Academic Open Budget
Academic Open Budget – voting on projects
Every person with an email address in the domain uwr.edu.pl – you can vote only once and only for one project
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Voting runs from 16 March 2022 to 10 April 2022;
Announcement of results and determination of the list of projects for implementation – 11 April 2022.
Below is a detailed description of all projects on a first come, first served basis.
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Project Number: [ 1 ] Biblioteka Kultury (Cultural Library)
We will do that: The Cultural Lounge, located in the BUWr building, is furnished with antique, restored furniture. It has a part arranged in the form of a study, where cultural events are presented, and an auditorium part, equipped with chairs, where invited guests can sit. As part of the project, we would like to complete the equipment of the Lounge, thus creating a stylized, flexible interior, intended for the organization of various types of events, such as exhibitions, lectures, meetings with authors, discussion panels and chamber concerts.
The Cultural Lounge is a place in the Library where the whole academic community can meet and integrate, taking part in the cultural and intellectual life of the University. In the near future, we also plan to establish cooperation with other cultural institutions in Wrocław and the region, which will allow us to open this space to a wider audience.
Why and for whom? The cultural events that have taken place in the University Library so far have shown us that it is worth extending and retrofitting the already existing Cultural Lounge space. The events organised there revealed the potential of the venue and were well received by a wide audience. For this reason, we are thinking about the need for further development of this space so that we can arrange more meetings with authors, meetings with scientists of our University, with young researchers of the UWr, as well as cultural and intellectual events organised on a wider scale.
Where? The Cultural Lounge is located in the building of the University Library at ul. F. Joliot-Curie 12 within the Grunwaldzki Campus of the University of Wrocław. The lounge is located on level 0, in a public area, so reaching it is not a problem for any group of people. It is located in a public area of the Library. Due to the lack of architectural barriers it is a friendly place for people with disabilities.
And from us.. The university is not only about science and didactics, but above all about people who want to integrate, are open to dialogue, have great ideas, are sensitive to art, always with open minds. We want to create a meeting place for the integration of the entire UWr academic community and open up to the community of the city and, in the long term, the wider region.
For our part, we offer professional assistance in organising and promoting cultural events in our Lounge and support for events organised by our University, including the presentation of the University Library’s valuable collection.
Who are you? We are employees of the University Library in Wrocław. We organise cultural events and promote BUWr, prepare thematic exhibitions to promote our collections, and cooperate with the Communication Department Uwr in this regard. We run the University Library’s official profile on Instagram, where we showcase our events, exhibitions, inform users about current library announcements, etc. On a daily basis, we work in the Collections’ Acquisition Department and other UL agencies such as: Music Collection Department and the Autonomus Section for Administration. We are heavily involved in the cultural life of the Library.
Since November 2021, we have been able to organise the following events in the Library building space:
- „Ciemno wszędzie, głucho wszędzie …” – solemn reading of Forefathers’ Eve on the occasion of All Souls’ Day by professor Jan Miodek in the Cultural Lounge of the Library. BUWr has in its collection the first illustrated copy of this work from 1896 with a medallion bearing the author’s image. The event was broadcast live and also recorded for later replay on the social media of the University Library and the University of Wrocław (November 2021).
- „What did Christmas look and sound like in old Wrocław?” – a multimedia music card was recorded in collaboration with the Communication Department UWr. The recording featured Library staff who revealed their talents by playing and singing Polish carols. Interesting facts about Christmas in former Wrocław were also presented, combined with an exhibition of Christmas music prints in display cabinets, in the public spaces of the BUWr building (December 2021).
- „Secrets of the Library of the University of Wrocław” – organisation of the first auction for GOCC. The auction offered the opportunity to bid for an extraordinary tour of the Library building. During the tour, the staff of the Special Collections’ Department will present unique collections: richly illuminated medieval manuscripts, old prints and historical maps, among others. The auction enjoyed great interest and was auctioned for the amount of PLN 805, which was credited to the account of GOCC (January 2022).
- Cyclical organisation of thematic exhibitions in the public area of BUWr:
– „Carnival in old Wrocław” – a showcase exhibition presenting the theme of carnival in the collections of BUWr: magazines, books, documents of social life and musicals enriched with interesting exhibits from private collections of the staff, e.g. Venetian carnival masks. The exhibition shows how people used to party, with what imagination and grandeur they organised balls, what they wore, what fashion and beauty trends prevailed, what they ate and drank and where they got their inspiration from.
– „Love has more than one name…” exhibition presenting romantic images and portraits in old photography from the collection of BUWr. The showcases feature 19th century portraits, wedding photographs and memorabilia accompanied by poetry and period props.
We are currently in the process of preparing for the presentation of BUWr’s collections during the reopening of the Aula Leopoldine, where, among other things, the original Golden Bull of Leopold I, which the Library holds in its collection, will be presented (event planned for March 2022).
In addition to the historic Bulla, we would like to present to a wider audience materials from our collections, such as:
- Original emblem from the library building of the Jan Kazimierz University in Lviv (1945)
- The following Documents of Social Life:
- The First Pioneers of the Scientific and Cultural Group in Wrocław, (1945/1946)
- Original card from the door of the University of Wrocław, containing information about the takeover of the University building by the Ministry of Education (1945)
- The piece by Johannes Brahms Akademische Festouverture in C minor, Op. 80, which was an expression of the composer’s gratitude to the UWr Senate.
Project Number: [ 2 ] Interaktywna Kuźnicza (Interactive Kuźnicza)
We will do that: Interaktywna Kuźnicza (Interactive Kuźnicza) is the installation of a multimedia board in the teaching room (room 220) at ul. Kuźnicza 49/55. Its aim is to improve the quality of education for students and staff, and to create a place where workshops and meetings can take place outside of classes as part of activities such as: scientific circles, the Social Participation Workshop, or ongoing research projects at the Institute of Geography and Regional Development. The project will make the educational and working space at the University of Wrocław more attractive, creating a place with new opportunities for development. The project will be implemented by purchasing and installing a multimedia whiteboard. Furthermore, this fact will be publicised with information about the possibility of using such a room for the benefit of the University.
Why and for whom? Interaktywna Kuźnicza is a project concerning the installation of a multimedia board in a teaching room. The University of Wrocław, as a research university, should rely on new technologies in the education of students and the work of employees. The multimedia board will raise the standard of education and work, which will also translate into the quality of time spent in room 220 at ul. Kuźnicza 49/55. The project will benefit all its users. They are mainly students, including scientific circles and lecturers from the Institute of Geography and Regional Development. In addition, it will be possible to hold interactive workshops or meetings as part of the activities of the Social Participation Workshop and the research projects carried out by the Department of Spatial Planning – such a place is currently lacking. It is worth mentioning that the project was consulted with students of the Scientific Association of Spatial Management at the University of Wrocław, gaining high evaluation and approval.
Where? Ul. Kuźnicza 49/55, Wrocław, room 220
And from us.. In addition to the idea, we offer logistical assistance from purchase (tender assistance) to installation (venue manager support) and promotion of the venue – room 220 at ul. Kuźnicza 49/55.
Project Number: [ 3 ] Uniwersytet Wrocławski przyjazny ptakom (Bird friendly University of Wrocław). Marking the glass surfaces of the University of Wrocław buildings against which birds crash.
We will do that: As part of the project, we want to mark the glass surfaces (building walls, windows) of the University of Wrocław that birds kill themselves over. The aim of the measure is to minimise the mortality of birds crashing through glass surfaces, thus making our Alma Mater a friendly place for this important group of animals. Glass marking is a simple and inexpensive method that we want to promote as widely as possible at the University. In cooperation with Fundacja Szklane Pułapki (the Glass Trap Foundation), we will show everyone how glass surfaces that act as mirrors can easily be turned into visible and thus safe spaces for birds. Panels which, at the same time, do not block out the light we need for our daily work.
The birds will remain alive, they will enjoy their presence and their singing, and we will have the satisfaction that we have done everything to minimise the mortality caused by human activities.
The method we want to use is the result of scientific research on how birds see transparent surfaces. It is cheap and easy to implement. On the external surface of the glass, markers (usually white dots) are applied in the form of bands (dots every 5 cm in a band, distance between bands 10 cm). We have already selected several sites at our University where birds have been regularly found crashing through windows. This is where we want to start. Together with students from the Student Scientific Association of Ornithologists we will inventory potentially dangerous places for birds on University of Wrocław buildings.
Why and for whom? Our project is designed primarily to protect birds, both those that constantly accompany us in the city, but also those that use urban greenery during migration. We are also doing this for the UWr Community, as we do not condone such senseless deaths of birds. The issue of securing the University’s glass surfaces is also important in terms of the perception of our University. We should serve as an example to the citizens of Wrocław, but also to our students.
The project will involve a group of project initiators, our WNB colleagues and student volunteers. We will be assisted by members of the Glass Trap Foundation.
Where? Currently, we know of 3 buildings belonging to the University of Wrocław with windows that are regularly smashed by birds: the building at ul. Kanonia 6-8, ul. Sienkiewicza 21 (both under the management of the Faculty of Biological Sciences), a mirror-like extension of an old building at ul. Cybulskiego 30 (belonging to the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences). There will certainly be more.
And from us.. We will identify areas that are dangerous for birds and, together with colleagues from WNB and students, secure them.
Who are you? We are a group of friends and acquaintances, working in the Faculty of Biological Sciences in different units. We share a love of nature and a commitment to its protection. We are involved in different fields of biology, but each of us, tries to learn about nature in a broader way than our professional interests. We include botanists, entomologists and an ornithologist. We are all interested in birds and are keen to protect them.
Project number: [ 4 ] Przyjazne wnętrze (Friendly interior)
We will do that: Obtain funding for the purchase of the following equipment for the lecture rooms and the office of the Director of the Centre for Intensive English Language Teaching of the UWr:
- Upholstered chairs = 60 pieces.
- Tables – 37 pieces.
- Coffee table – 1 piece.
- Seats – 2 pieces.
- Desk – 1 piece.
- Magnetic whiteboard Dimensions. 90 x 60 cm – 2 pieces.
- Bookcase Dimensions. 190 x 46 cm – 1 piece.
Why and for whom? 1. We want to implement this project in order to improve the comfort of the students of the courses conducted at SINJA UWr.
- We have long been planning changes to improve comfort.
- Because the visual effect is just as important as the intellectual effect.
- For the university community.
- The team applying for the Project will participate in the Project.
Once the Project is complete, the university community will benefit.
Where? The seat of the Centre for Intensive English Language Teaching is the university building located at ul. Świdnicka 10.
And from us.. An idea, the will, good organisation.
Who are you? We are enthusiastic English language lecturers working together with the academic and administrative staff of the University of Wrocław.
We implement projects aimed at improving the quality of education of the UWr employees.
We work with the University of Cambridge and the British Council on international exams and cultural events.
Project number: [ 5 ] Oko w oko z Tarbozaurem (Eye to eye with the tarbosaurus)
We will do that: The Natural History Museum of the University of Wrocław does not have its „own” dinosaur in its collection like the famous Sue from the museum in Chicago or the Berlin T. rex Tristan Otto. Displaying the remains of a tarbosaurus is an opportunity to create a substitute for such an exhibit. Every major natural history museum has at least a fragment of dinosaur remains in its collection, and we too have the opportunity to boast such an exhibit.
The main objectives of our project are to exhibit a fragment of the fossilised mandible of a tarbosaurus at the Natural History Museum premises and to raise the profile of this site in Wrocław and in our country. Tarbosaurus is a cousin of the well-known Tyrannosaurus (Tyranosaurus rex), no less impressive (up to 5 tons in weight and 12 m in length) and no less deadly – its 1.3 m skull held up to 64 razor-sharp teeth, and its jaw thrust reached up to 4.5 tons!
We would like to display our specimen in an attractive, eye-catching way. We will ensure that the exhibition is also accessible for people with disabilities. The design of the exhibition will be selected through a competition in which we will invite students of the University of Wrocław, the Academy of Fine Arts as well as male and female artists. The winner will be selected by a jury composed of people representing the academic, museum and artistic community of Wrocław.
We are planning to unveil the exhibition – with accompanying additional events – in November 2022. Until then, the plan is as follows:
- To hold a competition for the creation and design of a tarbozaur display.
- Promotion of the competition in social media (Facebook, Instagram), press and television (e.g. „Gazeta Wrocławska”, TVP3) and in the academic environment („Przegląd Uniwersytecki”, announcements at universities).
- Conducting the competition. The outcome of the competition will be decided by a jury made up of people with expertise in specimens and specific nature collections, exhibitions and contemporary artistic practices.
- Implementation of the winning project in collaboration with the Natural History Museum.
- Conducting a media campaign to promote the display of the specimen along with an accompanying event – „Tarbosaurus Day”.
- Opening (November 2022) of the exhibition and organisation of the „Tarbosaurus Day” (including lectures, guided tours, museum lessons for children and young people).
Why and for whom? The project will serve the entire University community – tickets to the museum are free for both staff and students of the University. The „Tarbosaurus Day” will be a free event accompanying the opening and will be open to both students and staff of the University with their families, as well as all interested citizens of Wrocław and Lower Silesia of all ages. „Tarbosaurus Day” may be the first of a series of annual special events at the Natural History Museum.
The project will also benefit the Natural History Museum, which will be enriched with a unique specimen. It will be open to all visitors and will increase interest in the permanent exhibition (currently we are constantly receiving enquiries „can you see a dinosaur at your place?”) and therefore knowledge of the biology and history of the Museum and the University. The new exhibit and the accompanying events will promote not only the Natural History Museum, but also the University of Wrocław, which boasts an extremely interesting natural history collection. The tarbosaurus exposition will strengthen the position of the Natural History Museum among other Wroclaw museums and make its offer more attractive.
Does such a project fit at all and is it needed in the university space? Certainly yes, the University has always been a meeting place for researchers representing the sciences and the humanities, as well as artists. Our project is interdisciplinary and involves transdisciplinary collaboration. The University and the Natural History Museum also play an important role in educating and integrating the local community. The tarbosaurus exhibition will provide an opportunity to both educate and learn about the heritage of our city.
Where? Museum of Natural History, University of Wrocław, ul. Sienkiewicza 21
And from us.. * Exhibition space
* Promotion in social media
* Knowledge and assistance of specialists from the Museum, palaeontologists and culture experts in designing and implementing the exhibition
* To cover minor, unexpected (i.e. not included in the plan) expenditure from Museum funds
* Experience in organising exhibitions and events
* Optimism and the will to act!
Who are you? We are a group made up of faculty members: Biological Sciences (Museum of Natural History and Department of Paleozoology) and Historical and Pedagogical Sciences (Institute of Cultural Studies). We joined together to organise the temporary exhibition „Museum of the Anthropocene” at the Museum of Natural History. We are now also joined by dr hab. Krzysztof Stefaniak, who has donated a fossilised fragment of the jaw of a tarbosaur – an Asian cousin of the famous tyrannosaur, one of the largest known land predators of all time – to the Museum. We have experience in organising museum exhibitions, cultural and knowledge-promoting events (e.g. „Day of Stefani” – the fossil woolly rhinoceros – in Gorzów Wielkopolski).
Project number: [ 6 ]Projekt sprachcafé (Sprachcafé project) – Wrocław spricht Deutsch
We will do that: The aim of our project is to support and develop the competencies and language skills of second-year full-time German studies students who are studying German studies from scratch and are assigned to the so-called „path B”, i.e. level A1-B1. Compared to students whose language skills are at an advanced level („Track A”), Track B students face many difficulties and challenges from the very first semester of their studies. While during the study in the first two semesters students receive additional support from tutors and doctoral students in the form of additional classes within the so-called Tutoriat, in the second year this support does not take place within the framework of additional classes. So with our idea we want to fill this gap and give our students support and an additional opportunity for language development.
Our project includes a series of 8 meetings in the summer term 2021/2022 and 8 meetings in the winter term 2022/2023. Half of the meetings per semester are conversation classes prepared by two instructors – dr Marta Filipowska and dr Ewa Musiał. These classes will take place within the walls of the Institute of German Studies and will deal with issues related to the culture, history, monuments and important figures associated with Wrocław. Four other meetings are „live encounters” with the culture and history of our city: we have planned to go to a performance at the Capitol musical theatre („The Tin Drum” or „Mock. Black Burlesque”), a tour of the Centennial Hall, the Old Town and the National Museum (all with a German-speaking guide).
We also want every meeting of our group within „Sprachcafé” to be followed by a real trace in both online and offline spaces: we plan to set up a group on a social networking site, which will become a place to document and report on meetings and participation in cultural events. We also want to prepare, together with the students, an exhibition in the IFG library documenting the cycle of semester meetings, which will inspire and encourage further groups of students.
We want regular meetings with our students to give them an attractive opportunity to learn German, to strengthen their self-confidence in their teaching and to get to know the city they are studying in, with its rich cultural offer and multifaceted history.
Why and for whom? The idea for the project came from two female lecturers who have been teaching students with a basic level of German for several years. We both see the difficulties faced by our students and the huge effort they have to make to match the level of their colleagues with advanced language skills. We also know that there is a very large group of hardworking people among our students who are not afraid of challenges and work hard to develop their skills every day. We want to help them with this, motivate them to keep working and give them the best we have from ourselves. We want to create a meeting place for them where they can strengthen their competences. We would like to invite 15 students in the summer term 2021/2022 and another 15 students in the winter term 2022/2023. Our team consists of two female lecturers and 3 female students, and we also count towards the total group of 20 included in the cost estimate. Participation in the project will be determined by the order of applications. The greatest value of this project is that once it is completed within the ABO, we want to continue our work with further groups of students.
