019
St John’s College
St John's Street,
Cambridge CB2 1TP


Tickets for participants

We have a few ticket types. All of them include:

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

  • SPP gift bag with some cool geek SPP gadgets

  • A workshop of your choice

  • Lunches at the St. John’s College and coffee breaks with unlimited caffeine and sugar supplies to keep you running

  • Saturday SPP party

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



Talks & Poster Presenters

Price includes Saturday Dinner at St. John’s College.
Payment after confirmation of your abstract acceptance.



EARLY BIRDS: Academia with Saturday Dinner


For participants with an academic affiliation or an R&D position, and for those who finished their studies or PhD in 2018 or 2019 - includes Saturday Dinner at st. John’s College




For participants with an academic affiliation or an R&D position outside academia, and for those who finished their studies/PhD in 2018 or 2019




For participants without an academic affliation [if you graduated 2018 or 2019 or hold an R&D position outside academia, see Academia] - includes Saturday Dinner at st. John’s College

Keynote speakers

Prof. Kasia M. Jaszczolt

Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language, University of Cambridge

Human time and the metaphysics of time

Prof. Richard Frąckowiak

Professor Emeritus, UCL

Exploring the human brain with neuroimaging

Martin Krzywinski

Staff Scientist, Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center, British Columbia Cancer Agency

Art is Science in Love

Invited speakers

Patrycja Kozik

Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), Cambridge (UK)

How do dendritic cells initiate immune responses?

Eric Glowacki

Group Leader - Organic Nanocrystals,
Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University (Sweden)

Neurostimulation with nanoscale optoelectronic devices

Piotr Mirowski

Senior Research Scientist, DeepMind, London (UK)

Learning to Navigate

Aleksandra Koutny-Jones

ICE Tutor in the History of Art, University of Cambridge (UK)

The challenges and opportunities of presenting early modern Polish art to international audiences


Take a look at my data: Open and reproducible science methods

Konrad Wagstyl, University College London

Science is built upon reproducibility. Progress comes from researchers developing novel questions and approaches based on existing reliable findings. The field of open science has grown to provide the necessary tools and frameworks for scientists to share their work. In this workshop we will use the MELD project as a demo for open science. We will introduce a set of available tools to facilitate working openly. These include GitHub, arxiv, data sharing,, and jupyter notebooks.

Data visualisation 101: A practical introduction to designing scientific figures

Nikiforos Karamanis, EMBL-EBI

In this hands-on workshop, we will go through the basic principles of designing scientific figures to communicate our research findings. We will focus on how we can utilise colour effectively and help our audience make accurate quantitative judgements by taking advantage of fundamental principles of human perception. We will also discuss strategies for visualising complex datasets. The workshop is based on the articles in data visualisation which were published in the Points of View column in Nature Methods with additional material from publications by Edward Tufte, Tamara Munzner and other leading researchers on data visualisation. We'll put theory into practice in a series of exercises to help you hone in your basic data visualisation skills!

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

Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA)

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 and students can achieve their best work. When applying for a grant, candidates dedicate a significant investment of time and engagement to this process. What are the key elements that make for a successful grant application? How can you make your application stand out from the crowd? This workshop aims to increase the chances of your proposal being successful.

The last (but not least) workshop to be announced very soon!


How about a standup comedy night or an overly geeky pub quiz night on Friday, and the legendary SPP party on Saturday? Also, this year at the St. John’s College we will be hosting the biggest SPP dinner so far.  Have fun and make new friends - sometimes the best (scientific) ideas come up over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine! 

Talks & poster sessions

Find out about other people’s research: their ideas, problems they face and solutions they propose. 10 talks, 24 poster presentations. Would you like to be a part of it? Tell the audience what your project is all about in just 10 minutes or present your project on a poster and be ready to receive immediate hints on how to realise it. Talk popular science.


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”.

If you have any questions regarding the event or registration process, email us at

See you in CAMBRIDGE!