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Friday, September 22nd





Dzieci i młodzież
10:30 11:15

Paweł Wróblewski

Stereotypes in History of Philosophy on the Example of the Controversy over Aristotle's Metaphysics

14:00 14:45

Zuzanna Kaźmierczak, Karolina Wojtyna, Joanna Majewska

Invisible particles

10:30 11:15

Duet „Alert ego” (Dominik Kantorowicz i Gavra Djordjević)

Why psychology is sometimes magic, but a magic does not replace psychology? [Group 1]

12:00 12:45

Łuksz Budzicz

To what extent psychology provides real knowledge about the people?

14:00 14:45

Paweł Golik

Genetically Modified Humans – between science and fiction

16:00 16:45

Andrzej Śliwerski

„What can we infer from children’s drawings?" 

17:00 17:45 Andrzej Dragan

Quantum mechanics vs common sense



Saturday, September 23rd





Dzieci i młodzież
9:00 10:45 Planeta Robotów

Mission to Mars [Group 1]

11:30 12:30

Wojciech Podsiadły

Straight answer to question: „How not to get shafted?”

15:30 17:00

Katarzyna Kuczyńska

Dance of mind – looking for steps and cognitive figures

9:00 9:45

Dominika Surała

Supernatural and paranormal phenomena closed under natural conditions

10:00 11:15

Wojciech Podsiadły

Critical thinking vs. creative thinking – what do creativity and scepticism have in common (and how to teach both of them at the same time)

11:30 12:30

Bartosz Borczyk

Skąd wiemy to co wiemy o drzewie życia?

13:30 14:15

Sławomir Jarmuż, Mirosław Tarasiewicz

Managerial myths

16:30 17:15 Duet „Alert ego” (Dominik Kantorowicz i Gavra Djordjević)

Why psychology is sometimes magic, but a magic does not replace psychology? [Group 2]



Sunday, September 24th





Dzieci i młodzież
9:00 9:45 Planeta Robotów

Mission to Mars [Group 2]

10:00 10:45

Małgorzata Szafoni-Chorbińska

What seems constant is always constant? - in the world of mathematical paradoxes

9:00 9:45

Marcin Rotkiewicz

GMO on the field and on the plate


10:00 10:45

Maciej Zatoński

Vaccinations - the “ugly truth”

MarcinGenetic engineering was started more than 20 years ago. Modified by scientists, soybean, maize, rape or cotton varieties are growing today in different countries in the world, nearly six times the size of Poland. And yet, GMO plants, and especially food, have been a source of fear and resistance. In Europe, practically their crops have been banned, although huge quantities of such varieties are imported, mainly soybean. Are such plants safe for human health and the environment? What has changed in agriculture? What does this say about reliable science and do we really need GMOs? Where are our fears over the use of genetic engineering in agriculture, since we are not afraid of the modified organisms in medicine? Is the GMO market the only greedy market?


Marcin Rotkiewicz (born 1972) - journalist with more than 20 years experience of science journalism; working for Polityka, the most influential newsweekly in Poland; scientific interests: biotechnology, evolutionary psychology, human evolution, neuroscience, nuclear energy. Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008/09.

dr Bartosz BorczykBorczyk Bartoszis an associate professor in the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Vertebrates at the Institute of Enviromental Sciences at the University of Wroclaw. His research involve mechanisms of morphological evolution, vertebrate comparative anatomy, and herpetology. He i salso interested in the evolution-creationism struggle and the popularisation of science.

It may seem that critical and creative thinking are not too close to each other. However, analysing the essence of terms “scepticism” and “creativity” you may come to quite opposite conclusions. Short consideration of this topic will be a starting point of the workshop during which rules of constructing educational tools stimulating creative and critical thinking at the same time will be pointed out.

Wojciech PodsiadłyWojciech Podsiadły – psychologist, trainer and tournament director of competition run by Odyssey of the Mind Polska foundation.

Open workshop for teenagers

Each day we come across countless information, but not all of it is true. How to easily tell the truth from a fake? During workshop in form of discussion and brief tasks in small groups, we are going to search for answer to question „How not to get shafted?”. The workshop is addressed to people aged 13 – 16.


Wojciech PodsiadłyWojciech Podsiadły – psychologist, trainer and tournament director of competition run by Odyssey of the Mind Polska foundation.

Workshops for primary school children, 45 minutes divided into two parts – microbiological and biotechnological.

1. Microorganisms

Bacteria can be safe for us or they can cause serious illnesses. The safe ones are constantly present in our bodies, e.g. digestive system or on the skin. The other are dangerous for us as they can induce horrible infections, ones that frequently require antibiotic treatment. What these two types of bacteria look like? How to get rid of them and how to protect yourself from them? These workshops will give you the possibility to see the pathogens surrounding you as well as learn more about alternatives for antibiotics, the so-called “useful viruses” that attack and destroy bacteria.

 2. DNA

Information about how a computer works is stored on its hard discs. Where can you find information about how live organisms work? What does this information look like? Can you see it with your own eyes? Workshops that bring children closer to biological issues.

During activities children can isolate DNA themselves, and they get to know how biological information is coded and stored. 

