Natalia Osica

MANAGING DIRECTOR

A mediator by profession, Natalia has been working with scientists and for science institutions for over 12 years. She gained experience in PR while working in the business world. 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, among others on behalf of the Centre for Dispute and Conflict Resolution at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and the Association for Legal Intervention.

For over a decade, I have been working for the benefit of knowledge transfer from the academic world to the socio-economic environment and for the benefit of the social responsibility of science. My adventure working for the academic world began when I was still a student, as a trainee at the Polish Rectors Foundation. Between 2009 and 2012, I worked as 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, I received the “Populariser of Science” award from the editors of “Science in Poland of the Polish Press Agency” (pol. Nauka w Polsce PAP) as the first ever press officer for a Polish scientific institution, In 2012-2014, I served as secretary and then President of “Naukowi.pl”, the Polish Association of Science Journalists.

I am a juror in the “Three Minute Thesis” competition for PhD students at the Centre for the Popularisation 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 trainer. I teach journalism students at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and students of the Doctoral School at the University of Warsaw. I also conduct a variety of training sessions and expert meetings for scientists and scientific bodies aimed at encouraging their employees to cooperate with the outside world.

I wrote a book together with Wiktor Niedzicki entitled “The Art of Promoting Science” which was published by OPI-PIB in 2013, and is freely available to download.

I am fascinated with the German language and I love cities. I am a fan of Berlin and Wrocław. I enjoy my job and the people I work with. I founded the company out of passion and a belief that I can change what many people think is impossible, that is have an impact on people within the world of science encouraging them to cooperate and communicate with business and society. I look at the world with great optimism and thanks to what I have learned from mediation practice, 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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