The 4th Interdisciplinary FNP Conference will be held on 6–7 October 2022 (Thursday– Friday) in Warsaw.

The conference is being organised by the Foundation for Polish Science.

The main aim of the conference is to improve integration among the community of the Foundation’s beneficiaries and to discuss the most important scientific challenges facing the participants. The conference is an excellent opportunity for everyone to meet and exchange experiences and establish new and inspiring scientific contacts.

The conference is designed for project leaders, team leaders and team members involved in projects that have received funding from the Foundation under the Smart Growth Operational Programme. A total of two thematic panel discussions, three presentation sessions and several open poster sessions will be held during the conference. We will also present funding opportunities as part of EU funds.

The conference is free of charge.

The conference will be live-streamed on our YT channel:

You can watch the live transmission here:

Due to the changing pandemic situation and the possibility of introducing stricter security requirements for the organization of gatherings, you are kindly requested to bring proof of vaccination for COVID-19 (EU Covid Certificate) with you. To ensure the safety of all conference participants, we also ask that you take an antigen test for Covid 24 hours prior to the event and cancel your participation when you receive a positive result. Please note that it is not excluded that we will ask you to wear masks during the conference.



Wiktor Lewandowski, PhD habil.

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Dr hab. Wiktor Lewandowski, prof. UW. Born in 1984. Head of the Laboratory for the Synthesis of Organic Nanomaterials and Biomolecules at the Department of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw.

Using solutions known from nature, he designs optical materials that are the future of 21st century technology.

He deals with the construction of chemical structures with plasmonic properties, i.e. interacting with light in a way that allows them to be used in optics and optoelectronics. It is the progress in these areas that will determine the further development of communication, information and medical technologies. Research conducted by Dr. hab. Wiktor Lewandowski require an interdisciplinary approach, combining knowledge of theoretical, chemical and physical tools, as well as bio- and nanotechnology.

Dr hab. Wiktor Lewandowski graduated from the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Warsaw (he also defended his doctorate with honors). He worked in the US, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in Spain, at CICbiomaGUNE. Among other, he was awarded scholarships by the Minister of Education and Science, Foundation for Polish Science and Rector of UW. He leads a thriving research team, publishing the results of work in the top scientific journals. Research is supported prestigious grants, incl. those from Foundation for Polish Science and the National Science Center.

Urszula Stachewicz, PhD habil.

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Urszula Stachewicz is an associate professor at AGH University in Krakow leading the

Electrospun Fibers Group. She graduated with PhD from Delft University of Technology with research performed at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She conducted the postdoctoral research at Queen Mary, University of London (UK) and work at spin-out company Nanoforce Technology Ltd. in polymer science and electrospun fibers. In 2018 she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research is focused on electrospun fibers and membranes for biomedical and water and energy harvesting using biomimetic approaches. In 2020 she has been awarded with the ERC starting grant BioCom4SavEn, http://biocom4saven.agh.edu.pl/

Tomasz Poprawka, PhD

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Tomasz Poprawka, PhD is a graduate of the Poznan University of Life Sciences where he obtained his master’s degree in biotechnology. He also participated in the MSc Advances Studies in Molecular Biotechnology program at the University of Ghent in Belgium. In 2004, he started his four-year doctoral studies at the John Innes Centre in Norwich in UK. After receiving his PhD from the University of East Anglia, he moved to the National Institute of Basic Biology in Okazaki (Japan) as part of the JSPS scholarship. In 2010, he returned to Poland and joined the team of the Foundation for Polish Science, where he was involved in overseeing the implementation of programs financed from FNP own funds and programs financed under the ERDF. Since November 2018, he has been part of the Polish Science Contact Agency (PolSCA) of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Brussels, where he was involved in monitoring science, research and innovation policy at the European Union level as a policy expert. Since 2020 he leads the PolSCA Office in Brussels.

