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EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2024) with the Participation of UE Katowice

From questions like: Is the Silesian language possible in the 21st century? Does artificial intelligence change the principles of research ethics? What is the impact of the green transition on the labor market? Is the future of healthcare digital? Does the evaluation of scientific activity have any future? To this year's conference slogan: Life changes science. EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2024) – the most important scientific event of the year – will take place from June 12 to 15, 2024, at the International Congress Center in Katowice in connection with Katowice being awarded the title of European City of Science. The University of Economics in Katowice will be represented by our experts during the sessions, while the Rector, Prof. Celina M. Olszak, will participate in the opening ceremony and a special rector's panel.

The Katowice edition of ESOF is the eleventh in a row and the first in Poland and Central Europe. It focuses on six thematic areas, which are the core of the most current research topics: energy transformation, sustainable environment, cultural identity and social transformations, changes within scientific excellence, healthy society, and digital transformation. The debate is open to all interested parties.


The conference program includes over 100 sessions, featuring more than 400 speakers from world-renowned research centers. Keynote speakers include Jara Pascual from Collabwith, Philip K. Hopke from Clarkson University, David Stainforth from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sabina Leonelli from the University of Exeter, Krzysztof Wodiczko from MIT, and Marcin Piątkowski from Kozminski University and the World Bank ( The greatest value of the conference is the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a large number of scientists from various fields who will present their research in the context of social life and the changes taking place in the world and science itself.

The program also includes numerous poster sessions, workshops, networking activities, and accompanying events such as the TalentON competition and, above all, the EU Talent Fair, which is a European job fair for young scientists and those interested in research careers.

ESOF 2024 features six main areas addressing the most important challenges in science today: energy transformation, sustainable environment, cultural identity and social transformations, changes within scientific excellence, healthy society, and digital transformation.

Experts from UE Katowice 

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, the University of Economics in Katowice will be represented by the Rector, Prof. Celina M. Olszak, Ph.D., D.Sc., at the opening ceremony and in a special rector's panel.

Experts from UE Katowice will also participate in the event:

  • Adam Drobniak, Prof. UE, Department of Strategic and Regional Studies Adam Polko, Ph.D., Department of Spatial and Environmental Economics, "The impact of green transition on the labour market"
  • Rafał Buła, Ph.D., Monika Foltyn-Zarychta, Prof. UE, Department of Investments, "Social discount rate for the appraisal of intergenerational investments – estimates for CEE EU member countries"
  • Anna Adamus-Matuszyńska, Prof. UE, Department of Market and Marketing Research, "Local particularism in the visual identification of cities and communes in the Silesian Voivodeship"
  • Bartłomiej Lisicki, Ph.D., Department of Accounting, "Distance or traditional learning? The impact of the teaching mode at the academic level - case of accounting subjects"
  • Hanna Kelm, Ph.D., Department of Public Management and Social Sciences, "Empowerment of the frail. Social transformation of care"
  • Agnieszka Majorek-Gdula, Ph.D., Department of Spatial and Environmental Economics, "Urban voids"
  • Dominika Kansy, Department of Labour Market Analysis and Forecasting, "Adapting Education to the Digital Revolution: Meeting the Demands of the IT Sector in Poland


  • Monika Wieczorek-Kosmala, Prof. UE: Climate Fresk Workshop
  • Ilona Ptak, Ed. Patryk Mataniak, Tomasz Staś, Ph.D., (workshop preparation), supervisor: Anna Musialik-Chmiel, Prof. UE: Fact-checking workshop


The organizers of ESOF2024 are the City of Katowice and the Katowice City of Science Academic Consortium, formed by seven public universities in the region. The conference is held on the initiative and under the patronage of the European Commission.

Participation in the conference is free for all participants


In line with the main idea of the ESOF conference, which involves an open debate addressed to society and conducted with its participation, residents of Katowice and the region, media representatives, business and political representatives, as well as all those interested in the event, are invited to participate in ESOF2024 – alongside scientists and researchers from Poland and around the world. Participation in the conference is free, but registration is required through the registration system.

Registration via the website will allow participation in an event bringing together prominent representatives of science from Europe and around the world. It will also be a unique opportunity for direct meetings and discussions with researchers setting directions and standards in contemporary science.

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