Using and acquiring abstract concepts and words is at the core of many domains in psychology and cognitive science. We will devote a three-day free, online Symposium to the review of the state of the art and identify key challenges for theory-building with some of the leading scientists in the field. We cordially invite you to this virtual event organized by BALLAB (Body Action & Language Lab), Sapienza University of Rome within the TRAINCREASE EU Twinning consortium (University of Warsaw, Rome La Sapienza, University of Manchester & Aarhus University). 


March 15th-16th-17th

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Using abstract concepts (e.g., „freedom”) is one of the most sophisticated abilities humans possess. In this conference, some of the leading scientists in the field propose novel perspectives on abstract concepts, their acquisition, representation, and use. The first session is dedicated to the influence of inner speech and language on abstract concepts use and representation. The second session focuses on novel interactive methods to investigate abstract concepts and on abstract concepts variability across cultures and languages. Finally, the third session addresses the role of sensorimotor and interoceptive, emotional, and metacognitive aspects on abstract concepts acquisition, representation, and use.

Invited Speakers and sessions

  1. Language

1.1.Inner speech

    • Helene Lovenbruck (University of Grenoble)

    • Charles Fernyhough (Durham University)

1.2. Abstract concepts and language

    • Guy Dove (University of Louisville)

    • Peter Langland-Hassan (University of Cincinnati)

    • Penny Pexman (University of Calgary)

    • Gary Lupyan (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    • Dedre Gentner (Northwestern University)

  1. Social interaction and cultures

2.1. Abstract concepts in social interaction

    • Martin Pickering (University of Edinburgh)

    • Mikko Sams (Aalto University)

    • Katharina Rohlfing (Padeborn University)

    • Agnieszka Wykowska (Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa)

2.2. Abstract concepts across cultures and languages

    • Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi (University of Warsaw)

    • Bodo Winter (University of Birmingham)

    • Jack Sidnell (University of Toronto)

  1. Grounding

3.1. Sensorimotor and inner grounding of abstract concepts

    • Larry Barsalou (Glasgow University)

    • Louise Connell (Lancaster University)

    • Nicholas Shea (University of London)

3.2. Abstract concepts, interoception, emotions and metacognition

    • Laura Barca (ISTC-CNR, Rome)

    • Marta Ponari (University of Kent)

    • Luca Tummolini (ISTC-CNR, Rome)

    • Anna Borghi (Sapienza University of Rome) (introduction)

    • and the TRAINCREASE members (conclusion)


Registration is not mandatory; the conference will be streamed to the TRAINCREASE YouTube channel (subscribe!). However, your contact information may help us resolve any technical problems that may occur (e.g. changes to the schedule or technical issues). Therefore, we encourage you to sign in the form:

Save the date! March: 15th, 16th and 17th, from 2.30 pm CET.

Feel free to pass this information to your colleagues and students, as well as spread the news in social media. For your convenience below we attach the links for the conference social media activities:

This is the first appointment of various events on abstract concepts organized by TRAINCREASE, so stay tuned!

INTERSTUDENT 2021 – competition for the best foreign student in Poland

The 11th edition of the INTERSTUDENT competition for the best international student in Poland is here! The competition is aimed at international students in Poland at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level who through their activities build bridges between cultures and enrich the Polish academic environment.

Candidates should be active in such fields as culture, social life, ecology or sports and promote multicultural ideas among their peers. They are also expected to be in good academic standing.

Candidatures for INTERSTUDENT 2021 contest can be submitted by professors, tutors, university authorities, international offices, student governments, as well as candidate’s colleagues.

Previous editions of the competition show that the winners become outstanding “ambassadors” of their Alma Mater and our country in general.

The official results of the competition will be announced during the annual conference “Foreign students in Poland”, which will be held on February 11-12, 2021 (on-line)

Application deadline: 20th of January, 2021

You can find more information on the contest, as well as the application form, here.


‘Mindfulness in academic and everyday life’ workshops for international students

The Welcome Point team understands how important it is to take care of your well-being, especially during a pandemic, so this time we want to invite you to ‘Mindfulness in academic and everyday life’ workshops.

During the event you will learn what mindfulness is and how to apply this practice in our everyday life. You will learn about the benefits of using mindfulness at university and at work. It will also be a great opportunity to spend your free time in a pleasant, supportive atmosphere!