Where? The main venue and „command centre” of our project is the lecture rooms of the Institute of German Studies. Part of the planned eight meetings per semester will take place in Wrocław’s Capitol Music Theatre, the National Museum, the Centennial Hall and the Old Town.
And from us.. As project organisers and participants, we guarantee a well thought-out and interesting project concept. Our idea is to integrate students, to move around the university together, but also to enter the world of culture, to disseminate it, and, what is important for us German speakers, to show that the German language can be used in many areas, and that polishing it will bring benefits in the future. We provide content-related, didactic and linguistic support during the project, and guarantee a variety of materials that students can use in the future. We also want to give you inspiration for learning German, to show you the ways and areas in which you can move with your acquired ability to communicate in German.
Who are you? Our team combines the knowledge and experience of our lecturers with the passion and energy of our students. Together we want to give life to a project that will bring tangible benefits to our students: it will provide them with a lot of learning material and direct contact with the German language, encourage them to do additional work, provide professional support and be a signpost towards the goal of fluency.
Get to know us:
dr Marta Filipowska – Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature and Culture of 19th and 20th Century Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She was a former student at the University of Wrocław and the Christian-Albrechts-Universitat in Kiel, and later a doctoral student at the University of Wrocław. She has extensive experience in teaching German, which she has gained as a teacher in private language schools and as a university teacher at the University of Wrocław. She is also familiar with the environment of a multinational corporation, where she has gained valuable experience in project work. Privately, she is a mother of two children, loves psychological books, good coffee and cats of all kinds.
dr Ewa Musiał – Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature and Culture of 19th and 20th Century Germany, Austria and Switzerland, graduate of German Studies at the University of Wrocław, scholarship holder of the DAAD and Erasmus programmes, participant in numerous research and palaeographic trips. She also gained her linguistic experience in a sworn translator’s office and is the author of translations of poetry and prose. She gained her teaching experience in language schools, at private German lessons and during her long-term work at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Wrocław. Privately a wife and mother, she loves spending time with her family or over a good book in the comfort of her home garden.
Hanna Michalik – a second-year student of German studies at the University of Wrocław. Passionate about foreign languages, especially Germanic languages. Future sworn translator. He is interested in travel and strategy computer games. Toruń woman, who loves gingerbread, space science and the Toruń dialect. A citizen of the world who feels at home anywhere on earth.
Margareta Kettling – a second-year student of German studies at the University of Wrocław. Recently also Junior Translation Specialist in a Polish-German company. Future sworn translator and public relations specialist. Passionate about travel, yoga and home Italian cooking. Vegetarian and animal lover. In her spare time from school and work, she goes for long walks in the countryside or reads an interesting book.
Ewa Kwil – a second-year student of German studies at the University of Wrocław. Laureate of the German-language lyric poetry recitation competition. The competition and further education inspired her to study German Studies. She also achieved high places in sports competitions in primary and secondary school. Privately, she loves singing, listening to alternative rock, solving crosswords, making jewellery and decorating objects using decoupage and quilling.
Project number: [ 7 ] Szkolenie dla nas – Komunikacja międzypokoleniowa – Efekty dla was (Training for us – Intergenerational communication – Results for you)
We will do that: The aim of our project is:
- learning more about the values, needs and motivations of different generations, including young people,
- increase the ability to communicate effectively across generations,
- looking for solutions to improve cooperation with members of a different generation at work.
The training we would like to take part in will help us realise our desire to improve communication with our colleagues at work and also with the community of the University of Wrocław. This will make things easier and more pleasant for everyone.
Why and for whom? The project we are proposing will allow us to train all deanery staff (of which we have 30), not just a select few.
In our opinion, the University of Wroclaw needs more effective cooperation between people employed and representatives of different generations. This is what we lack – good relationships, because we are not very able to understand each other through the generational differences that exist. By acquiring these skills, our relationships will definitely be better – with staff and with students. Everyone will benefit and pass on the knowledge.
Where? The training will be conducted at the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics by qualified persons in the form of workshops.
And from us.. For our part, we ensure the IMPLEMENTATION of the knowledge gained in wider circles outside the deanery. We will help you organise your training efficiently in a friendly atmosphere. It will be wonderful.
Who are you? We are employees (the form employees does not really appeal to us) of the DEAN of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics. We aim to make sure that any opinions about the “horrible ladies” in the deanery are only history. We want to be open to new initiatives, we want to work better, we want to use new technologies and take advantage of modern solutions.
Project number: [ 8 ] IOS – Inkubator Odpoczynku Studenckiego (SRI – Student Recreation Incubator)
We will do that: We intend to create an iOS – Student Recreation Incubator, i.e. a friendly space for relaxation and, at the same time, for exchange of ideas, first of all for all students of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics, but also for the whole academic community of the Faculty, and perhaps even more widely. The aim of the project is to enable students to integrate or spend their free time in the university space. Students will get a space to talk freely, relax, read a book and be with other students and us! Our activity will provide an opportunity for integration between students, a chance to meet new people and contribute to a greater sense of community among students. The project includes the purchase of appropriate accessories and their placement in the unused space of the WPAiE, including furniture, books and plants to create such a space and the right atmosphere. In order to promote the development and exchange of interests, the planned project also includes the creation of a bookcrossing shelf that can be used by students and staff of the University.
Why and for whom? We want to carry out the project to create a place that is accessible to all students and allow them to integrate with each other in this project. It is an excellent filler of the empty space in Building D of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics and we hope that it will have a positive impact on the development of the University, which undoubtedly still lacks places for pleasant spending of time between classes. The project is aimed at everyone who would like to use a place to freely discuss, read or simply relax. In addition, due to its close proximity to the headquarters of the Incubator (separated only by a glass pane from this space), it will also allow the exchange of ideas and thoughts between academics and students. We hope that this space will be conducive to the integration of the growing Incubator team with the students as well, and thus, through casual conversations and looking at our activities, will allow it to develop even more vigorously. The project will be made available to everyone in the Faculty and everyone will be able to use it without hindrance both during and after the work of the Incubator.
Where? This will be a corridor in building „D” of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics, on the third floor facing ul. Uniwersytecka (with windows facing this street).
The use of this space was consulted at WPAiE and we received initial (and enthusiastic) planning approval for development for this underutilised space.
And from us.. We will ensure that the place we have created is in order, that it is maintained and progressively developed, and that we provide organisational support for the creation of the space described. We will also take care of the initial furnishing and selection of books, and then ensure that they are properly circulated and exchanged as part of the planned bookcrossing.
We will also seek to use and engage the iOS space to meet students, promote its existence and encourage its use through, among other things, events hosted in this friendly space.
Who are you? We are the Incubator of Scientific Excellence – Digital Justice, which operates at the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wrocław. We are a new unit that is developing rapidly and we are very keen to involve the academic community in our activities and especially to stay in close contact with students. Our research centre investigates the impact of new technologies on the criminal justice system. Through our research we become part of an international community seeking to adapt existing legal solutions to the new challenges of the modern world.
Project number: [ 9 ] Klubik dziecięcy – wsparcie rodzin doświadczonych migracją (Children’s club – support for families affected by migration)
We will do that: The aim of the project is to organise a day-care centre for children aged 6-12, where we will provide care for children from Ukraine at this difficult time for them and their families. This is to help their parents who may feel overwhelmed by the new reality and to give them space to find work. In the main, we want to provide care for children belonging to the UWr community (siblings of students, children from staff families etc.). The project will involve student volunteers who are keen to volunteer to help. This opportunity will enable them to gain experience, often preparing them for their future careers.
Why and for whom? The idea is a response to the current global situation. We would like to provide care for children from Ukraine so that their parents can organise their documents or look for work in peace during this time. We think it fits the space of the University because we associate this place with students and staff who want to improve the space around them through their activities. The project will also involve students from faculties such as pedagogy, who will also gain practical experience through the project. By providing care for siblings or children of the UWr community, we will allow students to study in peace, and staff to relieve stress and focus on their work.
Where? We would like the common room to be located in the University Library building.
And from us.. For our part, we offer artistic activities, sports, excursions for children. We will work together to implement ideas and help children find their way in the new reality. We have prepared a database of places which offer free visits on selected days of the week, e.g. to individual exhibitions, and we could take our charges there.
Who are you? We are students who want to work for refugees from Ukraine. Despite the fact that each of us deals with something different every day, we believe that together we can create a child-friendly place.
Natalia – worked for 3 years with children on the autism spectrum aged 3-10, organised sports, art activities, trips etc. For a year and a half she was also a nanny for children aged 6-11
Magda – National Security student in her third year. She belongs to NZS UWr, where she coordinated several HR-related projects. For 5 years she worked as an animator and volunteer in the Children of Mary. She is a very empathetic person.
Paulina – Student of Economic Sociology and Music Therapy. She combines her studies with activities in various student clubs and associations, where she is responsible for the organisation of various events. She began to gain experience working with children as a volunteer at a centre for children with cerebral palsy. In her music therapy work she has also worked with blind children, among others.
Kaja – she gained her experience working in a community centre in Krakow, where she took care of children aged 8-12 and led art classes. She was a volunteer and then a coordinator at language camps for children and young people aged 7-18, where she taught English, ran training sessions and games.
Karolina is a student of journalism and social communication. On a daily basis she is active in theScientific Association of Interdisciplinary European Activities, where she serves as President.
Project number: [ 10 ] Scientific seminar „Understanding Current Europe”
We will do that: The aim of our project is to organise a scientific seminar entitled „Understanding current Europe”, which will be attended by students and employees of the Department of European Studies of the University of Wrocław. If you think this is going to be a scientific event like many, here we want to explain what its uniqueness will be. Firstly, we include our international students, coming from many different European countries, including Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, but also from outside Europe, for whom it is important to understand the social, cultural and political specificities of the European continent. During the seminar we want to discuss the problems and challenges facing Europe today, from our perspective as young people who feel a shared responsibility for the future of our continent. The high scientific level of our discussions will be taken care of by our lecturers from KSE UWr, who have agreed not only to spend time with us, but also to help in the preparation of our scientific projects, which we would like to discuss. The seminar is also intended as an opportunity to integrate the CSE student community from Poland with colleagues from other countries. For this is how we see integration, which for us is not just a political process taking place in Brussels cabinets and in the halls of parliament, but means, above all, cooperation, partnership, trust and understanding between people who come from different regions and countries, who speak different languages, but who are united by a common concern for freedom, peace and security. We want to promote these values, which turn out to be so important in today’s reality, during our scientific seminar. As we plan to organise our seminar in the „Storczyk” Environmental Base belonging to the University of Wroclaw, we would like to show our colleagues from abroad the natural and touristic values of the Karkonosze National Park. The seminar is planned over three part days. On the first day we arrive in the afternoon at the “Storczyk” and immediately after accommodation we have our first discussion session. The next day we deliberate from morning until noon, then we go on a three-hour excursion to the Krkonoše National Park, and after the walk we return again to scientific discussions. On the third day, the morning will start with another scientific session before heading back to Wrocław in the afternoon.
Why and for whom? Students, as well as female and male employees of the University of Wrocław, who will take part in the seminar, will benefit directly from the event. They will have the opportunity to share their knowledge, present the results of scientific analyses and discuss the future of the integration project in Europe. Students will have the opportunity to get to know their foreign colleagues better, and foreign participants in the seminar will become convinced of the many advantages of studying at the University of Wrocław, related not only to the high level of teaching, but also to participation in events conducive to scientific development and social and intercultural integration. We hope that our colleagues from outside Poland, after graduating and returning to their home countries, will be the best ambassadors of UWr, also thanks to our project, encouraging to study at our wonderful University. It is also worth remembering that as participants in the seminar, students of the University of Wrocław, we will be living carriers of ideas of cooperation, openness and understanding, which we want to discuss, as well as consolidate and promote in the communities within which we function – academic, collegiate, local, national or European. The project also aims to promote the unique place which is the Ecological Station „Storczyk” in Karpacz. Many people seem not to remember what a unique place the UWr and its community have at their disposal, which we should use not only for scientific events such as the one we are proposing, but also in the future as a place for meetings and discussions in beautiful, inspiring surroundings, in close contact with nature.
Where? We plan to hold the planned scientific seminar at the Ecological Station „Storczyk” in Karpacz belonging to the University of Wrocław, at the end of May/beginning of June 2022. This facility has a room that we will be able to use during the seminar sessions, as well as sufficient accommodation to accommodate all seminar participants. In this way, the funds that we want to raise through UWr’s Academic Open Budget programme will largely go back to the University of Wrocław, to the Ecological Station, which can reuse them according to its own needs. Thus, the project creates added value for the many stakeholders that make up our academic community.
And from us.. We are the authors of the idea, we intend to plan and implement the seminar in such a way that each participant has a chance to develop their scientific interests and take an active part in the discussions. We will deliver all the materials and multimedia equipment necessary for the seminar to the venue. We will document the course of the seminar with short videos and photos, which we will share with the rest of our university community by posting them on the social media of the Department of European Studies of the University of Wrocław. When we return, we will write a detailed report on the trip so that you can see how far we have achieved our objectives.
Who are you? We are a group of students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wrocław, actively involved in the Project Europe research club. We share common interests in European integration and European culture, and we actively promote Poland’s full membership in the European Union. Through our activities we try to promote the idea of integration and cooperation, not only on an international level but also on a local and regional level. Over the last few years we have been co-organisers of numerous events and scientific activities taking place at the Department of European Studies of the University of Wrocław. The last one is the 3rd National Congress on European Studies „Europe of Many Speeds”, which took place in September 2021 at the University of Wrocław
Project number: [ 11 ] „Inkluzywnie do mnie mów, czyli poradnik dla tych, którzy chcą otwartego i równościowego Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego” (“Inclusively speak to me, or a guide for those who want an open and equal university in Wrocław”)
We will do that: We want to print a brochure aimed at the UWr community. In the booklet we will write about how to speak and communicate so as not to discriminate and perpetuate inequalities. We will consider different groups that may be discriminated against on the basis of gender, psychosexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, origin, disability, age..
We will focus primarily on language because we believe that language shapes our consciousness, and a change in communication is a change that any of us can make! This seemingly small change can make a big difference to people from minority groups in our community – they will feel that they are in a welcoming environment, that they can feel comfortable here, that they are at home.
Why and for whom? We know that non-inclusive language, language that perpetuates inequality, is not always due to ill will. It often stems from ignorance or the belief that „it has always been said that way”, and stereotypes are rooted even in proverbs. We want to show that you can do things differently, we want to point out that it is worth thinking about how you speak. In a simple and clear way, we want to explain concepts that are not always clear to the average user/user of the language.
Where? We want to print the brochure in the maximum edition that the budget allows. Estimates suggest that this will be around 6,000 pieces. We want to distribute it as widely as possible, reaching as many people as possible, from all groups in the UWr community (people studying, teaching, working).
If we manage to raise additional funds, we want to print it also in an English-language version.
And from us.. Agata Kreska and Katarzyna Lisowska will write the main part of the text. Łukasz Prus and Ariel Przybyłowicz will be responsible for legal commentary. Dominika Hull will assemble the text and develop it graphically.
Who are you? Dominika Hull – works in the Communication Department, graphic designer, photographer; Agata Kreska – works in the Communication Department, equality activist, LGBT+ ally, feminist; Katarzyna Lisowska – works at the Department of Literary Theory, a feminist, an ally of all those in need; Łukasz Prus – Assistant Professor at WPAE, Ombudsman for Equal Treatment and Anti-Discrimination at UWr in 2020-2021 (currently on leave), lawyer providing in particular pro bono publico legal assistance in civil rights cases; Ariel Przybyłowicz – Assistant Professor at the Labour Law Department of the University of Wrocław, Ombudsman for Equal Treatment and Counteracting Discrimination at the University of Wrocław, legal advisor
Project number: [ 12 ] Wolność słowa fundamentem wolnego i różnorodnego uniwersytetu wrocławskiego. (Freedom of speech the foundation of a free and diverse University of Wrocław
We will do that: The aim of our project is to inspire and encourage students and staff of the University of Wrocław to reflect on and constructively discuss one of the most important values of the University – freedom of expression. We are increasingly seeing in the university environment that this freedom is being abused and distorted through irresponsible and aggressive speech, but also through empty words and newspeak in communication. We are even more concerned about recent attempts to limit freedom of expression in the UWr community and to introduce preventive censorship aimed at eliminating critical thinking and courage in the formulation and expression of judgements and opinions. Our idea to counteract such a situation is to organise an open academic debate, free from verbal aggression and emotional pressure, but also from threats to use the civil and criminal codes, on the importance of freedom of speech for the survival and development of the University as a research and educational institution; a discussion that supports diversity, openness and citizenship. We plan to invite the Rector of UWr prof. dr hab. Przemysław Wiszewski, the President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland Mr. prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk, the Ombudsman Mr. dr hab. prof. Marcin Wiącek, prof. of UW, Minister of Science and Higher Education Mr. dr. hab. Przemysław Chernek, Professor at the Catholic University of Lublin, President of the Batory Foundation Council, Professor Andrzej Rychard, and President of the Panoptykon Foundation, Miss Katarzyna Szumielewicz. We hope that such a selected group of discussants will allow us to bring closer to the community of our University the importance of freedom of speech for the transparency of public life, the right to conduct scientific research and publish its results, free from world-view, political and ideological pressure, to prevent the mechanisms of enslaving public opinion, but also to increase the quality of public debate and the exercise of freedom of speech, including in academic social media. We want to develop a list of detailed questions and issues for discussion with the collaboration of the entire UWr academic community. If you support our project, we will encourage you to send questions to the invited discussants that relate to the topic of our debate, which will then be asked during the event itself. We plan to organise the debate in October 2022, at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Wrocław. The debate will be open to 200 people directly, while the event will be broadcast live via social media. We are not afraid of pandemic conditions. If covid does not let up, we will hold our discussion remotely, but we insist, if possible, on a direct form of meeting and dialogue between the invited guests, with the active involvement of the audience. The debate will be chaired by a person with knowledge, competence and experience in conducting such events. Part of it will use the audience’s comments on the invited guests’ speeches and questions relating to the Discussants’ statements. This will allow any willing person from the UWr academic community to contribute to the discussion, we will also capture your views in a social media chat.
