Mission statement

The overarching goal of Women for Science at Nencki is to promote the interests of female scientists and advocate for gender equality in Academia. Our community is welcoming not only to women and gender minorities at Nencki, but to everyone who is interested in promoting gender equality in science and research.

Even though the involvement of women in science has continued to grow, they are still underrepresented in many fields and face significant challenges at all levels of their scientific careers. The glass ceiling is far from broken. Join us to learn how we can face these challenges.

WISAN structure

WISAN Council:

Secretary – Paloma Álvarez-Suárez PhD student

Speaker – Alicja Puścian PhD


Committee Chairs:

Advocacy – Martyna Pękała PhD Student

Public Relations – Urszula Markowska PR specialist, Magdalena Gomółka PhD student

Networking – Marta Gawor PhD, Sakshi Sareen PhD student

Professional Development – Izabela Lepiarz-Raba PhD, Katarzyna Iżykowska PhD


WISAN Committees:


Chairs – Martyna Pękała PhD Student

Members – Cassia Corso-Silva PhD student, Klaudia Kopczyńska PhD student

Public Relations:

Chairs – Urszula Markowska, Magdalena Gomółka PhD student

Members – Monika Pieniawska PhD student, Katarzyna Sawicka PhD student


Chairs – Marta Gawor PhD, Sakshi Sareen PhD student

Members – Diana Legutko PhD student, Katarzyna Sawicka PhD student

Professional Development:

Chairs – Izabela Lepiarz-Raba PhD, Katarzyna Iżykowska PhD


Our initiatives

We aim to organize a series of events dedicated to open discussion about gender equality and ways to support women at different career stages. and Moreover, we intend to build a platform for female networking and mentorship.

The topics we plan to highlight in lectures and panel discussions with guest speakers and experts include i.e. leadership, work/life balance, discrimination, gender bias in Academia, mentorship, approaches to conflict resolution, and gender pay gap.

All are welcome…

We encourage fellow male scientists to join us and openly share their thoughts and opinions. Your point of view is much appreciated since our objective is to build an inclusive and open-minded community. We count on your involvement!


For our upcoming events we highly encourage you to visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WomenforScience



New events are coming in September! http://www.tribiochem.pl/

Science of gender equality in Academia” panel with:
Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik – a psychologist and an Associate Professor at SWPS University. Her research focuses on power and group identity, the relationship between power and gender and the perception of women in modern societies.
Agnieszka Dziedziczak-Foltyn – a sociologist and an Associate Professor at the University of Łódź. Her expertise includes sociology and policy of higher education, social and public policies and reforms of higher education and science.
Ewa Krzaklewska – a sociologist and a PhD at the Jagiellonian University. Her research interests include sociology of youth, gender equality, academic mobility and migration.
Event details: https://fb.me/e/3H3lNabga




Panel discussion „NOT Yet Another Mainly Men Meeting” with:


Prof. Jerzy Duszyński, the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences,

Dr. Fredrik Bondestam, the Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg,

Msc. Steven Blum, CPA, the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Yale Alumni Association (YAA).

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/339088794903172


Inspiring Stories of Successful Women: Prof. Elly Tanaka

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/479688307272475/


Inspiring Stories of Successful Women: Prof. Fiona Watt

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/414531600529185/


Inspiring Stories of Successful Women: Prof. Dame Caroline Dean

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/973557479998773/


Meeting with Prof. Agnieszka Dobrzyń


Meeting with Prof. Ewelina Knapska

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2751767108439821


Meeting with Dr. Aleksandra Pękowska

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1014580432352298


Workshop: Negotiation techniques with a gender perspective led by Marta Adamska


Meeting with Prof. Eileen Pollack organized in collaboration with Women in Science at Yale

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/442185100359153


Meeting with Prof. Carmen Sandi organized in collaboration with ALBA Network

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/185118130089529


Workshop: Unconscious bias during recruitment process and academic evaluation led by Prof. Agnieszka Dobrzyń

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/495218198583758


Our Partners

ALBA Network

Founded by a group of leading scientists, the Alba Network aims to promote equality and diversity in the brain sciences.




WISAY (Women in Science at Yale)

Women in Science at Yale are dedicated to promoting the interests of female, transgender, and non-binary scientists and advocating for gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Their community is welcoming not only to women and gender minorities at Yale, but to everyone who is interested in promoting gender equality in science and research.