Natalia Osica


I am a sociologist specialising in social communication, conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiations. I hold a master’s degree from the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw, and my professional experience includes, among others, court mediation for the Association for Legal Intervention and for UW’s Center for Conflict and Dispute Resolution.

A few words about me

For more than a decade now, I have worked to facilitate outbound knowledge transfer from academia and to foster science’s social responsibility. I began my career as a student, working as an intern for the Polish Rectors Foundation. Between 2009 and 2012, I worked as a spokeswoman and PR manager for the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, helping create the Press Centre and winning two awards: for the best corporate project from the PR relations industry (pol. Złoty Spinacz Award) and for the best project promoting science (the PRom Award) from the Association for PR and Promotion of Polish Universities.

In 2011, as the first-ever press officer of a Polish academic institution, I received the Science Communicator Award from the editors of Science in Poland (pol. Nauka w Polsce) published by the Polish Press Agency. Between 2012 and 2014, I served as Secretary and then President of the Polish Association of Science Journalists. I sit on the jury of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition for doctoral students at the Centre for the Popularization of Science, Silesian University of Technology, and serve as a member of the program committee of the Interaction-Integration Conference organized by the Society and Science Association.

I am active as a lecturer and a coach. I teach journalism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and at the Doctoral School of the University of Warsaw. I conduct workshops and panels for scientists and academic units focused on outbound communication in science. With Wiktor Niedzicki, I co-authored 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.

Outside work, I am fascinated by the German language and urban spaces, with Berlin and Wrocław being my favourite cities. I cherish my job and people I work with. I have founded pro science to channel my passion and belief that I can change what many people think impossible: influence those working in science and technology and encourage them to cooperate and communicate with the business world and society. I am an incorrigible optimist living the lessons learned in my mediation practice: you can emerge stronger from situations that begin with tension as long as you consider the needs of all parties involved.

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