Mark C. Mifsud

Director of the Centre for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) University of Malta

Associate Professor and the Director of the Centre for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) at the University of Malta. He has  more than 25 years teaching experience and  he designed and currently coordinates both the Master in Education for Sustainable Development (MESD) and the Certificate in Environmental Interpretation and Education (CEEI).  Mark is a Chartered Biologist, a Chartered Environmental Scientist, a Chartered Science Teacher, a Certified Wildlife Photographer and a Prince II Certified Practitioner with a wide range of experience in Environmental Education and  Education for Sustainable Development

Mark drafted management plans for nature parks, reviewed EIAs, performed stakeholder analyses and  advised on ODZ applications as an independent member on the NHAC board within MEPA. Mark was entrusted as a member on various national and international boards including the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) and the National Education for Sustainable Development Strategy Committee (NESDS),   He is the Chief Examiner (worldwide) of the International Baccalaureate ‘Environmental Systems and Societies’ and is also the Deputy head of the European School of Sustainability Science and Research based in Hamburg. Mark participated in a number of EU funded projects including MarinERA, 3EMI, SeasERA, EduChange and TEDS and has drawn up a number of technical reports for a number of private and government entities.

Mark held academic posts at the University of Ca Foscari Venice, Italy, at SNHU, James Madison and NU in the US and at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon. In the last 10 years Mark has published in journals including Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainability, Environmental Sciences and Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability. Mark has published a number of books, edited two volumes of the World Sustainability Series by Springer,  and co-edited the  academic SDG book series by Emerald. Mark was the Convener of 1st World Symposium on Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development, (Malta,  2017) and of the 1st National Symposium of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Education (April, 2022). In addition to reviewing papers for a number of academic journals in the field, Mark is the current Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE), and Guest Editor for special journal editions of both Sustainability and  Environment and Society. His current research interests focus on pro-environmental behavior modelling and policy, effective environmental education, transformative pedagogies and in sustainable development goals implementation.

Manuel Larran Jorge

Department of Financial Economics and Accounting University of Cádiz

University Professor of the Department of Financial Economics and Accounting at the Faculty of Economics and Business Siences of (at) The University of Cádiz.

The Rector’s Delegate for Strategic Development (since 2020).

Among the awards and distinctions he has received in researches, the following should be highlighted:

Best Accounting Project (Work) Award (1993) awarded by the Center for Financial Studies, José María Fernández Pirla Award (2001), granted by the Institute of Accounting and Auditing (Audit) of Accounts, and the Prize for the best research work granted by the magazine SA Journal of Accounting Research (2003).

He is currently working on the project Integrated Information Framework on Andalusian Public Companies (Enterprises) which has been financed by the operational program ERDF Andalusia 2014-2020 (the ERDF operational program Andalusia 2014-2020) and the company Chiclana Natural through the City Council of Chiclana.

It can be highlighted the management of 16 master theses, 6 of which are directly related to the field of SR. As well there has been issued more than 100 publications in national and international impact journals, largely related to social responsibility, sustainability and transparency of organizations

Sylwia Mrozowska

Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Development, University of Gdańsk

Sylwia Mrozowska is a political scientist and an academic tutor as well as a professor at the University of Gdańsk and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Gdańsk.

She serves as the editor-in-chief at the Research Institute for European Policy Publishing House as well as reviews articles for many scientific journals.

Sylwia is a member of the Scientific Council at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, Team Europe Poland, and PLATENSO as well as of the following working groups: social education, staff training and development at the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Sylwia has managed, coordinated and developed scientific research and development projects, including the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Centre for Research and Development, Horizon 2020, Interreg South Baltic, the Jean Monnet Programme, the European Social Fund – Human Capital Operational Programme, the Europe for Citizens Programme, the Youth in Action Programme, Rozwój Polskich Uczelni (the Development of Polish Universities), the Scholarship and Training Fund, and Visegrad Grants.

Not only does she provide expert advice to the Polish Ecological Club but she also serves as an expert evaluating projects within the following programs: Horizon 2020, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA), the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, and Regional Operational Programmes.

