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Kamil Szafrański obtained his Master degree in molecular and cell biology in 2008 and PhD in marine microbiology in 2014, both at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. His PhD research focused on the life cycles of chemosynthetic bacterial symbionts associated with bivalves from deep-sea chemosynthesis-based ecosystems. He participated in three cruises on Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where he performed in vivo experiments on Bathymodiolus mussels recovered at hydrothermal vents and maintained on board in high-pressure aquariums. After a 2-year post-doc in microbial ecology in the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Orsay, he became the coordinator of the international scientific program InterRidge – International Cooperation in Ocean Floor Studies, under French presidency (2017-2020). Since April 2020, he is a director of the Scientific Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris, promoting Polish science and developing Polish-French scientific and cultural relations. His personal interests are traveling and DIY: mechanics & computing, he is also an enthusiast of rail & air transport.
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Adam Knapik is a graduate of Romance languages studies, political scientist, Doctor of Humanities at the University of Silesia and University of Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris – 3, scholarship holder of the French Government, the author of a doctoral dissertation on creating the image of popular contemporary writers in France. Now he is particularly interested in the phenomenon of Francophonie. Adam has been working for the Polish Academy of Sciences since January 2018. During the first two years he was an expert in the Polish Science Contact Agency in Brussels, responsible for budget executing and cooperation with the local associations. At present he occupies the position of Polish-French scientific cooperation coordinator in the Scientific Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris.
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Natalia Pstrąg graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Faculty of Biology with specialization: Biotechnology in English (2010). She is currently writing her PhD thesis in the field of membrane proteins in cancer at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in collaboration with Institute Cochin in Paris. She was awarded the French Government scholarship in 2018. Her thesis is scheduled for defense in early 2021. She is also active in a non-profit organization NGSchool, whose mission is the promotion of science. Her research interests are cancer studies, protein and DNA biology, molecular biology, and sequencing.
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Magdalena Sajdak graduated from Poznan University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture with specialization: Environmental Protection (2008) and obtained Ph.D. Eng. in 2012 in the field of biomass assessment at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Since 2013 she works as an assistant professor at the Wood Technology Institute, Bioenergy Department and since 2018 as a project officer at the Scientific Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris. Her research interests are biomass, ecosystem services, green infrastructure, urban forestry, solid biofuels and bioenergy.
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