Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

PhD, since 1997 professor in East and Central European Studies and since 2004 Director for the Centre for European Studies, Lund University, Sweden. She specialises in cultural studies and contemporary history focusing on studies of identities, symbols, collective memory and nationalism. She has published 12 edited or single authored books and many articles and book chapters on these topics. She is the editor in chief of Slavica Lundensia and on the advisory board of the journals Baltic Worlds and Bialoruskie Zeszyty Historyczne. Since 2012 she leads an international research network in Memory Studies, financed by EU/COST. Her recent book on Central and Eastern Europe culture is the edited volume: ”Cultural Transformations after Communism: Central and Eastern Europe in Focus” 2011.

Soňa Trebatická

 Project controller at the International Visegrad Fund. 

Viktor Trebický

Project co-ordinator in Institute for Environmental Policy, Prague, Czech Republic. Chairman of the board of the Iris p.b.o (Czech NGO operating in the field of ecological education), co- founder of the Robinson (Czech NGO). Since 2001 Member of the National Steering Committe of the project "Supporting Local Agenda 21 Initiatives in the Czech Republic". Areas of interest: know-how of sustainable development (SD) and ecological aspects of sustainable development, as well as application of theoretical principles of SD in practice. 

Jan Truszczyński

Jan Truszczyński

Graduated from Foreign Trade Department at the Central School of Planning and Statistics, and completed post-graduate German and International Law Studies. Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972. 1978-1982 the Second Secretary at the Polish Embassy in the Hague, 1988-1989 Counsellor at the Polish Embassy in Brussels,1989-1993 Counsellor-Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission to the European Communities in Brussels,1996-2001 Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels. In 2001 Under Secretary of State at Chancellery of President of Poland, responsible for European integration matters. In 2005 State Secretary in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since October 2005 Director of the Polish-German Cooperation Foundation (Stiftung für Deutsch-Polnische Zusammenarbeit). 

Rafał Trzaskowski

Rafał Trzaskowski

Secretary of State for European affairs in the MFA and Prime Minister’s Plenipotentiary for European Council meetings since 2014. Studied journalism and political sciences, English philology, and security in Poland, Great Britain (Oxford), France, USA and Australia. Holds a doctorate in political science and is a university lecturer on European affairs. Former member of the European Parliament (2009-2013) where he dealt with the implementation of EU Treaties, EU budget, the protection of privacy and the European Digital Agenda. In 2004 received a Ph.D. from the University of Warsaw’s Institute of International Relations in the Department of Journalism and Political Science. Former advisor to the Secretary of the Committee for European Integration, working for the head of the Office of the Committee for European Integration. Between 2004-2009 an advisor to the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and to the Delegation of the Civic Platform to the European Parliament. In the years 2013-2014 Minister of Administration and Digitalization in Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Cabinet.

Łukasz Turski

Łukasz Turski

Professor of Physics. Graduated from Warsaw University and Warsaw Technical University. Laureate of the Hugo Steinhaus Prize and the Golden Medal of the European Physical Society. Author of numerous publications in journals and several radio and TV programs on science and society. Creator and ongoing chair for the Warsaw Scientific Picnics (since 1997). Chair for Copernicus Science Center Council. Member of the Polish Adam Smith Center Council. From 1996 till 2003 chair of the Polish Public Radio Commission on Education Programs. From 2000-2004 elected member of the State Committee for Research (KBN). Visiting Professor in Universities and Research Institutions in the US, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden. Full professor of physics in the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (since 1985) and since 2002 full professor in the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department of the Cardinal Wyszyński University.

Lilja Twardosz

Immigrant from Ukraine living in Poland.  

Karolina Tyniec - Margańska

Karolina Tyniec - Margańska

MA in Journalism, Social Communication and International Relations at the Warsaw University. 2002- 2003 Journalist for Channel 3 of Polish Radio. 2003-2004 the Deutsche Welle correspondent in Poland. Since 2004 has worked as the Public Relations specialist  in DaimlerChrysler Automotive Poland. 

Petr Vágner

Graduated from the Department of Philosophy and History of the Charles University in Prague. Worked in the Czechoslovak and later the Czech Academy of Science and conducted research in history of science. He worked in Embassy of the Czech Republic in Moscow (1995-1999), , Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in Department of Central Europe (1999-2005) and Embassy of the Czech Republic in Kyiv (2005-2009). Currently executive director of the Visegrad Fund.

Laurynas Vaičiūnas


Laurynas Vaičiūnas is the deputy director of the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe in Wroclaw, an NGO working to stimulate intellectual exchange between Eastern Europe and the rest of the world. Its main publications include bimonthlies New Eastern Europe and Nowa Europa Wschodnia. Laurynas is responsible for publishing, international contacts and the organisation’s headquarters in Wojnowice Castle. Laurynas has a background in history, politics and international relations with degrees from the University of Bath and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies UCL.