Sylwia is also a scholarship holder of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as well as of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA).

Her research interests focus on:

Social and political conditions for the development of energy technologies, development strategy, lobbying, and civic participation

Krzysztof Szczepaniak

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development of the University of Gdańsk

Krzysztof Szczepaniak holds a PhD in economics with specialization in management sciences and works as an assistant professor at the Department of Investment and Real State at the Faculty of Management at the University of Gdańsk. From 2019 to 2020 he was the Head of the Department of Investment and Real State.

Krzysztof has gained professional experience holding managerial positions at financial institutions and local government units as well as leading teams of several dozen people.

Moreover, he was a member of the JESSICA Investment Board at the Marshal Office of the Pomorskie Voivodship (2010–2016); an energy expert at the Pomeranian Investment Board for Repayable Financial Instruments (2017–2020); and Vice-President of the Board of the following special purpose vehicle:  Techtransbalt Sp. z o. o. (2014–2021).

Krzysztof provided expert advice to the Research Executive Agency at the European Commission in Brussels (2018–2021).

In addition to being a member of the editorial board and a reviewer for several scientific journals, Krzysztof evaluates research, implementation, and socio-economic projects co-funded by: Horizon 2020, the Pomorskie Voivodeship Regional Operational Programme, and other initiatives.

Not only has he managed and developed numerous research and didactic projects but he has also participated in research and teaching internships held in Finland and Portugal.

Krzysztof is an honorary member and co-creator of the Gdansk Tourism Organization as well as a member of the Gdansk Scientific Society, the Real Estate Scientific Society, and the Professor Brunon Synak Pomeranian Research Institute.

His research interests include:

Enterprise investment management, innovation management, socio-economic development of the region, the implementation of sustainable development policies, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka

Head in the Division of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Psychology of Gender at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gdańsk

Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka  works as an Associate Professor and head in the Division of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Psychology of Gender at the University of Gdańsk (Poland). Her main area of research and practice is cross-cultural psychology of gender and her special interests are social change and cultural cues fostering gender equality within societies across the world. Currently she is a PI in Towards Gender Harmony project, in which over 100 collaborators in 62 countries are testing the contemporary understanding of masculinity and femininity ( and EQUAMAN – project investigating the relationship between masculine norms and men’s well being.   She also applies her academic expertise into practitioners work as diversity & inclusion trainer. She lectures at Polish universities but also abroad (Arctic University of Norway, Tromso, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge; University of Brunel, Uxbridge, London; Universidad de Granada; Spain; Delhi University, India). As a visiting professor she has visited Sussex University, UK (2019, 1-month visit) and KU Leuven, Belgium (2021, 4-month visit).

She is an active member and Regional Representative for Europe of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)  and European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). Currently she is an active member of the organizing team of IACCP Culture & Psychology Summer School.

As diversity expert she also co-authored the Integrative Model for Migrants for City of Gdańsk.

Thomas Aiello

Professor of history and Africana studies at Valdosta State University

Thomas Aiello is a professor of history and Africana studies at Valdosta State University. He is the author of more than twenty books on American history. He holds PhDs in history and anthrozoology, and he also writes about the relationship between humans and animals, in particular the role of speciesism and human supremacy in creating vulnerabilities for nonhuman animals.

Monika Szuba

Department of English Literature Research, Institute of English and American Studies, Faculty of Philology, University of Gdańsk

Associate Professor, University of Gdańsk

Literary scholar, academic tutor, translator.

Employed at the Institute of English and American Studies in the Department of English Literature Research.

Author of the scholarly monograph Contemporary Scottish Poetry and the Natural World: Burnside, Jamie, Robertson and White (Edinburgh University Press 2019). Editor of Boundless Scotland: Space in Scottish Fiction (University of Gdańsk Press 2015). Co-editor of The Poetics of Space and Place in Scottish Literature (Palgrave 2019), Reading Victorian Literature: Essays in Honour of J. Hillis Miller (Edinburgh University Press 2019), and Literary Invention and the Cartographic Imagination: Early Modern to Late Modern (Brill 2022).