Sebastian Glatt, PhD

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Sebastian Glatt studied at the University of Vienna and did his PhD at the pharmaceutical industry. In 2008, he joined the SCB unit at EMBL Heidelberg as a postdoc. There he transformed from a pure cell biologist into a protein biochemist, crystallographer and electron microscopist. Since September 2015, he leads his own independent Max Planck Research Group at the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He established and maintained fruitful scientific collaborations with leading labs around the world. He has published in highly prestigious scientific journals and has received several prestigious prize and grants. The list includes an ERC Consolidator grant 2020, the NCN Prize 2021 (LS), the EMBO Installation grant as well as several grants from FNP and NCN. He is not only leading an international research team, but he is also deputy director of science at MCB and head of the “National Cryo-EM facility“ at the Solaris synchrotron in Krakow.

Radosław Kwapiszewski, PhD Eng.

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Radosław Kwapiszewski, Ph.D. Eng – Lead Project Manager at the Foundation for Polish Science responsible for developing and implementing EU funding programs for Polish research organizations. He is also focused on implementing best practices of commercialization of university knowledge.

Radosław received his Ph.D. in biotechnology from Warsaw University of Technology, gaining previous research experience at the Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is an experienced manager of academic and industrial R&D projects on oncology, rare genetic disorders, and medical devices. He has 7 years of experience in a pharmaceutical company developing original and value-added medicines. He is fascinated by groundbreaking scientific projects that can shape patients’ future.

Radek Łapkiewicz, PhD

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Radek Lapkiewicz received his M.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Warsaw and Ph. D. degree from the University of Vienna in 2008 and 2012, respectively. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Vienna he was appointed assistant professor at the University of Warsaw, where since 2015 he heads the Quantum Imaging Lab at the Faculty of Physics. In 2018 he received the First TEAM grant from the Foundation for Polish Science that enabled him to start a research group and establish a close collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science.

His current research interests include spatially resolved photon counting techniques and their applications to imaging, in particular, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy and quantitative phase imaging. His goal is to develop fluorescence microscopy techniques that rely on quantum and nonlinear optical effects and apply them to bioimaging.

He co-authored more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals (including Science, Nature, Nat. Phot., PNAS, and PRL) cited >2000 times. For his work, he was awarded fellowships by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Foundation for Polish Science.

Prof. Wojciech Knap

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W. Knap obtained his master degree from Faculty of Physics – Warsaw University Poland and got a permanent assistant professor position at Experimental Solid State Physics Department . His PhD concerned the Terahertz (Far infrared) properties of narrow gap semiconductors HgTe and InSb. In 1987 he left to France and worked at University of Montpellier, Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Toulouse Pulsed High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Between 1999 and 2001 he worked at– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute USA. He obtained also a long term grant from Japan Society of Promotion of Science and spent a year at Tohoku University 2007-2008. He currently leads International Research Agenda -CENTERA at IHPP- Polish Academy of Sciences. His main scientific interests are : i) Fair Infrared-FIR (Terahertz - THz) properties of semiconductors, ii) Quantum phenomena in transport and iii)Terahertz Plasma excitations in nanostructures. He published more then 400 papers and his H factor is > 50. He is 2022 laureate of ERC advanced grant on THZ plasmonics.

Prof. Piotr Garstecki

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Co-founder of Scope Fluidics. Professor of chemistry and manager. He has led scientific technical projects in Poland and the United States, specializing in soft matter physics and microfluidic techniques. Passionate about organizational development and building value by creating technologies that solve important problems in healthcare.

Współzałożyciel Scope Fluidics. Profesor chemii oraz menadżer. Prowadził projekty naukowe i  techniczne w Polsce oraz w Stanach Zjednoczonych, specjalizując się w fizyce miękkiej materii  i technikach mikroprzepływowych. Pasjonat rozwoju organizacji i budowania wartości poprzez tworzenie technologii rozwiązujących ważne problemy w ochronie zdrowia.

Prof. Paweł Moskal

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Prof. Pawel Moskal is an inventor of positron emission tomography based on plastic scintillators and a method of positronium imaging. He conceived and headed a medical experiment demonstrating the first positronium image of the human brain. He is a Professor of physics and the head of the Cluster of Nuclear Physics Departments at the Jagiellonian University.

