The ArgDiaP organisation (currently: the ArgDiaP association)

was initiated by Katarzyna Budzynska and Magdalena Kacprzak in 2008. The initiative was a response to a need for the infrastructure which could facilitate the networking process of growing argumentation community in Poland. The first activity was the Polish-language ArgDiaP meeting held on 13th December 2008 in Warsaw. The event attracted many researchers which encouraged Budzynska and Kacprzak to continue their efforts. Since then, not only more ArgDiaP workshops has been organised, but also many other activities has been launched such as special issues of the SLGR journal or IGSAR graduate schools. ArgDiaP became the platform for communication and integration of argumentation researchers in Poland what eventually led to the establishment of the nation-wide research movement of the Polish School of Argumentation.

Short bios:

Katarzyna Budzynska is an associate professor (senior lecturer) in the Faculty of Administration and Social Science at the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland). She is head of the Laboratory of The New Ethos and an honorary senior lecturer in the Centre for Argument Technology at the University of Dundee (UK). Budzynska studies argumentation and persuasion linking philosophy, linguistics and AI. She has published 2 books and over 90 peer-reviewed papers including 22 papers in international journals such as SyntheseArgumentation and Artificial Intelligence. Her projects have attracted over €1.4m (6.3m PLN) grant funding in Polish, Swiss, British, German and European programs.

Magdalena Kacprzak is an assistant professor in the Bialystok Technical University, Department of Computer Sciences. For 12 years her work has been focusing on modal (epistemic, doxastic, deontic, temporal, dynamic, algorithmic) logics and formal methods with the emphasis on their application to the specification and verification of cognitive processes in multi-agent systems. She is an author and co-author of many papers in refereed international journals (Fundamenta InformaticaeStudies in Logic, Grammar and RhetoricComputational Models of ArgumentSynthese) and refereed papers in proceedings of international conferences. Full list include over 50 articles. Her publications have attracted 238 citations (according to Google Scholar). She has been a reviewer for the international journal Fundamenta Informaticae and for international conferences: Concurrency Specification and Programming (CS&P), Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems (CLIMA), European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS), Formal Approaches to Multi-Agent Systems (FAMAS). Her research was funded by the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. In 2002-08, she was a member of the VerICS group at the Institute of Computer Science of Polish Academy of Sciences which under the supervision of Professor Wojciech Penczek works on developing a model checking tool for automatic verification of timed and multi-agent systems modeled by networks of communicating automata.