Katarzyna Sznajd-Weron is Professor of Social Simulation and Statistical Physics and mentor of Academia Iuvenum at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology. She is a board member of the European Physical Society (EPS) Statistical And Nonlinear Physics Division, and of the Polish Physical Society (PTF) "Physics in Economics and Social Sciences" Division, Advisory Editor of Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Physics. She is the recipient of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Prize (1997, 1999, 2002), the Young Scienist Award for Socio- and Econophysics (2007) and the Medal of the Commission of National Education (2011).

Over the last 20 years Katarzyna has built an impressive international reputation. With over 2000 Scopus-indexed citations (w/o auto-citations) and an H-index in excess of 20, she is one of the leading world experts on opinion dynamics. Her other research interests include agent-based modeling and simulation, complex systems, computational economics, phase transitions and social psychology. She is the co-author of the widely acclaimed Sznajd model of opinion formation; the original article (IJMPC, 2000) has been cited over 1000 times (Scopus; w/o auto-citations). She has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles (most notably in top-tier Chaos, Physical Review E, Physical Review Letters, PLoS One, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews and Scientific Reports).