From June 30 to July 2 this year in Wrocław, representatives of science, business, authorities and science funding agencies met to talk about supporting mutual cooperation. Three-day conference was opened by the lecture “2 + 2 = 5? Is the synergy between science and business in Poland possible? “ Grzegorz Brony from Creotech S.A. and the University of Warsaw and the exhibition “MATH-ART” presenting the works of Jakub Jernajczyk, visual artist, mathematician and propagator of the sciences.
On the second day of the conference, the official opening of the meeting was made by the Chairwoman of the PSN Program Committee Dr. Anna Ajduk and the Chairman of the Academy of Young Scientists prof. Jakub Fichna. Dr Piotr Dardziński, Under-secretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, recalled that one of the government’s priorities is the development of innovation and expressed hope that this declaration will be turned into concrete actions
– The government is able to help, the government is not able to do – said Minister Dardziński. – Because the government is not to replace grass-roots, independent and competent initiative. In order to achieve this priority this is the “networking” what is necessary in cooperation, and the fact that you are meeting for the second time, and additionally dedicating this networking to science and cooperation between science and business, this is for what we can thank all of you once again..
Social innovations and civilization problems
Lecture sessions of PSN intertwined with discussion panels concerned not only modern technologies, but also social innovations. In his speech before the panel, devoted to this issue, the professor Edward Nęcka, representing the Polish Academy of Sciences, (Vice-President of the Polish Academy of Sciences) has announced that we will talk about how social innovations can be implemented, how social sciences and humanities can contribute to the development of innovation in the country. – I hope ideas will hatching here. Ideas that will allow a good match to be played. – encouraged prof. Nęcka.
The invitation to participation in discussion panels was accepted by: dr Tomasz Perkowski, Vice President of the Management Board of FNP, Mrs. Monika Groszkowska, Deputy Director of the Department of the European Social Fund in the Ministry of Development, prof. Elżbieta Frąckowiak, Vice President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, prof. Maciej Chorowski, Director of NCBiR, Mrs. Sarai Kemp, Vice President of Trendlines Agtech (Israel) and Dr. Alicja Adamczak, President of the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland. Plenary lectures were given by: Jakub from Laboratory of Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” (“Social innovations – for people, with people and by people. What is the crowd capable of? “), Prof. Piotr Garstecki, Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (“Curiosity, arrogance, humbleness and a lot of work – from the idea to the fastest molecular diagnostics device in the world”), Michał Lach from Startup Hub Poland (“How to achieve market success when I have only an idea? – case study K2, Audioteka and LangMedia “) and dr Katarzyna Rogiewicz from Dr Irena Eris Cosmetics Laboratory (” Building cooperation between Science and Business – can you say anything else? “).
Climate for innovation in Poland
Conference participants spent a lot of time discussing the consequences of social change and the progressing computerization of society. Information revolution, which we are currently experiencing according to panelists, carries a number of threats with itself, eg problems with extracting from the excess of information that what are important and true to us, or maintaining privacy in a highly computerized society. Participants also looked for prescriptions to create a better climate for innovation. Among the obstacles to its creation, they indicated a lack of trust between scientists and business, as well as between society and government institutions. Also the fear of risk taking by universities and other scientific institutions, but also enterprises, was mentioned as a barrier that must be overcome. The positive effects of mobility and the transfer of positive patterns from abroad to Poland have been mentioned many times. There was also a lot of advice for people starting work combining science and business, speakers willingly shared their experiences and thoughts. Advice how to start with the start-up, how to combine commercialization with the intellectual property protection strategy and regarding good communication between a scientist and a businessman were given during the workshops.
During the conference, interested parties could obtain information on programs financing research and development at the stands prepared by: National Center for Research and Development, National Science Center, Foundation for Polish Science, Regional Contact Point for Horizon 2020 (Wrocław University of Technology, Wrocław Centre for Technology Transfer) and Main Information Point of European Funds in Wrocław. The Office of Scientific Excellence of the Polish Academy of Sciences also prepared its stand. The conference was also accompanied by a project organized by Wrocław Research Centre EIT + “Head Hunters’ Zone” – an initiative addressed to companies interested in developing innovation, seeking qualified and capable people who want to take a job in them. Its aim was to enable the companies’ networking with potential employees – participants of the conference. In the “Head Hunters Zone”, such companies as: McKinsey Knowledge Center Poland Sp. z o.o., SITECH Sp. z o.o., Wrocławski Park Technologiczny SA, PCC Rokita SA, Selena and NOKIA Wrocław took part.
Networking and what next?
During the banquet of the Vice President of the Board of Wrocław Research Centre EIT + Katarzyna Dorywała, she expressed the hope that contacts established during the conference would result in future cooperation and invited to return to the EIT + Campus, this time to implement this cooperation.
Polish Scientific Networks Conference: Science & Business was organized by the Academy of Young Scientists of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Scholarship Club of the Foundation for Polish Science and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, in cooperation with the Wrocław Research Centre EIT +, which together with the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for Polish Science were the strategic partners of the event.
More information about the conference can be found at: www.nauka.gov.pl/polish-scientific-networks/.
Posted by Wrocławskie Centrum Badań EIT+, Posted on 28.06.2016