Marta Prochwicz-Jazowska Weronika Grzebalska (TBC) Małgorzata Gasperowicz (online) Jan Mencwel Inna Sovsun Maciej Gdula Aleksander Temkin (chair)
In the age of climate breakdown, external shocks and threatening of democracies by authoritarian regimes, resilience is a word which seems to be on everyone’s lips. However a question remains whether this is not mostly lip service? It is estimated that lungs, brains and immune systems of 1 in 30 Europeans might be suffering from Long COVID. Yet a “low hanging fruit” of long improving indoor air quality by proper ventilation of public buildings crucial for diminishing number of reinfections, remains largely unaddressed. Same is true about protecting other key elements of resilience: critical natural capital (water, soil) and human capital (key resilience systems of public health and other social services). Hybrid conflicts are not contained in the framework of pure military aggression. Hybrid security requires policies which strengthen the resilience of all critical social systems responsible for resilience.
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Sociologist and a graduate of the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Sociology, earning her diploma with honors (magna cum laude). Additionally, she is an alumna of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her research primarily focuses on (para)militarism, war, security, and gender politics in Central and Eastern Europe. She gained experience through research internships at Clark University (Worcester, MA), the Institute of Advanced Studies (Kőszeg), and Central European University (Budapest). Her interests span various aspects of militarism, paramilitarism, military policy, war history, war memory, sociology of the military and security, as well as gender politics. She has been awarded scholarships from renowned institutions such as the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Kościuszko Foundation, and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. Her work significantly contributes to the development of sociology in the context of Central and Eastern Europe, earning recognition both nationally and internationally.
Researcher at University of Calgary in Canada, Member of European Platform of Women Scientists
Developmental biologist who earned her Ph.D. at the renowned University of Freiburg. Currently, she works as a dedicated researcher at the University of Calgary in Canada, making a significant contribution to the scientific community through her profound expertise in developmental biology. She is an active and committed member of the European Platform of Women Scientists. Her efforts also encompass addressing systemic challenges that may hinder the progress of women in the field of science, striving towards a more equitable and diverse scientific landscape.
Chairman of Miasto Jest Nasze (The City Is Ours)
Polish cultural animator, journalist, commentator, social activist, and urban activist. He is a co-founder of the association “Miasto Jest Nasze” (The City Is Ours) and served as its chairman from 2016 to 2021. In 2022, he was nominated by “Miasto Jest Nasze” as a candidate for the 2024 Warsaw mayoral elections. Mencwel is the editor of the “Kontakt” magazine published by the Catholic Intellectuals Club (KIK). He publishes and comments in various platforms including ngo.pl, “Kultura Liberalna,” “Res Publica,” “Gazeta Stołeczna,” “Rzeczpospolita,” “Super Express,” “Fakt,” and “Polska Times.” He is a member of the Flying Cultural Animators Network of the Creative Initiatives Society “ę”. He collaborates with non-governmental organizations, including the “Stocznia” Foundation, and is a member of the program council of the Sculpture Park in Bródno. As an urban activist, he is involved in several Warsaw initiatives, such as “Otwarty Jazdów” (defending the Finnish houses settlement in Jazdów from demolition), “Chlebem i Solą,” and “Inicjatywa Wolna Białoruś” (Free Belarus Initiative). From September 2018, he was professionally associated with ClientEarth, where he was responsible for climate protection campaigns.
Member of Parliament, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
Ukrainian professor and politician. She served as Ukraine’s deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine from 2014 to 2016. On August 23, 2016, Sovsun resigned from her post following a controversy involving an order that would have reduced staffing levels of the Ministry of Education and Science by up to 10%. She served as vice-president of the Kyiv School of Economics from 2016 to 2018. She has also been a full professor of the department of political science National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, as well as co-founder and former director of the think tank CEDOS. She is currently a Ukrainian MP, member of the Committee on Energy, Housing and Utilities Services of the Verkhovna Rada, since May 2020. Before that – member of the Education, Science and Innovation Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, and Chair of the Lifelong Learning and Extracurricular Education Subcommittee.
Professor at the University of Warsaw, member of the Polish Parliament.
Sociologist, politician, and publicist, holding a habilitation degree in social sciences and serving as an academic teacher at the University of Warsaw. He is a Member of Polish Parliament. He completed his sociology studies in 2001 at the University of Warsaw and earned a doctoral degree in humanities, specializing in sociology, in 2006. In 2016, he obtained the post-doctoral degree in social sciences. His expertise lies in social theory and political theory. Gdula is a contributor to “Krytyka Polityczna” and a member of the Stanisław Brzozowski Association. In 2017, he coordinated a field study recognized as the first credible diagnosis of the reasons behind the Law and Justice party’s victory in the 2015 parliamentary elections.
Aleksander Temkin (chair)
Founder and chairman of the Polish Humanities Crisis Committee, co-founder and vice-president of Europe, a Patient
Social activist, philosopher. Founder (in 2013) and chairman of the social movement and association Polish Humanities Crisis Committee. Co-founder of the coalition Patient Europe. He writes about the concept of responsibility in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novels.
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EU & transatlantic response to global risks
Social and democratic recovery of Ukraine?
The pandemic & challenges of public health
Protecting Values in Global Politics
EU Climate & Industrial Policy: Avoiding the Backlash
EU Climate International policy
Hybrid security: air, water & earth as elements of resilience
Religious inspiration in responding to global crises