– One of the goals of the Strategy for Responsible Development is to change the model of the development of Poland – from the country adapting technologies to their creator – said Deputy Prime Minister, minister of science and higher education Jarosław Gowin during the opening of the European Technology Forum, which took place on September 26-27, 2018 in Katowice. The event was attended by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation of the European Commission, as well as prof. Jerzy Buzek, the chairman of the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament, Jadwiga Emilewicz, minister of entrepreneurship and technology, Łukasz Szumowski, minister of health and presidents of government agencies involved in the support of investment and implementation projects connected to industry and science.

Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin during the opening session of the European Technology Forum in Katowice. Minister of Science listed specific government actions for this task: the innovation act, the so-called innovation box – a package of tax benefits supporting the commercialization of research results patented in Poland and the Constitution for Science, which places an emphasis on cooperation between science and the economy. As Minister Gowin pointed out, the project of Łukasiewicz Research Network supporting entrepreneurs and the development of Polish innovation, remained to be implemented.

Horizon 2020 – Horizon Europe

Deputy Prime Minister thanked Commissioner Carlos Moedas who was present at the Congress for supporting Polish reforms. – Currently, our presence in Horizon 2020 is definitely below the real potential of Polish science – said Minister Gowin and declared that Poland’s participation in the successor of the current program – Horizon Europe – will be at least 3%. Today it is 1%.

– The changes that we introduced and introduce in the area of science and innovation are designed to strengthen our presence in international projects. Science always develops in the international environment – emphasized the head of the Ministry of Science.

Implementation of Horizon 2020 and the preparation of the Horizon Europe

On the first day of the European Technology Forum, a meeting with Commissioner Moedas organized by the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) took place, with the participation of prof. Jerzy Buzek, representatives of the Rectors and the National Contact Point for Research Programs of the EU. During the meeting, the director of the NCP in Poland dr eng. Zygmunt Krasiński presented the position of Polish experts on the implementation of the Horizon 2020 program and proposals for the next Framework Program – Horizon Europe presented by the European Commission in June this year.

– More than half of applications submitted in Horizon 2020 are well-rated projects, however, only a quarter of them receive funding. For the time being, 20% of beneficiaries receive 88% of the budget of Horizon 2020 – said director Krasiński. In his opinion, the right step will be to further develop in all the pillars of Horizon 2020 and the instruments for extending horizontal participation, the criterion for the selection of well-rated projects ensuring wider inclusion of countries. – Without this, we can not deal with the so-called innovation gap and we will not build a single, integrated research and innovation market in Europe. The selection criterion has already been introduced to the following competitions of Horizon 2020: Teaming2, Twinning and ERA Chairs, which serve to extend participation, but also in competitions coordinated by the National Science Center – ERA-Net Cofund QuantERA project or the EIT Innovation Communities (Regional Innovation Scheme) grants. We need to go further in this direction – added director Krasiński.

The European Technology Forum was an opportunity to talk about European research and technology policy, mechanisms of funding research, creating partnerships between science, business and industry. The Forum was attended by over 80 politicians and outstanding experts, about 800 scientists and representatives of the world of economy, business and finance.

CARLOS MOEDAS IN POLAND

CARLOS MOEDAS IN POLAND

CARLOS MOEDAS IN POLAND

CARLOS MOEDAS IN POLAND

EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas’ speech during European Technology Forum 2018, Katowice

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