In Poland, there are 182 modern research and development centres. Over 3,300 experts work for Polish R&D sector - almost half of them have a PhD degree. The opportunities for the development of R&D activities in Poland as well as the cooperation between the science and business where discussed on 28 April by PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman, MD in PwC Beata Tylman and the Head BRIdge Projects section in NRDC Michał Jasiorkowski.
Young, well-educated and creative Poles, modern R&D infrastructure as well as the chance to benefit from EU funds worth €8.6 billion euros for providing researches undoubtedly are the strongest assets of Polish R&D industry. And due to that R&D projects are now one of the leaders in FDI in Poland. “In terms of sectors, R&D is currently ranked as third among the foreign investments in Poland. PAIiIZ portfolio includes 11 ongoing R&D projects worth €19.5 m that can lead to the creation of over 1,000 new jobs in the future”, said PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman during the conference entitled “Poland's potential as a country for locating corporate R&D” arranged jointly by PAIiIZ and British- Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC ).
R&D sector in Poland consists of the vast range of institutions. It is also characterized by diversity in terms of location. Due to the proximity of universities and the access to well skilled scientists’ base, R&D units are located in the major metropolitan areas of Poland. Rafał Szajewski of the Foreign Investments Department in PAIiIZ argues that although the total number of students in Poland decreases, the popularity of such faculties as engineering and computer science that are useful in working for R&D sector is growing. “Better skills make a better and faster start to the labour market. For graduates it means bigger chances of finding employment, for employers - an easier process of implementing a new employee into the company”, says Daniel Niewieczerzał, R&D Manager in Nokia Solutions and Networks in Wrocław.
"In terms of sectors, R&D is currently ranked as 3rd among the FDI in Poland. PAIiIZ portfolio includes 11 ongoing R&D projects worth €19.5 m that can lead to the creation of over 1,000 new jobs in the future", said PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman
Warsaw leads in terms of the locations of R&D centres. It covers 25% of the country’s research centres. Moreover, 40% of expenditure on research and development goes there. Warsaw also brings together the 25% of country’s HR potential. Other centres are located in Kraków, Wrocław, Łódź, Poznań, Trójmiasto and the Upper Silesian Metropolis.
Cooperation between the science and business is a key element for the development of R&D. Despite the existing problems, Polish universities has recently realised that the benefits of such cooperation is profitable.
Poland has joined the group of countries which economic growth depends on innovation, thus strengthening the R&D sector has become one of the priorities of the Polish economy. Due to grants, EU assistance and the improvement of the education system - which has already resulted in ranking Poland the 3 rd in Europe in terms of teaching sciences at secondary schools - research and development projects has a solid base to grow in Poland.