Joanna Majewska

 Joanna Majewska graduated from the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the University of Wrocław with a master’s degree in microbiology; currently a PhD student at the Bacteriophage Laboratory of the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy in Wrocław. Her main interests concentrate on biofilms, which are bacterial communities, and bacteriophages – with a focus on phage interactions with mammalian gastrointestinal tract. At work she creates mutants of T4 bacteriophage – but don’t worry, they are not dangerous. 











Karolina Wojtyna

Karolina Wojtyna master of microbiology, currently PhD student in the Phage Laboratory at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy PAS. Her main interests are microbes; both friendly living in human body as well as drug resistant pathogens and methods for combating them. Karolina conducts workshops and lectures, sharing her knowledge during Lower Silesian Science Festival, Night of Biologists, Forum of Young Biotechnologists. 











 Zuzanna Kazmierczak

Zuzanna Kaźmierczak biology graduate, specializing in genetics and experimental biology. Currently she is a PhD student at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy PAS in Wrocław.  Zuzanna researches “useful viruses” that infect only bacterial cells-bacteriophages. She devotes her free time to sharing her passion of science with children by doing experiments together with them. The author of workshops for children carried out at e.g. The First Science Congress for Children in Wrocław, The Biology Night, the Lower Silesian Science Festival. 


The (doubtful) epistemic value of empirical research in social psychology

In 2011, scientists have denounced fraud in the results of studies and publications by psychologist Diederik Stapel. Since that time in psychology are discussions whether data presented in empirical articles are reliable, externally valid, and whether they lead to a cumulative growth of knowledge. I systematically analyzed typical research practice. The analysis results are generally negative, ie. the research in social psychology is not exactly replicated, self-report variables are mostly used and in most cases research subjects are students from Western countries. Also, the analysis reveal many serious doubts as to whether there exists a cumulative increase in knowledge, the discrepancies between the data are not systematically explained. As a positive aspect of science I assessed the fact that realistic experimental manipulations were performed. Yet, I doubt that with current research practices we can achieve much more than a collection of weakly related (and not very certain) research findings. 


Łukasz Budzicz has PhD in psychology, and works as an adiunct in University of Zielona Gora. His research intrests encompass problems of epistemic value of empirical research in psychology, and possibilities for a cumulation of knowledge in this field. His other intrests are evolutionary approaches to explaining human behavior. He publishes scientific papers as well as popular articles.

I will speak about elementary properties of reality stemming from the quantum theory and discuss its weirdness that seems to contradict our common sense.

Andrzej Dragan studied in Warsaw and on scholarships in Amsterdam, Oxford and Lisbon, got his PhD in quantum physics cum laude in 2005. Awarded for the best MSc thesis in physics in Poland by the Polish Physical Society (2001), got a stipend from the European Science Foundation (2001, 2002), grants from the State Committee for Scienctific Research (2002, 2003), Award for the Young Scholars from the Foundation for Polish Science (2003, 2004), Stay With Us scholarship from the largest Polish weekly magazine „Polityka” (2004), Minister of Education Award for Outstanding Scholars (2010). Contributed to conferences or seminars in Amsterdam, Brisbane, Durban, Glasgow, London, Madrid, Minsk, Munich, Nottingham, Oxford, Singapore, St. Andrews, Warsaw, Waterloo and Tokyo. Member and former scientific secretary of the Head Commitee of the Physics Olympiad.

Previously worked at Imperial College London, University of Nottingham, currently working as an assistant professor of physics at Warsaw University, where he also received habilitaition (DSc) in 2015. He is leading a research group on Relativistic Quantum Information.

Andrzej is a photography artist and a prize winner in this field. In the past Andrzej was a winner of many national and international music-composing competitions. In 2014 Andrzej established a movie production studio Weird. The premiere production received the Golden Sword award for the best personal work at the KTR ad festival (2014) and Best in Show and Best CGI awards from Creative Review (2014). Weird recently produced a music video for Behemoth (2015).

Never tasted coffee. 

The purpose of the workshop is to build a methodological sensitivity of high school students in the field of history. Students learn about the difficulties of historian's workshop: conditions for formulating the hypotheses, influence of non-substantive factors on historical description, historical distortions in transmission of primary source and formation of collective cognitive patterns based on them. In work groups, students undertake a critical analysis of the "evident" knowledge about Aristotle's Metaphysics, confronting them with the ancient and medieval sources and discovering the semantic distortions in the successive historical receptions of the work.


Paweł P. Wróblewski. Since obtaining a Ph.D. in 2009, he is employed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, where he teaches courses in the fields of ancient and medieval philosophy, philosophy of theology, intercultural communication, diplomacy, psychology of relations. In 2016 he was appointed a Deputy Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Wroclaw responsible for teaching and learning.

Mathematical workshops devoted to one of the mathematical paradoxes - the paradox of the shoreline, i.e. the size difference depending on the chosen measurement method.

We invite children from grades III - VI primary schools to workshops showing other faces of mathematics. You will be able to convince yourself that mathematics, although described by patterns, may surprise you. We will measure, compare, discover geographical secrets.


Małgorzata Szafoni – Chorbińska – teacher,  head of school, therapist. Graduated from the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Wrocław and the Academy of Leadership of Education Leaders. An organizer, speaker and participant of numerous conferences devoted to teaching mathematics.

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