Magdalena Żadkowska

Division of Sociology of Everyday Life, Institute of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gdansk

She graduated from sociology at the University of Gdansk and cultural studies at Jagiellonian University. Ph.D. in sociology, with a doctorate from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. She works as an assistant professor at the University of Gdansk.

She is involved in the implementation of equality solutions in academic institutions (Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 projects: STARBIOS2, RESBIOS, ActOnGender, MindTheGEP, REWIRING), in the local environment (Gdańsk Migrant Integration Model, Gdańsk Equality Model), in the business environment (GFKM, Intel, l’Oreal) and research and academia (Trust across borders: State institutions, families and child welfare services in Poland and Norway, funded by EEA, OPUS 21 NCN MASCULINITY NAVIGATOR – unpacking the relationship between masculine roles, well-being, and gender equality (EQUAMAN) (2021/41/B/HS6/00617), Sonata Bis 8 NCN (Principle Investigator) Till death do us part…. Everyday life practices of 50-64 year old couples with at least 20 years’ of common life experience, UMO-2018/30/E/HS6/00159, HARMONY 6 NCN Toward Gender Harmony – Understanding the Relationship between Masculinity Threat and Gender Equality Across Cultures.

Co-author of the Gender Equality Policy Implementation Plan at the University of Gdansk. Equality activities for 2022-2023

Ramūnas Povilanskas

Sport, Recreation and Tourism Department, Klaipėda University

 Affiliation: Sport, Recreation and Tourism Department, Klaipėda University

The research interests of Prof. Hab. Dr Ramūnas Povilanskas include investigations of coastal sustainability conditions in the situation od accelerating climate change and the application of the Actor-Network Theory for the seaside tou

Bożena Ewa Matusiak

Head of the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz

Postdoctoral degree in management sciences (2016).

Employed as a university professor in the Department of Computer Science, she is head of the Department of Data Analysis and Intelligent Systems at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz. Her interests are mainly in the fields of sustainability, renewable and prosumer energy, flexible demand management and smart city development and digitization, smart systems development and she is interested in organizational culture, social responsibility, and Green HRM.

She has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific publications. She has participated in international research projects. She is also head of the Center for Sustainability Studies at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz.

Vincent Caruana

The Centre for Environmental Education and Research University of Malta

Vincent Caruana’s mission in life is to inspire people to take action for a better self and a better world.

In 2014, he obtained his PhD, focusing on education for sustainability and the social economy, through four case studies, in Egypt, Malta, Italy and Palestine. Vince is currently a full-time lecturer and researcher at CEER – Malta’s University Centre for Environmental Education and Research. He is active in the Social and Development scene locally and at a European level and is an established mentor, trainer and evaluator for various organisations.

Igor Julian Mitroczuk

Kozminski University

From 1992 – 2003 SGH lecturer in economics (micro and macro-economics for full-time undergraduate and advanced, part-time studies)

From 2004 – 2007 SGH doctoral thesis (macroeconomics, growth theory)

From 2007 – until now ALK lecturer in economics and management (full-time studies, elective courses, MBA, postgraduate studies in sustainable development)

From 1998 – until now government employee since 2001 member of the civil service corps

Ministry of Economy – Director of the Department of Promotion, Minister’s Counselor – economic promotion, cluster and network development, since 2012 Ministry of Environment, Deputy Director of the Department of Sustainable Development, Minister’s Counselor – international cooperation of the Ministry

In the thematic area of Climate and Energy, he participated in the delegations of the Minister of Environment in 3 UNFCCC conferences (Warsaw, Paris, Katowice), participated in the development of strategic documents of the Ministry. He teachs students in the field of economics of sustainable development and energy economics at ALK. As part of his work at IOŚ-PIB, he deals with climate and energy issues, including being the head of postgraduate studies in Climate and Energy organized by IOŚ-PIB.

