Project
 
Vision
The overall joint vision of RiEcoLab for 2030 is to develop a novel way R&D is being performed in universities in order to ensure immediate commercialization (spin-offs) and involvement of a large number of internal stakeholders (academic and non-academic staff, students). The new operational framework would be introduced via Ecosystem Integration Labs (EIL) to be developed and implemented by each participating university (by relying on existing infrastructures such as research support offices and technology transfer offices). The EILs will be devised in a tailored approach based on each university’s HEInnovate needs assessment and smart specialization areas that will govern the focus of the envisioned spin-offs, motivating thus each HEI to commit to their IVAP (Innovation Vision Action Plan).
 
The EILs & IVAPs will build upon capacity developed around the following toolkits:
  • Toolkit (T1): Participatory engagement strategy for facilitating the entrepreneurial discovery process
  • Toolkit (T2): Setting-up, institutionalising and operationalising the Ecosystem Integration Labs
  • Toolkit (T3): Embedding responsible research and innovation in the innovation spin-off strategy of HEIs
  • Toolkit (T4): Bridging public and private impact investors to support spin-offs
  • Toolkit (T5): Implementation of an inclusive (operationally, environmentally, socially) performance measurement system to monitor the impact of the spin-offs
  • Toolkit (T6): Effective collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurship, participatory engagement and co-creation in a digital environment
 
 
IVAP (Innovation Vision Action Plan) 
To become Poland’s leading high-tech spin-offs/startups/scale-ups hub specialised in post-industrial regional smart specialisations and embracing innovativeness and inclusiveness as  guiding principles (in particular innovative medical Industry, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; IT and telecommunications for digitalisation; creative textile industry and personalised designing; sustainable agriculture and agri-food industry. 
 
 
Project Objectives (OBJ)
 
OBJ1: Develop the toolkits that will empower HEIs implement their IVAPs towards achieving the RiEcoLab EIL Infrastructure and Capacities.
 
OBJ2: Strengthen the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of HEIs by facilitating capacity building and changing the mindset of academic and non-academic HEI staff towards a long-term IVAP implementation commitment. This will be achieved by infusing the vision that a commercially-oriented research-led HEI also becomes a successful entrepreneurial university where academic & non-academic staff can also better coach students towards entrepreneurship, besides engaging in their own entrepreneurial ventures.
 
OBJ3: Create a systemic impact and strengthen the integration of HEIs within their innovation ecosystem by making them leaders of change. This will be done by helping HEI’s transform their approach towards designing, implementing and evaluating research projects by introducing the RiEcoLab capacity building toolkits.
 
OBJ4: Engage in sustainable, circular and responsible regional growth and foster the creation of jobs via spin-offs/startups/scale-ups and technology transfer by actively training HEIs to transform their structures and concentrate their R&D and spin-offs/startups/scale-ups themes around the main smart specialization areas of their region. This will better facilitate the attraction of both public and private investment to support the spin-offs/startups/scale-ups while also will enable universities to rely on their own capacities/strengths and trigger impact in the region.
 
OBJ5: Enable inclusion (gender and groups at risk) as well as citizen science, open science, participatory engagement and responsibility during R&D phases by building upon pillars of the responsible research and innovation work programme leveraged at the territorial level to produce systemic change and impact on the nearby societies and boost the effectiveness of HEI entrepreneurialism and innovation potential.
 
OBJ6: Adopt a bottom-up quadruple helix approach towards innovation co-production during the EDP process to better integrate the available EIT-KIC knowledge into the envisioned RiEcoLab EILs and foster co-creation among new potential EIT-KIC members and existing ones.
 
Work packages and tasks
 
WP1 – IVAP FRAMEWORK AND TRAINING MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT
Task 1.1 Integrated IVAP toolkits development
Task 1.2 IVAP specialization for each partner
Task 1.3 EIL launch
 
WP2: IVAP CAPACITY BUILDING
Task 2.1 – Capacity building action plan
Task 2.2 – Pre-pilot capacity building
Task 2.3 – In-pilot capacity building
Task 2.4 – Post-pilot capacity building
 
WP3: IVAP PILOTING
Task 3.1 – Stakeholder mapping & participant recruitment
Task 3.2 – Pilot implementation – The Challenge Stage
Task 3.3 – Pilot implementation – Design & Co-create Stage
Task 3.4 – Pilot implementation – Impact Investment Assessment Stage
Task 3.5 – Pilot implementation – Impact Measuring Stage