Our workshops are practical, therefore participants will be asked to express their opinion and work in groups.

 21st-22nd January, 2021, 11:00 am. – 2:30 pm.

Please note that attendance during two days of workshops is required.

WHERE? If you qualify for the workshop, we will send you a link to the meeting.


Who can participate? 

  • 2nd and 3rd year students of first cycle (Bachelor’s degree)
  • 4th and 5th year students of uniform Master studies
  • students of second cycle (Master’s degree)
Please note that these workshops are only dedicated to long-term students, not exchange students

Hurry up! The places are limited.

To register to the course please fill in the form.

Application deadline: 14th January (Thursday) 2021, 12 pm.

Please also join our FB event.

‘Mindfulness in academic and everyday life’ workshop is organised within the Integrated Development Programme at the University of Warsaw and funded by European Social Fund. The objective, pursuing at the University of Warsaw between 2018-2022, is to develop competence of students and employees as well as implement the instruments which upgrade the management process of the University of Warsaw.


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‘Career planning’ workshops for international students

Dear Student,

Welcome Point would like to invite you to a new online workshops ‘Career Planning’ with career advisor Joanna Jasińska, PhD.

Who can participate? 

  • 2nd and 3rd year students of first cycle (Bachelor’s degree)
  • 4th and 5th year students of uniform Master studies
  • students of second cycle (Master’s degree)


The workshops will be held on 16th 17th  December, 2020, 10:00 am. – 1:30 pm.

To participate, please register through this link:

Application deadline: 7th December 2020, 12 pm.

More information can be found on our website:

Please also join our Facebook event:


Crimes motivated by prejudice – online meeting

Usually we are excited about living in a new place, but sometimes we have to face situations that are not pleasant. It is more difficult in a foreign country we do not know. We may have doubts about what to do in a difficult situation and where to seek help. This is why Welcome Point would like to invite you to the next online meeting on crimes motivated by prejudice, which will be led by The Association for Legal Intervention.

Programme of the meeting:

1. Presentation (approx. 45 min)

  • what kinds of behavior are bias crimes
  • when is the Police obliged to act?
  • I fell victim to a crime – and what next?
  • my rights and obligations as a victim

2. Practical exercise on descriptions of specific behaviors: is this a crime? (20 min)
3. Questions from participants (25 min)

The meeting in English will be held on 17th  November at 1.30 pm. To participate, please register here.

Application deadline: 12th November 2020.

Legalisation of stay – informational meeting online

Do you ask yourself following questions: Do I need to legalise my stay? How can I do it during a pandemic? We all know that the subject of legalisation of stay in Poland might seem extremely complicated in the beginning! That’s why Welcome Point would like to invite all students for two informational meetings on legal issues concerning residence in Poland.

The meeting will be led by specialists from The Association for Legal Intervention, who professionally provide assistance in legalising the stay of foreigners.

This year’s edition will be held online due to the pandemic.

  • Meeting conducted in English: 9th November 2020, 1:30 pm.
  • Meeting conducted in Polish: 10th November 2020, 1:30 pm.

The programme of both meetings includes:

  • Legalisation of residence in Poland (visa, permanent residence permit)
  • Differences between student visa and a temporary residence permit
  • Procedure of application for a residence permit
  • Taking up a job during studies
  • Legalisation of stay after obtaining university diploma
  • Polish descent and Card of the Pole holders’ rights
  • Special solutions for foreigners caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic

To register for a meeting in English, click here.

To register for a meeting in Polish, click here.

Don’t forget that the application deadline is 2nd November at 12 pm.


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[COVID-19] Before you come to the Faculty…

Before you come to the Faculty, please check if the case can’t be handled remotely: by phone or e-mail. We still prefer non-personal contact and still work partly remotely. Personal contact should only be selected when you have made sure that the matter can’t be handled remotely.

Monday-Friday 8.00 – 16.00 (telephone/email office)
Due to the large number of questions asked over the phone, the line may be busy.

Secretariat staff work remotely and answer calls by redirecting to their private phones. For this reason, when the phone is busy, voice mail can start instead of the so-called busy signal. This does not mean, however, that the telephone contact with the secretary’s office does not work.

If you do not manage to reach the secretariat for a long time, please contact us by email at

We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

We would like to remind you that students and other people who are not employees or PhD students of the Faculty may enter the building after appropriate authorization.

Cultural Orientation at UW – practical workshops

Dear Students,

We would like to invite you to the Cultural Orientation at UW workshop, organized by the Welcome Point.

The main goal of this free event is to provide all newcomers with tools that will ease their life in a new place at the very beginning, when help is much needed. However, if you are not a new student but are interested in the topic and the structure of the University of Warsaw still seems complicated to you, feel free to join.

During the workshop we will discuss the following topics:

•       How cultural differences influence daily communication in the academic community.
•       The structure of the University of Warsaw.
•       Communication with academic and administrative staff: dos and don’ts.
•       Studying at the University of Warsaw from a foreigner perspective.
•       Intercultural communication: useful tips and tools.

We are planning two editions of the workshops:

– 28-29  September for first-year long term students of the first-cycle (BA), students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of uniform master level studies and doctoral candidates
– 1-2 October for long term students of 2nd and 3rd year of the first cycle (BA), long term students of the second cycle (MA), long term students of 4th and 5th year of uniform master level studies

The workshop will be held online from 10 am. to 1:30 pm.

Cultural Orientation Workshop at UW (1– 2 of October) is organized within the Integrated Development Programme at the University of Warsaw and is funded by European Social Fund.

If you are interested, please read more information how to register on our website:

Please also join our Facebook event:

The new academic year is about to begin and we are going to prepare for you a series of different events. Please follow our offer on our website:

Quantitative Preserving the Qualitative: a Teaser for Integrating Methodologies – 18-19 September 2020

Quantitative Preserving the Qualitative:
a Teaser for Integrating Methodologies

18-19 September 2020

A teaser event for the upcoming CILC5 2021 conference.


Human behavior and experience is fragile under the measurements and richer than any measures can describe. Our aim is to bring together researchers working within several approaches, who are aligned by their focus on preserving the value-realizing and qualitative aspects of human behavior and experience, and who seek quantitative methods that enable this. Prominent researchers from both “quali” and “quanti” sides will present their views on the problem of integration of these complementary approaches to science.

The theme of the symposium resonates with a long-standing worry about reducing persons, their deeds and feelings to measurements and relating these measurements to each other by (most often) linear models. This worry is equally present within ecological, enactive, cognitive ethnographic and dynamical systems frameworks, yet the dialogue among them and the exchange of research experience on the methodological level seems still rather limited. Each approach develops predominantly its own valuable ways of investigations, responding to the specific needs of its domain. Therefore the main goal of this event is to establish a common ground among researchers from these fields as an introduction to the next year’s stationary conference.

Symposium Format

The symposium will consist of short 20 min talks from each speaker and a panel discussion. The event will be held online with the possibility to interact with the speakers via chat. The conference will take place over two days at varying hours to fit in as many time zones as possible (unfortunately with varying convenience):

  • Friday, 18th of September, 2pm-6pm (UTC +0)
  • Saturday, 19th of September, 6am-10am (UTC +0)
Invited Speakers
  • Hanne de Jaegher, University of the Basque Country,
  • Mark Bickhard, Lehigh University
  • Vasu Reddy, University of Portsmouth
  • Li Wei, University College London
  • Bert Hodges, University of Connecticut
  • Sarah Bro Trasmundi, University of Southern Denmark
  • Michael Richardson, Macquarie University
  • John Sutton, Rachel Kallen, Sara Kim Hjortborg, Macquarie University
Here you will find the full programme, with times in your time-zone and abstracts:
The participation in the Symposium i s free of charge. To participate please register before 13th of September
Please help us circulate among your colleagues who might be interested!

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and Twitter:
In case of questions email us at

Open Day 2020 at the UW

Do you want to study at the UW and have some questions? – we would like to answer them during Open Day at the UW.

Even in the current circumstances we can still meet online. Despite changes in form, everyone will have a possibility to:
– get to know educational offer and admission procedure,
– put a question to Admissions Office employees, representatives of Student’s Union and Welcome Point,
– get to know more about student organizations, social support, mobility, etc.

We have prepared a special part dedicated to international candidates. We would like to present educational offer and answer questions in English.

Although we can’t meet at the University, we will take you to a virtual trip during which you will a possibility to visit our University.

Details to follow on 20th of April. Be with us and share the information.

25th of April, 10.00-12.00, UW Facebook profile, live transmission.


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