Prof. Moskal is a laureate of the Foundation for Polish Science in the START, MPD and TEAM programs. He won the Prime Minister’s award for his doctoral dissertation and a Gold Medal for the invention of the device for Positron Emission Tomography at the World Exhibition at Brussels Innova. He has co-authored 42 patents in Europe, the USA, and Japan, and more than 400 scientific articles. He supervised 27 successfully completed Ph.D. theses. In the years 2015-2017, he was a member of the SPSC Scientific Committee at CERN, and since 2020 he is a member of the Committee on Medical Physics, Radiobiology, and X-Ray Imaging, Polish Academy of Sciences. For his scientific achievements and inventions prof. Moskal was awarded many prizes including the Prime Minister Medal for Merit for Invention. Currently, he is heading the J-PET collaboration developing positronium imaging and constructing the cost-effective total-body PET.

Prof. Marcin Drąg

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Marcin Drąg was born in Świdnica (Poland) in 1975. He earned his M.Sc. degree from Department of Chemistry at University of Wroclaw in 1999 and next Ph.D. (2003) at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. In 2003 he was appointed Adjunct Professor at WUST. In years 2005-2008 he conducted postdoctoral research at The Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, CA (USA) in prof. Guy Salvesen laboratory. After coming back to Poland, in 2011 he received habilitation in chemistry and in 2016 Professor title. From January 2020 prof. Drąg is Head of Department of Chemical Biology and Bioimaging at WUST.

In 2019 prof. Drąg has received the 2019 Foundation for Polish Science Prize in the field of chemical and material sciences for developing a new technological platform for obtaining biologically active compounds, in particular proteolytic enzymes inhibitors.

Prof. Drag supervised seven Ph.D. students and 8 post-docs. He is an author of more than 100 publications in per-reviewed scientific journals (f.e.: Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Communications, Nature Protocols, Chemical Reviews, Journal of the American Chemical Society, PNAS, Cell Death & Differentiation).

Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski

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Maciej Wojtkowski (b.1975) is active in the field of biomedical imaging. His research interest includes optical coherence tomography and low coherence interferometry applied to biomedical imaging. Maciej Wojtkowski has significant impact on development of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). He is an author of more than 250 publications including more than 150 full papers in peer reviewed journals. During his academic career Maciej Wojtkowski served short internships in Vienna University and University of Kent. He also worked for two years as postdoctoral fellow in joint project between Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New England Eye Center. Currently prof Wojtkowski is a head of the Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems at Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences where he also leads his own research team (Physical Optics and Biophotonics Group). Recently he started to head the new Center of Excellence of the International Center for Translational Eye Research established at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Justyna Olko

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Justyna Olko is professor in the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw and director of its Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity. She specializes in ethnohistory, sociolinguistics, contact linguistics, language endangerment and revitalization as well as decolonizing research practices, with a special focus on Nahua language and culture. Author of Insignia of Rank in the Nahua World (University Press of Colorado, 2014), co-editor and co-author of Dialogue with Europe, Dialogue with the Past. Colonial Nahua and Quechua Elites in Their Own Words (University Press of Colorado & University of Utah, 2018), co-author of Loans in Colonial and Modern Nahuatl. A Contextual Dictionary (Mouton de Gruyter, 2020), and co-editor (with Julia Sallabank) and co-author of Revitalizing Endangered Languages. A Practical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2021). A recipient of Starting and Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (Europe and America in Contact, 2012-2017; Consolidator Grant: Multilingual worlds – neglected histories, 2022-2027) and the Team grant from the Foundation for Polish Science (2017-2022). Justyna Olko is a member of the Polish National Science Center Council (2018-2022) and was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2013), as well as a Burgen Fellowship by the Academia Europaea (2013). In 2020 she became a winner of the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year in social sciences and humanities for “Breaking the walls between Academy and local communities in favour of linguistic diversity”. More information at www.jolko.al.uw.edu.pl.

Prof. Jacek Jemielity

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Prof. Jacek Jemielity is the head of the Laboratory of Biological Chemistry at the Center for New Technologies UW. He develops methods to synthesize biologically important nucleotides, creates tools to modify nucleic acids useful in studies of genetic information expression and medical applications. He developed a method to obtain mRNA with properties necessary for therapeutic applications. His iventions are used in several clinical trials on cancer immunotherapy. He is the author of over 140 scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and co-authored 8 patents protecting his inventions. One of these technologies involving mRNA modification is used in clinical trials for cancer vaccines by BioNTech, Sanofi, Roche, Pfizer. He received the 2021 FNP Prize in chemistry. He is a scholarship holder of the Polityka weekly (2008) and and he was nominated in the competition organized by the EPO "European Inventor Award" 2018 in the category "Research". He is the co-founder and president of ExploRNA Therapeutics, a UW spin off company focused on developing mRNA modification technologies and developing innovative mRNA-based therapies.

