With roughly 20,000,000 people of Polish descent living outside the country, Poland has one of the largest and most thriving global diasporas of any European nation. It is not surprising that there are a wealth of active Polish societies to be found across the English-speaking world, both academic and non-academic in focus.

An additional aim of the Foundation is to create its own International Polish Studies Association that can serve alongside the On-line Polish Studies Learning Hub as a meeting place for scholars and students, but that can also bridge the divide between academics and ordinary people. The Association will provide a forum for public facing events and social occasions, and raise the profile of Polish Studies and the Foundation’s work more generally.