Interview: Women in technology

The Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit 2019 held in Warsaw in mid-November attracted many important female figures in the world of technology, including zoologist Joanna Bagniewska, PhD.

In the interview, Joanna Bagniewska explains how it is to be a woman in her fields of interest. Among other topics, she talks about combining parenting responsibilities with professional work. Ms Bagniewska suggests better maternity leave conditions could boost universities’ productivity by encouraging qualified women to stay at work.

One of the most important aspects of the Women in Tech Summit for Ms Bagniewska was meeting Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, an American theoretical physicist often described as the “new Einstein”. The second thing that stood out for Joanna Bagniewska was a panel about pioneers of the software industry in Poland, as in the 1970s it was a female dominated subject.

25 keynote speakers, managers of the largest high-tech companies and most prestigious technology institutions in the world, and hundreds of students, primarily from eastern countries attended the summit in Warsaw. The event attracted mostly brave females unafraid of challenges in science, business, and technology.

The event was also attended by important political figures, including Poland’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister, Jadwiga Emilewicz, deputy Minister of Digital Affairs, Wanda Buk, US Ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, and the mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski.

Click here to see the full interview with PhD Joanna Bagniewska.