Nearly 1.200 people attended of Łukasiewicz Innovatorium, including representatives of leading Polish companies and startups, scientists and employees of the Łukasiewicz Research Network, public institutions and the media.
During Łukasiewicz Innovatorium, held on June 9 in Poznań, more than 30 panels and matchmaking sessions were conducted, concerning, among others: digital transformation, intelligent mobility, sustainable economy and energy, and health. Teams and project consortia were built, which in the next step will be able to submit applications under the national funds and the Horizon Europe program.
Prime Minister – Mateusz Morawiecki – in the letter addressed to the participants of Innovatorium emphasized that
“The Łukasiewicz Research Network is a harbinger of changes in the Polish economy that must come if we want to stay in the global development peloton.”
“The Łukasiewicz Research Network paves paths in this demanding area, giving Poland a chance for development, but above all talented scientists and entrepreneurs who reach the clouds with their dreams,” wrote the Prime Minister.
“We will invest very heavily in people. We plan to hire up to two thousand new employees in the near future.”
Piotr Dardziński, President of the Łukasiewicz Research Network, began his speech. President Dardziński concluded that PLN 7.5 billion is the total budget of projects in which the Łukasiewicz Research Network institutes are involved, of which PLN 2 billion goes directly to them. It shows that public money obtained jointly with Łukasiewicz’s scientists goes to Polish companies.
As part of the general session, Ignac were awarded, the annual Łukasiewicz awards. Grupa Azoty S.A. became the business partner of the Łukasiewicz Research Network of the year. The partner of the year in the university category was the Warsaw University of Technology due to the largest number of projects carried out together with Łukasiewicz in 2021. Ewa Zawadzka from Łukasiewicz – Institute of Electrical Engineering, who prepared 31 responses to Łukasiewicz’s Challenges, was awarded the title of the scientist of the year of the Łukasiewicz Research Network.
The award for the R&D project of the year went to scientists responsible for the CRISTAL project, financed by the Horizon Europe program, whose leader is Łukasiewicz – Poznań Institute of Technology. The aim of the project, implemented by 16 entities from 9 countries, is to synchronize various modes of transport and increase the share of freight transport in Europe by inland waterway by 20 percent, while ensuring 80 percent of the reliability of the shipping. The project’s budget is EUR 7.7 million, of which the Łukasiewicz – PIT budget is approximately EUR 1.2 million. The IGNAC statuette was collected by the project coordinator, Małgorzata Kirchner.
June 8 was a day for the employees of Łukasiewicz – almost 700 people competed together in sports competitions and prepared for the second day, i.e. working with business.
Innovatorium Łukasiewicz was held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland – Andrzej Duda.