Prof. Grzegorz Pietrzyński

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Prof. Grzegorz Pietrzyński works at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He has founded and directs the international Araucaria Project, which aims to calibrate the cosmic distance scale. He is also a leader and director of the Polish Astrophysical Observatory in Chile.

Pietrzyński authored or co-authored more than 400 scientific publications, which appeared in the most prestigious journals, such as Nature, Science, Astrophysical Journal, or Astronomical Journal, accruing more than 23,000 citations.

Moreover, Pietrzyński won several prestigious Polish and international research grants, including two European Research Council grants (ERC Advanced and Synergy), FOCUS and TEAM programmes of the Foundation for Polish Science, and NCN grants (Maestro, Beethoven, OPUS).

Prof. Bożena Kamińska-Kaczmarek

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Professor Bozena Kaminska (PhD) is head of Laboratory of Molecular neurobiology at the Nencki Institute (Warsaw) with interests in transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms underlying brain tumor pathogenesis and neuroinflammation. Since 2009 she is the director of the Postgraduate School of Molecular Medicine of the Medical University of Warsaw. Her international training encompasses a postdoctoral internship at the McGill University in Montreal, a visiting researcher at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA in Los Angeles and the visiting Nanshan Scholar professorship at the Medical University of Guangzhou. She is elected member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2016) and EMBO (2022). She was a principal investigator in 44 domestic and international research grants, including the National Science Center Maestro, Harmonia, Symphony, OPUS grants, National Center for Research and Development Strategmed 1, 2, 3, Foundation for Polish Science (Master, Team-Tech Core Facility) and ERANET grants. She supervised 27. Her achievements include 147 scientific publications and 10 chapters in books. In 2021 she received a prestigious FNP Award.

Prof. Anna Matysiak

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Anna Matysiak is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and the Head of Interdisciplinary Centre for Labour Market and Family Dynamics (LABFAM) at the University of Warsaw. She is PI of the ERC Consolidator Grant “Globalization- and Technology-Driven Labour Market Change and Fertility” (LABFER), Secretary General and Treasurer at the European Association of Population Studies and Editor in Chief of the Central European Economic Journal. Before she was Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Vienna Institute of Demography (2013-2019) and Assistant Professor a the Warsaw School of Economics (2009-2013). In 2018, she received a prestigious Dirk J. van de Kaa Award for Social Demography from the European Association for Population Studies. She obtained her PhD in Economics in 2009 and Habilitation in 2017 from the Warsaw School of Economics. She also received training in demography at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (2005-2007). Her main areas of expertise cover family and fertility change and its interrelationships with labour market dynamics from the interdisciplinary perspective.

Prof. Agnieszka Michota-Kamińska

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Agnieszka Kamińska is a professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences. She completed her PhD at the Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw in 2004. She is the leader of Plasmonic nanostructures for bio-spectroscopic analysis group. The subject of her research is focusing on the Raman vibrational and the surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, as well as the surface plasmon resonance for the detection and identification of biomolecules (e.g. protein, DNA, viruses, antigens, antibodies, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells) for analytical and medical applications. In addition, the group of prof. Kaminska is involved in the development of innovative SERS platforms based on femtosecond laser-modified silicon, polymer layers created by electrospinning or polymer membranes with nanopores.

Michał Zawada, PhD habil.

