Natalia Osica

MANAGING DIRECTOR

A mediator by profession, Natalia has been working with scientists and for science institutes for over 12 years. She gained experience in PR while working in business. According to Gallup Strengths, she is task-focused, a mentor and an ideas person. She likes to see the big picture.

A few words about me

I am a sociologist specialising in social communication, conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation. I completed a three-year specialisation as part of my Master’s degree at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw. After graduating, I worked for several years as a court mediator, particularly at the Centre for Dispute and Conflict Resolution at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and at the Association for Legal Intervention.

For over a decade, I have been working as a specialist of knowledge transfer from universities to the wider community, as well as for the benefit of the social responsibility of science. My adventure working for academia began when I was still a student, as a trainee at the Polish Rectors Foundation. Between 2009 and 2012, I worked as a press officer and PR manager, helping to create the Press Centre of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, for which I won two awards: best corporate PR project from the public relations industry (pol. Złoty Spinacz) and best project promoting science (the PRom award from the Association for PR and the Promotion of Polish Universities).

In 2011, as the first ever press officer of a Polish scientific institute, I received the “Science Communicator” award from the editors of “Science in Poland of the Polish Press Agency” (pol. Nauka w Polsce PAP). In 2012-2014, I served as secretary and then President of “Naukowi.pl”, the Polish Association of Science Journalists.

I am a judge of the “Three Minute Thesis” competition for PhD students at the Centre for the Popularization of Science at the Silesian University of Technology and a member of the programme committee of the “Interaction-Integration” conference on science communication (Society and Science Association, SPIN).

I am also an active lecturer and coach. I teach journalism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and at the Doctoral School of the University of Warsaw. I also conduct a variety of workshops and expert meetings for scientists and scientific bodies with the aim of encouraging their employees to cooperate with the outside world.

Together with Wiktor Niedzicki, I wrote a book titled, “The Art of Promoting Science”, which was published by the National Information Processing Institute (OPI-PIB) in 2013 and is freely available to download.

I am fascinated with the German language and I love cities, my favourite being Berlin and Wrocław. I enjoy my job and the people I work with. I founded the company out of a passion and a belief that I can change what many people think is impossible – influence those working in the fields of science and technology and encourage them to cooperate and communicate with business and society. I look at the world with great optimism and in keeping with what I have learned from mediation; you can emerge much stronger from situations that begin with tension. You just have to talk about the needs of all the parties involved.

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