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Stealing the Show
June 3, 2014   
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More than 160 Polish inventions claimed awards and prizes at various international trade fairs and exhibitions last year. Among these inventions were projects in fields such as ecology, chemistry, biology, electronics, mechanics, security, construction, medical technology and computer science. All these prize-winning inventions were showcased at an Invention Show in Warsaw Feb. 11-12.

The exhibition, held for the 21st time by the Association of Polish Inventors and Innovators and the Eurobusiness-Haller PR firm, took place at the city’s Copernicus Science Center, a popular interactive museum that promotes science. The show attracted researchers, academics and businessmen, in addition to schoolchildren, students and industry professionals.

The event featured innovations that received awards at international exhibitions last year in venues including Brussels, Nuremberg, Seoul, Taipei, Macau, Prague, Sevastopol and Kuala Lumpur. Exhibits included products and technologies ready for production and commercial use.

“Last year Polish inventors and innovators exhibited over 500 innovative solutions internationally; the best of these were showcased at this year’s exhibition in Warsaw to show the public and businesses that Polish science has a lot to be proud of,” said Prof. Michał Szota, head of the Association of Polish Inventors and Innovators.

Eurobusiness-Haller’s Agnieszka Passia said, “For 24 years we have been promoting Polish inventions internationally. We started out with presenting several solutions. Last year we showcased more than 160. The range of our export-oriented activities has also been expanded to include new countries and new continents.”

According to Szota, the Polish scientific community often does not realize what potential Polish inventors have. “Judges at international invention exhibitions have a high opinion of the achievements of Polish inventors and rate their work highly compared with their counterparts in other countries,” Szota said. “In general, Polish inventions are usually at the forefront at the 20 or so exhibitions in which our association participates every year, and we usually return home with the lion’s share of the awards handed out in different categories.”

Szota added that, in general, Polish inventions have high potential and are ready for use in practice. They are often developed by multidisciplinary teams and are increasingly responsive to market demand. Polish stands are popular with industry professionals, and exhibitors have an opportunity to establish promising business contacts with foreign partners.

The most interest is generated by inventions in the field of medical technology, ecology, chemistry, materials science and computer science, experts say.

Aside from the achievements of professional interdisciplinary teams made up of seasoned researchers, this year’s exhibition showcased projects by up-and-coming inventors, including students from technical schools.

Tomasz Rybicki


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The success of Polish scientists and designers at international exhibitions over the years is not just the result of their creativity, but of good promotion too. An invention’s ultimate success often depends on its exposure to a global audience.

The effective promotion of Polish scientific and technical achievements and innovative products is in no small part due to Eurobusiness-Haller, a public relations, translation and advertising company based in Katowice, southern Poland. Since 1990 the company has been providing Polish exhibitors with a range of services from the moment of submitting an entry to organizing a stand at a show. Eurobusiness-Haller conducts public awareness campaigns to inform businesses about upcoming exhibitions, and invites various research centers, institutes and universities to work with it. The company also seeks supplementary funding to subsidize the costs of taking part in an exhibition.

Eurobusiness-Haller also seeks out prospective partners for Polish companies and arranges meetings between them. Such business missions have a strictly commercial goal: to help a company enter a given market, find business partners or establish scientific cooperation abroad.
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