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Michał Zawada is the Associate Professor in UMK, director of National Laboratory FAMO in Toruń (KL FAMO) and the PI of the ultra-cold matter experimental group. His group, i.a., designed and build the first Bose-Einstein condensate set-up, created the first ultra-cold molecules, and designed and build the first two Optical Lattice Clocks in Poland. His group reported the most accurate at that time, absolute measurement of the 1S0 - 3P0 clock transition in neutral 88Sr made over the 330 km-long stabilized fibre optic link. In parallel, his group develops and operates the dual species HgRb magneto-optical trap. Their research conducted during FNP TEAM project was focused on the study of fine-structure constant variations, and on improving limits on the Higgs-portal coupling between dark scalars particles, topological defects and Standard Model matter. More recently, his group is developing next generation of optical atomic clocks, active standards based on a superradiance phenomena.

Michał Szymański, PhD habil.

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Prof. Michał Roman Szymański obtained his degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Houston, USA. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas. As the Jeane B. Kempner Postdoctoral Fellow, he worked at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and later Department of Pharmacology of the University of Texas Medical Branch. His work contributed to understanding the mechanisms of bacterial DNA replication and repair, the structural basis of human mitochondrial DNA replication, and toxicity associated with the use of antiviral drugs. In 2017, he received POLONEZ (NCN) and FIRST TEAM (FNP) grants and joined the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk (IFB UG-MUG) as a Structural Biology Group Leader. He obtained his habilitation in 2019 and became the Head of the Structural Biology Laboratory at IFB UG-MUG. He won the prestigious EMBO Installation Grant (2018), ERC Starting Grant (2019), and EMBO Small Pilot Grant (2022). He is an author of more than 25 original publications in Science, Nature Communications, PNAS, EMBO Journal, JBC and JMB.

Marcin Pawłowski, PhD

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Marcin Pawłowski obtained his PhD at University of Gdańsk in 2010. Shortly afterwards he was awarded EPSRC scholarship at University of Bristol where he worked as a postdoc. In 2013 he returned to his Alma Mater to start his own team. Currently he is the head of Quantum Cybersecurity and Communications Group at ICTQT. The focus of his group is on improving the security of quantum communication protocols. He is also one of the founders of SeQure SpA, and Quantum Cybersecurity Group companies delivering quantum cryptographic solutions.

Marcin Kuźniak, PhD habil.

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Marcin Kuźniak’s PhD work, supported jointly by Jagiellonian University and Paul Scherrer Institute, was on experiments with cold/ultracold neutrons. From 2009 he was employed in Canada at Queen’s and then Carleton Universities, focusing on direct search for Dark Matter with a liquid argon detector, DEAP-3600, located 2 km underground at SNOLAB. He was in charge of the analysis of data and publication of the first results. In July 2019 he returned to Poland to lead a research group at Astrocent. He is also coordinating the Horizon 2020 Twinning project DarkWave, jointly with French, Italian and German partners. Following his habilitation in 2021, he was promoted to Associate Professor.

Kuźniak’s group develops experimental techniques (incl. wavelength-shifting materials) used in dark matter searches and neutrino experiments. The group is active in the Global Argon Dark Matter Collaboration, and responsible for the light collection system for the DarkSide-20k detector, currently under construction.

Marcin Hejka

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Marcin Hejka - co-founder and General Partner at OTB Ventures, which invests in deep-tech enterprises in the area of spacetech, enterprise AI automation, fintech infrastructure and cyber security related to the CEE region. Previously, he spent 18 years at Intel Capital where he served as VP, as a Global Investment Committee member and Managing Director responsible for investment activity within EMEA and India. In 2004-2010, he was the Vice-President of the Polish Association of Capital Investors. In the years 1995 - 1999 served as Vice-President of the Poland Growth Fund. He was a member of the Supervisory Boards of a number of companies, including: AVG, Mall.cz, WP.pl, Sigfox, Ozon, Fortumo, Centrum.cz, KupiVIP, Elmodis, Speaktoit (APi.ai), Index.hu, CG Trader, Nokta , Elmodis, Bank Komunalny S.A., Kredyt Bank S.A., Agora S.A. and Dromex S.A. He studied at the University of Gdańsk.

Jan Habermann

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Jan Habermann is a founding partner of Credo Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm based in Prague, Czech Republic. At Credo, we invest in outstanding technology founders from central Europe, helping them to realize their global ambitions. Jan is a Kauffman Fellow, a highly sought-after program and network dedicated to the world of innovation investing

Grzegorz Soboń, PhD habil.

