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Polish Nobel prize for prof. Bogdan Marciniec

The Council of the Polish Academic Research Foundation has awarded the prizes for prominent achievements and scientific discoveries, called Polish Nobel prizes. Awards giving ceremony took place in the Royal Castle in Warsaw, in November 2009.

Mr. Bogdan Marciniec, the Director of the Poznan Science and Technology Park (PPNT) within the Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation (FUAM) received the award in the field of technical sciences. Prof. Marciniec, working at the Chemistry Faculty of the Adam Mickiewicz University, was awarded for having discovered new reactions and new catalysts for processes leading to producing silicon-organics materials to be used in industry. It was prof. Marciniec who founded PPNT, in 1995, which was then the first Technology Park in Poland. Professor closely collaborates with the industry, so as to his research results be used in practice.

This year three out of four scientists awarded come from Poznan – these are, apart from prof. Marciniec, prof. Jerzy Strzelczyk in the field of humanities and social sciences (Institute of the History of Adam Mickiewicz University), prof. Jozef Barnas in the field of science (Department of Physics of the Adam Mickiewicz University and the Institute of the Molecular Physics of Polish Science Academy in Poznan).

Since 1992, the Polish Academic Research Foundation has been annually awarding prizes and scholars for the special achievements and scientific discoveries which are an essential contribution to the scientific life and also secure a place for Poland in the international research.

Award for PPNT-FUAM

In October 2009 the Poznan Science and Technology Park (PPNT) within the Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation (FUAM) in Poznan gained the title of the “Leader in the deployment of regional innovation strategies” in the category of "Services for Innovation". The patronage for the competition was taken by the Minister of Regional Development and the Marshal of the Wielkopolska region.

Poznan InQbator the best in the world

The incubator operating in the Poznan Science and Technology Park of the UAM Foundation (InQbator) was honoured with the world Best Science Based Incubator 2009 award. Other incubators awarded so far were among others: Tsinghua Science Park from the Beijing, Oxford Biobusiness Centre – Oxfordshire BiotechNet and Venture First Flight Center from the USA. Poznan InQbator is the first Polish winner of this prestigious award.

The award was received in Stockholm during the 8th edition of the conference called "Incubators as stimuli of the regional and international innovation and the economic growth". In the competition InQubator defeated similar institutions from Europe, the Far East and the North America. A ground for appointing this year's winner was the analysis of actions conducted by incubators. A significant effect on the Committee decision had the achievements of the companies operating within the InQbator, i.e. the Centre of DNA Examinations and Centuria.

The Poznan InQbator got the highest notes in the group of young (acting up to three years) technology incubators. In the group of so-called "stabilized incubators" the first prize was awarded to the British @Wales Digital Media Initiative.

The Best Science Based Incubator title is being granted from 2002 by the Science Alliance organization, which, according to the guidelines of the European Commission, is analysing the achievements of worldwide technology incubators and building the only, global ranking of the industry.

Poznan Science and Technology Park (PPNT) within the Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation (FUAM) is one of the partners of the bonita project.

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Research cooperation as well as knowledge transfer between public research organisations and industry is insufficiently developed within the European innovation system. To develop the Baltic Sea Region into a high-tech region the available scientific knowledge needs to be successfully transferred into practice. Even though universities are important developers of new technologies and products their innovations often are not transferred for commercialization. This can be explained by lack of facilitating structures and underdeveloped commercial mindsets of academic staff. At the same time vast innovation potential of SMEs is not exploited due to missing resources.

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