WP4: EXPLOITATION & SUSTAINABILITY
Task 4.1 Specialized IVAP transferability plan
Task 4.2 Post-project action plan for further IVAP institutionalization
 
WP5: DISSEMINATION
Task 5.1 Communication & Dissemination Plan
Task 5.2 Communication infrastructure and tools
Task 5.3 Dissemination activities
 
WP6: MANAGEMENT
Task 6.1 Consortium management and internal communication
Task 6.2 Managing the IPR, legal, and ethical tasks
Task 6.3 Reporting to the EIT-KIC
 

Training
 
Free certification opportunities around the 6 toolkits mentioned above. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines and conditions mentioned below or contact us for more information.
One to one mentorship and support scheme for students, academic and non-academic staff interested to make their innovation-development process (or their university) more entrepreneurial and innovative. We work with such stakeholders in order to provide hands-on mentorship enabling them to transform their institution towards becoming a leading actor in their ecosystem. The mentorship themes reside within the knowledge range covered by the 6 toolkits mentioned above.
Specialized mentorship for startups and scaleups interested either to learn how to develop their innovation in a responsible manner while also on how to attract investment and connect with key partners.
Toolkit 1: Entrepreneurial discovery
Toolkit 2: Setting up responsible & impactful knowledge and technology transfer office
Toolkit 3: Responsible research and innovation
Toolkit 4: Investment and financing
Toolkit 5: Inclusive KPIs for impactful universities
Toolkit 6: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Stakeholders
In order to take part in the trainings visit: https://riecolab.eu/training/
 
Contact
 
Project Coordinator
T. Bartosz Kalinowski, PhD, DsC (UoL)
 
Project Manager
Adrian Solomon, PhD (Helixconnect Europe / UoL)
 
Project Administrators
Daria Zawalska (UoL)
daria.zawalska@gmail.com | https://www.linkedin.com/in/daria-zawalska-4b8005115/
Ewelina Wronka (UoL)
 
Dissemination Administrators
Effi Staiou (YASAR)
Bianca Cheregi (SNSPA)
 
 
EIT HEI
 
The RiEcoLab project is supported by EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) within HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education.
The EIT strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education is a key objective for the EIT as part of its new strategy, the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) 2021-2027. The initiative aims to support higher education institutions with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans complementing the needs of individual higher education institutions.
Find out more about EIT HEI.
 
The team
 
Name: Agnieszka Kurczewska, PhD, DSc
 
Position: Associate Professor, Vice-Rector for External Relations at the University of Lodz
 
Unit: Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: A researcher in the field of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, currently holding a position of an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at University of Lodz and a position of vice-rector, responsible for the University’s external relations. Academic experience includes work at Aalto University (Finland), research stays at the University of Tampa (USA) and Lund University (Sweden). Previously professional experience: internships at the European Commission and at the Council of Europe. Member of the Board of Directors of the European Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ECSB) and a member of the Scientific Council of CIFE (Centre international de formation européenne). Author of numerous publications, including Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Business Research Quarterly, Education + Training, as well as Routledge and Edward Elgar books. Experienced in research and education projects, including international ones. Initiator of the regional entrepreneurship competition Eksoc StartUP!
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Name: Tomasz Czapla, PhD, DSc
 
Position: Associate Professor, Dean, Head of Department of Management at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz
 
Unit: Department of Management, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: Associate Professor with over 20 years of experience on the organization and management theory, organization science, HR management, knowledge and competence management, culture management. Manager and co-implementer of several projects developed for business practice including: the development of strategies and organization improvement, implementation of competence profiles and tools using competence profiles in managing people. Member of the Committee on Organization and Management Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences (cadence: 2015 – 2019 and the current one). Author of over 50 papers and book chapters as well as three books on competency, strategic and change management. Received several awards, mainly in Lodz University.
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Name: prof. Ewa Walińska, PhD, DSc
 
Position: Full Professor, Head of Department of Accounting, Vice-dean for Science and Development at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz
 