Why and for whom? As we know human words and memory are fleeting, so in the interests of ensuring that the results of the project stay with us for longer, and that the main threads of the debate on freedom of speech at the University inspire thought and action from our students and staff, we will prepare a short report after the debate with a summary of all the threads in the discussion. There will be voices and opinions expressed not only by the invited Discussants (a representative of the UWr Rector’s Office, a representative of KSARP, a representative of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, a representative of the Ombudsman, a representative of the Batory Foundation and Panopticon), but also by all the speakers, not only from among those present at the debate venue, but also from the Internet users commenting the proceedings of the meeting in social media. We assume that participation in the debate will stimulate the academic community to think critically but also creatively about the University and the social relations that prevail in our place of learning and work. The debate is therefore for the whole academic community and is also intended to send a message and encourage greater transparency, openness and sensitivity to critical voices about the functioning of our University. Indeed, freedom of expression, pointing out instances of wrongdoing and discussing possible remedies is the best way to raise organisational and ethical standards in the process of university governance. We therefore hope that the project will benefit all of us, our entire community.
Where? The planned debate will take place at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Wrocław, which has the necessary infrastructure and space for such an event. We also believe that it is the Faculty of Social Sciences, where research and teaching are carried out on the subjects of the debate, i.e. civic rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression, civic participation in the public sphere, civic responsibility, the quality of public institutions, that seems a good place to ensure an atmosphere of openness, trust, sincerity and kindness, which is necessary for an informed discussion.
And from us.. From ourselves we give the idea, the development of a detailed concept of the debate, our time, which we will devote to inviting guests, collecting from you the questions you would like to ask the participants in the debate, organising the whole event. We will disseminate information about the debate, its proceedings and a report on the event to the UWr itself, but also beyond. We will want to report on the debate in the UWr Repository and the final information in “Przegląd Uniwersytecki” (the University Review).
Who are you? We are a group of the University of Wrocław employees who met a few months ago, thanks to our involvement in the forum „Uniwersytet Wrocławski-forum, agora, wspólnota”. We work at different faculties, Dagmara at the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences, Ania at the Faculty of Biotechnology, Małgosia and Rafał at Faculty of Social Sciences, and Piotr at the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, which gives us the opportunity to look at UWr and its issues from a broader perspective. Scientific and didactic work is our passion, and we treat the University of Wroclaw not only as a place to earn money, but also as a community of people who, thanks to UWr, can learn about the world, pursue their interests and share their knowledge with others. The comprehensive knowledge we possess about various aspects of university life, as well as the challenges and problems our University is currently facing, which we acquired during numerous formal and informal meetings and discussions with other UWr employees and students, motivated us to take joint action in the form of the proposed project.
Project number: [ 13 ] Teatr psychologiczny (Psychological theatre)
We will do that: There is only one thing missing at the University of Wrocław – student theatre. The performances aim to juxtapose the works of the classics with psychological knowledge and the impact of this science on human behaviour. The already assembled acting and vocal group consists of students from the Institute of Psychology.
We want to provide the academic community with opportunities for cultural realisation, as well as broadening their understanding of psychology and its impact on the wider arts. We want to provide students with a top-quality leisure experience, full of aesthetic, emotional and educational impressions. The university would then become not only a place of learning but also of culture and entertainment.
Why and for whom? The performing arts are one of our most important subjects. As theatre enthusiasts, we want to create our own. We are creating a Psychological Theatre to operate at the Institute of Psychology. Our project will benefit both male and female students as well as academics who, in addition to being able to interact with art, will deepen their knowledge of psychology. We plan to premiere the first show with the start of the new academic year, in autumn 2022. However, we would like to complete our participation in the project, which is Psychological Theatre, only after graduation.
Where? The Psychological Theatre is based at the Institute of Psychology, and its auditorium is the venue for performances and rehearsals.
And from us.. We have a finished script and an acting group of 27 people gathered at the Institute of Psychology, with whom we have already had our first meetings. We also looked at the auditorium of the Institute of Psychology, where rehearsals and performances are to take place. We are in the process of formalising our activities as a Student Scientific Association. The only thing we lack is the funds needed to purchase the equipment necessary to stage the performances.
Who are you? We are lovers of theatre and theatre studies who met at the University of Wrocław and want to give students of the University access to the academic dimension of culture. As a team leader, I work on the script and direct the planned performances. The members of the initiative group, on the other hand, have many years of stage experience and form an acting ensemble.
Project number: [ 14 ] UWr siatkówką stoi – pomóż nam pozostać na szczycie! (UWR stand for volleyball – help us stay on top!)
We will do that: In a nutshell – as part of the project we would like to equip the auditorium at ul. Przesmyckiego 10, where our trainings take place, with training equipment and also buy new match uniforms (as the ones we play in are older than some of our seniors). Our actions will not only influence the development of the section (which is a big promotion of Uni Wroclaw on the national and, I think, also international arena, taking into account the fact that several of our colleagues are not from Poland), but also the development of the whole hall, where PE classes are conducted not only in volleyball. Our main aim is to make things easier for both our coach and ourselves – as I mentioned, we always come to training with great pleasure, but having a comparison, whether to the clubs we played at or other universities, we feel we could work more effectively with a little help from specialist equipment.
Why and for whom? We want to realise this project because we have the impression (and unfortunately it is not illusory) that the University authorities have forgotten about the hall over the years. We also want to leave a little „positive trace” for the next, younger volleyball students, who may not even know yet that they will study at our University, but most of all we want to use the money offered wisely, i.e. buy special equipment and enjoy it as long as we are students. In addition to the women’s section there is a parallel men’s section, so in fact 2x more people are able to realistically and regularly use and effectively, realistically get in shape thanks to what we have planned to buy (I’m not talking about the once in a while use possible for everyone within the hall).
Where? small assembly hall at the sports complex, ul. Przesmyckiego 10
And from us.. We have been representing the colours of the University of Wrocław with pride and a smile on our faces for many years, so we have many ideas on how to organise well and use the budget allocated to us. We are recognised in the student, volleyball and coaching community, so it seems all the more likely that we will be able to spend every penny allocated to us well. We have many ideas, new ones are born every now and then, and each of us will sign up to the fact that it is because we love this sport and it runs in our veins alongside our blood. This project will enable us to continue to develop at a higher level – technology is advancing and we also want to develop with higher-end equipment than we have at the moment.
Who are you? We are a group of students who have been representing Uni Wroclaw for many years in the form of the University of Wrocław women’s volleyball section. We can be proud of the fact that for many years we have occupied medal positions in the Lower Silesian Intercollegiate League, which has qualified us to play on the national stage – both in indoor and beach volleyball. In fact, some of us have section experience from 1st year bachelor studies to Doctoral School. What sets us apart is that we actually love spending time with each other – both in and out of training and university.
Project number: [ 15 ] Integracja – pedagogiczna przestrzeń nieograniczonych możliwości (Integration – a pedagogical space of unlimited possibilities)
We will do that: Our idea is to create a space of unGRAined opportunities to foster the interGRAction of the academic community. The venue for our project will be a corridor on the second floor of the UWR Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology building at ul. Dawida 1 in Wrocław.
We believe that nothing brings people together better than spending time together playing board games, table games and other games… So that’s what our idea revolves around. We want it to be a place full of colour, to evoke positive emotions and interest. The space we created would be conducive to meetings and integration.
The inteGRAcja project is also a space for pedagogical activities aimed at people from the Institute of Pedagogy and beyond, including children from kindergartens and primary schools, their teachers and carers, and others interested in these issues. We are planning activities aimed at:
Methodological area: developing competence in the use of games in the process of education and upbringing of children, improving skills in designing original games for work with children in pre-school and early school education.
In the research area: learning about theoretical issues concerning the use of games in education and upbringing (historical conditions, contemporary terminology, etc.), designing and implementing participatory research in the area of gamification and gamification.
The rationale for the planned activities is that the role and importance of games in the educational process of children is well described in the literature. It is worth emphasising that the games we propose develop imagination, broaden thinking horizons, help to gather knowledge about the world, organise historical information, develop musical potential, mathematical and natural science competences, language and movement skills.
A welcoming space with access to a variety of board games, table games and other games (for example, a game of class on the floor, a game of tic-tac-toe on a chalkboard wall) will be essential to achieve the objectives. There will also be second-hand games, brought in by us or others, and their use will be linked to the idea of bookcrossing – gamecrossing for us. Fill this space with comfortable seating, tables, a cosy rug, as well as practical shelves, bookcases, atmospheric lamps and vibrant flowers, and only your imagination will define its boundaries.
However, due to the specific nature of the place created, its use will follow certain rules:
Access to this zone will be unlimited, but access to selected games will be for a limited time.
Keeping the games and other equipment in good order and condition will be a joint responsibility of the organisers and users.
Thanks to our project, the Institute of Pedagogy will gain an additional, well-organised and aesthetic space for pedagogical activities. This zone will also make our Institute more attractive in its physical dimension.
Why and for whom? Our idea was born in Room 60 – Niezwykła Pracownia Muzyczna (the Unusual Music Studio), which is equipped with musical instruments, carpet, mirrors, comfortable pouffes and more. It is an unusual space that stands out among the other rooms at the Institute. Its organisation and facilities are conducive to creative activities and the building of social relationships. We were encouraged by dr Marta Kondraga-Szala to stay in the room between classes and play board games together. We took up the offer and over time it turned into our little weekly tradition. There was a lot of laughter, but also a „hint” of competition. This inspired the creation of a public games “corner” at the Institute of Pedagogy.
The project we are planning is open to all board game enthusiasts and others who are just getting into it. Our idea makes it possible to integrate the academic community also in an intergenerational (children, young people, adults and listeners of the University of the Third Age) and intercultural context.
Our project is not a closed idea. It is only, or as much as, a place for many different activities such as tournaments, games, workshops, seminars or social gatherings.
The initiative “inteGRAcja – pedagogiczna przestrzeń nieoGRAniczonych możliwości” („inteGration – a pedagogical space of unGRAined possibilities”) will never really end. When we leave the walls of our Institute, the next generation will take over the responsibility of coordinating and caring for the common space. The idea will be able to develop with the use of new releases among the games.
Our project fits into the space of the University as it aims to be inclusive, build an attitude of openness and develop social relations, as well as research and scientific activities. These two realities will interpenetrate and drive each other, just as they do at our University.
Where? The project will be carried out in a separate part of the corridor on the second floor, in the building of the Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology of the UWR, at ul. Dawida 1 in Wrocław.
And from us.. For our part, we offer commitment to the project, enthusiasm and positive energy, which we hope will be shared with the rest of our Institute community! We plan to develop our idea and enrich it with new initiatives. Furthermore, we undertake to fulfil our obligations in a reliable and responsible manner. We will make sure that the space we have created is tidy and that everyone feels comfortable there. We offer our energy and time!
Who are you? We are a group of people who want to act and have great ideas, which we lack PLN 10 thousand to implement. Our group consists of 2nd year students of Pre-school and early childhood pedagogy and two former students, currently working at the Institute of Pedagogy 😊. It turned out that we had a lot in common. We therefore want to join forces and create a scientific circle at the IP, which will integrate the pedagogical environment and provide an opportunity for research, methodical and organisational development. It will open us up to the world, and the world to us! We have a huge number of ideas, desire, commitment and a good attitude. We will do our best to put this enthusiasm to good use! You will certainly hear about us more than once and we will undertake various initiatives together.
And for a good start – we want to use the ABO!
Project number: [ 16 ] Just breathe: skuteczne techniki treningu oddechowego i ich zastosowanie w praktyce (Just breathe: Effective breathing training techniques and their application in practice)
We will do that: The aim of the „Just breathe” project is to raise awareness of the effects of slow diaphragmatic breathing on mood, stress and health, and to increase widespread skill in regulating one’s own breathing.
We will conduct a series of 1.5 hour workshops to demonstrate beneficial breathing techniques and prepare participants to perform breathing exercises on their own. We will also present research results and scientific concepts that explain how slow breathing affects the body. Breathing rate and depth can modify nervous system activity, which translates into benefits in the area of mental wellbeing and health. Therefore, the use of heart rate variability (heart rate variability) measurement equipment can be used to measure heart rate variability. HRV-Heart Rate Variability), we will demonstrate the effects of breathing on the nervous system. Thanks to this, participants:
– know their baseline level of heart rate variability,
– learn why it is important to know it (i.e. what it tells us about our state of health)
– experience how you can modulate your own heart rate variability through breathing exercises.
And most importantly, by measuring heart rate variability, workshop participants will experience how their body’s physiology changes due to a change in breathing rate.
A group of psychology students will be trained in this area and prepared to conduct future workshops on breathing and heart rate variability, aimed at the wider community – academic (students of other UWr faculties or UWr employees) or interested citizens of Wrocław.
In currently very turbulent times – the main gain for the academic community – will be the opportunity to consciously use such a natural, easily accessible and cost-free way of lowering anxiety, fear or stress – which is slow breathing. Workshop participants will not only be able to use these skills themselves, but also share them in their surroundings. We will cover our activities on social media. Therefore, those who will not be attending the workshop – will also be able to learn more about the benefits of slow breathing.
Why and for whom? All people in our immediate academic community who would like to experience the effects of slow diaphragmatic breathing on the body are invited to participate. As a result, those who attend the workshop will be able to:
- influence your body and psyche more effectively through the breath.
- share their knowledge and skills with others.
- join us and run workshops together with us.
The project fits into the space of the University on many levels: sharing knowledge and skills, personal development, promoting pro-health behaviour, meetings, integration or exchange of experiences.
Through this project we have the opportunity to share the knowledge and practical skills we are developing through our research. We feel that slow breathing is an underrated ability and we want to change that. We want to popularise and encourage this natural ability that all of us possess.
Where? On our initiative, the workshop will be held at the Institute of Psychology and Pedagogy of UWr. We are also happy to carry out workshops in other spaces of the University, adapting to the needs of participants.
And from us.. From our side we provide our time, commitment, knowledge and skills. We will develop the workshop on the basis of the latest available scientific knowledge. We will take care of the organisation and coordination of the individual workshops (we also have experience in this area).
We will also provide equipment with which to practice slow breathing (phones with compatible breathing sensors) and proprietary apps that make breathing exercises easier.
Who are you? We are a group of psychologist-researchers and practitioners. We are keen to see how the results of our research can be put into practice in the context of promoting health and supporting mental well-being. We have experience working with children, adults, seniors, healthy people and people suffering from chronic pain, oncological diseases or struggling with eating disorders. In the studies we conducted, subjects had the opportunity to experience new technologies, including virtual reality and equipment for measuring physiological functions. We combine knowledge and psychological competence with modern technologies. We work in an interdisciplinary way, implementing new solutions from different fields, which we would like to continue to share with others.
Project number: [ 17 ] Wspieramy studiujące mamy – pokój dla matki z dzieckiem (We support studying mothers – room for a mother with a child)
We will do that: The aim of the project is to adapt room 1 in the Institute of Pedagogy building to meet the needs of our students – mothers with children. By refreshing the room and purchasing the necessary equipment, we will be able to create a friendly space where our students raising children will have somewhere to feed them, change them or leave them in the care of accompanying persons. In this way, children will spend their time safely in a comfortable environment, and mothers will calmly do all the errands at the university.
- Information on the FB profile of the Institute about the planned project
- Call for proposals to refresh and equip the room.
- Selection of the best project – announcement of competition results.
- Purchase of painting supplies and equipment.
- Designing a painting works.
- Project Final.
This procedure of selecting the winning project will reactivate (after the pandemic) our campus community around a common task.
Why and for whom? Over 95% of our students are women, who are often already involved in raising their own children. They are often forced to come with them to the Institute to deal with various formalities. Then the children stay in corridors completely unsuitable for their needs.
Where? The project concerns room 1 on the ground floor of the Pedagogical Institute building.
And from us.. We provide design preparation, transport, organisation and decoration and clean-up work.
Who are you? Marek Podgórny – Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pedagogy,
Joanna Golonka-Legut – Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pedagogy,
Wojciech Sylwester – Head of Site Administration
Kinga Czarnecka – student of Pedagogy
Oliwia Stępień – student of Pedagogy
Project number: [ 18 ] Studencki Open Space (Studencki open space)
We will do that: The aim of the proposed project is to transform a fragment of a not very representative corridor into a place conducive to comfortable work on projects for students of geography, spatial management and tourism, because such fields of study are conducted by our Institute. Within the available budget we plan to purchase two large (250×120 and 200×120 cm) oval conference tables together with additional equipment: comfortable chairs, power strips for charging laptops, a lighting lamp. The addition will be a corkboard to hang on the wall in place of the 1950s wardrobe. We suggest pinning postcards that come to us from all over the world to the board. The last item to be purchased are the pot holders, which will allow more greenery and oxygen to be introduced into our space in a safe way for the plants. The most expensive (per unit) elements of this set are the project (conference) tables together with their transport. Assembly and arrangement – a social act.
