What can we, as a university community, do for our planet, the climate and the environment in which we live? This was discussed by the winners of the My studies for the planet competition together with the Vice-Dean for Education and Outreach, dr hab. Joanna Jereczek-Lipińska, prof. UG, the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development, dr. hab. Sylwia Mrozowska, prof. UG, the Deputy Director of CZRUG, dr Krzysztof Szczepaniak, and dr Anna Malcer-Zakrzacka, the Chief Promotion Officer of the Faculty of Philology.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, a prize-giving ceremony was held for the authors of the winning works at the UG Centre for Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Chemistry. The idea behind the competition was to allow students to share their experiences, studies and learning and school/student life in the spirit of caring for planet Earth and caring for a good, sustainable and fulfilling life.

In category 1, secondary school students: for a post with a photo, the first prize went to Zofia Panek, a student at V LO in Gdańsk, for her reporter's column 'Still life may not have to be dead yet'. The high school student points out that she follows the zero waste principle when creating her artwork:

'I often get brushes and paints from my friends who used these items at school and now no longer need them. I have whole cartons of painting tools obtained 'second-hand', - says Zofia Panek.

Three prizes were awarded in the STUDENTS AND DOCTORS category for a feature report with a photo. The first prize went to Polish Philology student Anita Badyniak:

'The broad theme of the competition allowed me to include several themes of global issues in my work. This was a valuable opportunity for me because in philology studies we are not focused on one issue, instead, we consider a multitude of them cross-sectionally. So - in different classes, in many forms - we discuss copyright, racism, consumer responsibility, the destruction of cultural heritage or the awareness that the way we talk about the world affects how we see it,' says Anita Badyniak.

The winner of the second prize was Michalina B. Gladun for her reporter's column on upcycling. The third prize was won by Patrycja Blaszkowska for her piece 'In the depths of thought'.

All the columns can be read on Instagram @filologicznyug.

The entries were judged by a jury consisting of:

  • dr hab. Izabela Morska, prof. UG, writer and lecturer at the Institute of English and American Studies at the Faculty of Philology
  • dr hab. Sylwia Mrozowska, prof. UG, director of the Centre for Sustainable Development, political scientist
  • dr hab. Joanna Jereczek-Lipińska, prof. UG, Deputy Dean for Education and Community Relations, Faculty of Philology, UG
  • dr Anna Malcer-Zakrzacka, non-fiction researcher, promotions specialist at the Faculty of Philology, UG

The prizes were funded by the Faculty of Philology, the Centre for Sustainability and Olivia Star Top.

Competition organiser: Faculty of Philology, University of Gdańsk

Partner: Centre for Sustainable Development UG


prof. dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski, Rector of the University of Gdańsk

dr hab. Urszula Patocka-Sigłowy, prof. UG, Dean of the Faculty of Philology UG

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