Rick Dolphijn

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University

Rick Dolphijn is Associate Professor at Utrecht University (Faculty of Humanities) and Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong (Faculty of Arts). He has published widely on ecology, philosophy and the arts. Currently he is a PI in two internationally funded research projects. His last monograph is The Philosophy of Matter (Bloomsbury 2021).

Omar Grech

Department of International Law, Faculty of Laws, University of Malta

Dr Omar Grech is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of International Law, Faculty of Laws, University of Malta.  He served as the first Director of the Centre for the Study and Practice and Conflict Resolution between 2017 and 2022. He lectures on various issues of public international law including international human rights law, international criminal law, diplomatic law as well as human rights and conflict resolution.

Irena Chawrilska

The Centre for Sustainable Development of the University of Gdańsk

Irena Chawrilska holds a PhD in literary studies and serves as the Director of the Academic Center of the Polish Language and Culture at the University of Gdańsk. She is an academic tutor and an assistant professor at the Department of Applied Polish Studies of the Institute of Polish Philology. From 2013 to 2018 she was an editor, secretary and member of the editorial board of the journal “Język–Szkoła–Religia” (Language-School-Religion). Moreover, Irena works as an examiner authorized to act in the capacity of the exam committee chair during the Certificate Examinations in Polish as a Foreign Language. In addition to teaching Polish as a foreign language, she also teaches Polish, philosophy, and ethics.

She is a member of the Schulzian Laboratory at the University of Gdańsk and of the “Bristol” Association of Polish and Foreign Teachers of Polish Culture and Polish as a Foreign Language.

Irena has published widely in the area of Polish glottodidactics, interdisciplinary and comparative literature, and esthetics.

Her research interests focus on:

Literature and art in teaching Polish as a foreign language, migration experience in the process of education, SDG literature and art, the esthetics of intermediality and transmediality,
the phenomenon of hybridity in culture, experimental literature, and the international reception of Bruno Schulz’s works

Elżbieta Czapka

The Centre for Sustainable Development of the University of Gdańsk

Elżbieta Czapka holds a PhD in sociology and works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Gdańsk. Elżbieta was a member of the Management Committee at: COST Action ISO 603 “HOME” (Health and Social Care of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe 2007–2011), COST Europe, COST Action IS1103 “ADAPT” (2011–2016).

She is also a member of the European Sociological Association, the Nordic Migration Network, Nordisk Demens Nettverk, and the European Network on Intercultural Elderly Care (in the capacity of the board chair).

Her research interests include:

Sociology of migration, migrant health and healthcare systems for older migrants in Europe

Andrea Figulová

Institute of European Studies and International Relations (FSES) at Comenius University

Andrea Figulová, is assistant professor at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations (FSES) at Comenius University. As a lecturer Andrea informs her teaching by prior non-academic experience in political sphere.

Her research deals with Slovak and foreign policy with an emphasis on energy issues and security and the Slovak political system  and institucionalism in general. Currently, she is a member of  research project – EU Green Recovery in the post-Covid-19 (GREENREC)) and member of the Jean Monnet Chair – The Post-Socialist Society and Culture for the European Green Deal (POSTGREEN), thus continuing working  on the questions of energy and climate as of her interest.

Bernadette Nirmal Kumar

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Bernadette Nirmal Kumar, a medical graduate from St. Johns Medical College, India, has a doctorate in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Oslo, Norway and post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Psychiatry, University of Oslo. Kumar has several years’ international experience working for UNICEF, WHO, WFP, World Bank and NORAD in Southern Sudan, Somalia, North West Kenya, West Bank and Gaza, North Korea, China and Bhutan (1989-2000).