Why and for whom? Our initiative is about changing the space of at least part of the Institute of Geography and Regional Development. We want the teaching infrastructure to start keeping up with the changes that are taking place in science and the research we are doing. We are asking for an improvement in the accommodation conditions in which our students must function. This is a small step towards changing an uninteresting space inherited from decades past and existing under ‚no means’ conditions. We say no to additions, outdated and non-functional equipment.
Where? The project will be carried out in the Main Building of the University of Wrocław at pl. Uniwersytecki 1. It concerns the third floor of the building where part of the Institute of Geography and Regional Development is located. This space is used by students of geography, spatial management and tourism, but also by people borrowing maps from cartographic collections. The interior is also visited by tourists using the lift to visit the Mathematical Tower.
And from us.. We have already started changing our corridors. As a result of our initiative, pictures of world travels were hung on the walls, and colourful seats added variety to the grey corridors. However, this is a drop in the ocean and does not meet the needs expressed by the Institute’s students and staff. As part of this project we provide organisational work and manpower in arranging the space. We also promise not to stop with this project. The Institute’s interiors are in need of renovation and discussions on work organisation. The construction of a new Institute building is unfortunately not within the ABO UWr budget – we support the University authorities in this most serious matter for us.
Who are you? We are a group of research and teaching staff and doctoral students representing two departments of the Institute of Geography and Regional Development. We specialise in environmental issues and use state-of-the-art research tools. We work a lot, publish our research results in top industry journals, and draw inspiration from established research centres. Each of us has a different experience, but we share it and support each other. Thus, we have years spent researching both polar zones, proficiency in conducting geophysical surveys, hundreds of published maps and performed GIS spatial analyses, internships at Oxford and other prestigious universities, teaching and organisational experience. We share a maximum commitment to our duties and work is basically a lifestyle. And while we look to the future with optimism, we can hardly turn a blind eye to the situation of our workplace. The institute is spread over 5 remote university sites, these sites require urgent attention in terms of working and learning conditions.
Project number: [ 19 ] Geologia w twoich rękach! (Geology in your hands!)
We will do that: The aim of the project is to create a hardware base for designing and producing 3D models of geological structures such as faults or folds, models depicting different types of geological structure, models of crystal mineral networks and many others. Such equipment will enable the teaching materials of the Institute of Geological Sciences and the Geological Museum to be continually enriched and adapted to the changing needs of students and visitors. We plan to purchase a 3D printer, a supply of printing essentials and spare parts to create and develop a collection of teaching models. This will make it easier for our staff to explain the basics of geology, and for students and visitors to the Geological Museum to understand problems that require spatial imagination. It will no longer be necessary to refer to abstract concepts illustrated on two-dimensional cards and slides. Geology will literally be in your hands!
Why and for whom? We believe that with the development of modern technology, an interactive approach to didactics works best. We want to teach accessibly and effectively. The models we print will help those with less spatial imagination to master the basics of geology. We can see that these issues, shown on two-dimensional boards and slides, sometimes seem difficult, and yet this need not be the case. Finally, it will be possible to present different types of geological structures such as folds or faults in three dimensions and visualise them on the two-dimensional space of a geological map. All this will be possible without resorting to geometric constructions drawn with chalk on a blackboard or shown in multimedia presentations.
All members of the initiative group will participate in the project. We will ensure that the equipment is ordered, assembled and used correctly. The project will primarily benefit students of the first years of geology and geological engineering and visitors to the Geological Museum, as well as all participants of promotional events of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management, during which we will present 3D models created by us. In addition, we will be open to any teaching needs of the Institute of Geological Sciences. We will organise an open meeting for students and staff, where we will present the 3D printer and its possible applications in teaching, followed by workshops for those interested. We also plan to use the purchased equipment in the activities of scientific circles active in the Institute of Geological Sciences.
Where? We plan to set up our equipment base and model collection in the Department of Physical Geology in room 227 at pl. Maxa Borna 9.
And from us.. We will create a proprietary database of 3D models using software supplied by the manufacturer. We will organise a suitable place for the equipment to work and ensure that the materials are properly stored. We will assemble the printer ourselves and try to make it last as long as possible. We will make sure that the models produced with its help will be of the best use in spreading geological knowledge among students and visitors of the Geological Museum of the University of Wrocław.
Who are you? We are a team associated with the Department of Physical Geology (ZGF) and the Henryk Teisseyre UWr Geological Museum (MG). ZGF staff teach students the basics of geological craftsmanship, but also run advanced courses for final-year undergraduate and graduate students. In turn, MG employees organise numerous educational workshops for schoolchildren, during which the participants actively learn about the secrets of the formation of our planet. In short, teaching geology is our passion.
Our technical specialist is Piotr, a geology student who has been making models on his own printer for over two years and knows the ins and outs of 3D printing inside out.
The strength of our group is its diversity. Our team consists of a professor, an assistant professor, a doctoral student, a student and a nature educator. Thus, we combine years of teaching experience, openness to innovation, energy for action and technical expertise.
Project number: [ 20 ] Wystawa „Starsze niż dinozaury” (poszukiwanie skamieniałości w osadach triasu synklunorium północnosudeckiego w Raciborowicach Górnych) (Exhibition “Older than dinosaurs” (Search for fossils in the triassic sediments of the north sudeten syncline in Raciborowice Górne))
We will do that: The aim of the project is to organise an exhibition of acquired Triassic fossils from the vicinity of Raciborowice Górne (vertebrate remains including fish, invertebrate remains including bivalves, brachiopods, snails, lily pads and others) from several Middle Triassic exposures (shell limestone). This will allow to broaden knowledge on palaeoenvironment of the Sudety Mts. in the Middle Triassic period and will be a basis for identification of geotourist attractions of Lower Silesia. As the sediments of the Lower Shell Limestone were formed only a few million years after the Permian extinction, the fossils discovered could provide important information about the recovery of ecosystems after the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history. The planned activities include field and laboratory work. Ultimately, all specimens will enrich the museum collections of the Department of Stratigraphic Geology of the Institute of Geological Sciences (WNoZiKS) and the Department of Palaeozoology (WNB).
As part of the fieldwork, a trip to Raciborowice Górne is planned, in order to clean the exposures and to take rock samples with fossils. These surveys will be carried out by students under the supervision of academic staff in accordance with the principles of good geological practice. The trips will also include documentation of Middle Triassic exposures.
Laboratory studies involve the preparation, preservation and palaeontological description of the collected samples. Each specimen will be catalogued.
The conclusion of the research will be the organisation of a temporary exhibition within the walls of the University Library in Wrocław. Presentations are also planned at the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Biological Sciences, as well as at scientific conferences such as the 6th National Scientific Conference „Exploring Paleobiology”. The information obtained will be new research topics for geology and biology students, resulting in scientific publications in the near future.
Why and for whom? This project is based on the cooperation of two Student Scientific Associations of Geologists and Palaeobiologists, which in the future opens up new horizons for young researchers for further scientific projects. The Middle Triassic (shell limestone) fossils have a very high stratigraphic value not only for the region but also on a European scale.
The idea for the research arose during interdepartmental debates on Triassic vertebrate fossils from the Sudeten area.
The project promotes the University of Wrocław as a research university, developing cooperation within the University and with the social environment. The exhibition will help to encourage more high school graduates to enrol at the University of Wrocław, particularly in natural sciences and Earth sciences-related courses.
For the implementation of future projects related to the North Sudeten Triassic Synclinorium.
Students of geology from the Student Scientific Associations of Geologists and biology from the Student Scientific Circle of Palaeobiologists, in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Stratigraphic Geology of the Institute of Geological Sciences (WNoZiKS)and the Department of Palaeozoology (WNB).
Where? The UWr Library will host an exhibition to present the most interesting discoveries made during the project. Laboratory work will be conducted at the Department of Stratigraphic Geology and the Department of Palaeozoology.
And from us.. Organising the trip and collecting samples, preparing samples and organising an exhibition to popularise the science of palaeontology, biology and geology, and a lot of will and motivation to complete this project! Both field and laboratory activities will be supervised by academic staff.
Who are you? Our team consists of staff from the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Biological Sciences and students from the Student Scientific Circle of Geologists and the Student Scientific Circle of Palaeobiologists, studying fossils and palaeoenvironments from the Paleozoic and Mesozoic.
Dr Paweł Raczyński, Department of Stratigraphic Geology, Institute of Geological Sciences, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dr Urszula Ratajczak – Skrzatek, Department of Palaeozoology, Faculty of Biological Sciences
Mgr Tomasz Skawiński, Department of Palaeozoology, Faculty of Biological Sciences
Mgr Tomasz Skawiński, Department of Palaeozoology, Faculty of Biological Sciences
Karol Karbowski, Master’s student in Biology, Student Scientific Association of Paleobiologists
Józef Grzelak, Bachelor’s student in geology, Student Scientific Association of Geologists,
Stanislau Shytsik, Bachelor’s student in geology, Student Scientific Association of Geologists.
We study fossils from the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic and paleoecological research. We are interested in the possibility of reconstructing environmental conditions from traces of past life and the rate of recovery of ecosystems after the Permian extinction. We are interested in finding interesting fossils that will be of high scientific value and at the same time will be of interest to people not normally associated with research work.
Project number: [ 21 ] Jak się wyrażasz. Sesja zdjęciowa z Agatą Kalinowską (How you express yourself. Photo shoot with Agata Kalinowska)
We will do that: As part of the project we will carry out a photo session and an exhibition of its results in the space of the Institute of Cultural Studies. We invited an outstanding photographer from Wrocław, Agata Kalinowska, who creates with the help of analogue photography techniques (portfolio: https://relativelyhuman.blogspot.com) to cooperate. The photo session will be attended by all willing persons connected with the Institute of Cultural Studies who apply as models. We anticipate that these will include not only male and female students, lecturers and lecturers, but also artists, publicists, writers and poets who over the years have tied their lives to Wrocław’s cultural studies. A professional make-up artist will take care of the make-up of the models, we will also use previously prepared props and lighting rented especially for the occasion. For the purposes of the project we are also planning to borrow costumes from the Capitol Musical Theatre and Wrocław Opera. A joint photo session of people who have been involved in cultural studies for decades is an excellent opportunity for intergenerational integration and to draw attention to the place – a building full of curiosities on Szewska Street, which for 50 years has been a witness to the history of Polish Wrocław cultural studies.
The result of the work will be enjoyed a few weeks later during the opening of the exhibition presenting them. We plan to hold it around the cultural studies festival (which falls on 13 June), thus reaching a wide audience. The exhibition will be permanently inscribed in the Institute’s space, thus making its space more attractive also for future students. It is worth noting an additional value of our project – apart from the integration of the environment and the permanent element of the Institute’s interior decoration – the attractive and artistic graphic material will promote the University as an interesting university open to the academic community, as well as fulfil the motto of the Institute of Cultural Studies as an experimental direction.
Why and for whom? This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław and we believe that this is an excellent opportunity for an intergenerational photo shoot in the space of the building where the new academic discipline was born. Cultural studies are made up of individuals, and their meeting place is an old tenement house at ul. Szewska, where each room bears traces of a different history. In order to present the incredible amalagam that has been created in the Institute’s building by layering decades, concepts, theories, abandoned and left-over objects, we invited one of the most interesting photographers from Wrocław, a graduate of cultural studies, Agata Kalinowska (portfolio: https://relativelyhuman.blogspot.com). The project we are proposing is a chance for many inspiring and creative people connected with the University of Wrocław to come together to talk about the course, which celebrates its half-century this year. The target audience for our project is primarily the academic community. The joint photo shoot, in which people involved in cultural studies will appear as models, is a way of not only reviving the memory, but also of drawing attention to the genius loci of the cultural studies tenement, and its record.
The project will produce a lasting result in the form of photographs by Agata Kalinowska, of high artistic value, taken in the space of the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław. This action will not only enrich the university archives, but will also create a new tool to be used for promotion, e.g. during recruitment for a course. The exhibition planned as part of the project will permanently enhance the Institute’s space, so the project’s audience will not only be those taking part directly, but also those viewing the photo gallery in the future. Additionally, in order to disseminate the results of the project, we will organise the opening of the exhibition around the cultural studies festival (which falls on 13 June).
Where? We will carry out the project in the space of the Institute of Cultural Studies using its infrastructure, paying particular attention to the beautiful public patio through which visitors will be directed to the exhibition and where we will organise the opening. In addition, the project plans to purchase an exhibition system that will also allow future projects to be realised.
And from us.. Our Team will coordinate, produce, promote and support the project. We will use the skills we have acquired in other projects, which we have written about in the ‚About Us’ section, to get the job done.
Who are you? Magdalena Basak – producer, specialist in communication of artistic and grassroots activities. She is in her first year of cultural studies, having previously studied Polish studies. She has experience in organising, producing and promoting artistic events – she co-produced the 19th SURVIVAL Art Review, the 15th, 16th and 17th editions of the International Storytelling Festival. For five years, she worked at the Pan Tadeusz Museum (Ossolineum) where she dealt with public and media relations – she was responsible for the promotion of exhibitions and international festivals and the image of the institution. Currently, he is rebranding the University of Wrocław Publishing House, and continuously cooperates with the ArtTransparent foundation and the Society for Active Communication association.
Dr Piotr Jakub Fereńsk – a cultural studies scholar and historian of ideas, assistant professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies of the University of Wrocław. He is the author of numerous publications on cultural theory, history of science, philosophy of language, visual arts and urban studies. He is also concerned with the relationship between the iconic sphere and collective memory. Co-edits the online academic journal khg.uni.wroc.pl, devoted to issues of culture in a global perspective. He collaborates with the art magazine „Format”. He is currently working on a monograph on the relationship between aesthetics and ethics and class in the context of political and economic disputes over urban space
Michał Micach – a first-year student of cultural studies. He took part in amateur artistic projects such as two short films for the Municipal Cultural Centre in Mietkowo or the performance „Love Manoeuvres Yesterday and Today” directed by Stanislaw and Grazyna Melski. Privately, a native of Wrocław interested in the city’s history, an amateur chess player and a home-grown author of poetry and hip-hop lyrics. Sensitive and interested in the world, wanting at all costs to understand another human being, talkative and fond of conversation.
Wiktoria Gurgul – a first-year student of cultural studies, studied Jewish Studies, completed a two-year school of make-up and styling, worked on photo shoots. He is interested in culture, social problems, the aesthetic category of camp, modern art. She is involved in social actions, especially those concerning the problems of women and minorities.
Natalia Królak – a first-year student of cultural studies. He is interested in art in its broadest sense, mainly painting and photography. Her work has been seen in numerous exhibitions held in her hometown, and she now publishes it on social media: https://instagram.com/pictures.and.nat. She co-organised and coordinated many events, including the Charity Gala in Jelenia Góra, in which she also participated as a choreographer and dancer. She has participated in photographic trainings, among others in analogue photography, and in numerous ecological projects in the Czech Republic. He currently supports charitable causes with his work and tries to devote himself entirely to his studies. She is an open and willing person who is not afraid of new challenges.
Project number: [ 22 ] Dofinansowanie konferencji naukowej z cyklu horyzont mars pt.: „Księżyc i Mars jako najbliższe etapy eksploracji układu słonecznego” (Co-financing of the scientific conference on Mars Horizon entitled: “The Moon and Mars as the nearest steps in the exploration of the Solar System”)
We will do that: What we would like to do as part of the Project:
We would like to organise a multidisciplinary conference on the exploration and, in the future, the exploitation and colonisation of the Moon and Mars. We would like to organise it in a stationary mode or at least in a hybrid mode, provided that we are not prevented by a pandemic. We look forward to the participation of scientists and people from the space industry. It is a question of co-financing a conference in the costs of which other parties, such as the European Commission, have already agreed to participate: The Institute of Political Science of the University of Wocław, the Polish Political Science Association Wrocław Branch, as well as non-governmental organisations such as Mars Society Poland. The list of entities is still open.
The aim of the project is to accelerate the opening of various disciplines in the Social Sciences to space issues. It is therefore not just a question of providing scientific insight into the two celestial bodies, but of blazing a scientific trail in the field of space.
What will the participants gain?
We are counting on the interest of scientists and students. The former will find here new research areas, the latter will also have the opportunity to take up this issue in their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral theses, as well as gain new skills which may be useful to them in their professional work (e.g. acquiring satellite images) in state or local administration.
Impact of the action on the environment of the University of Wrocław:
Certainly, the conference will strengthen the interest in space issues within the University itself, and will also contribute to the popularisation of this knowledge outside the University through social and other media (we anticipate media coverage), as well as the popularisation of the University itself. Regardless, however, there should be a strengthening of interest in the space industry in our province. There are many companies in the space sector in Wrocław and in our region whose activities are poorly known in Lower Silesia. It will therefore be a slightly broader environment.
What the Project is about and how we plan to implement it:
We intend to organise a multidisciplinary conference on the exploration of the Moon and Mars. Deadline 26-27 October 2022 Working title: „Księżyc i Mars jako najbliższe etapy eksploracji Układu Słonecznego” („The Moon and Mars as the closest stages of exploration of the Solar System”). The whole will be divided into disciplinary and thematic panels. We invite people from the space sector to the first panel, then, geologists and astronomers to the next, political scientists to the next. A separate panel will be devoted to Europe. We will invite the europeanists there. There will, of course, be no shortage of lawyers leading a separate panel, perhaps even two. You are welcome. The conference proceedings will be made available online on social media. The conference will take place after the next so-called launch window to Mars, which occurs every 26 months. It will also be an opportunity for papers and speeches (communications) devoted to this. Through our conference there will be an exchange of experience and knowledge between people from many industries in the presence of students.