Unit: Department of Accounting, Chair of Financial Accounting, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: Professor at the Department of Accounting at the Faculty of Management at the University of Lodz, head of the Department. Member, among others Association of Accountants in Poland and the European Accounting Association (EAA). Co-author of the first Polish translation of international accounting standards; projects related to management accounting, accounting policy and chart of accounts in leading Polish enterprises. For many years, she has been combining scientific work with education, advisory and training activities. Cooperates with the largest Polish enterprises, institutions and educational companies. The main areas of her interest are the issues of measurement and presentation of basic economic categories in financial statements, relations between accounting law and income tax law and their consequences for making investment and financial decisions. Author of over 200 articles, 10 books and co-author of 40 books in the field of accounting.
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 Name: Maciej Turała, PhD, DSc
 
Position: Associate Professor, Head of Department of City and Regional Management, Vice-dean for International Relations at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz
 
Unit: Department of City and Regional Management, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz
 
 
Bio: An associate professor at the Department of City and Regional Management, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz. His research interests concentrate around the issues of public management, public finance, local and regional development in functional areas. He is an author or co-author of over 50 scientific publications. He received several awards, including the University of Lodz Foundation Prize for scientific achievements in the field of social sciences in 2012 and 2013. He performed as a trainer in numerous training programmes on integrated management for local governments and consultant in several local governments on issues regarding the preparation of their strategic documents.
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Name: Jakub Marszałek, PhD, DSc
 
Position: Associate Professor, Head of Department of Corporate Finance Management, Vice-dean for Teaching Excellence and Business Relations at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz
 
Unit: Department of Corporate Finance Management, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: Associate Professor of finance and strategic management at the University of Lodz with extensive experience in business consulting and commercialization of innovation. Head of Department of Corporate Finance Management. A significant part of his activity is devoted to consultancy in the field of financing early stages of development of enterprises, especially innovative ones. He participated in projects aimed at promoting academic entrepreneurship, commercialization of knowledge created at the university and obtaining financing for the start and development of the company. He also participated in a research project in which, together with employees of the University of Manchester, he developed a model enabling the creation and development of a cooperation network between scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of commercialization of innovation. Author of over 60 scientific publications in the subject of corporate finance, capital markets, finance innovation and business development management. Co-author of several expert opinions in finance and economic analysis prepared for business incubators, local government units and ministries of the Republic of Poland.
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Name: Małgorzata Striker, PhD, DSc
 
Position: Associate Professor, Vice-dean for Students Affairs at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz
Unit: Department of Human Resources Management, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: Associate Professor with over 20 years of experience in human resources management in practice and theory. Her scientific interests focus on employee behaviour in the workplace, human capital management, measuring and managing employee sickness absence, internationalisation and diversity in human resource management. For many years she combined her academic work at the University of Lodz with work in companies, where she was a manager. Author or co-author of over 50 papers and book chapters as well as four books on human capital and diversity in human resources management.
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Name: T. Bartosz Kalinowski, PhD, DSc
 
Position: RiEcoLab Consortium Manager, Associate Professor, Dean’s Plenipotentiary for Quality of Research, Manager of Knowbase Centre of Excellence in Research
 
Unit: Faculty of Management/KNOWBASE Centre of Excellence in Research, University of Lodz, Poland
 
Contact: tbkalinowski@uni.lodz.pl; https://www.linkedin.com/in/t-bartosz-kalinowski/
 
Bio: Associate professor at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz with over 15 years of experience in teaching and research. Head of Centre of Excellence in Research Knowbase at the Univeristy of Lodz. Lecturer in the field of process management and organisational improvement on MBA programs, postgraduate studies, full and part time studies at the Univeristy of Lodz. Experienced (10+ years) project manager and researcher in EU Funded project (HEInnovate, H2020, Erasmus+, Lifelong Learning Programme and Leonardo do Vinci). Certified Quality Auditor and Coach. Business consultant in organisational improvement, business process management and quality management systems (business and public sector). Author of 2 books and over 60 journal and peer-reviewed conference proceedings papers.
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Name: Paweł Głodek, PhD, DSc
 
Position: Associate Professor
 
Unit: Department of Entrepreneurship and Industrial Policy, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: A researcher in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology commercialization, currently holding a position of an associate professor at the Faculty of Management at University of Lodz. For over 20 years he has worked with institutions supporting innovation development and technology transfer. He has managed and implemented several international (ERASMUS+, INTERREG, Leonardo da Vinci) and national (National Science Centre) projects in the field of entrepreneurship, economics of financing small and medium enterprises, innovation and technology commercialisation. Author of over 50 international and Polish scientific publications. Co-author of expert opinions commissioned by, among others, the European Commission (Directorate-General for Research and Innovation), Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, National Centre for Research and Development, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.
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Name: Magdalena Wiśniewska, PhD
 
