Warsaw PhD School in Natural and BioMedical Sciences



1-month research visits (RVs) to foreign laboratories

We are starting implementation of iWARSAW4PhD project within STER programme by POLISH NATIONAL AGENCY FOR ACADEMIC EXCHANGE. The main objective of the Program is support for the internationalisation of doctoral schools. One of the opportunities we will offer are 1-month research visits (RVs) to foreign laboratories.

We invite students of 4th to 6th semester of the Warsaw-4-PhD school who, during their PhD studies, have authored an article published or accepted for publication in a JCR-indexed scientific journal to apply for 1-month research visit. The Project will cover the costs of stay and travel, see the detailed rules attached.


Required Documents:
– an application using the attached template – download, pdf file
– CV
– letters of invitation issued by the foreign parties.

Detailed information on the required documents and application rules can be found in the attached Rules – download


Application period:

Scanned and signed applications, together with candidates’ CVs and the letters of invitation issued by the foreign parties, should arrive at the secretariats of the relevant Warsaw-4-PhD institutes before the deadline: March 21, 2022.


Results Announcements:

Results will be announced on April 20, 2022.


Contact details, including e-mail addresses of the relevant Institutes can be found here.

5th PhD Students Conference

The Nencki Institute will host the 5th Doctoral Student Conference on October 14 and 15. At the annual meeting, PhD students of the Nencki Institute will present their research results in the form of presentations: long talk (12 minutes talk + 3 minutes for discussion), speed talk (3.5 minutes talk) or a Poster.

The detailed program of the Conference and the list of participants can be found here.

Sessions on scientific presentations skills at the Nencki Institute

We cordially invite you to participate in 4 exclusive sessions on scientific presentation skills on 7-8 October, 2021 at the Nencki Institute.

In each session:

  • you will have a chance to present your scientific work after which you will receive exclusive individual feedback and mentorship on how you could make your presentations more clear, didactic, engaging, and stimulating.
  • you can either give a 3-minute flash talk (oral pitch or powerpoint) that will be followed by a 5-minute feedback or a 12-minute powerpoint presentation that will be followed by an 8-minute feedback.

Five excellent mentors will take part in these sessions:

Thu Oct. 7th 09:30-12:30  Mentors: Rafal Czajkowski and Ali Jawaid

Thu Oct. 7th 14:00-17:00   Mentors: Jan Kaminski and Ali Jawaid

Fri Oct. 8th 09:30-12:30     Mentors: Mark Hunt and Ali Jawaid

Fri Oct. 8th 14:00-17:00      Mentors: Anna Malik and Ali Jawaid

You can sign up for the training using the link: https://tinyurl.com/4z8k2h8e.

Registration open till Monday Oct. 4th, 17:00

There are still 10 more places available (on a first come first serve basis)! – the long-format -12 minute talk only.

Please make sure to pick your 1st and 2nd preferred choice in the google forms.

Please note that you may attend only one session in which you actively participate. The sessions will be held in person.

The individual mentorship on presentation skills participation in the trainings will also be awarded with 0.5 ECTS.

The sessions are available to Nencki PhD students only.

See you there!

Workshop on scientific communication at the Nencki Institute

We cordially invite you to participate in the scientific communication workshop conducted by prof. Aleksandra Pękowska and dr Alicja Puścian.

We will examine the ins and outs of giving a great scientific talk to get you ready for the big day –  PhD students’ conference .

The workshops will be held on Oct 4th, 2021 (Monday), 10:15-16:00

There will be some very special guests from King’s College London, Nencki and Yale. It is going to be an interactive and fun event. And lunch is on us, so you can leave your tupperware at home.

Participation at the workshop will be awarded with 0.5 ECTS.

Scientific communication workshop program

When: Oct 4 th , 2021 (Monday), 10:15-16:00
Where: Neurobiology Center (CN) lecture hall in the main building + Zoom Webinar platform (for
those who are unable to attend in person)

Chairs: Aleksandra Pękowska & Alicja Puścian

10:15 – 10:30 – Introduction by Aleksandra Pękowska
Dioscuri Centre for Chromatin Biology and Epigenomics, Nencki Institute of Experimental
Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences
10:30 – 11:30 – “What holds us back: key issues with giving scientific talks”
Discussion panel with Laura Andreae
King’s Collage London & FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence

11:30 – 11:45 SHORT BREAK

11:45 – 12:45 – “Unique presentation formats” (virtual presentation, flash talks/pitch talks, scientific
communications with broader public e.g. TEDx)
Lecture by Ali Jawaid
Nencki-EMBL Partnership for Neural Plasticity and Brain Disorders – BRAINCITY
12:45 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK – Pizza Time
14:00 – 15:00 “Facing the dragon of public speaking”
Interactive session with Alicja Puścian
Nencki-EMBL Partnership for Neural Plasticity and Brain Disorders – BRAINCITY
15:00 – 15:50 – “How (not) to give a talk”
Lecture by Jessica Cardin
Yale University
15:50 – 16:00 – Closing remarks