Why and for whom? Why we want to carry out this Project:
There are at least two main reasons for this:
1) The idea itself stems from the fact that we wanted to continue the cycle we started two years ago: Mars Horizon. As part of this, a Martian debate was held at our university on the validity of a manned mission to the Red Planet. The idea is to hold similar meetings after each Mars launch window (every 26 months), when we are already richer in new knowledge about what has flown to Mars and what new data we can expect, as well as – in case the conference is delayed – what vehicle or man has successfully landed there.
2) We took this initiative because we believe that a wider human entry into space can not only contribute to a better knowledge and exploitation of space, but also limit a new arms race on Earth. This is what happened in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1970s. Furthermore, the war in Ukraine, with all the misery it has caused, makes us realise that the scope of human influence needs to be widened, because it is already becoming too narrow here on Earth.
Why does the design fit into the University space?
The academic conference itself is a natural thing for a university. The university is a good place to exchange knowledge, experience and views, including non-stereotypical ones, and the same can be said of the dissemination of knowledge. It is equally important to initiate emerging areas of knowledge. The conference to which the Project is linked will accomplish all these tasks.
For whom is the Project created?
The project is created for scientists, students, the Polish space industry, space enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.
Who will take part in the Project and who will benefit from it after its completion?
The project will involve employees of the Institute of Political Science, the Department of European Studies, as well as many other universities, people from the space sector, activists from the Mars Society Poland and other non-governmental organisations and entities with which talks are underway. We hope to attract the interest of students from various disciplines. Lawyers and “scientific minds” are welcome.
Where?Institute of Political Science of the University of Wrocław We are thinking about one of the halls, for 150-200 people. In addition to video and photographic documentation and reports in the press and specialist portals, we are planning a live broadcast via YouTube and Facebook.
And from us.. 1. Experience of organising other conferences as well as a previous event, which however was remote due to pandemic.
- Knowledge of persons from the world of science dealing with the above issues (political scientists, lawyers, Europeanists, geologists – planetologists, astronomers, engineers – mechanical engineers, roboticists, etc.).
- Contacts with people in the space industry at home and abroad (Europe, USA).
- Support from the Institute of Political Science, PTSE o. Wrocław, Mars Society Poland and perhaps other organisations.
- Apply for the patronage of the Polish Space Agency and other institutions.
- Willingness to organise and dedicate your own time to this.
Who are you? We are a group of academics from the University of Wrocław who would like to organise a non-standard scientific conference on an equally uncommon topic. We need funding for it to take place on an inpatient or hybrid basis (depending on the epidemic state in the country) within 2 days. Details below. Our experience is in organising such events and participating in them frequently.
Political scientist, assistant professor at the Institute of of Political Science of the University of Wrocław He is also active in the Mars Society Poland, as well as the Polish Society for European Studies and the Polish Society for Political Science. As a political scientist he works on issues of space politics, political thought and political leadership.
Privately, together with her two several-year-old sons, she displays a compulsive interest in railways and racing cars. Recently, however, he has been trying to successfully get them interested in space rockets.
He has worked at UWr for many years. He graduated in political science and law. We will invite the europeanists there. Privately, he enjoys good reading, especially historical and science-fiction novels. For fitness, he rides his bike and walks. Loves cats.
PhD in political science, scholarship holder of the German DAAD Foundation, KAAD, Dutch Hujhens programme. She carries out national and international research projects mainly in the field of responses to right-wing extremism and populism in Europe.
She loves travelling, exotic food and spending active time with family and friends.
Political scientist, assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science, Department of Contemporary History and Social Movements. Research interests: issues of Polish political history, ethnic relations, demography and identity and human rights.
However, he most enjoys listening to stories of „how things used to be”.
Hobby lazing in a comfortable armchair with a good detective story. Favourite detective: Hercule Poirot.
Assistant Professor in the Department of European Studies and lecturer in European Studies. His research interests are in the area of freedom, security and justice in the EU, European Union law, the internal market, integrated border management in the EU, Schengen systems and migration policy, as well as Turkey’s relations with the EU.
Project number: [ 23 ] Strefa Chillout (Chillout zone)
We will do that: The „Chillout Zone” project aims to create for the university community, both students and employees of the University of Wrocław, a green relaxation zone and a space for outdoor meetings and integration under a cloud. The Chillout Zone is not only a response to the latest trends, it is a place of integration for students and employees and a place for creative relaxation. In addition, this solution could become one of the ways to combat the negative effects of stress and the COVID-19 pandemic, including the problem of social isolation. The Chillout Zone is intended for relaxation, tranquillity and spending free time in nature.
The project will consist in purchasing and setting up 50 comfortable deckchairs and 6 eco-tables on the Przybyszewskiego and Przesmyckiego streets campus. The purchased deckchairs and eco-tables will allow the creation of an area that will make it easier for people of all ages to relax, and will become a place to meet and spend time at the University, not only during school and working hours, but also in leisure time. If all goes according to plan, the Chillout Zone will also feature a Food Truck later this year.
Why and for whom? The Faculty of Biological Sciences and the Sports Facilities of the University of Wrocław, despite being a place of study, training and work for several thousand people, are at the same time a refuge on the outskirts of the city. We want to take advantage of this and share with you a space that will enable you to stop for a moment in the never-ending run, take a breath and distance yourself from everyday life and recharge your batteries for the rest of the day. Certainly, contact with nature will reduce tension, relieve stress and improve your well-being.
The relaxation area created will be available to all visitors to the University. If the deckchairs are occupied in the Chillout Zone, you can also sit on your own blanket and draw energy from contact with nature. We will not leave anyone in need of rest. Here you will find a place where you can recharge your inner batteries for your daily activities.
The „Chillout Zone” project will make it possible to create at the University, at a relatively low cost and effort, a generally accessible and attractive relaxation space dedicated to the entire academic community. This is an opportunity to revive and make more attractive the green areas around the University.
Where? the project concerns green areas around the Faculty of Biological Sciences at ul. Przybyszewskiego 63 and around the Sports Facilities of the University of Wrocław at Przesmyckiego 10. The Chillout Zone will include lawns and clearings among the trees located on the Campus as well as a recreation and leisure garden completed in 2018 with flower beds, gazebos and benches.
And from us.. We offer wooded green areas for recreation on the campus at ul. Przybyszewskiego 63 and ul. Przesmyckiego 10, we provide rooms for storing deckchairs and tables in the winter season and for ongoing maintenance of the equipment.
Who are you? Professionally, we are employees of the University of Wrocław, privately we are people who value contact with nature, relaxation in the fresh air and active outdoor recreation. We believe that by working together you can do more. That’s why, as employees of two neighbouring university facilities, we are joining forces to breathe life into the space around us.
Project number: [ 24 ] Historia kołem się toczy – 40 lat pracowni dokumentacji życia politycznego (History rolls on – 40 years of the political life documentation laboratory)
We will do that: Objective: Our main objective is to engage the academic community in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Political Life Documentation Unit by promoting research materials held by the UWr Institute of Political Science and disseminating knowledge of recent Polish history. Other objectives of our project are: to increase the sense of responsibility for the material resources available to the Institute of Political Science in the form of the above-mentioned documents of socio-political life, as well as to develop social competences and strengthen cooperation between participants from different backgrounds, which is particularly important in view of the loosening of social ties during a pandemic.
Benefits for project participants: Participants in the project will be able to find out what documents are collected at the UWr Institute of Political Science, which may translate into a desire to conduct research using these materials. In addition, those who take advantage of the podcast offer and the spatial board game will be able to increase their knowledge of Poland’s political history of the last four decades. In addition, participation in an interactive form such as a spatial board game will allow for the honing of social skills, especially cooperation, which is a key competence in modern times. The use of gamification will encourage participants to seek answers to questions on their own as well.
Impact on the UWr environment: Our project will also have an impact on the external environment, as former graduates, students and employees of other universities or schoolchildren, among others, will be able to participate in the planned activities. The project will also contribute to the popularisation of the collected collection of political life in non-academic circles. It is worth mentioning that the resources are often presented to secondary school students and foreign exchange students staying at the Institute of Political Science, so the materials developed as part of the project (e.g. the mechanics of the spatial board game) will also be used at a later date, e.g. as part of workshops for schools.
Project description: The project will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of a collection of documents of social and political life at the Institute of Political Science, which has been growing ever since. It involves the organisation of three main initiatives. The activities we propose have a social, scientific and cultural dimension.
Implementation: As part of the project we want to organise a spatial board game, an exhibition of archival material and a podcast series.
- The first task we have planned is a spatial board game, which will be played at the UWr Institute of Political Science (in May or June 2022). During the game, participants will travel back in time to the four most recent decades in Polish political history and will face interesting and interactive tasks. The game will be played by students, staff and employees of the University of Wrocław, and we would also like to invite alumni of our Institute to collaborate in the preparation of the game.
- The second task we want to carry out is an exhibition of original archives from the collection of documents of political and social life (from May to October 2022 at the UWr Institute of Political Science). The materials developed can also be used after the project has ended.
- The third task we are planning is to produce a series of podcasts devoted to the collections collected at the Institute of Political Science – both people who used to work on collecting documents and people who used these rich resources in their work will be invited to make recordings. Planned completion date of the task: June-November 2022. The equipment purchased as part of the project will continue to serve students, staff and employees even after the end of the project.
Why and for whom? Motives for implementing the project: The project is inspired by the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Studio for the Documentation of Political Life, which was founded in early 1982. Over the years, this unit has changed both its structure and its name. At present, the care of the documentation of political life is taken by the Research and Didactic Projects Section within the structure of the Institute of Political Science. We were also driven to propose this project by the desire to broaden and disseminate the knowledge acquired, as well as to work towards community integration and the development of social skills.
Insertion in the space of the University: The planned activities are part of the implementation of the mission and strategy of the University of Wrocław. We want to contribute to the search for truth, the transmission of knowledge and the nurturing of culture, as well as to participate in building social capital and spreading knowledge of the Institute of Political Science’s collections in the community, which may have a positive impact on the quality of scientific research, especially in the context of the implementation by UWr of the „Excellence Initiative – Research University” project. The project is therefore part of the material space (the place of realisation will be the Institute of Political Science which has a collection of documents of political life) and part of the immaterial space (understood by us as integration of the community) of the University of Wrocław.
Addresses: The project is created for male and female students, employees of the University of Wrocław, as well as graduates of our institute, and other people from the external environment for whom the idea of preserving the socio-political reality in memory is important.
Who will benefit from the project after its completion? Both male and female students, employees of the University of Wrocław and representatives of the external environment can benefit from the effects of the project after its completion.
The materials developed in the preparation of the spatial field game, the exhibition and the podcast can be used during the workshops organised for cooperating secondary schools.
The realised project will be one of the showcases of the University of Wrocław, which may have a positive impact on encouraging high school graduates to enrol not only in courses conducted at the Institute of Political Science, but also other social and humanistic courses at the University of Wrocław.
An initiative of this kind will make it possible to disseminate information about the collections in both the University of Wrocław and external circles, which will encourage their use for educational and research purposes.
The podcast series will not only increase knowledge of how to conduct research queries, which can be helpful for those studying, but will also allow us to show former staff and employees that we remember them and they are still members of our community.
Equipping the focus room with the equipment necessary to record podcasts will also be used in the future to prepare further recordings of various types – e.g. as part of course activities or in promotional activities.
We hope that the project will also release positive energy like a snowball – thanks to the cooperation within the framework of „History Goes Around” we will be eager to implement other initiatives in the near future.
Where?Our project will be carried out on the premises of the Institute of Political Science of the University of Wrocław
And from us.. Our biggest personal contribution is the commitment of a team of 15 volunteers to the project. Also important in the context of the proposed activities are our knowledge and experience in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of projects, creative ideas, great motivation to achieve the project goals, and the willingness to put theoretical knowledge into practice. Undoubtedly, our team’s advantage is also the modern premises at the UWr Institute of Political Science, where one of the rooms will be equipped with the equipment needed to record podcasts, and the Institute will also be the venue for an exhibition and the realisation of a spatial board game.
Who are you? We are representatives of the Young Political Scientists’ Association, the Student Scientific Association of Social Project Management and the Research and Didactic Projects Section of the Institute of Political Science, University of Wrocław
Project number: [ 25 ] PhD Student Day
We will do that: In the second half of June we want to hold a training and integration meeting „PhD Student Day” for doctoral students of the University of Wrocław. The initial plan is that the event will consist of several main parts:
- Opening ceremony (to which we would like to invite representatives of the rector’s authorities).
- Meeting with representatives of the Doctoral Student Council (who we are, what we do, how and for whom we work).
- Three training courses on soft skills development, stress management and organisation of scientific work (each course will last approximately 60 minutes).
- Meeting Q&A dedicated to students and candidates for the Doctoral School.
- Meeting with the International Doctoral Team.
- Integration part: university game (modelled on the popular city game).
In terms of content, the project will contribute to increasing the research and teaching competences of the participants. One of the main goals of the event is to broaden doctoral students’ awareness of training at the Doctoral School, as well as the specifics of activity within the UWr Doctoral Student Council. The topics of the planned training courses are a response to the demand and numerous questions that have emerged so far, especially from doctoral students beginning their training at the Doctoral School. The project will also provide an opportunity to integrate the UWr doctoral community. „PhD Student Day” would take place over one day.
Why and for whom? The target group of the project are doctoral students at the University of Wrocław, especially those starting their education at the Doctoral School, and also Master’s students considering starting their scientific career at the Doctoral School. The event will be open to the public – we anticipate 100-200 attendees, as current epidemic regulations allow. This project is in line with the pro-scientific and pro-doctoral goals of the university and will significantly enrich the exchange of experiences of a scientific, teaching, organisational and self-governing nature. At the same time, it will be a space for the acquisition of skills and competences of key importance in research and teaching. Candidates for the Doctoral School, meanwhile, will be able to familiarise themselves with the specifics of the operation of the mode of study and the work of a doctoral student and their role in the academic community and in the scientific community.
Where? The content-related part will take place in one of the University buildings (Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics or the University Library), and the integration part (university game) is planned in the Main Building and in the nearby buildings of the University.
And from us.. Our experiences gained through participation in academic life have allowed us to acquire diverse skills and develop numerous contacts within the university community as well as with external doctoral organisations (e.g. Porozumienie Doktorantów Uniwersytetu Wrocławów or Krajowa Reprezentacja Doktorantów). An important component of the Doctoral Student Council is the International Team, which is of particular importance in the context of the internationalisation of the scientific community. It is worth noting that the establishment of this initiative is unique in the country. As a university organisation, we also have the budgetary capacity.
Who are you? We are representatives of the Doctoral Student Council of the University of Wrocław. We have experience in various types of projects both inside and outside the university. Some of these have been recognised and awarded by external organisations, such as the DOCUP award in 2021 in the “local government event” category.
Project number: [ 26 ] Keep calm, love cats & cycle to WNS
We will do that: We want more people to come to campus by bike and to be able to park their bikes comfortably and safely.
Its users reach WNS in different ways: on foot, by bicycle, scooter, in their own car or by public transport. Those who choose bicycles are unfortunately still few in number, and it is to this means of transport that we would like to convince the users of the WNS UWr space. The primary aim of the project is therefore to improve the quality of cyclists on campus.
This will be achieved through the three phases of our project.
The first stage is the installation of a bicycle repair station, which allows basic maintenance tasks to be undertaken (pumping the wheel, tightening the saddle or the handlebars). The planned bicycle repair station will be located next to the WNS library building.
The second stage is the installation of bicycle racks of SRP-2 type.
1) The currently installed so-called „breakaway” racks do not offer secure bicycle parking – it is impossible to clip a bicycle by the wheel and frame at the same time, to a basic safety standard.
2) The width of the ‚retaining’ bars prevents the introduction of bicycles with wider tyres.
3) The current design of the racks can cause scratches to bicycle forks and frames.
The installation of SRP-2 stands would eliminate the current shortcomings, and would also fit in positively with the changes taking place in the city’s small architecture (high resistance to weather conditions, resistance to vandalism, ease of installation, up-to-date design).
These two phases of the project will significantly interfere with the campus space, of which, however, we are not the only users. Perhaps not everyone is aware of it, but our department’s area has taken a liking to cats.
Cats in urban policies, e.g. in Wrocław documents, are defined as an important element of the urban ecosystem, their sanitary role is indisputable. The community involvement of our campus community, both staff and students in the care of the campus feline regulars and food collections means that cats have become a permanent part of the WNS image, becoming members of our “Koszarowa” community. They can safely be called university cats, „WNS cats”. They now have their own booth, made in a cottage industry and set up near the library. Unfortunately, this is not much – there are not enough homes to provide a safe existence for our cats. That’s why, by tidying up the space on campus and dedicating part of it to cyclists, we also want to take care of our four-legged „little brothers”.
The third and final stage of the project will therefore be the installation of kennels for free-living cats on campus.
Why and for whom? The UWr’s mission is, among other things, to lay the foundations for the development of a civil society, i.e. one that is able to organise itself and solve problems affecting the community. In a large city, one of the main problems is congestion linked in particular to the exponentially increasing number of passenger cars. The effects of this are widely known and commented on: traffic jams, noise, smog.
The answer to driving (especially in the city) is the bicycle. The development of companies such as Wrocław Urban Bicycle and their growing popularity proves that there is a growing demand for such services in metropolitan communities. However, using them regularly comes at a considerable cost.
Buying a private bicycle at one time means a large cost. Over time, however, the equipment starts to pay for itself, and the opportunities a bicycle offers (such as not having to stand in traffic, freedom and speed of movement) are priceless. Health benefits (improved blood circulation), economic benefits (no need to fill up the tank), environmental benefits (negligible carbon footprint, if any!) are additional arguments in favour of the bicycle.
