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New Labs for Uni
May 31, 2012   
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The University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz, Kujawy-Pomerania province, is modernizing its infrastructure. It plans to create several new laboratories at a cost of more than zl.57 million.

Fitted with specialized equipment, the labs will work together with facilities operated by various scientific and technical organizations, industrial parks and businesses.

The labs are being established as part of the second stage of the Regional Innovation Center project, which is 70-percent funded by the European Union under its Regional Operational Program for Poland’s Kujawy-Pomerania province. The program covers the 2007-2013 period.

The Kujawy-Pomerania province authorities have put the second stage of the Regional Innovation Center project on the list of priority projects in the region. The Regional Operational Program for the Kujawy-Pomerania province will provide more than zl.40 million for the University of Technology and Life Sciences’ faculties of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Animal Breeding and Biology; Mechanical Engineering; Agriculture; Chemical Technology and Engineering; Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering; and Management, in addition to the Institute of Mathematics and Physics.

In all, thanks to the Regional Innovation Center, the Bydgoszcz university will launch 28 specialized research laboratories by 2013. They will conduct advanced research in technical and natural sciences. The establishment of the laboratories is expected to contribute to improving the transfer of know-how, and the results of research and development will be used in practice, helping strengthen the ties between science and business.

One of the Regional Innovation Center’s units, the Center for Food and Food Industry Research, has already been completed. It was established to support businesses operating in the food industry. In addition to conducting research involving food, it offers assistance in establishing and developing new production lines and in designing equipment for the food industry. The center is part of the Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering. Its official opening, in May 2011, attracted luminaries including German physicist and chemist Prof. Gerhard Ertl, 2007 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry.

All the Regional Innovation Center units will run a joint information technology system that will work closely with a National Innovation System currently under development and with an innovative IT system being developed by EU countries as part of the Innovating Regions in Europe network.

The University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz has a tradition going back 60 years. It offers an education in agricultural and technical sciences. The university’s seven faculties, inter-faculty units and administration offices have a total staff of 1,300, including 680 academics, of whom almost 140 are professors. The university has about 10,000 students enrolled in both full- and part-time as well as doctoral and postgraduate studies. The university’s graduates include cryptologist Józef Pieprzyk and designer Edmund Obiała, who has built the Olympic stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Karolina Olszewska
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