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2016-06-02 13:49:00

The “The Innovation Summit” conference summarises the Swiss-Polish Research Programme

Opportunities for new drugs, therapies, a cleaner environment and innovative energy sources – these are the possibilities that have been opened up to us thanks to the cooperation of over 500 Polish and Swiss scientists. They carried out close to 7 thousand studies as part of 31 projects implemented under the Polish-Swiss Research Programme (PSRP). Their value exceeded PLN 96 million.

On 06 June 2016, during the “Innovation Summit” conference, project participants summarised their research achievements in the presence of the Swiss Ambassador and the representatives of the Polish administration.

How it all began... on the way to the summit.

The Swiss-Polish road towards the Innovation Summits began in April 2010. Since then, the National Information Processing Institute (OPI PIB) has been receiving proposals for co-financing under the Polish-Swiss Research Programme. The main selection criteria were innovation and the potential for further research, and the only necessary condition was the involvement of both Polish and Swiss scientific units. Scientists submitted 239 grant proposals, in the following areas: ICT, energy and renewable energy sources, nanotechnology, health and the environment. The jury decided to award grants to 31 projects, the total value of which was almost CHF 32 million. A total of 48 institutions, 31 Polish and 17 Swiss, took part in the 5-year project.

“The Innovation Summit motto is an accurate conclusion of the Polish-Swiss

Research Programme maintained by OPI PIB. It was the first research programme conducted on such a large scale, which made it possible to establish and develop present levels of cooperation  between Polish and Swiss scientists, to develop closer links in the field of science, and to exchange technology, and innovation through joint studies. The work of the scientists resulted in as many as 10 patents. These scientific

breakthroughs are an investment in the Polish knowledge-based economy, the development of which offers benefits for the whole of society, not only for the scientific community” - summarised Dr Olaf Gajl, director of the National Information

Processing Institute (OPI PIB).

 

The continuous interest of scientific media and other research institutes is testament to the potential and innovative nature of the projects. Over the 5 -year duration of the Programme, the projects resulted in almost 150 publications with international coverage, over 170 seminars, workshops, and scientific conferences to discuss the results of the studies.

Dr hab. Teresa Czerwińska, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, assured that the cooperation will continue. “Projects such as PSRP allow us to establish competitive scientific and business partnerships. We can take advantage of joint know-how, we can share ideas and energy, which are a must in a project. This is why we hope this edition is not the last, and that we will continue to have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship, both within the scientific circles and among businesspeople and innovators.”

This is only the beginning

The Programme contributed to the development of scientific potential in both countries, to the transfer of know-how and of technologies. For Polish scientific units, the financial support dedicated to the development of scientific infrastructure is a particular advantage. International cooperation also helped to establish valuable relationships between research centres and the research personnel themselves. However, as the PSRP participants emphasise, the end of this programme is only the beginning.

The “Innovation Summit has been achieved within PSRP, yet this does not mean that it is the end of the road. The Programme was certainly successful in developing the relationship between our countries in the field of science, and in exchanges for research personnel, and we hope that this experience will generate benefits in the future. The important thing is to disseminate the results of the studies and to show science is worthy of investment,” explains Dr Agnieszka Gryzik – advisor to the Director responsible for research and management at OPI PIB.

The Polish-Swiss Research Programme was summarised by the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, Andrej Motyl. “As the Swiss Ambassador, I am dedicated to ensuring cooperation between our two nations in the area of innovation. I promote cooperation, not of the donor-beneficiary-type, but cooperation between two nations fully committed to discovering the unknown together. I would like to thank you all for your hard work, creativity, and enthusiasm. Let’s continue our march together, covering the necessary kilometres, which will make Poland and Switzerland a close-knit and extremely innovative duo.”

The conference summarising the Polish-Swiss Research Programme was attended by scientists, entrepreneurs, and representatives of the Swiss and Polish administrations.

The conference programme included two panel discussions and an expert lecture on Polish-Swiss relations. The event was crowned by a vernissage of photographs taken during the implementation

of PSRP projects. The Programme was crowned with a catalogue about Polish-Swiss collaboration entitled "Hiking with Patrons", which summarises the achievements of all the projects and was presented for the first time during the conference. The catalogue is available at www.opi.org.pl and www.swiss.opi.org.pl. The catalogue presents e.g. the patented results of the study on anti-cancer drug carrier from the project conducted jointly by the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Warsaw, Marie Curie Sklodowska University of Marie Curie  in Lublin, and the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Zurich. Thanks to this innovation, the side effects of chemotherapy can be effectively reduced.

The National Information Processing Institute (OPI PIB), as the Implementing Authority, is the  conference organiser and the institute responsible for implementing and promoting the Programme. OPI PIB was responsible for receiving proposals, organising the appraisal and selection of projects, and concluding agreements with the Beneficiaries. OPI PIB monitored the implementation of the projects and submitted payment claims to the National Coordination Unit (NCU). The other institutions involved are as follows: The Ministry of Development (National Coordination Unit, NCU); the Ministry of Finance (Paying Agency) and the Swiss Contribution Office, representing Switzerland in the implementation of the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme.

 

The Project was supported by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss programme of cooperation with the newer EU member states

 
 
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