Migration and Health has been the focus of her research since 1999 and she is the co-editor and author of Text Book on Immigrant Health in Norway: Flerkulturelt folkehelsearbeid (Fagbokforlaget 2009) and Migrant Health – A Primary Care Perspective( Taylor and Francis, 2019). In 2010, she was appointed Director of NAKMI -Norwegian Center for Migration and Minority Health ( part of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, 2018) and Associate Professor, Global Health at the Institute for Health and Society, University of Oslo (2013). She is Professor at the Empower School of Health, India and Affiliated Professor at Kathmandu University, Nepal. She is President of the EUPHA Section of Migration and Ethnic Minority Health (2018-) and led the Migration Health work package of the EU Joint Action on Health Inequalities. Kumar was the Lancet Commission on Migration and Health (2018) and is Co-chair of Lancet Migration. She is also the Chair of the Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health.

Rose Marie Azzopardi

Platform for Migration, the University of Malta

Professor Rose Marie Azzopardi, D.P.A., B.A., M.A. Ph.D. is an economist with a research focus on the labour market and migration. She is the Coordinator of the multidisciplinary Platform for Migration within the University of Malta. Prof Azzopardi has presented her work at international conferences and has published in international journals. Prof Azzopardi studied at the University of Malta, University of Sussex, UK, University of Victoria, Australia and Harvard University, USA.

Bengt Morten Wenstøb

Østfold University College

Assistant professor at the Østfold University College. Former member of the Norwegian Parliament and The Nordic Council.  Academic interest: National and international health and labour policy.

Elżbieta Kużelewska

Vice-Dean for Science of the Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok

Elżbieta Kużelewska is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok, Poland, where since October 2019 she holds a position of Vice-Dean for Science. She is a Chair of the Centre for Direct Democracy Studies (CDDS) at the Faculty of Law, University of Białystok, she holds a master’s degree in law and a PhD degree and a habilitation in political science.

Her research fields include constitutional law, direct democracy, European integration and contemporary political systems. She has been teaching in several European universities within the Erasmus+ programme as well as other bilateral agreements, and she has held visiting positions at Michigan State University School of Law (September 2018), among others. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of European Integration and Democracy Series, published by Intersentia: Cambridge-Antwerp-Chicago. She is also a highly regarded lecturer at summer schools – in 2014, 2016 and 2018 she lectured at the Summer School on US-EU Comparative Law (Michigan State University and UwB), accredited by the US BAR. In 2021, she was teaching at Prishtina International Summer University (University of Prishtina, Kosovo). Prof. Kużelewska is also a contractor in the Polish team of the Fair School Project Erasmus Plus KA201 Strategic Partnership grant (2020-2023) funded by the EU. 

Arkadiusz Modrzejewski

Director of Department of Political Science at the University of Gdansk

Arkadiusz Modrzejewski is professor and director of Department of Political Science at the University of Gdansk. He is a political philosopher specializing in issues of European identity, universalistic political philosophy, political ideologies and currently in populism in the current Poland. He is an editor-in-chief of European Journal of Transformation Studies indexed in Web of Science. He is an author of three books, many articles and contributions published in Poland and abroad.

He was a coordinator of the Polish part of the project “Civil Society Development for Participatory Democracy in Shida Kartli Region”. He was a visiting lecturer at various universities, e.g. Tbilisi State University, Georgia, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, Federico II Naples University, Italy, Eszterhazy University in Eger, Hungary. He is a member of various academic and editorial boards.

Janusz Reichel

Faculty of Management, University of Lodz

Dr hab. Janusz Reichel has been a lecturer at the University of Łódź, Faculty of Management, since 2004. He deals with the issues of business ethics, social and environmental responsibility, and strategic management in organizations from various sectors (with particular emphasis on business, social enterprises, and non-governmental organizations). He participated, both as a team member and project manager, in national and international educational and research projects. He has participated in many project granting procedures as an expert evaluator. Member of the Scientific Council of the Center for Social Innovation of the University of Lodz. On behalf of the University of Lodz, he participates in the work of the Technical Committee for social responsibility in the Polish Committee for Standardization. He is involved in cooperation with the non-governmental organizations sector.