We are passionate about cycling. Many kilometres have been travelled. Being forced to leave your bike unfastened due to the lack of a rack (or the existence of an inadequate form of one, as is currently the case at WNS) when you want to enter a class or the library causes unnecessary stress, as well as nervous peering out of the window to see if your bike is still in place, which has a detrimental effect on teaching or participation.
We also know from experience that minor faults can happen anywhere, anytime. A punctured inner tube, a loose saddle, a „rattling” derailleur are frustrating. Especially if you are a few (dozen) kilometres from home. Not all minor repairs can be carried out without the use of the right tools. Nor does everyone have the right tools to take and carry them with them.
Improving the cycling infrastructure in the department will encourage students and staff to choose cycling more often as their daily mode of transport. The installation of new bicycle racks will be a great improvement. The current number of them is insufficient, also their technical condition does not meet the expectations of modern cyclists.
Another very valid argument for investment in cycling infrastructure may be the fact, that, although to a small extent, it supports activities aimed at making Poland independent from fuels imported from Russia.
The new bike racks and service station are an intrusion into the space, but done with care, in the right way, they will have a positive impact on the space. When tidying up the space, we also want to take care of the free-living cats. On the one hand, this is an expression of concern for these extremely useful animals in the city, but on the other, it also has an impact on the aesthetics of the immediate surroundings. This is why we want to build two functional and aesthetically pleasing houses for free-living cats next to the racks and stations.
Where? Our project will concern the WNS campus, or rather two parts of it:
(1) The area in front of the Library
(2) The area in front of the buildings of all WNS institutes
(1) The repair station will be installed in front of the Library of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
(2) Stands will be placed in front of the Library of the Faculty of Social Sciences (to the left of the entrance to the building) and in front of the building of the Institute of Sociology and the Institute of Philosophy, in front of the building of the Institute of International Relations and in front of the building of the Institute of Political Science.
(3) Cat boxes will be installed next to the Social Sciences Library (to the left of the entrance to the building), next to the existing cat box (which we will work on slightly so that it does not differ in aesthetics and quality from the new one).
And from us.. We will take care of all the logistics of the project – we will buy the necessary elements and bring them to the site. In addition, we will provide:
- the second stage is the installation of bicycle racks of SRP-2 type.
- installation of cat boxes.
We will improve the aesthetics of the existing cat house.
Who are you? Our initiative group consists of students and staff from the Institute of Sociology, WNS UWr. On a daily basis, we learn (learn), research and write (not only) scientific articles, focusing on issues concerning the changes of the modern world and their consequences in different areas of life. In addition to education and research, we have experience in the marketing industry and third sector organisations. We love animals and bike rides of various distances.
Project number: [ 27 ] „Tajemniczy ogród łączący pokolenia” (“A secret garden uniting generations”)
We will do that: As part of the project, we would like to design a didactic garden which would be a scientific aid during the classes organised within the framework of the „Passio Biologica” project, as well as fulfilling an integrative function for the academic community. The aim is to design and construct a space with stands full of pollinator-friendly vegetation, enhancing the attractiveness of the landscape and above all of didactic importance. Our activities will introduce modern teaching methods based on experiencing, emotional contact with nature. We want to return to the source of the development of science by moving away from desks, books and monitors, giving the opportunity to independently explore the secrets of nature and discover the relationships that prevail in this world. The venue will be a “green classroom” where we will conduct classes with students and perhaps hold our seminars. In the garden we will also grow plants that will serve as food for the animals we raise, which are used in teaching and learning biology, e.g. during the „Passio Biologica” project. On the sunny square in front of the windows of the WNB Dean’s Office, we will create a large bed with honey-growing and insect-friendly plants, where insect houses and a flower meadow will also be installed. In the courtyard, there will be areas with plants friendly to birds, insects and other animals (all for educational purposes), plus beds with many species of plants (herbs, medicinal, ornamental, educationally valuable, etc.), which will create the unique character of this place, and everyone will feel like spending some time here, and at the same time nibbling a bit of basil for their second breakfast. We will also hang nesting boxes for birds, bat boxes and create an „animal canteen” – for example, a decaying, fallen tree trunk. The choice of species of new plants will depend on and be adapted to the light, moisture and soil conditions, etc., as we will blend them into the existing plantings (mainly tall, old trees). It is important to bear in mind that any garden setting takes 2-3 years to take its final shape once the plants have settled and grown – and this will be the case with our garden.
Why and for whom? As future teachers, we want to improve our own skills and create a place for teaching and learning biology that is accessible to everyone: from the youngest, to students and staff, to seniors. As representatives of the academic community, we have taken the initiative to change the immediate environment in which we are educated and spend much of our time. The building in which we study has a very interesting history, and we want to restore its original character and make it a more friendly place for students and lecturers, giving the opportunity and space to meet and integrate outdoors, take a breather between classes. Initially, the building at ul. Przybyszewskiego 63 served as the Collegium Albertinum, where clerics were diligently educated. In keeping with the title of our project, „Tajemniczy ogród łączący pokolenia” („The Secret Garden Uniting Generations”), we also want to emphasise its historical value and restore the former cloister to its original appearance. We want the area we have transformed to take all visitors back to a time when it smelled of medicinal herbs, the sweetness of climbing roses, tasted of blackberries and enabled them to study books to the sound of insects and birds, and also to soothe their emotions by sinking into the greenery and relaxing by a small spring. Once the project is complete, the transformed space would continue to serve both educationally and socially for years to come. We hope that our initiative is the first stage in the creation of this garden, and that in the years to come it will be enriched with plant species and upgraded thanks to the involvement of staff, doctoral students and undergraduates, and that it will become a community garden where every member of our academic community can nurture and plant their favourite plant species.
Where? Courtyard (former cloister at the Seminarium Duchownym Albertinum – Albertinum Theological Seminary) and part of the grounds near the WNB UWr campus at ul. Przybyszewskiego 63
And from us.. As representatives of the SKNN “Sowa” and students of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, we ensure that the project is developed to be of didactic value and to enhance biological knowledge. We will design and make the garden with the younger pupils visiting in mind, as well as the whole academic community in it on a daily basis. The community studying in the building at ul. Przybyszewskiego 63 will become creators and caretakers of the space by introducing their seedlings, plant bulbs. The revamped former cloister will be a place for students and staff to work together, for example to water the plants. We have bat, bird and insect boxes which will form part of the teaching garden. We will be organising various integrating and activating events for the academic community, during which we will also collect plant bulbs and seedlings, e.g.: „Tulip Day” (planting tulip bulbs on a particular day by people who will bring their favourite varieties and/or we will organise a collection of such bulbs and plant them out; the second edition of this festival will take place when tulips are in blossom; on this occasion we will organise an educational campaign concerning this group of plants), „Herb Festival”, „Grasses are beautiful too”, „Bird Friendly Garden”, „From flower to flower – an insect’s paradise”, „Bamboo Jungle”, etc. They will build a bond between the academic community, improve its welfare and contribute to building a friendly perception of WNB and the whole UWr by students, as well as increase identification with their Alma Mater. We will use the scientific potential of WNB for educational purposes. The proposed activities are long term and will be undertaken as the planting emerges and grows. We will grow seedlings ourselves from purchased seeds (mainly herbs, but also ornamental annuals and perennials).
Who are you? We are representatives of Studenckie Koło Naukowe Nauczycieli “Sowa” (the Student Scientific Association of Teachers „Owl”), which operates at the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Our Association was established 10 years ago and for a decade we have been fulfilling ourselves by running workshops and classes for children and young people, where we give them the opportunity for an independent, practical encounter with biology, using natural didactic aids (live specimens) and conducting classes in contact with nature. We run the „Passio Biologica” project, whose mission is for everyone to find the biologist in themselves. It is good to know more, so the members of SKNN „Sowa” actively develop their competences by participating in scientific conferences, including the Interdisciplinary All-Polish Student-Doctorate Teaching Conference, which is regularly organised by SKNN „Sowa”. Learning is not boring, it is exciting! We rely on modern didactic methods, conducting classes in line with the 21st century. We actively participate in numerous educational and promotional actions (DFN, Biologists’ Night, Olesnica Night with Biology, etc.) and conduct classes in many schools in Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. We are also active in activating and educating the local community about the environment and in shaping and improving social and interpersonal skills in contact with nature.
Project number: [ 28 ] Odrace. Po Wrocławiu w piękny race. (Odrace. Around Wrocław in a beautiful flare.)
We will do that: An outdoor game that involves moving from place to place (by public transport, on foot, or other carbon-free/low-carbon/no-carbon means) and solving tasks. The main objective will be to create social bonds and promote/discover places in Wrocław to which the participants will be happy to return with their friends. Participants will be divided into teams of several people (selected on the day of the event), in which they will explore Wrocław a new.
Participation in the event will help to develop soft competencies in the participants, i.e. teamwork, creative thinking (the field game requires quick thinking in a non-standard way) and hard competencies, i.e. spatial orientation.
Above all, however, participants will have the opportunity to make new friends and get to know interesting places, which will make it easier for them to adapt in the city.
As organisers, we want to be associated with being proactive about the environment we live in and getting people involved. These qualities will help to build a positive image not only of our organisation but also of the entire University on behalf of which we function.
Why and for whom? We ourselves experienced being ‚strangers’ in the city – even having lived there for a few years we didn’t know many of the places we could go with friends. We therefore empathise with our target group, which is made up of people who are new to Wrocław and don’t know the city and need to settle in, as well as residents of Wrocław who haven’t had the opportunity to explore it for various reasons, such as lack of a companion, time or opportunity. As members of the KN briefly. being good friends, together we immersed ourselves in the urban space and discovered local ‚gems’. This awakened in us the urge to encourage others to do the same. In times of pandemic, making new friends is extremely difficult. The event we are proposing will not only make it possible to get to know the city better, but also to integrate the local community. As students who are currently taking remote classes, we know all too well how difficult it is to motivate ourselves to get out of the house unless someone offers it to us. Therefore, we extend a helping hand and invite you to leave your four walls and experience an adventure with us.
The target group we have chosen is divided into two sub-groups, consisting of:
- visitors – new residents of Wrocław, for whom the city is a mystery,
- inhabitants of Wrocław – who for various reasons want to get to know interesting places and make new acquaintances.
Both groups have similar needs: they want to meet new people but do not have the opportunity to do so, and they want to act, but without the right stimulus they will not take the initiative themselves. We’re not just closing ourselves off to students – we welcome anyone who wants to explore the city.
The idea of connecting people and discovering the charms of the city are values identical to the idea of both our event and the entire University of Wrocław, which is why we believe that the initiative is part of promoting university openness.
Where? University Library
And from us.. We are a diverse and largely self-sufficient team – thanks to the wide range of interests of our members, we do not need to employ sub-contractors. We manage the event from start to finish, take care of promotion, visual identity and photo coverage. In addition, members of the circle will supervise the game at each stage (serving the points), in the role of volunteers.
Who are you? The Sutdent Scientific Association briefly., active at the University of Wrocław, is made up of a group of people whom we are unable to classify with just a noun, with an adjective to accompany it. Each of us is different and we don’t mind. After all, you can’t create a circle on your own. What do we do? Anything with „creative” in the name. Public relations, branding, marketing, communication design, digital media – we operate in various fields, learn new things, share the knowledge we have already acquired.
We have experience in running university-wide events (twice organising an open day: Hello? IDiKS to you – https://fb.me/e/1GAInWV8s
and Doors Closed, Please Window) and of a smaller scope (Circle Recruitment: Question to the audience. Who is recruiting – https://fb.me/e/2zGNWz5T0). The pandemic has awakened in us the desire to expand our activities and take on new challenges.
Read more about our activities:
Project number: [ 29 ] Survival Audiovisual Map for students of the University of Wrocław – Audiovisual map of the University of Wrocław
We will do that: We intend to create a map on which the most important facilities (libraries, lecture buildings, laboratories, sports facilities, etc.) of the University of Wrocław are marked. The map will be based on the Google Maps engine and will be embeddable on the University of Wrocław websites as well as usable independently. The marked sites will have 1.5 minutes of video footage in English telling about the site and descriptions in English containing the most important information, curiosities and historical data about the site. In creating the map I will use the help of members of the Polander Foundation but also foreign students who, while participating in the project, will have the opportunity to work on a real audiovisual project. They will participate in research, film work and have the opportunity to perform in front of the camera.
Why and for whom? The map is especially directed at foreign students, who are often unaware of the existence of many interesting buildings at the University of Wrocław. The idea was born during a student discussion about a „starting pack” that would be useful for students who come to study from all over the world. UWr facilities are scattered all over Wrocław and there is no tool in English that would allow you to quickly and efficiently filter the object you are looking for and find it on the map.
The project Survival Audiovisual Map for Students of the University of Wrocław assumes the creation of the basis for such a map, which in turn would be developed in the future in consultation with the UWr authorities.
Where? The project involves mapping and creating textual descriptions and videos of 5 (in words: five) sites in consultation with UWr authorities and setting out a so-called Road Map of the project which would involve:
Creation of a template (operational description) to allow the development of the map by those continuing the project
Selection of sites for phase two of the project, which is intended to be continued and developed.
And from us.. For my part, I intend to coordinate the project, as well as appear in selected films as a lead journalist.
Videos of the band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQYL5V2pdDg&t=298s
Who are you? Eirini Aivaliotou is a doctoral student at Political and Administrative Sciences department under Prof. Patrycja Matusz. She is also a co-founder of the Polander Foundation which promotes Poland and integrates foreigners living in Poland.
Project number: [ 30 ] Dzień SelfCare- Pomóż Sobie (Selfcare day – help yourself)
We will do that: As part of the project we want to hold a series of lectures combined with panel discussions and culminating in practical workshops.
The series of lectures will deal with problems currently affecting the student community: isolation, stress (related to both studies and world events), taking care of both your mind – dealing with psychological crises – and your body – strengthening self-esteem, implementing body-positivity into reality.
Lectures and workshops will be conducted by specialists in a given field: psychologists, sociologists, nutritionists – this will allow the academic community of the University of Wrocław to be involved in co-creating this event. Above all, we are keen to cooperate with the Institutes of Psychology and Sociology, the study circles and the university psychological counselling centre.
The lectures will be followed by panel discussions – a place to share your feelings, thoughts, beliefs – face the views of others and to ask questions of the experts. In addition to exchanging views, we hope to develop cultural discussion skills and integrate participants.
The workshops, which summarise the knowledge gained in the lectures and discussions, will allow the practical application of the skills acquired and strengthen the bonds between those taking part. We would like the workshops to be not only productive in terms of knowledge gained, but also to provide participants with a pleasant time, have fun and encourage them to participate in future events
The main didactic goals of our event are: to increase students’ awareness of how to cope with stress, take care of themselves and common mental disorders; to ensure a sense of security at our University – to show support in a crisis, to point out places that are ready to provide help (psychological counselling centre, Office of Social Responsibility, bodies dealing with assistance for people leaving Ukraine).
We will also create opportunities for development – helping you to search for „yourself”, to build your self-esteem and showing you how to start taking care of your health – both mental and physical – in small steps. We will support positive, pro-healthy attitudes among students and integrate the academic community, thus encouraging active participation in the life of the University of Wrocław.
Why and for whom? The reason why we will hold our event is to take care of the needs of the students of the University of Wrocław.
Over the past two years, we have been hit hard by the decline in morale, comfort of life and problems associated with both the pandemic and, more recently, the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine.
The situation in which fate has placed us – young people starting adult life and a society which has no way out of this situation – does not create good conditions for establishing new relationships, takes a brutal toll on our mental and physical health, and negatively affects our academic performance and social skills.
We are saddened to see the student community split – locking themselves alone in their flats, in front of their computers. We have a spark of hope in ourselves that the situation is not yet lost and we will manage to revive the student population to actively participate in the events proposed by the University of Wrocław and the Student Council.
Our proposal stems from a concern for the student community, a desire to get them interested in looking after their (also each other’s) psychological well-being and to integrate them.
The target audience are students of the University of Wrocław – those who want to take care of their health, are interested in self-development, spending time productively and meeting new people.
The University of Wrocław is a huge and complex organism. It is made up of a cross-section of people with a wide variety of backgrounds and objectives.
We have a lot in common, above all curiosity and openness to the world, a desire to educate ourselves and shape reality. Our proposal responds not only to these four, and all those previously mentioned, but many other needs of the University community. Together we can do anything!
Where? We want to use the spaces listed below:
Modern Law Faculty building for hybrid meetings. The auditoriums will accommodate dozens of participants even at a sanitary compliant occupancy of 50%, and new streaming equipment will allow the event to be broadcast live.
Grunwaldzki Campus area, including the University Library – to hold lectures, discussion panels and workshops in stationary mode. Open spaces, conference rooms and access to computers create interesting conditions for classes based on multimedia, individual work and practical use of acquired knowledge.
And from us.. A team that has experience in working and organising events, crazy ambition and dedication to work. The purpose of the event is dear to all of us, and we will make every effort to ensure that it not only helps those at the University, but establishes a proud tradition that will continue for years to come.
Who are you? Our team is made up of Local Authorities who are firstly: students of the Faculties: Firstly, they were friends from the Faculty of Letters, Social Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences, and secondly, friends who were united by the desire to act and to turn their creative ideas into reality, which had never been realised at the University of Wrocław before.
Experienced by pandemics, isolation and the current conflict in Ukraine – we want to respond to the problems and needs of students.
By moving with the times and flexibly adapting the offer of meetings and events, we will encourage the academic community to take care of their mental and physical health and actively participate in the life of our University.
This is how the idea for the event came about: „SelfCare”, which we will describe in detail in the following sections.
