In the heart of Warsaw’s Norblin Factory, the horizon expanded, ideas collided, and collaborations blossomed during the two extraordinary days of Horizon4Poland’23. As the echoes of insightful discussions and vibrant networking linger, we’re excited to unravel the highlights that made this event a resounding success, a celebration of innovation, and a testament to the power of collaboration in the world of research and development.
This two-day meeting, which is the largest matchmaking event for Poland’s R&D industry, brought together hundreds of representatives from businesses, research institutions, and Polish and EU administrations. The event was inaugurated by Andrzej Dybczyński, President of the Łukasiewicz Research Network.
In his opening remarks, Dybczyński shared his insights on securing EU funding for R&D activities, highlighting that Polish beneficiaries are currently implementing Horizon Europe-funded projects with a total budget exceeding EUR 411 million.
“That’s why our glass is half empty, and that’s why I see room for improvement” – Dybczyński concluded. “The key to progress lies in partnerships. Through partnerships, we can combine diverse skills, experiences, infrastructure, models, and ideas, making our applications far more competitive at the European level”.
Horizon4Poland’23 featured 7 thematic sessions, 15 roundtables, and over a 100 matchmaking meetings, providing participants with valuable opportunities to explore collaboration, share expertise, and forge new partnerships.
The Industry Contact Points, operating within the Łukasiewicz Research Network, played a crucial role in supporting over 400 business representatives in applying for funds for R&D projects from the Horizon Europe program.
Notable sessions included “Making Digital Innovation Happen,” which focused on European partnerships EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, and a panel discussion on the digital transformation support ecosystem. Dr. Grzegorz Malinowski highlighted the importance of green and digital innovation in manufacturing during the session titled “Boosting Green and Digital Innovation Performance in Manufacturing: Made in Europe Partnership.”
💬 Famous stock market investor – Charlie Munger once said „(…) tell me where I am going to die, so I will not go there (…)” – I believe that green transition tells us where we may die, while digital transition indicates us some ways how not to get there (…)” ~ said dr Grzegorz Malinowski – director at Łukasiewicz – ORGMASZ the coordinator of Industry Contact Points
Throughout the event, participants engaged in fruitful discussions, fostering connections and building partnerships for future collaboration. The Industry Contact Points and twelve partner organizations, including MadeInEurope, CCAM Association, Photonics21, and EIT Health, contributed to the success of the event.
As we reflect on Horizon4Poland’23, we express our gratitude to all participants and look forward to welcoming you again at Horizon4Poland’24. Stay tuned for further details on the next edition, where we will continue to facilitate meaningful connections and foster innovation on a European scale.
Thank you for being a part of this remarkable journey. See you next year!