Coordinator. The University of Silesia in Katowice (US), Poland

The University of Silesia in Katowice was established in 1968 and now, with 12 faculties and several interdisciplinary schools and centers, over 35 000 students educated at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels and over 2000 academic staff is one of the largest in Poland. Internationalization of research and education is one of the priority directions of development of the University which collaborates with over 300 higher education institutions from all over the world and actively participates in EU-funded projects within the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus - the most successful student and staff exchange programme in the world) and Framework Programmes (as partner and co-ordinator), focusing on joint research activities and exchanges of academic staff and students. The Faculty of Ethnology and Educational Science, home faculty of Project coordinator, has 79 staff members and near 5000 students. The Faculty collaborates with domestic and foreign research institutions including numerous universities from Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, UK ad other. Its research and educational activities are carried out in 8 departments. Special attention is paid to the research in the field of ICT, e-learning methodology, intercultural competences area, socialization and the formation of identity in terms of multiculturalism, social, educational and cultural conditions for development and education of children and youth. The Faculty has developped a distance learning platform for training and educational activities (

Project researchers

Eugenia Smyrnova-Trybulska, Associate Professor dr hab.
IRNet Project Coordinator

Actual position: Head of Department of Humanistic Education and Auxiliary Sciences of Pedagogy. Coordinator of distance learning platform of the Faculty of the Ethnology and Sciences of Education ( Author of more than 160 publications, authors, co-authors, editors of  more than 20 books and monographs. Author and methodology consultant of the elaboration of more than 150 e-learning courses.

Main research projects and organizational activities: 2009-2010 - Coordinator of the international educational project No.10920089 E-learning – as a Road to Communicating in a Multicultural Environment, co-financed by the International Visehrad Fund (Partners: University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia). 2007-2008 - Participation in the project funded by the Ministry of Education Post-graduate studies for teachers in ICT, foreign languages and other subjects, co-financed by the European Social Fund. 2012 - Participation in the ESF Project Strengthening of competitive advantages in research and development of information technology In Moravian-Silesian Region, CZ1.07/2.3.00/09.0197, Methodology consultant for the elaboration of e-learning courses in the Project UPGOW ("University - Partner of the  Knowledge-Based Economy"). The project under the Operational Programme Human Capital, sub. 4.1.1 with support from the European Social Fund (ESF),  task  46. Coordinator of the Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Distance Learning Conference, other.

More important publications (2009-2015)

Ewa Ogrodzka-Mazur, Associate Professor dr hab.

Vice-Dean for Scientific Research and international Cooperation of the Faculty of the Ethnology and Sciences of Education.

Main research projects and organizational activities: 2002-2005 - individual research project manager The acquisition of the child's acciological competence in multicultural situations borderline, national financing. 2003-2006 - Participation as contractor in FY 2003 Grant Fulbright Educational Partnership Educators Preparing for Global Society, partner: El Camino College in Los Angeles (USA). 1990-present - Participation as contractor's statutory research team The social, educational and cultural conditions for the development and education of children and youth on the Borderlands, number BS-12-1000-005-07. The idividual project research manager Child in a cultural environment. Myths and reality of early childhood multicultural education, topic number BW-12-100-013-08. Participation as contractor in the study, Social change and the post-civilization on cross board and education, The socialization and the formation of identity in terms multiculturalism (2008). Participation as contractor in the international research project Cultural heritage as the key to the identity of the Polish-Czech border in Cieszyn Silesia. In the summer of 1200 in Cieszyn, No: PL.3.22/3.3.05/09.01088 in 2009-2010. Author of more than 120 scientific publications, 30 books and monographs.

Anna Szafrańska-Gajdzica, Associate Professor dr hab.

Member of the Team of School Pedagogy under the patronage of the Committee of Pedagogical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, member of the Polish-Czech Science Society, member of the Association for Supporting International Education. Main research projects in the field: Educational reform and the practice of early school education  (09.05.2003-08.11.2004), Social and civilization transformations in the borderland versus education (2007); Socialization and identity shaping in the multicultural environment (2008); Borderland education in the first years of the extended European Union (2009), Active school – a cycle of courses for teachers and education staff in Lodz Voivodship. (2008-2010). Coordinator of the project Grant Colourful Paths of Euroregion. Teacher training in regional and intercultural education (CZ.3.22/2.3.00/09.01504),2010-2011. Participation in the research team of the project Through Practice to Profession Pedagogical Training Curriculum in Humanitas Academy, Operational Programme Human Capital. Coordination of desk-research analyses (2010-2011). Participant in the grant FY 2003 Fulbright Educational Partnership Preparing Educators for Participant in the EU Socrates/Erasmus Programme.