Project number: [ 31 ] Uczę języka polskiego – pomagam Ukrainie ( I teach the polish language – help Ukraine)
We will do that: We would like to organise intensive two-week Polish language courses for Ukrainian refugees. We have now managed to run five different courses for over 65 people through volunteering, but the needs are great. In addition, we want to develop a script for 30 hours of Polish language study for people from Ukraine who are starting to learn. These materials will be accompanied by original collections of language and culture games and speech therapy exercises. The authors of these materials will be us – experienced glottodydacticians and bilingual speech therapists. Thanks to the courses, participants will be able to communicate in Polish and deal with the most urgent matters. Thanks to these activities the University of Wrocław will be associated with a place of professional teaching of Polish as a foreign language. Currently our courses are organised for families and friends of staff and UWr students. Intensive Polish language courses make the most sense, as they will enable refugees to familiarise themselves with the surrounding reality as quickly as possible, to cope with different situations and – in the future – to find employment.
Why and for whom? We want to continue with the project, which starts tomorrow (14.03.22). We have organised full-time Polish language courses twice a week or three times a week (in cooperation with the Faculty of Biotechnology, which provides us with rooms and has collected people willing to take the course). From 21.03.22 two intensive two-week courses (3 teaching hours per day) start in remote and on-site formats. All this is done on a voluntary basis. However, in the long run, our teachers and students specialising in teaching Polish as a foreign language will not be able to work this way, because they also have to provide for themselves. The idea was born out of a need in the hearts of many people. We first gathered 130 volunteers from the Faculty of Letters, and they are now being distributed to various locations. However, language courses are the most necessary and professional help provided by the staff and associates of the School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners. The project will involve the most needy – Ukrainian refugees starting to learn the language from scratch. Such people come to us in the first place. They are mothers and daughters who want to make a life for themselves in Poland, find a job and survive this difficult time.
Where? We will use the infrastructure of the Faculty of Letters, namely the Institute of Polish Studies, the Department of Judaic Studies and other institutes willing to help us. Currently, the Faculty of Biotechnology and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Wrocław provide us with rooms to run Polish language courses for refugees.
And from us.. From our side we provide substantive and methodical support, create free didactic materials for refugees (linguistic-communicative-logopedic script), supervise courses, draw up contracts, make materials and photocopies available for teachers and our rooms in the Institute of Polish Studies.
Who are you? We are Polish language teachers for foreigners. We have many years of experience in teaching Polish language and culture at different levels, in different age and language groups. We provide methodical training for candidates for lecturers, we teach with passion and commitment.
Project number: [ 32 ] Rewitalizacja piwnicy studenckiej w Instytucie Historii Sztuki UWr, Szewska 36 (Revitalisation of the student’s cellar at the Institute of Art History of the UWr, Szewska 36)
We will do that: As part of the project, we would like to renovate and equip the hall of our Institute, located on floor -1, commonly referred to as the basement. The aim of our idea/project is to restore the old atmosphere of the room, which used to enable students to spend time together in a common space, relax, carry out various projects using its interior, such as vernissages or meetings of the Student Scientific Association of our Institute, as well as occasionally use the room for didactic functions. Currently, our Institute lacks a place where students can relax, have a meal between classes, have a cup of coffee or tea, or just chat with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. At present, the only place for students of our institute to wait for their next class is in cramped corridors with insufficient desks and narrow stairways, where students often sit while eating their meals. We plan to restore the basement room, replace plaster (where necessary), paint the walls, buy new chairs and comfortable poufs, an electric kettle/express and a microwave oven. Such a place would certainly be a dream space for common conversation, work, it would help students (of various related majors) to come closer to each other, to be a place for creating common projects.
Why and for whom? We want to carry out this project because it is an opportunity to restore the former glory of this cellar interior. The idea came from a great need for a common place. The project is created for all students, not only art history, but also other faculties using the building (musicology, cultural studies), or students „from the neighbourhood” (history, archaeology, ethnology), as well as employees of our Institute and Faculty.
Where? Institute of Art History, ul. Szewska 36, basement room with accompanying social annex.
And from us.. From our side we ensure the involvement of students who dream of a common space to use and realize their plans, and who will take care of this space, realize there vernissages, meetings, didactic activities.
Who are you? We are students and research and teaching staff at the University of Wrocław, Institute of Art History.
Project number: [ 33 ] Jest chemia, jest chill! (There is chemistry, there is chill!)
We will do that: The project involves the creation of three different areas within the Faculty of Chemistry – a leisure area, a catering area and a quiet area, but their functions will complement each other. The aim of our initiative is to create a place that can be used by all students and doctoral students of the Faculty of Chemistry. We noticed that our faculty lacked the kind of space that would meet the basic needs of students. We want it to become a place for everyone – open, friendly, a place to relax and a place you want to return to. Our project will significantly warm up the image of the Faculty of Chemistry and also allow students to integrate with each other, which is particularly important. Those in need of rest and tranquillity will also benefit from this project. In this way, study time will no longer be associated solely with hard work, breaks between classes will not be long and staying at the Faculty will be a very pleasant part of the day!
The lounge area will be a place where students waiting for their next classes can relax, play board games or just chat with others. The corridor space will be refreshed and more comfortable pouffes and armchairs will be added to the current tables there. This will be complemented by potted plants and decorative elements such as cushions and blankets.
The catering area will be a simple kitchen with small appliances, mainly a microwave oven and a kettle, so that students can reheat their own meals or make a hot drink. Board games and books for use in the lounge area will also be stored there.
The project includes a quiet area for students to relax between classes, take a break and work in peace. This area will feature, among other things, comfortable armchairs or sofas, a white board, soft pouffes.
We will handle the implementation of our project ourselves, we are well organised and able to cooperate. We believe that nothing is impossible – all you need is a good idea, commitment and persistence in pursuing your goal, and then every success is within reach.
Why and for whom? After analysing the needs of students of our Faculty, we came to the conclusion that there is no place at the university where a student who has a break between lectures could rest, have a nice time or heat up a meal brought from home. We believe that such a place is extremely necessary, as sometimes the breaks between classes can last for several hours, which is why it is so important to organise an area that performs all these functions. The zone will be open to all students and staff of the Faculty of Chemistry, whether you’re looking for a quiet and peaceful place to work or want to chat with friends – there’s something for everyone.
Where? The project involves the adaptation of parts of the Faculty of Chemistry that are freely accessible to students, doctoral students and staff, but have not yet been used in a creative way. We would like to exploit the potential of the buffet space as well as the main open space of the Faculty of Chemistry.
And from us.. For our part, we provide above all a creative approach, organisational skills and a lot of willingness to act. Together we have prepared initial visualisations of our project and we know that some of the infrastructure needs refreshing and minor repairs, which we are happy to undertake. Above all, we want to co-create the Relaxation Zone together with other students, which is why we have prepared a survey encouraging the Faculty of Chemistry community to share their preferences and ideas with us. We have incorporated their suggestions and preferences into the design. We plan to involve others to spruce up the Zone with plants and to initiate a book exchange, so-called bookcrossing. In the future, as members of the Student Scientific Association, we will oversee the Zone and ensure its maintenance.
Who are you? We are passionate young people, students of the Faculty of Chemistry, members of the „Jeż” Scientific Association of Chemists. In this project we are representatives of the whole community of students of the Faculty of Chemistry, because we see their needs, so we would like to be active in order to have a real impact on what happens in our Faculty. Studying is a very important period in a person’s life, which is why we want every student or doctoral student to feel comfortable in their department. In our activities we are ambitious, motivated and not afraid to take on new challenges.
Project number: [ 34 ] „Pokonajmy przeszkody: uniwersytet bez granic” (“Overcoming obstacles: a university without borders”)
We will do that: We want to purchase two ramps – height-adjustable threshold platforms that would allow access to many halls and offices for students and doctoral students with disabilities. The ramps would be located in the building of the Institute of Polish Studies, where, due to the status of a historical monument, there is no question of other ways of adapting the space for OZN. For many years, we have noted the difficulties of our colleagues in overcoming the thresholds that have prevented them from participating in activities. This is a difficult situation also for doctoral students, for whom it becomes troublesome to conduct consultations in offices. Thanks to the purchase of two ramps – one for the offices of doctoral students and the other, accessible to the general public – the space of the Philology Department would become more user-friendly for people who encounter enough barriers on a daily basis. We believe that they can all be overcome, which is why we are requesting funding for our idea.
Why and for whom? our project aims to better adapt the environment for all people with disabilities: especially students, doctoral candidates of the Institute of Polish Studies, who, thanks to the purchased threshold platforms, will be able to participate in various classes in rooms with thresholds without problems. The University of Wrocław is taking many initiatives to improve the quality of life of MNOs, so we believe that our idea will be part of a similar trend. We want to normalise and make life easier for an important part of the University community. Our idea stems from an observation: for many years, especially at the time of the residential classes, our colleagues with disabilities have encountered numerous problems regarding the accessibility of the rooms. This problem was constantly recurring at various events: meetings of scientific circles, seminars, open lectures organised within the walls of the Institute. Threshold bridges would greatly facilitate the functioning of MSPs within the walls of our university.
Where? Institute of Polish Studies of the University of Wrocław (part of the Faculty of Letters)
And from us.. We are able to order and collect the funded ramps. We would like to put one of them permanently in the office for doctoral students fellows. The second ramp will be placed in a publicly accessible place – the decision on where to store it will be made in consultation with the authorities of the Institute of Polish Studies.
Who are you? We are second year doctoral students in the Doctoral College of the Faculty of Letters. What unites us is a desire to change our surroundings to be more accessible – for those who face literal, material barriers.
Project number: [ 35 ] Słowiańskie laboratorium kulinarno-kulturalne (Slavic culinary and cultural laboratory)
We will do that: As part of the proposed project, we intend to adapt one of the rooms in our institute, which until a few years ago housed a very limited canteen, for various teaching activities as well as cultural and scientific events. The buffet in question was closed before the COVID-19 pandemic and to date remains an undeveloped room in the IFS building.
The Slavic culinary and cultural laboratory would include blocks of practical language classes on topics related to cooking, cookery, kitchen equipment etc. Students could absorb knowledge in a simple and enjoyable way and then get to know the flavours of Slavic food. The room would also serve as a café and a place for authors’ meetings. When the laboratory is not used for classes, students will be able to spend some free time there, relax, do their homework, have a cup of coffee… The laboratory would be the first teaching, scientific and gastronomic space of its kind at the University of Wrocław.
However, financial support is needed to make the project possible. With the grant money we would first like to refresh the room, purchase the necessary furniture, then kitchen equipment and accessories, as well as teaching aids. And then…. we can act!
All activities will be carried out in compliance with health and safety regulations and in accordance with the guidelines of the Sanitary Inspectorate.
Why and for whom? The room-buffet has been closed for several years, due to problems with finding a tenant, the tender procedure and, more recently, pandemonium. Our institute lacks a place where students can relax for a while, repeat the material for the colloquium, have a snack and just talk.
In order to meet the very basic expectations of our students, and at the same time to combine the pleasant with the useful, the passion with learning, to activate imagination, to stimulate action, we decided to develop this small space and create a corner where everyone will find something for themselves, and at the same time to refer to the past of this place, where in the second half of the last century there was a student scientific club called Aoryst, and whose originator was an excellent expert on Slavic languages and culture, Professor Jan Sokołowski, for many years associated with the Institute of Slavic Studies. We think this tradition is worth continuing, albeit in a slightly more modern version!
The laboratory will also serve as a café and a venue for various events, such as literary evenings, meetings with authors, talks with artists and translators. Every student will be able to find a moment of respite there, away from the halls and corridors, where they will have the opportunity to prepare for classes over a cup of tea or coffee.
The icing on the cake, which we dream of and will do our best to put down, will be a visit from a special guest – an expert in non-Slavic cuisine, whose culinary stories will tantalise the taste buds of even the most picky gourmets. We probably all know him, but we’re not revealing anything yet!
Where? The project concerns the teaching facility of the Institute of Slavic Studies. All undertakings related to the implementation and continuation of the project will take place at the Institute of Slavic Studies.
And from us.. We ensure full involvement in the project, timely activities related to its implementation, inclusion of students, doctoral students and employees of the Institute of Slavic Studies. In the years to come, we would like to continue this project, expand it and add equipment and accessories that cannot be purchased this year.
Who are you? We are teaching and research staff representing various Slavic studies. On a daily basis, we not only teach Slavic languages and literatures, but also promote Slavic culture, organise international interdisciplinary research, cultural and entertainment events. We collaborate with many cultural institutions and scientific centres both at home and abroad. We try to infect our younger colleagues and doctoral students with our passion, and we also involve them in various international projects organised by our institute.
Project number: [ 36 ] Open Forum for Doctoral Students
We will do that: We plan to continue the „Open Forum for Doctoral Students” series of meetings organised by our team in a hybrid format. In 2022, we plan at least two meetings focusing on the livelihoods of foreign doctoral students, one before the end of the summer semester and one after the start of the winter semester 2022/2023. The aim of the meetings is to discuss openly issues of concern to foreigners and possible channels of assistance. At the same time, such open meetings allow for a broader integration of the community of foreign young scientists in Poland and help to exchange experiences and good practices. The meetings will be organised at the University of Wrocław, but they will also be open to doctoral students from other universities which are members of the University of Wrocław Doctoral Students’ Agreement (PDUW), an organisation which supports our initiative. In the latest edition, we plan to additionally open the meetings to the community of doctoral students from all over Poland, thanks to our cooperation with the National Representation of Doctoral Students (KRD). For this reason, a hybrid form seems appropriate, both to ensure that the epidemic rules are respected and to make it easier for doctoral students from outside Wrocław to take an active part in the discussion.
Previous editions of the meeting have also taken place in a remote or hybrid format, using private tools provided by team members and equipment made available in lecture theatres. Unfortunately, not every room had effective audio transmission between stationary and remote participants. In order to continue this form of meeting, a set of professional wireless microphones with the possibility of connecting them to a computer will be necessary to ensure effective communication. In addition, a good quality camera on a tripod and a portable speaker can be helpful. Due to the changing nature of meeting locations, it is essential that the equipment listed is portable.
In addition, we intend, in cooperation with the Doctoral Student Council of the University of Wrocław, to make the above-mentioned audio/video equipment available for loan to doctoral students of the University for use in their own initiatives.
Why and for whom? Tn recent years, more and more people from abroad have started to study at the Doctoral School of the University of Wrocław. Due to the greater administrative and legal requirements of these students, and possible problems due to the language barrier or simple ignorance, there is a greater need to support and integrate the doctoral student community in order to create accessible channels for the assistance and acclimatisation of foreign doctoral students at our university. Our initiative is addressed to such doctoral students, both those currently studying and those considering studying at the University of Wrocław and to national doctoral students willing to help and get involved in the international and multicultural scientific community.
The events we are planning are intended to be open, allowing all participants to freely share their experiences and practices. Given the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, we have to take into account that some of those concerned will not be able to attend the meetings in person. As such, we are geared towards organising meetings in a hybrid format. Our project is in line with the pro-doctoral goals of our university, providing a space for the exchange of information, assistance and integration of students.
Where? Meetings will be held, depending on the number of participants and availability of rooms, at the premises of the Doctoral Student Council in the Dormitory or in seminar and lecture rooms of the Institute of Theoretical Physics. We also allow for the possibility of holding meetings in the buildings of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics or other units of the University of Wrocław. The exact location will be determined individually in the course of the organisation of each meeting.
And from us.. We have been actively working as a team since November 2020. Given that we started in pandemic times, we have a wealth of experience in delivering hybrid meetings for doctoral students.
As part of the „Open Forum” series of meetings, we have already held a remote event to discuss funding opportunities for research by young scientists in Poland. The meeting was attended by a doctoral graduate of the University of Wrocław and winner of the NCN Sonatina competition, dr Niels-Uwe Bastian.
At the end of last year we held a second meeting, this time in a hybrid form, with the participation of foreign doctoral students and representatives of the local governments of the universities forming the Agreement of Doctoral Students of Wrocław Universities. We also invited the representative of Welcome Center WNS UWr, mgr Katarzyna Kvapilíková, who presented to the audience the profile of Welcome Center activities and participated in the discussion on good practices related to assistance in living matters for doctoral students abroad. At the meeting, in addition to good practices, the topics of financing work and scientific trips and problems related to the integration of the environment of young scientists were raised.
In addition to our experience in organising hybrid events, we have an extensive network of contacts with the national doctoral community. We actively cooperate with the Association of PhD Students of Wrocław Universities and the National Representation of PhD Students. We are currently in the process of organising a “PhD in Poland” event, in cooperation with the Polish and Ukrainian National Representation of PhD Students, aimed at PhD students from Ukraine studying in Poland or moving to Poland because of the war.
The hybrid meeting mode greatly expands the possibilities for communication with the organisations mentioned, as it removes logistical barriers. The equipment we are requesting will enable us to improve the quality of such meetings and assist us in maintaining constant contact with doctoral students in need of assistance.
In addition to organising meetings with the international community, we keep in touch with doctoral students via the email address email@example.com and offer ad hoc assistance with administrative and language issues. We also translate documents of the Doctoral Student Council. Among other things, we translated documents relating to the Local Government’s competition for individual funding for doctoral students. This competition has been repeatedly awarded by local government organisations and it is now possible to participate using an English translation of the applications and regulations.
Who are you? We are the Group of the Doctoral Student Council of the University of Wrocław. Our team’s main task is to assist in the communication between doctoral students and the Local Government and other bodies of the University. We also offer assistance in living matters for foreign doctoral students in case of difficulties arising from not knowing the Polish language. From 2021 onwards, we also organise meetings for foreign doctoral students „Open Forum for Doctoral Students”. The initiative was last year awarded second place in the Local Government Event category in the DOCUP competition organised by the Doctoral Forum of Polish Universities (DFUP).
