What is SPP?

Science: Polish Perspectives is a popular science conference directed at young researchers, PhD students and undergraduates of Polish origin, conducting their research at universities and institutes outside of Poland. This year, it will be two days in Oxford, packed with amazing posters, talks and workshops on every scientific discipline, ranging from the limits of quantum interference to the question of ownership of mammoth’s DNA.


Because we believe in two things: that doing Science is also about its popularisation and that Polish scientists abroad need a sense of community. The myth of a dirty lab coat researcher is appealing, but the Conference is here to show the real, entertaining, and inspiring face of Science. As (most of us) are of Polish origin, we are also sharing the experience of doing research abroad. In an attempt to gather all those puzzle pieces from all over the World in a single place we invite you to Oxford – your piece will surely fit in!

Saying that SPP will change your life may sound like an exaggeration, but we have the data to back up our view: some of us chose a different career path, others started a succesfull scientific colaboration and some even met their spouses!

SPP Workshops

Stratospheric balloon workshop
by Maciej Jakimiec and Jedrzej Gorski, Copernicus Project & FREDE Project

Goal: To design, build, and test in the Earth’s atmosphere a simple space probe.

Course of action: You will learn basics about balloon and rocket missions in so called near space. We are about to build a small space probe from common components which will monitor and document atmospheric conditions on its way up. Workshop will take place on 18th of November and launch will take place at noon on 20th of November.

The elevator pitch — the art of convincing the world in 45 seconds
by Olle Bergman

Goal: Learn how to explain yourself, your activities and your ambitions in a concise and effective way.

Course of action: No matter if you’re an early career scientist, a young entrepreneur or a junior policymaker: an effective elevator pitch can make things happen faster in your professional life. The workshop leader Olle Bergman will take you through the process of picking the right content, shape some convincing messages and choose the right wording to make your pitch punchy and memorable. This exercise is likely to boost your self-confidence and make you feel what a great person you are.

Business revolution on Mars by the Boston Consulting Group

Wondering how far one can go? Let’s take Mars as our first objective. Imagine you have a chance to make a fundamental breakthrough and use the fourth planet to revolutionize the market. We bet you are interested! Sign up for our unique workshop and work in small teams to make Mars a lucrative space for business. This amazing workshop will be provided by BCG Consultants from the Warsaw office. Invitations for shortened application process and awesome prizes in BCG Poland are waiting for the best teams!

Join us at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford this Autumn!

If you are thinking of sharing your research with others, we would be delighted for you to talk about it, or present it on a poster. However, if you are more about hearing others, seeing what the original Science is all about, or just networking while having a few bagels – join us as a Participant!


 SPP2016 Keynote Speakers

Artur Chmielewski
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
CA, United States

Gosia Trynka
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Cambridge, UK

Mariusz Ratajczak
Univeristy of Louisville School of Medicine / James Graham Brown Cancer Center
KY, United States



Krzysztof Kaczmarek

Krzysztof Kaczmarek
University of Oxford
Quantum technologies – a 21st century revolution?

Michal Barski

Michal Barski
Imperial College London
Viral machines: one millionth our size and beating us

Marcin Józef Suskiewicz

Marcin Józef Suskiewicz
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna Biocenter (VBC), Vienna, Austria
Re-imagining This Thing Called Science

Michał Fortuna

Michał Fortuna
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, German Primate Center, Goettingen, Germany
Shining light on neurons: application of optogenetics from rodents to non-human primates

Michał Kępa

Michał Kępa
The University of Edinburgh
Plastics – an environmental threat or a solution to global energy crisis?

Marek Kopicki

Marek Kopicki
University of Birmingham
Challenges in autonomous robotic manipulation

Piotr Szwedziak

Piotr Szwedziak
ETH Zürich
Investigating very tiny things inside tiny living organisms

Piotr Wasylczyk

Piotr Wasylczyk
University of Warsaw, currently at UCL
Walking soft robots, small and… smaller

Ewa Siwicka

Ewa Siwicka
Aberystwyth University
Do we need to choose between nature conservation and people’s well-being? Searching for an optimal solution in Madagascar

Andrzej Kaczorowski

Andrzej Kaczorowski
University of Cambridge, Penteract28 Ltd.
Real-time Holography – Dream or Reality?

Andrzej Wolniewicz

Andrzej Wolniewicz
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
Sea Monsters Emerge – a palaeontologist’s perspective on evolutionary biology

Ewa Nowicka

Ewa Nowicka
Technical University Berlin/Cardiff University
In the times of ‘Gold rush’

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