The Polish Science Contact Agency – PolSCA Office activities in 2018



In 2018, the PolSCA Office team actively participated in over 70 seminars, conferences and study visits. Among them, a seminar devoted to Polish business representations in Brussels is certainly worth of  mentioning. The first part of the meeting took place in the European Parliament and included the presentation of foreign stations of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris and Brussels as subjects implementing the tasks of scientific diplomacy. The results of research published in the book “Representation of economic and social interests in the EU” [PL: Reprezentacja interesów gospodarczych i społecznych w UE], edited by U. Kurczewska and K. Jasiecki were also presented. The second part of the seminar, organized in cooperation with the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland in Brussels, was the debate entitled “Lobbying in the EU” with the participation of authors of the above mentioned monograph and employees of the EU institutions.


In addition, together with the Polish Embassy in Brussels, the PolSCA Office co-organized a conference “Women in Science. Past and Present”. PolSCA was also a partner of the event “3Revolution: Reduce-Reuse-Recover”, during which the director of PolSCA Office – Małgorzata Molęda-Zdziech, participated in the discussion panel entitled “Poland for European Innovations”. What should also be emphasized, is the active participation of the PolSCA Office in the 8th European Forum of New Ideas (EFNI) in Sopot, under which M. Molęda-Zdziech moderated the panel on Polish lobbying in Brussels and participated in a panel discussion on Polish business leaders. PolSCA Office was also present at the Science Festival in Jabłonna. As part of the IGLO network (Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices), the so-called IGLO OPEN seminar was organized and chaired by the PolSCA, covering the issue of the Horizon Europe.  The Office was involved in co-organizing a training on framework programs for international project administrators from Polish research institutions. In 2018 a series of meetings for representatives of Polish regional offices in Brussels was initiated – the topic of one of ten meetings was the issue of “smart cities”.  A very fruitful cooperation was established with the Polish Academy of Sciences Office in Paris, under which two study visits, the presentation of both stations in the European Parliament and a debate on scientific diplomacy in practice during the Science Festival in Jabłonna took place.


More information about the activities of the remaining scientific stations of the Polish Academy of Sciences can be found at the link:




Polska Akademia Nauk

Report by the Polonium Foundation “Beyond recognition: Polish scientific diaspora as a source of social capital”



Do you know that every second polish scientist working abroad does not intend to return to Poland? The return is considered by less than one-third of respondents (27 percent). Among those who want to stay abroad (47%), more than half see benefits in networking and cooperating with scientists from Poland, yet only 6% is actively looking for these contacts. The lack of cooperation between scientists results from the lack of opportunities to make contact – this is the opinion of the authors of the report, experts from the Polonium Foundation.


Between October 2017 and October 2018, Polonium experts have polled 464 Polish scientists working abroad (Polish scientific diaspora) in 31 countries, at all career stages, recent and long-term migrants. They were asked about links with the Polish scientific community abroad and in Poland, potential benefits from these contacts, as well as attitudes to return migration. The resulting study constitutes the largest snapshot of the Polish scientific diaspora in recent years.


Experts from the Polonium Foundation believe that the results obtained during the survey of the Polish scientific diaspora and presented in the form of a report testify, among others, about insufficient attempts of Polish institutions in creating opportunities for cooperation between Polish scientists in the country and abroad. As the report stresses, the national strategy of internationalization of science in Poland should not be based only on encouraging scientists to return  – its important pillar should be building a network of contacts with people who do not want to come back to the country. Foundation experts point out that this type of cooperation can improve the international image of Polish research performing organisations (RPOs) and their academic achievements, as well as help Poles successfully apply for many EU grants, especially within the forthcoming Horizon Europe. This in turn, could lead to closing the research and innovation gap between EU15 and EU13.


A full report (inc. supplementary figures) can be downloaded directly via Polonium Foundation website:

Sources of information:

Fundacja Polonium

Nauka w Polsce/Katarzyna Florencka

Science PR/Natalia Osica

ERA Chairs Group Leader position at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland


The International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw (IIMCB) invites applications for the position of a Group Leader with a planned starting date in November 2018.

Deadline for applications is October 31st, 2018.

Open competition for ERA Chairs Group Leader_IIMCB

Flyer_ERA Chairs Group Leader

Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union


The call for feeback on different aspects of future research and innovation missions was published by the European Commission. The results will feed into the preparatory work for the post-2020 EU R&I programme and its implementation.

We invite all the stakeholders to take part!

PolSCA participates already in this process.


Position Statement by the V4 Academies of Sciences on Framework Programme 9


The Academies of Sciences of the Visegrad countries took part in the public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market and elaborated the position paper on Framework Programme 9.


Did you know? EU funded research is shaping your future


Science and technology touch almost every part of our daily lives. The food we eat, the medicines we take and healthcare we receive, transport, communications, protecting our environment, how we work and how we play: the list is endless! This is why each year the European Union is helping scientists, researchers and innovators from across Europe to work together. Because by working together we can achieve more. Today, the EU is funding thousands of active projects involving scientists, technologists and engineers. This short booklet highlights just a few examples of the impact their work is having on our daily lives.

Study Visit of the representatives of the Scientific Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris


On February the 28th and March the 1nd PolSCA hosted dr hab. Macieja Forycki, the director of the Scientific Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris  with collborators: Aneta Bassa, Katarzyna Kula, Robert Górski and Ernest Marcinkiewicz. The visit was the opportunity to present activities of both entities and discuss future common projects.





Science, Research and Innovation Performance of the EU (SRIP) report 2018


HORIZON 2020 – key facts and figures 2014-2016

The brochure “Horizon 2020 In Full Swing -Three Years On – Key facts and figures 2014-2016” provides a snapshot of the programme’s main achievements, taking into account more than 300 calls for proposals. For the first time, some early trends can be glimpsed from the year-on-year evolution of key monitoring data such as success rates, SME participation, and project evaluation.
The brochure “Horizon 2020 In Full Swing -Three Years On – Key facts and figures 2014-2016” is available at:
Source: European Commission

Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market


The European Commission has opened a consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market.

Consultation period: 10 January – 8 March 2018.

Target group:
All citizens, organisations and stakeholders with an interest and/or involvement in issues related to investment, entrepreneurship, research, innovation and SMEs are welcome to respond to this consultation.

Public consultation:

Source: EC

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