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The University Panel meeting within the educational-informational campaign Kultura Szacunku / Culture of Respect

University panel meeting with participation of renowned experts

18th of October 2021; 13:30-15:30

Atheneum Gedanense Novum, Auditorium Primum, Prof. Olgierd Narkiewicz Memorial Lecture Hall

al. Zwycięstwa 41/42


Różnić się pięknie i mocno to zdolność do szacunku
To differ beautifully and intensely, means ability to respect
prof. Wiesław Łukaszewski


1. Welcome note

2. Introduction – Mr. Dariusz Bugalski, moderator

3. Thematic blocks:

  • Status praesens: Respect in the life of an individual and community – various perspectives
  • Diagnosis: deficiency of respect – sources and consequences of the problem
  • Prognosis: chances and pitfalls, available resources and conditions of improvement
  • Therapy: proposed recipes, key actions

4. Questions from the Audience

Thank-you and closing note

The speakers in the panel meeting were:

Prof. Dr. Habil. Jacek Bigda Vice-Rector for Development and Education at the MUG; Acting Director of the Institute of Medical Biotechnology and Experimental Oncology; Head of the Division of Cell Biology and Immunology; coordinator of grants and international projects; former Dean of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG & MUG; initiator of the Metropolitan Centre of Geriatrics, a joint project of the MUG, the City of Sopot and the self-government of the Pomeranian Voivodeship; member of the Program Council of the Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area and Pomeranian Territorial Forum, an advisory body to the Voivodeship Marshal;
Mr. Dariusz Bugalski – moderator author of the podcast K3. About good life; journalist; university lecturer in effective communication; poet; writer; public speaker; promoter of quality culture;
Prof. Wiesław Łukaszewski professor of psychology; researcher of the problems in the domains of the activity theory; personality theory; psychology of motivation, as well as social psychology (i.a. perception of differences and similarities between people); author of about twenty books and many scientific papers; lecturer at many renowned universities; popularizer of psychology; mem- ber of editorial boards of several scientific journals on psychology;
Rev. Krzysztof Niedałtowski, Ph.D. Roman-catholic priest; theologist and scholar of religion; doctor of theology in the area of ethnology of religion; rector of St. John’s parish in Gdańsk; lecturer on religiology at the Gdańskie Seminarium Duchowne (Gdańsk Seminary); lecturer at the University of Gdańsk and Medical University of Gdańsk; priest of the artists’ community; social activist; co-creator of Radio Plus radio station in Gdańsk and of Gdańsk Areopag (a cycle of debate, conference, seminar and concert events on ethical and religious issues); chairman of the editorial group for Karta Powinności Człowieka (Charter of Human Obligations); former member of the Program Council of Adam Mickiewicz Memorial Institute; President of Pro Arte Sacra Foundation; member of Gdańsk Council for Equal Treatment, 2nd term (2021-2025);
Marta Siciarek M.Sc. coordinator of regional migration policy; Marshal’s Office of the Pomeranian Voyvodeship; member of human rihgts team by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights; graduate of sinology and cross-cultural psychology; co-creator and former chairperson at the Immigrants Support Center in Gdańsk;
Ms. Ewa Maria Sokolewicz student of the 6th year, Faculty of Medicine, English Division, Medical University of Gdańsk; chairperson of the Student Scientific Group of Dermatology ED, MUG; co-author and co-organizer of the annual editions of the Shameless conference

The debate was transmitted live via electronic media (Youtube) and is recorded and accessible online for delayed watching.

We kindly invite all the members of the academic community of our University, and anyone else interested in the debate to view, as well as to further disseminate the information and invitation to this event.

The debate was organized under the patronage of the Rector of the Medical University of Gdańsk Prof. Marcin Gruchała, Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Mr. Mieczysław Struk and President of the City of Gdańsk Ms. Aleksandra Dulkiewicz ( The Marshal’s Office of the Pomeranian Voivodeship was also a co-organizer of the debate.

The event’s broadcast is available below.


At the beginning of the past academic year an educational-informational campaign Kultura Szacunku / Culture of Respect was initiated at the Medical University of Gdańsk, under the direction of Dr. Habil. Tomasz Smiatacz, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs. The objectives of the campaign have been to increase the knowledge and awareness of the members of our academic community – faculty staff, administrative staff, doctoral and undergraduate students, in the subjects of discrimination, intolerance, mobbing, and other undesirable phenomena in interpersonal relations, as well as to increase the involvement of all of us in fostering mutual relations based on respect, kindness, equality and tolerance, resulting in better understanding and more trust.

We launched the Kultura Szacunku / Culture of Respect campaign, because we were convinced that we should – as much as possible – attempt to positively affect at least this little piece of the world around us over which we have some control and influence. And this should be done to promote in our academic community the atmosphere and environment, where everyone feels respected, accepted, and secure, and therefore able to best develop their talents and interests, for the benefit of themselves, our University, the patients, the general community, and the mankind. Although the campaign is formally a 12-month endeavour, the actions taken in that period are thought of as the starting point, source of inspiration and an impulse for a continued process of building and reinforcing the culture of respect at our University. Our campaign has been supported by the Marshal’s Office of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

The campaign has been conducted parallel in both Polish and English, to enable and promote the involvement of all the members of our academic community, including about 1000 international students from 65 countries, who study at our University.

During the campaign the following actions and events have been initiated or completed:

- dedicated websites of the campaign in Polish and English were created: and

- a lecture University without discrimination by Karolina Kędziora, legal counsel, chairperson of the Polish Society of Anti-discrimination Law;

- webinars about the culture of respect and intercultural competences prepared by Dr. Habil. Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka of the Division of Intercultural Psychology and Gender Psychology and Magdalena Żadkowska, Ph.D. of the Division of Sociology of Everyday Life, both University of Gdańsk;

- a contest in which the participants were declaring which of the key values of the campaign (respect, equality, kindness, tolerance, understanding, trust) appears most important to them and why;

- a web form was created to facilitate reporting of cases of discrimination or other inappropriate attitudes and behaviours in relations between the members of the academic community of the MUG and an email address was set up for reporting of such problems or relevant inquiries;

- electronic graphics / posters were prepared and launched for display on the LCD monitors at the University Clinical Centre [photo].

We decided to extend our actions also to the healthcare units of our University, so that the key values can be disseminated and reinforced also in the hospital environment, thus affecting the relations between the students and the residents and healthcare staff members and the patients.