Prospering in Academia

22-26 March 2021, 9:00-14:30, 17:30-19:00 CET


University of Opole hosts a virtual event within FORTHEM short-term collective mobilities.
This week-long event is devoted to the theme of “Prospering in Academia”. Over 30 students from all partner universities were recruited to meet in MSTeams environment. Participants showcase their faculties and programs, present about their research projects, take part in tutorials and workshops on research skills, and get to know more about Poland and studying in Opole.
Detailed day-by-day program (all times in CET)
Day 1: Integration day
Monday 22.03
  • 9:00-10:30 Welcome to Prospering in Academia

9:00- 9:15 Welcome address by Vice-Rector of UO Prof. Izabella Pisarek

9:15-9:30 Opening address: the objectives of “Prospering in Academia” prof. Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska and dr. Michał Wanke

9:30-9:45 FORTHEM Alliance framework and event organizational details (communication channels) prof. Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska and Paulina Panic

9:45-10:30 Introducing all participants and guest presentations:

Sophie Siimes, University of Jyväskylä, Environmental sciences (A general presentation about university)

Maria Cecilia Galimberti Oliveira, University of Valencia, Faculty of Philology, Translation and Communication, Program: Communication and Interculturality (Information related to UV)

Stefanie Hildmann, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Chemistry Master of Science (Information about study program “Q+” of JGU Mainz)

Dominika Kilijanek, University of Opole, Faculty of Social Science, Program: Sociology: Intercultural Communication (Information about IC study program)


Coffee break


  • 11:00-12:30 Focus on UO

Marcin Deutschmann and Sofiia Struchkova, University of Opole, Faculty of Philology/Faculty of Social Sciences,

UO resources for (international) students

Patrycja Biniek, University of Opole, Faculty of Philology,

UO Students decision making bodies and possibilities for student engagement



Lunch break


  • 13:00-14:30 Focus on Opole

Ciro Fernández Briones, Julia Dickenson and the students of Intercultural Communication course, University of Opole, Faculty of Philology,  

‘I’ll show you what you’re missing” – the student landscape of Opole and the U of O through the eyes of local insiders and outsiders

Integration activities and networking


  • 17:30-19:00 Evening social program (optional)

Moderator: Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska

Prof. Stankomir Nicieja University of Opole, Faculty of Philology, Department of Culture

University Hill and UO Museum: Live or recorded materials

Sonia Kolar, Jessika Stempel, University of Opole, Faculty of Philology,

A virtual tour of Opole

Day 2: Conference day
Tuesday 23.03
  • 9:00- 9:15 Welcome address by Vice-Rector of UO, prof. Jacek Lipok
  • 9:15-9:35

Jonas Aljoscha Weik, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Institute of Sociology; Post-graduate programme in Sociology

Social disintegration in socio-spatial context

  • 9:40-10:00

Maria Cecilia Galimberti Oliveira, University of Valencia, Faculty of Philology, Translation and Communication, Program: Communication and Interculturality

The Peruvian Traditional Medicine in the Health-disease Process

  • 10:05-10:25

Marcin Deutschmann, University of Opole, Faculty of Philology, PhD studies in linguistics

Rhetorical strategies in the online debate on rejection of Istanbul Convention in Poland


Coffee break


  • 11:00-11:20

Patrycja Biniek, University of Opole, Faculty of Philology, Master of Liberal Arts, Cultural Studies

Contemporary popular culture on the example of Korean Popular Music (live, to record)

  • 11:25-11:45

Christian Carbonell Palasí, University of Valencia, Philosophy

Don’t blame me, it was an accident! Puzzles about intentionality and responsibility. (live, to be recorded)

  • 11:50-12:10

Anastasia Chernysheva, University of Opole, Master of Liberal Arts

Body positivity in new media

  • 12:15-12:35

Julia Zielonka, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Information Systems Science and Business Administration

Techno-Eustress in a Work-Related Context


Lunch break


  • 13:00-13:20

Anna Kalota, University of Opole, English Philology – Teacher Training Programme

The use of social media and foreign language reading activities of Polish adolescent English

  • 13:25-13:45

Dominika Kilijanek, University of Opole, Faculty of Social Science, Sociology: Intercultural Communication

The battle of/over Chernobyl : Media discourses and collective memory of the disaster (pre-recorded)

  • 13:50-14:10

Stefanie Hildmann, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Chemistry Master of Science (to be confirmed)


  • 17:30-19:00 Evening social program (optional)

Networking session: Reflections on the conference and a vote for the presentation that the most clearly and informatively communicated the research project. Announcing the results of the vote

Anna Kalota, University of Opole, Faculty of Philology

Quirks about the Polish language

Fun-facts about the Polish culture

Michalina Mencel, University of Opole, Faculty of Philology

UO student media and student clubs – poetry evening

Day 3: Workshop day
Wednesday 24.03
  • 9:00- 9:45 Visual design in oral presentations – pitfalls to overcome (45 min): dr. Małgorzata Adams-Tukiendorf (Institute of Linguistics, vice-dean for English studies, English teacher trainer and coach)

In this workshop you will learn the most important dos and don’ts of visual design in oral presentations. You will become aware of what to avoid and what to include in your visuals to attract audience attention, make the presentation stimulating yet not overwhelming.

  • 10:00-10:45 English pronunciation workshop (45 min): dr. Magdalena Szyszka (Institute of Linguistics, Department of English Language Acquisition)

In this workshop you will raise your awareness of the need for fluent and intelligible speech in English as a foreign language in communication. You will be informed about the factors affecting pronunciation acquisition and how to develop your abilities to speak fluently and intelligibly by applying a range of pronunciation learning strategies.