Position: Assistant Professor, Secretary of Board of Public Managers
 
Unit: Department of City and Regional Management, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: Works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of City and Regional Management at the Faculty of Management at the University of Lodz. Concentrates her scientific and research interests on the cooperation of various stakeholders for local and regional development.
She is the author or co-author of over 60 scientific papers and book chapters. Advisor, expert and participant of many scientific projects, including international, in the field of intersectoral cooperation, creation of a local and regional environment friendly to innovative processes, cooperation of universities with enterprises, as well as local and regional development. She was a main contractor of two international projects, including one of scientific and application character and one scientific and educational one. She has a PRINCE2 Foundation project management certificate. She completed two internships abroad, participated in tens conferences, including several abroad.
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Name: Małgorzata Żak-Skwierczyńska, PhD
 
Position: Assistant Professor
 
Unit: Department of City and Regional Management, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz
 
 
Bio: An assistant Professor at the Department of City and Regional Management at the Faculty of Management at the University of Lodz. Her research interests concentrate around the issues of public management, territorial governance, territorial capital, integrated city (and functional areas) management, integrated planning of development processes, integrated project management. Her scientific and research interests are especially focused on the cooperation of various stakeholders for local and regional development. Consultant and expert of local governments in the preparation of integrated development strategies (on local, regional, supra-local and supra-regional level). Participant of scientific projects, including international projects and research internships.
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Name: Prof. Tomasz Poplawski, PhD, DSc
 
Position: Full Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Lodz, Head of Department Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biochemistry, Medical University of Lodz.
 
Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Professor at the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection at the University of Lodz, head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biochemistry at Medical University of Lodz. Over 20 years of experience in teaching and research. Academic experience includes work at Experienced (10+ years) project manager/principal investigator of the five-research funded by the National Science Center’s Member. The main areas of his interest are DNA damage and repair and issues connected with genetic variability in human diseases. He has also studied therapeutic properties of melatonin in inflammatory diseases of the human gastrointestinal tract, molecular bioinformatics related to the construction of DNA automatons and the searched for novel anti-cancer therapies with thiosugars and DSBs inhibitors. Co-author of over 150 journal and peer-reviewed conference papers in the field of biology and medicine.
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Name: Marcin Podogrocki
 
Position: Research Assistant, Project Manager
 
Unit: Biohazard Prevention Centre, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz, Poland
A research assistant and a project manager at the Biohazard Prevention Centre at the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection of the University of Lodz. An expert in the field of increasing protection of public places, vulnerability assessment, prevention and responding to CBRN threats in cooperation between scientist, experts, public services and public or private sector. He has a substantial experience in managing and implementing international projects within H2020, Internal Security Funds Police and Erasmus+ in the scope of coordination, finances or QA but also in conducting research, designing training materials and methodology, organizing cooperation with end-users and exploitation of results. Currently he is a coordinator of EU ISFP project Prosperes – Protection System for large gatherings of People in Religious Sites and involved in several others international projects aiming generally at transferring research outcomes to society in various sectors i.e., shopping centres, large sport premises and public services.
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Name: Karolina Tomczyk
 
Position: Project Coordinator
 
Unit: Biohazard Prevention Centre, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
K. Tomczyk – M.A. in Economics, Prince Foundation, Agile Foundation, miniMBA,. She has over 14 years of experience in project management including various types of European projects (ISF-Police, Erasmus+, H2020, Norway Grants) and national projects (FSS, NAWA). Her duties cover complex project coordination and support: coordinating and monitoring project progress, coordinating project team members, budget coordination, financial reporting, risk management, dissemination, exploitation and QA as well as searching for funding opportunities, building partnerships and writing applications. The latest projects she implements, that focus on CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) protection of public spaces, bring together partners form public and research sector (universities/ research centres/ military institutes), private sector (e.g.: shopping malls, football stadiums) and law enforcement agencies (Police unit in Europe).
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Name: Ewelina Wronka
 
