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International Sopot Youth Conference 2021 entitled „Where the World is Heading?”

June 11th, 2021

The Sopot Science Association (SSA) welcomes contributions to the fifth edition of the International Sopot Youth Conference 2021 entitled Where the World is Heading. This conference is the continuation of the Sopot Youth Forum. Since 2008 over 450 scientists from different countries have presented their work during the Conference.

We invite young scientists or science enthusiasts, university students, Ph.D. students and young doctors to present their work, visions, opinions, and thoughts. The Sopot Youth Conference consists of two thematic blocks: humanities and social sciences , natural and physical sciences and Women and Girls in Science.

Both oral (15 minutes) and poster presentations are welcome. Due to the uncertain COVID-19 situation worldwide, the 2021 edition of the conference will be held online.

International Sopot Youth Conference has a multidisciplinary character, therefore presentations should be prepared in an intelligible manner in English. The Conference language is English.

Our Conference Proceedings are registered, and have an ISBN, and thus can be cited.

Just like in previous editions this year the best presentations will be granted FINANCIAL AWARDS.

This year winners:

I. We want to announce that Professor Stanislaw SzymborskiAward, granted by the director of the Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, for the best presentation in the field of Natural Sciences goes to Côme Denechaud, Institute of Marine Research Norway. Congratulations!

Recognitions for presentation in the Field of Natural Sciences goes to:
1) Beatrice Sorrentino, ENEA
2) Francesca Panizzuti, University of Gdansk
3) Marlena Szeligowska, IOPAN

II. GEOPLANET Award for the best poster goes to Renee Zbizika, John L. Miller, Great Neck, US
Recognitions for poster:
1) Olena Kulakovska et al., University of Lodz
2) Bartlomiej Wilman et al., University of Gdansk

Once again congratulations! You are all the winners!??????

Below you will find the links to the recordings of the International Sopot Youth Conference 2021:


Poster will be available June 9 at the latest, where you can add comments and review all works before the conference.

Please follow also our International Sopot Youth Conference 2021 Proceedings !

Full information about deadlines, organization, venue and abstract submission also at the SSA webpage:


Abstracts submissions (max. 1500 characters)
Acceptance notifications
10 May 2021
17 May 2021
11 June 2021

Conference First Circular 11th June 2021 08.02.2021
Conference Second Circular 11 June 2021 08.03.2021


Sopot Science Association


The 2021 conference will be held in an online form.


Natural Sciences

Alessandra Bigogno, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Ezio Bolzachini, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Joanna Calkiewicz, SSA/NMFRI, Poland
Luca Ferrero, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Justyna Kanold, SSA/CHU-Clermont-Ferrand, France
Ulf Karsten, University of Rostock, Germany
Gholam Farooq Khpalwak, Balkh University, Afghanistan
Monika Normant-Saremba, University of Gdansk, Poland
Paulina Pakszys, SSA/IO PAN, Poland
Karolina Pierzynowska, University of Gdansk, Poland
Szymon Smolinski, SSA/NMFRI/Poland, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway
Rohan Soman, Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery, PAS, Poland
Grzegorz Wegrzyn, University of Gdansk, Poland
Tymon Zielinski, SSA/IO PAN, Poland

Humanities and Social Sciences

Zhanna Beisembayeva, L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan
Ian Bekker North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Colin Campbell, University of Reading, United Kingdom
Ahmad Reshad Jamalyar, Balkh University, Afghanistan
Natasza Kossakowska-Berezecka, University of Gdansk, Poland
Izabela Kotynska-Zielinska, SSA/Today We Have, Poland
Katarzyna Kukowicz-Żarska, Ateneum-University in Gdansk, Poland
Dorota Majewicz, SSA/University of Gdansk, Poland
Teshabaeva Dilfuza Muminova, Uzbekistan State University of World Languages, Uzbekistan
Natalia Treder-Rochna, SSA/University of Gdansk, Poland
Roza Zhussupova, L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan

Young Scientific Committee

Marta Konik, SSA/IO PAN, Poland
Niccolò Losi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Natalia Szymanska, SSA/IO PAN, Poland
Aleksandra Koroza, SSA/IO PAN, Poland


Izabela Kotynska-Zielinska, SSA/Today We Have, Poland
Paulina Pakszys, SSA/IO PAN, Poland
Tomasz Kijewski, SSA/IO PAN, Poland
Anna Zdunek, IGF PAN/GeoPlanet, Poland
Monika Lengier, SSA/IO PAN, Poland
Anna Miler, Inkubator STARTER, Poland
Anna Prądzińska, IO PAN, Poland
Katarzyna Romancewicz, SSA/IO PAN, Poland
Anna Zdunek, IGF PAN/GeoPlanet, Poland

This year we divide sessions into three categories:
- Natural Sciences
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Women and Girls in Science

First two category are open, represent a holistic approach to the description of the phenomena that occur within the natural environment, that also may lead humans to proper understanding and hence, actions for the best of our planet. Traditionally, those are the platforms for young scientists and science enthusiasts from all research areas with a given opportunity to present their work, visions, opinions, and thoughts for the general audience.

Then, the third, new category - Women and Girls in Science.
In order to effectively face the challenges of the 21st century, we must rely on science and involve everyone, including women and girls, who often play a key role in the scientific and technological communities.
Based on UNESCO's efforts to mobilize the global community to engage women and girls in science, we are announcing the call for presentations on research taking into account the gender perspective, diagnosing the current situation of women in science, showing solutions that increase their presence in science as researchers, as well as mechanisms to support them.

Exemplary topics include:
- the role of women scientists in addressing the challenges of the future
- challenges women scientists face in their career development, including the impact of the covid-19 pandemic
- consequences of ignoring gender in research and best practices of solving this problem,
- best practices in implementing gender equality at universities, schools and public institutions,
- best practices in attracting girls and women to science,
- science and business; best practices in cooperation between scientists and business.
- ways to empower women and girls in the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

We reserve the right to choose session assignments.

Contact persons for natural sciences is Paulina Pakszys, for humanities and social sciences Izabela Kotynska-Zielinska and for Women and Girls in Science is Anna Miler.

We strongly encourage all participants to present their works, as always, in two avaiable forms: an oral presentation and a poster.

The presentation time is limited to 15 min (12 min for presentation + 3 min for discussion).
The accepted formats of presentations are: *.ppt, *.pptx or *.pdf format. We advise you to contact organisers in case of other presentation format usage to provide software. Additionally, we remind you to put references for any images, figures, movies used to avoid copyright issues. Presentation should be done in popular science character (all of the scientific terms should be explained so that everyone can follow you).

Poster session will be handled using Padlet.
All of the posters will be assessed by the Scientific Committee. It is possible to present posters during 3-minute oral presentation, which we strongly advise you to do. One slide presentation in a form of poster is required. The maximum slide number is 3. In this poster/slides you should introduce yourself, set up the main objective/aims of your projects. The presentation should catch audience attention. The accepted formats of posters are again *.ppt, *.pptx or *.pdf. All of the posters should be displayed for full conference day for the view. This is a reason why we strongly recommend sending your posters 3 days in advance. Presentation should be done in popular science character (all of the scientific terms should be explained so that everyone can follow you).

All information is available also at:

Link to the Facebook' event:

Link to the previous edition: