18 and 19 June were special days when we had the pleasure to meet a group of talented women and celebrate their successes in science and business. This was all thanks to the Science: Polish Perspectives Meetup – Paris 2023. Science: Polish Perspectives is a series of meetings of the Polish scientific diaspora, taking place in various locations around the world, initiated by the Polonium Foundation. This time the event came to Paris, and we had the pleasure of being a co-organiser. It was a unique meeting – to celebrate the spirit of Marie Skłodowska-Curie, the speakers of the event were exclusively women.

Day one was devoted to the business perspective and took place at the Embassy of Poland in Paris. The meeting was opened by Andrzej Szydło, Polish Consul in France. This was followed by a speech by Elżbieta Wysoczańska, CEO of the cosmetics company VISOANSKA, who talked about the experiences and obstacles she had encountered on her business path. Another highlight of the evening was a concert by two talented young artists, Anna and Caroline Sypniewski. The meeting ended with networking, which allowed the Polish diaspora to integrate and exchange experiences and contacts.

The second day of the event took place at the Polish Academy of Sciences Scientific Centre in Paris and was dedicated to science. The meeting began with a welcome to the guests by the event organisers:  Magdalena Sajdak – Director of the Centre, Alicja Santos – CEO of the Polonium Foundation, Agnieszka Bonnefoy – Director of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, and Karolina Grabowicz-Matyjas – Director of the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. The main speech, presented by Jolanta Swiatowska from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, was followed by a panel discussion, numerous presentations filled with scientific and business knowledge, and two workshops. As on day one, the meeting ended with networking.

Participants of the meeting could also take part in a walk “In the footsteps of Marie Skłodowska-Curie” along the streets of Paris in the vicinity of the Sorbonne and the Curie Museum.