Tymon Zielinski

Leader of the Climate and Ocean Research and Education Unit at IO PAN

Tymon Zielinski is a leader of the Climate and Ocean Research and Education Unit at IO PAN, where he has a position of an associate professor. Between 2016 and 2020, Tymon has been involved in the UN Ocean works, including membership in the UN group of experts of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment. Since 2019, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Marine Board Communication Panel and since 2020, a chair for the Climate and Ocean Working Group within the EU4Ocean Platform. In 2021, Tymon became a Polish ambassador for the European Atlas of the Seas.

Tymon Zielinski has been involved in numerous projects focused on climate change and marine environment, organized numerous meetings and has been a PI in both national and international projects, research and educational ones, focused on climate change issues in the marine environment. Tymon has published over 100 research papers and has organized and/or lectured during numerous non-formal educational events, such as science fairs, workshops for youth, panels, exhibitions for general public, etc. In 2021 Tymon has been awarded a title of a Green Hero by BNP Paribas for climate research and education.

Tomasz Bojar-Fijałkowski

Head of the Department of Economic and Financial Law at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz

He studied at the University of Gdańsk, where he obtained a master’s degree in management based on the thesis “Assessment of the quality of government administration services in the Pomorskie Voivodeship” in 2005. In 2006, he obtained a master’s degree in law based on the thesis “Legal instruments of environmental management”. At the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk, he obtained his doctorate in 2011 on the basis of his dissertation “Environmental management as an instrument of environmental law”. Also at the UG, in 2020, on the basis of his scientific output and his book “Sanitary law in the system of legal protection of the environment in Poland”, he obtained the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences in the discipline of law.

He is the author of more than a hundred publications on local government, public economic, environmental, administrative, and public management law and a reviewer for prestigious law journals. He has lectured at the universities of Skopje, Grenada, Cordoba, Riga, Tomsk, and Kiev. Kiev International University conferred on him the title of professor of this university.

He has held official positions, including directorships, in the Pomeranian Voivodship Office, the Ministry of Construction, and the State Sanitary Inspectorate. He also has experience in the economic sphere, having worked on the PPP contract for the construction of the A-1 motorway, in construction companies, municipal companies, and hospitals, where he was chairman of the board and chairman of supervisory boards.
Currently, I am the Head of the Department of Economic and Financial Law at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz.

Agnieszka Fiszka Borzyszkowska

Department of Process Engineering and Chemical Technology, Gdansk University of Technology

Agnieszka Fiszka Borzyszkowska graduated from Technology of Environmental Protection at the Gdansk University of Technology. In 2019 she completed PhD thesis titled: “Removal of cytostatic drugs from aqueous solutions by photocatalysis and electrolysis” at University of Gdansk. She is currently working on the project “Improving quality of BSR waters by advanced treatment processes” (AdvIQwater) which is co-financed by the European Union within the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme. She is the project manager of the project titled “Removal of the pharmaceuticals from the aquatic environment by green photocatalysts” within Scandium Baltic Region Research Grants.  Agnieszka Fiszka Borzyszkowska has been involved in numerous projects of Polish Ecological Club and Coalition Clean Baltic focused on sustainable development, climate change, marine protection, and environmental pollution.

Annina Kainu

Centre for Lifelong Learning, Åbo Akademi University

Education planning officer

Sustainability Studies (Economics, Social Sciences & ESD), Competence Development and Continuing Education, Baltic University Programme (BUP)

Sinikka Suomalainen

Centre for Lifelong Learning, Åbo Akademi University

Education planning officer

Environmental and sustainability themes, e-learning at the Open University, Continuing Education, the Baltic University Programme (BUP).

Ewa Stoecker

Department of Safety, Security and Equal Treatment at the Jagiellonian University

Psychologist, researcher, certified anti-discrimination trainer, expert in education for anti-discrimination. A founding member of the Anti-Discrimination Education Association (TEA) and Expedition Inside Culture Association (EIC) in the years 2003–2013 a member of the EIC board, in the years 2013–16 a member of the TEA board. Implementer of educational activities, social and evaluation research, as well as the author of educational materials related to equal treatment, anti-discrimination as well as learning and development processes (for public entities and NGOs, including the Greenpeace Poland Foundation, Campaign Against Homophobia, Lambda Warsaw, the Foundation for Poland, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Networks of Streetwork Organizations OSOS, Anti-Discrimination Education Society, Jagiellonian University).

