„Horizon 2020 – where we are and where we are going – opportunities and challenges for Poland” was the title of a conference held on 3rd of June in Warsaw. The conference was aimed at summarizing Polish scientific and industrial participation in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. The conference was organized by the National Contact Point for EU Research Programmes (KPK PB EU) and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The speakers of the  opening session included:
•Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education
•Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development
•Peter Droell, European Commission Directorate General for Research & Innovation
•Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament
•Jerzy Duszyński, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences
•Zygmunt Krasiński, director of the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU

The conference was divided into five thematic sessions. In the first session „Two years of the Framework Programme Horizon 2020” Alan Cross, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, presented the results of implementation of Horizon 2020 and the perspectives for the period of 2018-2020 and preparations for the mid-term evaluation of the program. The Director of the NCP in Poland Zygmunt Krasiński presented the statistical data concerning  Polish participation in Horizon 2020 and gave some  recommendations that could help to increase the Polish and EU13’s participation in Horizon 2020 both at the European and national levels.
During the second session the winners of the Crystal Brussels Prize 2016 presented their paths to success in Horizon 2020. The Crystal Brussels is an exceptional prize for the top performing and most active scientific institutions universities and research institutes, enterprises and individual participants, who have been extremely successful in applying for funding from Framework Programmes. This year the prize was awarded for the successes and activities in Horizon 2020, and was awarded by a jury chaired by Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education.
This year’s winners are: University of Warsaw in the category of Science – Universities, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the category of Science – Research Institutes, Synektik S.A.  in the category of Business – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, KGHM Polish Copper S.A. in the category of Industry – Large Companies, prof. Mikołaj Bojańczyk in the category of Individual Award. Additionally two Special Awards have been presented to prof. Janusz Bujnicki and to prof. Janusz Hołyst.
In the subsequent panels, the following topics were discussed: the ecosystem for support participation of Polish scientists and entrepreneurs in EU Framework Programmes, as well as strategic role of various institutions that support participation in Horizon 2020 and the synergy between the framework programmes and national programmes.
Recorded speeches are available at www.kpk.gov.pl