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28 Medalsfor Poles
July 29, 2011   
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Poles presented 28 inventions at the 110th Concours Lépine International Inventions Exhibition in Paris, one of the world’s oldest exhibits of its kind. Every one of Poland’s inventions won awards.

The competition involved 14 countries that presented over 500 inventions in 12 fields. The Poles won six gold medals (out of 33), eight silver, eight bronze and six medals from the French Association of Inventors and Manufacturers (AIFF).

During the awards ceremony, the head of the jury emphasized the high level of the Polish inventions, the professional display and presentation of inventions to the jury, and the professional level of written information for jury members.

The winners of bronze medals included some young people—a team of students from the IT High School in Jastrzêbie-Zdrój, Silesia province. They won the medal in the IT and electricity category for their Innovative Technologist’s Portal Website.

Inventions were presented at individual stands and in national and industry pavilions. The Polish pavilion was dominated by the construction, mining, electrical engineering and chemical industries. Some exhibitors, like the Construction Department of the Czêstochowa University of Technology, the Military Academy of Technology, the Tele and Radio Research Institute and the Poltegor Institute of Open Cast Mining, received several awards for different inventions. The jury included 49 experts from all industries and fields present at the exhibition. Of over 500 inventions submitted, the jury awarded 247.

Concours Lépine is among the world’s oldest exhibitions. It was first held in 1901 at the initiative of Paris police chief Louis Lépin and was intended to stimulate the French economy, which was in crisis. Over more than a century, the exhibition has presented and promoted inventions such as the two-stroke engine, the heat turbine, the artificial heart, the artificial lung (“iron lungs”), a blood transfusion device, a nose inhalator that absorbs dust and provides protection against infections, the laryngoscope, contact lenses, a pump for removing toxins from skin bites, an electric vacuum cleaner, a steam iron, an electric heater, the dishwasher, the washing machine, an infrared remote control switch, the parachute, the ball-point pen, and the typewriter.

Owing to its prestige and long tradition, Concours Lépine attracts a great deal of media attention as well as crowds of visitors, including businesspeople, manufacturers and investors. This year the event was held under the auspices of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Paris police chief Michel Gaudin.
Ewa Dereñ
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