For over 15 years, she has been conducting educational activities and anti-discrimination training for youth and adults. In the years 2010-15, as part of her work at the Jagiellonian University, she dealt with the methodology of conducting evaluation studies at school and acted as an expert at the Jagiellonian University in the project on Educational Leadership. Currently, she works at the Department of Safety, Security and Equal Treatment at the Jagiellonian University, where she deals with preventing discrimination and violence. She is a PhD candidate at Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, her dissertation concerns equality policies at universities.

Barbara Kijewska

The Centre for Sustainable Development of the University of Gdańsk

Barbara Kijewska holds a PhD in political science. Barbara is an assistant professor at
the Department of Public Policy and Administration (the Institute of Political Science at the University of Gdańsk), where she works as a researcher and lecturer. What is more, she provides expert advice and engages in urban activism in the area of equality, women’s rights, and preventing violence against women.

Since 2015 she has served as an expert to the Polish Ecological Club-Pomeranian Branch, and since 2018 – as a representative of the Congress of Women Association. In 2020 Barbara co-founded the local feminist association Tricity Women’s Action. She is also a member of the Council for Equal Treatment of the Second Term (2021–2025).

Her research interests focus on:

Institutional mechanisms of the advancement of women, public policies for equal treatment, social aspects of technology acceptance, public opinion polls and media presentations

Wojciech Stachura

Miniatura Theatre

Puppeteer actor, graduate of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy at the Department of Puppetry Arts. Since 2014 in the company of the Miniatura Theatre in Gdańsk.

He has many critically and audience-acclaimed roles to his credit. She actively participates in the cultural life of Gdańsk, collaborating with various institutions, including the Baltic Philharmonic, the Baltic Opera, the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute and theatres in Germany, where she directs puppet performances. He conducts workshops and educational activities for children, young people and adults.

In 2020. Wojciech Stachura received the Award of the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk in the field of culture. In 2021. Wojciech Stachura received the Theatre Award of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship for the role of Android Boui in Janusz Krofta’s “Cosmites”, the Engineer in Michał Derlatka’s “Beton” and Ryszard Papet in “Papets of the Last Minute”, he was nominated for the Pomeranian Art Award in the “hope” category, and in the Gazeta Wyborcza “Storms” poll for his role, the play BETON and the series “Papets of the Last Minute”. Scholarship holder of the City of Gdańsk in 2021 in the field of culture. Scholarship holder of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship in 2022, winner of the POLUNIMA award for the most promising puppet actor of the generation 2022, winner of the award for a role and stage design in the National Competition for the Staging of Contemporary Art 2022.

Michał Pruszak

Academic Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners, University of Gdańsk

Doctor of humanities in literary studies. Philologist, film expert, didactician. Author of publications on film and children’s literature and intersemiotic translations of cultural texts (literature-theatre-film). Lecturer of Polish as a foreign language. Examiner at certificate examinations in Polish as a foreign language (with the authority of the chairman of the commission). Employee of the Academic Centre for Polish Language and Culture at the University of Gdańsk. Cooperates regularly with the New Horizons Film Education Foundation and the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre.

Marek Rewizorski

Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Gdańsk

Political scientist and lawyer, Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Gdańsk. Coordinator of projects SONATA (2011-2014) and OPUS (2017-2020) awarded by the National Science Centre in Poland, author of over 100 scientific publications in International Relations and Political Science. Research interests: international political economy, global governance, G7/G20, BRICS, emerging markets, sustainable development. He published and reviewed in International Political Science Review, World Political Science, International Organisations Research Journal, Third World Quarterly, The Pacific Review, Journal of International Relations and Development.

