International Week

The University of Opole invites you to participate in the 3rd Central European International Week by the University of Opole held on 20th – 24th April 2020.

This is the third time we undertake the initiative of making our colleagues connected and creating common grounds for further cooperation.

The organizers can help arrange accommodation at the university facilities or in the town. 

We would like to invite all our partners to join the event and take part in any of the following modules:

*Participation in the International Week is free of charge for the University of Opole students and staff.

Guest lectures by visiting professors

Training sessions and contact seminars

International Conference

Guest lectures by visiting professors

The University of Opole runs several study programmes in English ( in the disciplines ranging from humanities and social sciences to natural sciences. It will be our pleasure to invite you, your faculty members to visit us and share your knowledge by giving our students lectures, workshops, or seminars. 

Guest lectures will be scheduled upon registration (excluding the conference panels and workshops if participating).

Training sessions and contact seminars

Located in the very centre of Europe, connected to many universities on the continent and beyond, the University of Opole strives to establish itself as a meeting point for prospective collaborators to exchange experiences, discuss good practices, and make academic connections.

The third edition of the CEIW is devoted to the theme of prospering in academia. The academic conference is designed to serve as an important forum for the exchange of perspectives on sustainability and wellbeing of the academics in the university millea. The participation in the activities should be of interest of researchers, teachers and managers as well as administering staff of the academia. We offer a range of training sessions and platforms for the exchange of experiences.

  • Functioning in intercultural academic environments, dr. Marzanna Pogorzelska
  • Visual design in oral presentations – pitfalls to overcome, dr. Małgorzata Adams-Tukiendorf
  • English pronunciation workshop, dr. Magdalena Szyszka
  • Academic writing workshop, dr. Przemyslaw Wilk
  • Life coaching – lessons from stoic philosophy, dr. Piotr Lesniak
  • Humour in academia, prof. Dorota Brzozowska
  • Academic publishing – advice from a journal editor, prof. Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska
  • Collaborative writing in a multicultural environment, Tomasz Sutarzewicz, MA
  • Qualitative methods in humanities and social sciences, Marcin Deutschmann, MA
  • Early career tips, Karolina Troscianka, MA
  • International Cooperation, tricks of the trade – dr. Michal Wank
  • Academic Entrepreneurship, prof. Robert Geisler
  • Planning career in peripheral setting, dr. Michal Wanke


Prospering in Academia

International Conference - April 21-22, 2020

Students and PhD candidates who would like to share their research projects and discuss them with experts are welcome to join the conference panel for students held on 22 April 2020

To take part please register through an online form and include the topic of your proposed presentation with a short abstract  by 30 March 2020Papers accepted for the conference should be 15 minutes long

Scientific Committee
professor Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, dr. Michał Wanke 

Halina Palmer-Piestrak, Karolina Młotek, Katarzyna Herok, Paulina Panic 

Important dates

  • Registration and abstract submission: before 30 March 2020
  • Acceptance notifications and preliminary programme: 7 April 2020
  • Fee payment: 20 April 2020
  • Conference: 21 April 2020
  • Student panel: 22 April 2020
  • Central European International Week at the University of Opole: 20 – 24 April 2020

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Academic careers may still enjoy some prestige and tend to be popular among some graduate students who might be willing to follow the footsteps of their professors. Yet, the reality of handling the research, teaching and administrative duties with mixed return at the expense of the insecurity or instability and high competitiveness as well as blurred work/life balance yields different outcomes and tends to be ambiguous and contradictory at different stages of university trajectories. The context of the higher education is at the same time the one of growing anti-intellectualism and loss of trust in science on one hand, and of a precarious and ultra liberal character of efficiency and applicability on the other. It is hence useful to reflect on the issue of what makes it likely (or unlikely) to prosper in academia and how to overcome obstacles and deficiencies academics are faced with. This conference theme is not designed to invite complaints, but rather to enable the sharing of best practices and experiences as well as to offer support.

We invite submissions for (multi)disciplinary presentations that discuss the positive outcomes of research-related stalemates, of recently developed solutions and verified research pathways.

This conference discussion can be directed towards, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • balancing theoretical and applied research
  • paradigm changes and new areas of research
  • improvements in validating the methods and replicating the results
  • overcoming the limitations, trends in science of the future
  • warrant, relevance and worth in scientific endeavor, ethics in research design
  • science for society, civic engagements, democratizing the academia, politics of doing science
  • academic impact or evidence-based policies and implementations 
  • academic freedom and open access 
  • merits of interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity
  • fostering equality in terms of class, gender, race and ethnicity, inclusive science
  • self-development and growth, work-life balance in academia
  • effective dissemination and science popularization, achieving visibility 
  • strategies for administering research and development
  • academic career trajectories, academic well-being, mentoring
  • academic spaces, contacts and interactions – virtual and real
  • academic contracts and forms of employment
  • managing research, teaching and administrative duties
  • planning careers in academia – prospects of early careers
  • managing toxic relations: balancing one’s well being and the academic responsibility
  • between feudal and participatory – power relations in academic setting

    Conference Programme

    Conference papers will be published in Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies“, an interdisciplinary on-line academic journal founded and published by the Institute of Political Sciences, University of Opole.

    The Journal publishes articles (in the Polish and English languages). The articles will be published in an open access.

    The participation is free of charge

    Organizing committee: Professor Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, Dr. Michał Wanke, Halina Palmer-Piestrak, MA.