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Grzegorz Soboń, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

Grzegorz Soboń is an associate professor at Wrocław University of Science and Technology. He received his doctoral degree and habilitation in 2013 and 2018, respectively. His research interests focus on ultrafast fiber lasers, nonlinear fiber optics, optical frequency combs, and laser spectroscopy. He is a co-author of many original constructions of laser systems, e.g., ultrafast graphene-based fiber lasers, compact fiber-based mid-infrared frequency combs for spectroscopy, and femtosecond fiber lasers in the visible spectral region for biomedical imaging. He is an author/co-author of more than 100 papers in JCR-indexed journals (cited >4000 times). In 2018, he established the Optical Frequency Comb Spectroscopy Group at  Wrocław University of Science and Technology, a research group that develops novel types of compact fiber-based optical frequency combs in the mid-infrared spectral range, suitable for field deployment and outside-lab operation.

Danuta Gutowska-Owsiak, PhD habil.

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Danuta Gutowska-Owsiak, M.D., PhD, D. Sc.

Professor at the University of Gdańsk

After graduating from the Medical University in Gdańsk, Danuta undertook research training at the University of Liverpool (PhD in 2010). In 2009 she joined the MRC Human Immunology Unit and the group of Prof. Graham Ogg at the prestigious Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford. There, she investigated the epidermal barrier and immunity of the skin during allergic inflammation in atopic dermatitis and basic mechanisms of the skin barrier formation; in 2017 she was distinguished with the “Young Investigator Award” by the British Society for Investigative Dermatology for her research contribution.

After 14 years abroad, in 2017, Danuta returned to Poland with her family to establish a new research group at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG-MUG (University of Gdańsk-Medical University of Gdańsk). This was possible with generous funding, i.e., the First TEAM, collaborative and equipment grants from the Foundation for Polish Science as well as the homing Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellowship Polonez and Sonata BIS grants from the National Science Centre (>10 mln PLN in total).

Danuta and her team have developed an extensive research programme in immunology in the skin and beyond, investigating mechanism of antigen presentation and communication between cells in the context of allergy, infection, and cancer as well as the biology of the skin barrier. The team carries out both basic and translational research combining immunology with nanotechnology to propose novel therapeutic strategies.

Bartosz Wawrzynów, PhD

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Bartosz Wawrzynów is a senior researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the biotech industry. Presently, he is a Tech Transfer Coordinator at the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and a Portfolio Manager at FNP Ventures, an investment vehicle of which the principal and sole shareholder is FNP. FNP Ventures operates in a Fund of Funds (FoF) capacity. Currently FNP Ventures is an active Limited Partner in four Venture Capital (VC) funds encompassing over sixty companies in portfolio support. At the same time FNP Ventures aims provide technological scouting and due diligence support in the deal flow pipelines of said VCs.

In parallel Bartosz is a Scientific Consultant at Caspar Asset Management, an agile, lean Hedge Fund. Within Caspar, Bartosz is directly involved in scientific due diligence of Life Science / Biotech/ Medtech – NASDAQ listed companies representing innovative segments, such as: I-O, bi-specifics, CAR-Ts, gene editing. He oversees the portfolio in terms of their R&D pipeline, core science output, FDA Clinical Trial(s) progress, IP portfolio / freedom to operate & partnerships.

He is a keen networking builder with the intent of establishing bridges that hold and strengthen knowledge exchange frameworks. An advocate of the notion that start-ups should be perceived as temporary organizations designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.

Graduate Cum Laude, MSc – University of Warsaw
PhD – University of Edinburgh

Anna Kajetanowicz, PhD habil.

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Anna Kajetanowicz received Master degree from Warsaw University of Technology, under the supervision of prof. Andrzej Jończyk, and PhD degree from the Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS, under the supervision of prof. Mieczysław Mąkosza. She did two postdoctoral fellowships, first in prof. Karol Grela’s group in Warsaw and the second with prof. Thomas R. Ward in Basel. Next, she returned to IChO PAS and in 2015 she moved to the University of Warsaw. Since 2018 she is deputy director of the Laboratory of Organometallic Synthesis at the Biological and Chemical Research Centre. In 2021 she completed her Habilitation. In the same year she was awarded the Swietoslawski Prize by the Warsaw Division of the Polish Chemical Society. Dr. Kajetanowicz is a co-author of more than sixty papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as four patent applications.