Position: Expert in University Centre for Research
 
Unit: Centre for Research, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: MA in Economics and Sociology, an expert on research funding grants opportunities, supporting researchers in the pre-award and post-award phase, consultant on the financial project management, acting also for Regional Contact Point for UE Research Programmes – Polish NCP regional network. Experience includes Individual Erasmus Staff Mobility Trainings at Technische Universitat Berlin (Germany), Univeristat Hamburg (Germany), University of Ferrara (Italy) and Bavarian Research Alliance (Germany). Member of working group in COST Action TN1302 „The voice of research administrators – building a network of administrative excellence (BESTPRAC), supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and co-author of “Financial Management of H2020 Projects Guide to Best Practice Based on BESTPRAC members’ experience”
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Name: Daria Zawalska
 
Position: Riecolab Project Manager Assistant, PhD Candidate, Project Manager
 
Unit: Faculty of Management University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: M.A. in International Relations, PhD candidate at Lodz University – Management Faculty. Scientific interests focus on chambers of commerce, business models of non-profit organisations, sustainable development and zero waste economy. EU project manager since 2006, expert in project management both as coordinator and project partner, advance knowledge of project and budget management techniques. Has implemented several international (ERASMUS+, eTen, Daphne, LLP, 7THFP) and national (NAWA, POIG, EFS) projects in the field of entrepreneurship, life-long learning, marginalised employees. Fluent in English (C1) and Spanish (C2). International Project Management Association (IPMA) D certificate.
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Name: Adam Kaźmierczak
 
Position: Head of Technology Transfer Office
 
Unit: Technology Transfer Office of University of Lodz
 
 
Bio: M.A. in Social Sciences at University of Lodz. From 2018 Head of Technology Transfer Office of University of Lodz. Experienced (over 15 years) manager in the area of technology transfer, innovation support, science-business cooperation and R&D policy/strategy with proven track record. Project manager in over 20 projects funded from European and national funds (FP6, FP7, ERA-NETs, structural funds). Almost 10 years’ experience in implementing and managing R&D and commercialization programmes from the governmental executive agency level, with over 3000 projects under supervision. Member of the Board of Polish Association of Centers for Technology Transfer (PACTT). Member of the Board of Foundation of University of Lodz. Expert in numerous R&D and technology transfer programmes.
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Name: Mariusz Gwardencki
 
Position: Innovation Broker, Business Development Expert
 
Unit: Technology Transfer Office of University of Lodz (TTO UL)
 
 
Bio: MA in Law, PhD candidate in in economic sciences in the field of management. He has over 20 years of experience in IT and defence and automotive industry. Scientific interests focus on strategic management, competitive advantage, corporate governance and business groups in defence industry. Member of: Cluster Area of Advanced Safety and Defence Technology, Lublin Cluster for Advanced Aerospace Technology, Polish Space Industry Association, Silesian Aviation Cluster, Special Interest Group on Machine Learning of Computer Science, Industrial Cluster of former areas of the Central Industrial District of Prime Minister Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski, Industry 4.0 Platform, Polish Industry Lobby. Initiator and member of committees of The National Centre for Research and Development industrial research programs such as Innolot, Innomoto. Innovation and high-tech technology enthusiast/entepreneur.
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Name: Przemysław Fabjanowski
 
Position: Director
 
Unit: Centre for External Relations, University of Lodz, Poland
 
 
Bio: MA in Economics and Sociology, MBA candidate. Responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with the social and economic environment, cooperation with employers and representatives of the labour market, supporting students and postgraduates in career launch, fostering alumni relations, mentorship programmes, fundraising, developing academic entrepreneurship, EU-funded projects, joint programmes and working with big companies, external partners and SMEs in key sectors to forge institutional-level, strategic business partnerships (among others: KGHM, PwC, Nordea, Rossmann, Philips, Santander Universidades, Fujitsu).
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Name: Agata Matuszewska-Kubicz, PhD
 
Position: Assistant Professor; Entrepreneurship Specialist
 
Unit: Department of Labour and Social Policy, Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland; Career Office at University of Lodz
 
 
Bio: PhD in economic sciences in the field of management, an organisational psychologist, a career counsellor and a soft skills trainer. She works as an assistant professor at the Department of Labour and Social Policy at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology of the University of Lodz and as an entrepreneurship specialist in the Career Office at the University of Lodz. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in career guidance, training in soft skills and entrepreneurship. Her scientific interests include human resources management, competencies in the labour market, changes on the labour market, psychology of labour and employer branding.