Marek Pandera

Trinity College Dublin

I am a graduate of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where I also completed postgraduate studies in the field of teaching Polish as a foreign language.
I have fifteen years of teaching experience. I worked at the Free University of Brussels (2007-2010) and, since last year, at Trinity College Dublin, teaching at undergraduate level, ranging from theory and methodology classes to Polish language teaching. In addition, I have ten years of experience in teaching Polish and cross-cultural awareness to British diplomats at the Language Centre of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in London, as well as private tuition. My professional interests include communication across cultures, methods of apprehension, and the linguistic picture of the world. In my spare time I like to travel, go to the cinema and cook.

Maciej Nyka

Chair of the Department of Economic Law and Environmental Protection at the University of Gdansk

Dr hab. Maciej Nyka, Prof. UG, Prof. GUMed is a chair of the Department of Economic Law and Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdansk. He also holds professor’s chair at the Division of Environmental Toxicology at the Faculty of Health Sciences with the Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine at the Gdansk Medical University. Maciej Nyka is a deputy head of the Space Sciences Commission at the Polish Academy of Sciences (Gdansk Branch). He is author and co-author of numerous books and articles published in Poland and abroad including recently published: Crime against the natural environment – ecocide – from the perspective of international law (2022); Land-Sea interactions in realisation of ecosystem approach in the Marine Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea Region – Polish perspective (2022) Financial aspects of international legal regulations of climate change: between two concepts : the common concern of humankind and the common but
differentiated responsibilities
(co-author 2022); A framework of Earth system justice in the Earth system’s legal context (2022); Wartość klimatu i klimat wartości (2021); State responsiblity for climate change damages (2021) Legal and economic instruments of response to climate change emergency  (co-author 2021). His main area of research interest are problems related to interactions between environment and economic law, as well as law of environment both in international and European law. His current research focus on legal aspects of climate change as well as legal challenges of protection of maritime environment.

Natalie Sampson

Public Health at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Natalie Sampson, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She currently serves in many leadership roles in the field of environmental health at the local and national level in the U.S., including as Chair of the American Public Health Association Environment Section and Co-lead of the NIEHS-funded Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease Community Engagement Core. Through her action-oriented research, Dr. Sampson aims to remove structural inequities in environmental decision-making, build capacity for community and youth-led research, and increase the use of plain language in the field of environmental health.  She teaches courses on environmental health and community organizing.

Dorota Kowalewska

Institute of Political Science and Security at the University of Szczecin

Dorota Kowalewska, a researcher at the Institute of Political Science and Security at the University of Szczecin and the Scandinavian House. Her research interests include issues of national and ethnic minorities, migration policy, integration policy, soft power, foreign policy of the Third Republic of Poland, and civil society. For 12 years, she has worked with national and ethnic minority and regional language organisations and is a co-founder of the Committee to Help Ukraine. On 28 February this year, she was appointed Plenipotentiary of the US Rector for Ukraine.

Przemysław Gębal

Institute of Applied Linguistics at the University of Gdańsk

Applied linguist, researcher in the field of language learning and teaching, teacher trainer. Professor at the Institute of Applied Linguistics at the University of Gdańsk and the Institute of Applied Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw. His research interests include multilingualism and cross-cultural linguistics, with a particular focus on pedagogical and didactic aspects, covering the processes of language acquisition, learning and teaching. He promotes the concept of comparative didactics of languages and cultures and humanist-oriented concepts of language education. Creator of the inclusion-oriented concept of teaching Polish as a second language in the context of migration (with the concept of teacher training).  

Initiator and scientific editor of the publishing series InterVAL (Interdisciplinäre Verortungen der Angewandten Linguistik) at the publishing house Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht in Göttingen (Germany). Author of 6 scientific monographs, creator of applied linguistics at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, author of school textbooks for language learning and academic textbooks in the field of language pedagogy and didactics.

Trainer, mentor, academic tutor, postgraduate in positive psychology, Academy of Transactional Analysis and School of Facilitators. Promoter of positive education.