International Week


22-26 March 2021


The organizers reserve the right to change the event to an online event in case of ongoing pandemic restrictions. Fees for an online event will be announced soon.

International Week

The University of Opole invites you to participate in the 3rd Central European International Week by the University of Opole held on 22 – 26 March 2021.

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 participation in the follow-up activities should be of interest to (junior) researchers, (academic) teachers, managers as well as students. We offer a range of training sessions and platforms for the exchange of experiences.

• Visual design in oral presentations – pitfalls to overcome: dr. Małgorzata Adams-Tukiendorf (Institute of Linguistics, vice-dean for English studies, English teacher trainer and coach)

• English pronunciation workshop: dr. Magdalena Szyszka (Institute of Linguistics, head of the Department of English Language Acquisition)

• Academic writing workshop: dr. Przemyslaw Wilk (Institute of Linguistics, long-time academic writing instructor for programmes in English studies)

• Introduction to quantitative studies: prof. Ewa Piechurska-Kuciel (Institute of Linguistics, Department of English Language Acquisition, head of postgraduate studies)

• Qualitative methods in humanities and social sciences: Marcin Deutschmann, MA (doctoral student at Faculty of Philology and methodology instructor at the Department of Sciology)

• Humour in academia: prof. Dorota Brzozowska (Institute of Linguistics, Department of English language, Faculty coordinator for PhD studies)

• Functioning in intercultural academic environments: dr. Marzanna Pogorzelska (Institute of Linguistics, long-time instructor of pedagogy and language teaching methodology, UO Officer for equal treatment)

• Life coaching – lessons from stoic philosophy: dr. Piotr Lesniak (Department of Philosophy)

• Early career tips: tba (Academic Career Center)

• Using film/photography for research and dissemination: Clara Kleininger, MA (visiting scholar at UO Department of Sociology, photographer and documentary filmmaker with several international productions)

• Academic Entrepreneurship: prof. Robert Geisler (Institute of Political Science and Administration, long-time instructor in sociology of entrepreneurship and organizations)

Workshops details

Prospering in Academia

International Conference

International Conference

23 March 2021


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.

You can now register through an online form, where you have to include the topic of your proposed presentation with a short abstractPapers accepted for the conference should be approximately 20 minutes long

prof. Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, Faculty of Philology, Institute of Linguistics, Department of English and
dr. Michał Wanke, Faculty of Philology, Department of Culture.


Academic careers may enjoy some prestige and tend to be popular among some graduate students who are willing to follow the footsteps of their professors. Yet, the reality of handling research, teaching and administrative duties at the expense of high competitiveness and instability and as well as blurred work-life balance tends to be discouraging at different stages of university trajectories. Increasingly, the context of the higher education career is characterized by pressure to constantly upgrade teaching skills, show excellence in research, pursue high publication record, and work on applications and outreach. It is hence useful to reflect on the issues that makes it likely (or unlikely) to prosper in academia and how to overcome obstacles 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 research 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, networks and interactions – virtual and real
• academic contracts and forms of employment
• managing research, teaching and administrative duties
• planning careers in academia – prospects of early career researchers
• managing toxic relations: balancing one’s well-being and the academic responsibility
• feudal or participatory – power relations in academic settings

    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.