  • 11:00-11:45 Academic writing workshop (45 min): dr. Przemyslaw Wilk (Institute of Linguistics, long-time academic writing instructor for programmes in English studies)

In this workshop you will learn and practice the most important features of academic writing style. It starts with a concise presentation of academic writing, focusing on the fundamental academic writing skills necessary to compose any academic text (as well as how to avoid plagiarism). The practical part of the workshop will concentrate on what to do and what to avoid in terms of academic style. You will have a real hands-on experience with the most common academic writing errors with regard to both vocabulary choice and sentence structure.


Lunch break


  • 13:00-13:45 Introduction to quantitative studies (45 min): prof. Ewa Piechurska-Kuciel (Institute of Linguistics, head of Department of English Language Acquisition, head of postgraduate studies)

The aim of the workshop is to introduce basic statistical terminology referring to variables, measures, designs and tests. A range of statistical methods for conducting analyses of individual variables, relationships among them, and differences between groups will be outlined. It is expected that the workshop may contribute to critical and systematic thinking, to phrasing questions that can be answered clearly, and to applying the many demands of science to the nature of one’s evidence and the procedures that can be used. The outline of the workshop: Phases of research, Levels of constraint, Descriptive statistics, Inferential statistics, (Writing a report).

  • 14:00-14:45 Qualitative methods in humanities and social sciences (45 min): Marcin Deutschmann, MA (doctoral student at Faculty of Philology and methodology instructor at the Department of Sociology)

This workshop will acquaint you with the main qualitative analytic approaches and exemplify how they are applied in social sciences and humanistic research. Hermeneutic and interpretative analyses tend to be grounded in the data, which in turn can be coded using various methods and analytic instruments (including software).


Coffee break


  • 15:30-16:15 Humour in academia (45 min): prof. Dorota Brzozowska (Institute of Linguistics, Department of English language, Faculty coordinator for PhD studies)

The aim of the workshop is to show different aspects of humor related to academic life and representatives of educational institutions. The main tendencies in humor research will be presented across various disciplines. The issue of academics’ stereotypes will be dealt with and the question of culture-specific attitudes towards instances of humor in university space will be raised. The participants will be taught how to use the General Theory of Verbal Humor to analyse specific comic material.

  • 16:30-17:15 Using film/photography for research and dissemination (45 min): Clara Kleininger, MA (scholar at UO Department of Sociology, photographer and documentary filmmaker with several international productions)

In this workshop participants will get an introduction to the uses they can make of audio-visual media during their research and while disseminating their work. They will get to know concrete examples as well as practical advice for starting to incorporate creative methods into their scientific work. We will  discuss how these could be applied to their own ongoing projects, as well as make an introduction to possible platforms for later distributing the finished work.

Day 4: Mentoring day
Thursday 25.03
  • 9:00-9:45 Functioning in intercultural academic environments (45 min): dr. Marzanna Pogorzelska (Institute of Linguistics, long-time instructor of pedagogy and language teaching methodology, UO Officer for equal treatment)

During the workshop the participants will get to know the main opportunities and challenges related cultural diversity in academic environment. Special attention will be given to the problems of equal treatment and discrimination (types and symptoms) in higher education institutions. Part of the workshop will be devoted to Polish experiences in combating and preventing discrimination, which might be inspirational for participants of the event.

  • 10:00-10:45 International cooperation – making connections (45 min): dr. Michal Wanke (Department of Culture, founder of UO Office for international study programmes)

The workshop is based on the presenter’s experience in developing UO International Study Programmes office and an international study programme in Sociology and editing duties at an international journal. You will learn how to reach out to partners, make connections, sustain them and – most importantly – how to convert them into further projects. It is a mix of experience-based tips for managing multiple relations, exploring platforms of cooperation and searching for resources to fund it. It highlights the gains and underlines the pains of international cooperation in academia.

  • 11:00- 11:45  Academic publishing – advice from a journal editor (45 min): prof. Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska (Institute of Linguistics, managing editor at Scopus/WoS-indexed journal Res Rhetorica)

This workshop introduces early career academics to the standards of academic publishing and points out the differences between credible and predatory publishers. Participants will get acquainted with the guidelines for preparing a publishable text (titling, abstracting, composition, warranting, and reporting), as well as study common mistakes of early career academic writers.


Lunch break


  • 13:00-14:30 FORTHEM Labs – What are they? Local UO Lab leaders Barbara Curyło, Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, Michał Wanke (and students) share their experiences of international collaboration, share the progress of the outputs and discuss how to incentivize students to participate in Lab work.


  • 17:30-19:00 Evening social program (optional)

Natalia Krawczyk, Magda Wolnicka, Water and Art. An unobvious interaction with contemporary art. Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole (

Day 5: Groupwork day
Friday 26.03

Michał Wanke and Marcin Deutschmann

In the conclusion of the weeks’ activities the participants will discuss what is their (current and future) role in the academia. In the context of vital problems of contemporary world (and in consequence contemporary science) like climate change, political populisms, radicalisms, the global pandemic and last but not least crisis of trust in scientific explanations, the participants will reflect on the functions of science, the possibilities to communicate scientific research more effectively during two moderated group sessions.

  • 9:00-10:30

Session 1. (In groups) Who am I in the world of science and what science means to me?

  • 11:00- 12:30

Session 2. (in groups) What is the role of science in society?


Lunch break


  • 13:00-14:30

During the final part of the activity, the advantages and challenges of international cooperation via FORTHEM will be discussed, including the possible increased student roles in FORTHEM. The workshop will conclude with the collaborative writing of a wish list letter to the FORTHEM Steering Committee(s).