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  • 15 February 2019

    On 15 and 16 February, Piotr Dardziński, Poland’s Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education, will visit the UK to take part in the XII Congress of Polish Students Societies, taking place at the University of Oxford.

    The Congress is an annual 2-day conference of Polish students in the UK, uniting more than 400 members of Polish student societies from more than 30 British universities. The 2019 edition of the Congress takes place in Oxford and is organised for the third time by the Oxford University Polish Society. Deputy Minister Dardziński will be a keynote speaker at the event, with others notable individuals including Janina Ochojska, Head of the Polish Humanitarian Action, Ewa Bartnik, Professor of Genetics at the University of Warsaw, Katarzyna Gandor, a science blogger and biotechnology student, as well as MEP Catherine Bearder.

    On the first day of the visit to the UK, the deputy minister will meet Chris Skidmore, Minister of Science, Research, and Innovation. The meeting will take place at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Deputy Minister Dardziński and Minister Skidmore will follow up on issues discussed in the Polish-British intergovernmental consultations, which took place in December last year. They will discuss YESI (Year of Entrepreneurship, Science and Innovation), last year’s UK-Poland Science Forum, focused on artificial intelligence and smart cities, as well as this year’s Forum, focused on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The discussions will also cover cooperation between Polish and British research and innovation funding agencies, aimed at strengthening links between Polish and British universities and research centers by facilitating study visits both in Poland and the United Kingdom - with particular emphasis on innovation in science.


    Following the meeting with Minister Skidmore, Deputy Minister Dardziński will meet with representatives of British scientific and academic sectors, including Prof Carole Mundell, Chief Scientific Advisor of the Foreign Commonwealth Office, Tim Bradshaw, President of the Russell Group, Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, Julie Maxton, Executive Director of the Royal Society and Allaine Cerwonka, Director of Academic Research Programmes at the Turing Institute.


    The deputy minister will also visit the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum and meet representatives of the Polish diaspora.


    Speaking about the visit, Ambassador of Poland in the UK Arkady Rzegocki said: “The visit of Deputy Science Minister Piotr Dardziński to the UK is one of the most important visits throughout the year. We are extremely proud that there are so many bright young Polish people studying at the British universities and achieving top results. As an academic myself, I realise how important education, and especially higher education, is in the formative moment of everyone’s life as well as for the society in general. That is why it is very important to promote knowledge about Poland at British universities in order to strengthen the relationships and cooperation between Poland and the United Kingdom.”


    The visit of the deputy science minister will end with a meeting with Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Sajjad Malik as well as Polish researchers and academics at the Oxford City Town Hall.

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