University of Gdańsk researcher joins 100 most inspiring and influential women

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Dr Izabela Dłużyk, sound documentarian, author of a doctoral thesis on the voices of birds and populariser of knowledge about the natural world, has been recognised by the BBC as one of the 100 most inspiring and influential women in the world. 

Dr Dłużyk is the only Polish woman to be included in the BBC’s list of the 100 most inspiring and influential women for 2023, alongside such figures as lawyer and former US First Lady Michelle Obama, human rights campaigner Amal Clooney and Golden Ball winner Aitana Bonmatí.

She is an audio documentarian who unerringly identifies animal species by their voices. A graduate in English and Russian philology from the University of Gdansk, she devoted her doctoral thesis to the voices of birds. 

She devotes almost every free moment to listening to and recording the sounds of nature. Initially she recorded birds’ voices with a dictaphone and a computer microphone, only after graduating could she afford professional recording equipment.

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