Project number: [ 37 ] Ptaszenie w terenie. Wycieczka uniwersyteckich dzieci na Stawy Milickie (Field trips of university children to the ponds in Milicz)
We will do that: As part of the project we would like to invite a group of 27 children of university employees (aged 8-12) for a birding trip to Milicz Ponds. The activities will take place during the European Bird Day, which is celebrated annually on the first weekend of October (this year it is 1-2 October). We will set off by bus from Wrocław to Ruda Milicka at 9:00 am, and we plan to return at 5:00 pm. Our base will be the UWr Ornithological Station located right on the border of the „Stawy Milickie” nature reserve. We will split into two groups for the class. Children will observe birds on a walk by the ponds and will also discover the secrets of feathers, nests and bird eggs in the station building.
During the field activities, children will learn how to use binoculars and a telescope through which they will observe different species of birds. In October, birds can be observed on the ponds during their autumn migration. We will meet flocks of different species of geese, ducks, as well as grebes, herons, predatory eagles and many others. The information on birds observed during the trip will be entered immediately into the database gathering information on the occurrence of birds in Poland (Ornitho.pl) and thus we will have a real contribution to broadening the knowledge on national avifauna. The second part of the class will cover bird reproduction and plumage. Children will see up close what the nests of different bird species look like. In our collection we have nests of, among others, reed warblers, reed warblers, blackbirds, orioles and many other species. Participants will also see how bird eggs can vary in size, shape and colouration. We will consider what the differences might be. Participants will also learn about the structure, types and functions of feathers, which reflect the diversity of birds. With the help of atlases, the children will be able to label bird species themselves, based on feathers found in the field and from our collection. Simple observations made by young birdwatchers will provide an introduction to ecological and evolutionary approaches to the species observed.
Why and for whom? The project is being developed primarily for the children of university staff, but also for other children who will participate in future activities organised by us as part of various initiatives (Science Festival, university half-schools, bird watching in the Botanic Garden, visits to friendly schools).
Bird watching and species identification are fundamental educational methods in learning about bird biology and ecology. The models of birds’ eggs that we want to order as part of the project, as well as the presentation of nests and feathers of different bird species at our disposal, make it possible to provide information to the participants in a non-invasive – safe for birds – and detailed way. The aim of direct contact with nature, using basic tools such as binoculars and egg models, is to sensitise observers to the issues involved in actively protecting biodiversity. Bird watching is also an important part of environmental education. In addition to the aesthetic dimension and the pleasure of observing animals that are difficult to see without specialised equipment (binoculars, spotting scopes), bird watching allows us to ask more detailed questions about bird life, how they behave, what they eat, how they cope in their environment to survive, what threatens them. Such questions are an important introduction to greater engagement with environmental issues and a better understanding of how animals, including those living in close proximity to humans, function. This approach promotes what is known as citizen science, which is growing rapidly worldwide, i.e. the conduct of scientific research by professional researchers in collaboration with volunteers. Experience to date has shown that this type of approach is fundamental to educating the public in every age group and states a new, active and effective social movement. During our trip we will make our contribution to the knowledge of the Polish avifauna by entering our observations into the nationwide bird database Ornitho.pl.
Where? The base of our expedition will be the UWr Ornithological Station in Ruda Milicka, picturesquely located on the edge of the „Stawy Milickie” nature reserve. For over 50 years, the station has been a base for scientists who have conducted and continue to conduct research on birds. In addition, the station hosts annual teaching sessions for students of biology, environmental management and environmental protection. We will be moving with binoculars over the ponds near the station.
And from us.. We offer our bird knowledge, passion and private time. Our ornithological experience will enable the children to get to know „up close” (using the binoculars we bought and the telescopes we already have) the different species of birds that can be found in the autumn on the ponds in Milicz. We will also show tour participants our collection of bird nests that we have managed to collect in the past after chicks have fledged or lost their brood, as well as our collection of feathers. We offer fresh pond air and an interesting adventure.
Who are you? We are a group of friends and acquaintances, working in the Faculty of Biological Sciences in different units. Birdwatching is not only our job but also our passion, which we enjoy sharing with others. We conduct research in various places in Poland (Beata, Lucyna and Monika in the Milicz Ponds, Marta in the Białowieża Forest) and also abroad, e.g. in Gotland (Magda). Scientifically, we are mainly interested in issues related to bird reproduction. For many years we have been involved in various ways in popularising knowledge about birds. We have led birdwatching trips, including children’s activities and exhibitions as part of the Science Festival, and visited schools and nurseries to tell children about bird life and conservation. For several years we have been holding classes in the Botanical Garden of UWr as part of the Autumn Meetings with Birds.
Project number: [ 38 ] Podniesienie kompetencji cyfrowych w zakresie wykorzystywania nowych technologii w pracy i nauce (Improving digital competence in the use of new technologies for work and study)
We will do that: The pandemic has brought many changes to our daily lives, including the need to use new tools at work and in communication.
Our aim is to show in an easy way how to practically use the available digital tools for everyday use at work, during conferences or lectures.
The whole project will be online so that our whole community can have unrestricted access.
Why and for whom? we know how much time it takes to get to know many functions, so we want to show you with concrete examples what can be helpful and is worth knowing. Add government
More knowledge also means easier work, the key is just learning how to use it.
Whether you are an administrative employee or a researcher, every person will find valuable tips.
Where? everything will be online so that everyone can find some quiet time for themselves.
And from us.. From us, participants will receive a solid dose of knowledge, concrete tips and materials.
Who are you? Long-time practitioners, working for many years in the UWr IT department
Project number: [ 39 ] Profesjonalnie w Internecie – jak stworzyć profil zawodowy w mediach społecznościowych. (Professionally on the Internet – how to create a professional profile on social media.)
We will do that: The aim of the training is to equip participants with the ability to create a professional profile in social media, and thus build an image that will make it easier to find a rewarding job or establish valuable contacts in the field of scientific and research activities.
Why and for whom? Having a professional, reliable social media image is important in the process of building a career (including science and research). According to research, over 90% of employers in Poland use social media in the recruitment process, including in assessing potential candidates.
We would like to organise two 10-hour training sessions (on-line) on image building in social media (including Fb, Linkedin, Goldenline).
The training courses are dedicated to:
1) Students of UWR (I, II degree, unified, doctoral, Doctoral School). Training for a group of 20 people.
2) Employees and research and teaching staff of UWr. Training for a group of 20 people.
3) Each of the training courses will also include group consultations for male and female graduates of the training course of 3 hours (consultation of own profiles, Q sessions&A).
Where? The trainings will be carried out in an on-line format.
And from us.. The entire organisation of the training (choice of leader(s)) including its promotion in the academic environment.
Who are you? CASD is a new unit at UWr whose most important task is to create a friendly environment for the development of social, scientific, professional, research and sport activities of students and doctoral students.
Project number: [ 40 ] Czillas – strefa relaksu na Wydziale Nauk Biologicznych (Chillas – relaxation area in the Faculty of Biological Sciences)
We will do that: We would like to create a relaxation area for students, as well as for staff, in one of the buildings of the Faculty of Biological Sciences located by the Botanical Garden. It will be a comfortable place to spend time between classes and a place designed for study and rest. This will benefit students studying at the Faculty, especially those who have long breaks between classes and those who commute to the university from a distance. In addition, project participants will gain new experience in organising themselves and will confirm their conviction that to want is to be able to. The project will be based on the selection of a suitable site in consultation with the Faculty Authorities, its adaptation to the function it would fulfil, including the purchase of the necessary equipment.
Why and for whom? As students of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Wrocław, we noticed a need in our student community for a space where we could quietly spend time before and between classes. There is currently no space in any WNB building that fulfils this function. This is particularly important for balancing work and relaxation in the lives of students and faculty while at the university. For the sake of students who do not have the opportunity to go home between classes, we would like to arrange a space where there will be an opportunity to have a hot meal and spend time with peers.
Where? Our project will concern the Faculty of Biological Sciences, specifically the faculty buildings located at ul. Kanonia or ul. Sienkiewicza. We would like to select a suitable venue accessible to all beneficiaries in consultation with the Faculty Authorities.
And from us.. We ensure the execution of the project, including good organisation, willingness to work, all contact with everyone on whom the success of our project will depend. As a team we provide hands on work, whenever the project requires it. We are keen to have our own input into the making of this space to give it a student feel.
Who are you? We are a group of active people studying biology at the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the University of Wrocław. Before university, each of us was involved in various activities, so we decided to continue that here as well. We include people who work in NGOs and have experience in team and project management.
Project number: [ 41 ] Tablice na zewnątrz! (Boards outside!)
We will do that: We would like to put up a set of chalkboards outside the building to enable lectures and academic exercises to take place outdoors. We will create interesting spaces for scientific discussions and inspiring scientific work.
Why and for whom? The project will primarily serve students and researchers from the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, but not only. If the weather is nice, it will be possible to do exercises and lectures outside. The boards among the greenery will be a very interesting element of the surroundings. This will provide a cool atmosphere and breathe life into a hitherto rather unused space.
Where? The project concerns the surroundings of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy. We have an inner courtyard and one place among the greenery ideally suited for a decent large lecture table (benches recently revitalised). We can easily identify further places that will allow smaller boards to be erected and more intimate conditions, e.g. for personal discussions between students and researchers of our faculty. Perhaps some boards could be placed in the corridor so that students could have a free discussion, prepare for classes, etc.
And from us.. We provide a supply of chalk(!) and take care of securing the boards in the off-season (the big board is implied to be downloadable in the off-season).
Who are you? We = (academics x 4 + students x 1) * Faculty of Physics and Astronomy^(very practical theoretical physicists)!
Project number: [ 42 ] Różowe skrzyneczki na UWr (Pink boxes at the UWr)
We will do that: As part of the project, we want to put in all faculties of the University of Wrocław, the so-called: Pink boxes to hold menstrual hygiene products. We want every such person to have free access to such resources. Nearly 21% of female students are forced to leave class due to lack of a pad/tampon, and about 10% in general do not leave home for this reason. We believe that all menstruating people should feel free to fulfil themselves in any area.
Why and for whom? the idea came from our life situations when we, or others, needed such support during activities. There are a lot of mentees at our University who cannot be discriminated against. They need to be given access to hygiene measures so that they can expand their knowledge freely and without problems,
Where? The whole University, several places in each Faculty.
And from us.. We provide the commitment and keep the boxes topped up and looked after.
Who are you? We are part of the University-wide organisation Equal in Diversity, where we are concerned with human rights, animal rights, ecology, democracy and the rule of law. The need to help others is close to our hearts.
Numer projektu: [ 43 ] Zielona przestrzeń Trzeciego Wieku (Green space for the Third Age)
We will do that: The project involves adapting the corridor at the entrance to the University of the Third Age and creating a substitute garden there. More plants mean better air, better wellbeing and a more beautiful University. Thanks to the project, our listeners will gain space for meetings, discussions and relaxation. In addition, we want to put a bench in front of the entrance to the UTW and add plants to the other UTW rooms.
Why and for whom? The corridor is currently completely devoid of greenery. It also lacks a place to rest, relax, talk, read, look at the press. For our students, meetings at the UTW, especially in the current situation of the pandemic, are the only place where they can get away from everyday problems, at least for a while. We also hope that our Students and UTW supporters will help to create and develop this green space.
Where? Headquarters of the University of the Third Age at the University of Wrocław, ul. Dawida 1/3, Wrocław
And from us.. From our side we promise to take care of this place so that it always gives positive energy to all visitors. We also want to share seedlings with other departments, develop our green space by, among other things, creating a vertical garden. We want to involve our listeners to make everyone feel at home. We will do all the assembly and installation work ourselves.
Who are you? We are a group of employees and students of the University of the Third Age at the University of Wrocław who care about improving the quality of time our students spend at the University.
Project number: [ 44 ] “Strefa” to miejsce przyjazne dla każdego studenta Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego. Każdy znajdzie tam chwilę wytchnienia zarówno między zajęciami jak i po nich. (The “Zone” is a friendly place for every student of the University of Wrocław. Everyone will find there a moment of relaxtion both between classes and after them.)
We will do that: Our idea is to transform one of the rooms in the WNS building into a student-friendly place where they can wait for the bus or relax during the break between classes. The building of the Faculty of Social Sciences, is far from the city centre and students have only one small restaurant nearby to spend their free time in between classes. Unfortunately, it is so crowded that only a few people actually manage to sit down and eat there. We would like to offer students a place other than the classroom where they can have a meal. Our “Zone” will be a combination of everything we think is missing at WNS. It seems to us that both the faculty and the students themselves have much to gain from such a venue. Definitely, providing students on the university campus with a „Zone”, as we called Our Project, would upgrade and certainly encourage students to spend time there between classes. We thought of having a board on one of the walls with advice from students entitled „How to survive university?”. Such an initiative would make the project more personal.
Why and for whom? Our ultimate goal is to create a place where students can, above all, relax and wait for breaks between classes. We think that such a developed space could help students to establish relationships with other students, it would be an ideal place for people from different majors to meet together. The very idea came when our group spent the whole day in the department, in one classroom. We had no place where we could go to rest both physically and mentally. Particularly in winter, our options for leisure activities or windows between classes were quite limited due to the location and immediate surroundings of WNS. The project is not only aimed at WNS students, we would like to make the facility available to all people studying at the University of Wrocław or staying on WNS grounds for various reasons. We believe that many people coming to Poland from Erasmus+ programmes as well as from Ukraine and Belarus study at our Faculty. „The Zone” is supposed to be a place for people from all over Europe. Such a place would certainly make it easier for people from other countries to interact with local students. Studying is often associated with a great deal of stress due to studying or changing surroundings, and „The Zone” is designed to reduce this stress a little.
Where? Our project will concern one of the rooms located in the WNS building. In fact, the location does not really matter, as our project is aimed at all young people, regardless of the faculty they are studying at or the university they attend. The site should be generally accessible and highly visible to students. We are considering placing “signpost”’ in certain areas leading to this room.
And from us.. Studying at the Faculty of Social Sciences, we have often regretted not having a place to go to during our lunch break or a longer break between classes. That’s why we don’t treat this project as something we do for someone, but we put a lot of heart into it because we realise that we are doing it for us, all the current and future students. The funds allocated to this project should be fully sufficient for its implementation. On our part, in addition to the idea itself, we undertake to design the room and to furnish it. This will, of course, involve cleaning the room in advance and ensuring that it is tidy and aesthetically pleasing on an ongoing basis.
Who are you? We are students of the University of Wroclaw at WNS and WPAIE. Natalia and Paulina are members of the „Project Europe” research club, with which they organised, among other things, the Santa Claus Tournament at WNS. We are young, ambitious people who care about the welfare and mental as well as physical comfort of others. As a group, we haven’t had the opportunity to create a project together before, so we are very happy to be able to work together on “The Zone”. We are also quite creative and hardworking, so we believe that the project will be perfectly planned and executed.
Project number: [ 45 ] “Our Space”. A student lounge at the Faculty of Social Sciences UWr.
We will do that: The purpose of our project is to furnish a break room for students at the Faculty of Social Science. Currently, in the entire campus there is no friendly space where students can meet, relax and wait for their next classes. Responding to these needs, we want to propose the creation of such a place, both indoors and outdoors. The faculty representatives have agreed to provide a room for our project (room 21 in building 2/3). However, it needs to be equipped with couch, tables, chairs etc. Our lounge also needs a small culinary corner where students can drink water, make coffee or tea and reheat their food.
We would also like to equip it with some portable deck chairs and outdoor games (e.g. badminton, boules, frisbee) so that if the weather is good, we can also create a pleasant space on the green lawns of the campus.
The break room will be available to all students, it will also be a space where integration meetings will be organised from time to time (e.g. board games evening) Our project will improve studying conditions, it will also facilitate integration between students from different countries and programmes. All in all, everyone will benefit from it. Furthermore, once purchases are made, the project will not require additional funds. The Faculty will cover the cost of any minor repairs in the future.
Why and for whom?Currently, in the entire campus there is no friendly space where students can meet, relax and wait for their next classes. Furthermore, there is only one small, always overcrowded, snack bar. The area around campus also lacks cafes and recreational spaces. In other words, students don’t have their own space in which they can spend time and socialize.
As in our team we have already worked together during the Design Thinking Workshop, half of the work is already done. We know what are students – that is our – needs, we found the space and we are sure that a lot of students will benefit from such student lounge. Dr Mateusz Karolak, who coordinates Sociology – Intercultural Mediation programme promised to help with the formal side of the project.
The student lounge will be available to all students regardless of what they are studying or where they are from. The key to the room will be available for pick up from the building’s receptionist’s desk. Our project will improve studying conditions, it will also facilitate integration between students from different countries and faculties. All in all, everyone will benefit from it. Furthermore, once purchases are made, the project will not require additional funds. The Faculty will cover the cost of any minor repairs in the future.
Where? the room will be located in Room 21 in Building 2/3 in the Faculty of Social Sciences (ul. Koszarowa 3).
And from us.. For our part, we provide the energy and enthusiasm to get it done. We hope that the project we have initiated will also serve the faculty students in the future. We also have support from the faculty authorities and our academic staff (Dr Karolak) who takes responsibility for the formal side of the project.
Who are you? We are a group of international – including Polish – students from the Faculty of Social Sciences who met in February during the Design Thinking Workshops. We are from different programmes, but what we have in common is that we study at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the campus on Koszarowa Street. We are also supported by our lecturers.