Advocacy for early-career scientists

During my career, I’ve been heavily involved in organizations supporting STEM students and early-career scientist. This involvement helped me, first of all, in understanding the challenges and motivations of our community. This knowledge is essential for effective organization of association’s programs that help to shape the future career paths of young scientists. With my leadership and project management experience, I aim for making the scientific environment more inclusive and supportive for early-career researchers.

During the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2019 I had a chance to discuss the topic of aiming for a career in science with 3 Nobel Laureates in Physics Donna Strickland, Bill D. Phillips, and Wolfgang Ketterle, fellow young scientist and advocate for diversity Niamh Kavanagh, and STEM career consultant Alaina G. Levine.

During the Online Sciathon 2020, I was a leader of a project aiming to create a toolkit for early-career scientists with tips on how to creare, empower, and grow an effective association. Our toolkit is avaliable at earlycareer.science. You can watch the 3-min pitch of our project below.

My blog post and video about Imposter Syndrome.

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Some of my Twitter threads and LinkedIn posts related to academia and career-development:

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association


Sep 2018 - Mar 2021Member of the Board

Dec 2018 - Dec 2020Co-Chair

BLPA

As a co-chair of the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association, representing about 1000 postdocs from 6 different STEM Research Areas, I met every day with concerns of early-career scientist about our future path in academia and beyond. Collaborating on different levels with the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Office and the Bay Area Postdocs we supported our postdoc community to help them succeed in future career paths. Our primary goal was to enrich the postdocs’ professional and personal lives through various events and activities, including career-development and community-building programs.

Activities I took a leadership role at the association include:

Math and Natural Sciences Student Association at the Jagiellonian University


Sep 2009 - Sep 2011Ordinary Member

Sep 2011 - Sep 2012President

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013Member of the Advisory Board

As a president of the Math and Natural Sciences Student Association of the Jagiellonian University (Koło Matematyczno-Przyrodnicze Studentów UJ) I was supporting STEM students of the Jagiellonian University through science projects, workshops, conferences, and community-building programs. In the years 2009-2013, the association consisted of about 90 active ordinary members.

Activities I took a leadership role at the association included:

  • Obtaining funds for association’s activities (in total more than 30 projects),
  • Leading organization of student conferences and workshops (3 conferences with about 50-80 participants, 3 schools with about 20 participants, and weekly seminars),
  • Coordinating student science projects,
  • Maintaining administration duties,
  • Setting yearly goals for the Association.

I served also as a member of the Organizing Committee for the 5th and 6th Collegium Physicum Trek. My duties included:

  • Obtaining funds from university and private sponsors,
  • Managing event logistics (transportation, accommodation, administration) for about 250 participants.