Alicja Chmielewska, PhD

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Alicja Chmielewska, PhD – graduated with MSc  from Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology at University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk in 2006. During her PhD studies at Department of Molecular Biology of Viruses, at University of Gdansk she conducted a 2 year internship at the CEINGE-Biotecnologie Avanzate in Naples, Italy. She performed research on the use of adenovirus vectors as vaccine against hepatitis C virus as a part of HEPACIVAC Sixth Framework EU project. She continued studies at the Department of Molecular Biology of Viruses, laboratory of prof. Krystyna Bieńkowska-Szewczyk. In 2018-2022 she was a PI of REINTEGRATION grant funded by Foundation for Polish Science, focusing on the role of interferon induced proteins in viral infections, including COVID-19.

Agata Karska, PhD

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Assistant professor and group leader in the Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) in Poland, on leave in the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. She graduated in 2014 from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She obtained several awards for her research in molecular astrophysics, e.g., the "For Women in Science" award in Germany (2012), the Polish magazine "Polityka"  (2015), and the START fellowship of the FNP (2015). She coordinated several projects at NCU, e.g., concerning international exchange of Ph.D. students and academic staff and International Academic Partnerships. She played a key role in the NCU application in the ''Excellence Initiative - Research University" program and its successful implementation as the Rector's deputy for scientific excellence and the Rector's deputy for the implementation of the research university strategy (2019-2020). She has served in the Science Policy Committee (2020-2021), and since 2021 in the University Board of NCU.

Adrian Kobiela

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Adrian Kobiela graduated from University College London with an Msc degree in 2016. There, he carried out his Master’s project on the role of the SNX27 protein in endosomal recycling of proteins under the supervision of prof. Josef Kittler. He then moved on to work as a research assistant at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw and was involved in projects investigating the formation of neuromuscular junctions. Currently Adrian is working towards his PhD degree in the Laboratory of Experimental and Translational Immunology at the University of Gdańsk where he is focusing on elucidating the role of keratinocyte-derived small extracellular vesicles in the interaction with the immune system in atopic dermatitis. His work is supervised by the head of the Laboratory prof. Danuta Gutowska-Owsiak.


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Registration is required for all conference participants
and is possible until 28.09.2022.

Poster Session Abstracts

Abstract submission is closed.
The deadline of abstract submission is 11.09.2022.
We are pleased to announce the possibility of late abstract submission from September 12th to September 25th. At the same time, please take into consideration that when submitting an abstract within this period, it will not be possible to submit it to the oral presentation session entitled „Research results based on international cooperation of the FNP funded grants”. All other options will remain without changes (including the abstract in the Abstract Book and participation in the poster session).

Information will be soon

Technical information regarding poster set-up

We recommend printing B1 size posters (70 cm - width x 100 cm-height ), oriented vertically (one-sided overprint).

Each poster will be assigned to an exhibition display panel (80 cm x 110 cm).

The posters set-up is scheduled for 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. (1st day of the conference) and 9.30 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. (2nd day of the conference). We will assist you in setting up your posters and provide all the materials necessary for this purpose.

Since the conference will be attended by English-speaking participants, we recommend preparing posters in English.


You can find all information about the conference in our dedicated application



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Entrance Gate 1


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Please visit https://jakdojade.pl for travel information.

Tram: Rondo Waszyngtona stop, lines: 7, 8, 9, 22, 24, 45, 77.

Bus: Rondo Waszyngtona stop, lines: 102, 111, 117, 123, 128, 146, 147, 158, 166, 507, 509, 517, 521, N02, N22, N24, N72.

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The closest hotels:



Renata Sieroń
e-mail: sieron@fnp.org.pl
tel.: +48 22 845 95 36

Katarzyna Pronobis
e-mail: pronobis@fnp.org.pl
tel.: +48 22 845 95 09

belka POIR_en_
The 4th Interdisciplinary FNP Conference is co-financed by the European Union under
the European Regional Development Fund within the Smart Growth Operational Programme.