WOODVISION - Conference summarizing project 'Foresight in the wood science...'
Wood Technology Institute in Poznan
organised a conference on
- look into the future of Polish wood science and industry
The conference was an important element of execution of the project entitled "Foresight in the wood science and industry - research development scenarios in Poland till 2020" co-financed by the European Union funds under the Innovative Economy Operational Programme 2007-2013. The conference was the ending of the project and the summary of its results.
The conference was attended by around 100 people. Among them there were representatives of universities and research centres (Poznan University of Life Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Poznan University of Technology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poznan University of Economics, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, University of Zielona Góra, Research and Development Centre for Wood-Based Panels in Czarna Woda), government agencies (Ministry of Economy, Ministry of the Environment), industry self-government (Polish Economic Chamber of Wood Industry, Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers), industry (entrepreneurs from various wood industries), industry press ("Gazeta Przemysłu Drzewnego", ‘Przegląd Leśniczy") and portal Drewno pl.
The conference was chaired by asst prof. Ewa Ratajczak, DSc - Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs at the Wood Technology Institute and the project manager - and by Magdalena Witczak, PhD (Eng) - lecturer in the Environmental Protection and Wood Chemistry Department at the Wood Technology Institute.
Five papers were presented at the conference:
- Commercialisation of knowledge - breaking barriers in the relations of science and business
asst. prof. Jacek Guliński, DSc
Pro-vice-chancellor for European programmes and co-operation with the economy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
- Technology Platforms in forest-based sector science and industry - Europe and Poland
asst. prof. Andrzej Fojutowski, DSc (Eng)
European Programmes Representative of the Wood Technology Institute in Poznan, Secretary of the Polish Technology Platform for the Forestry and Wood Sector
- Development scenarios for research in wood sector by 2020 in the light of foresight
asst. prof. Ewa Ratajczak, DSc
Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs at the Wood Technology Institute in Poznan
- New generations of composite wood products and modern technologies
prof. Włodzimierz Oniśko, DSc
Secretary of the Committee of Wood Technology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
- Information technologies - for innovative furniture companies
prof. Jerzy Smardzewski, DSc (Eng)
Head of the Department of Furniture Design at the Faculty of Wood Technology, Poznan University of Life Sciences
The papers touched upon issues connected with both science sector and business sphere, including especially matters concerning commercialisation of research results and technologies - key factors for
increasing companies' competitiveness. The conference pointed out existing barriers (structural, systemic, connected with community and competence), as well as desired and possible changes in the science sphere (systemic and structural, institutional and organisational, and connected with regulations). The presented papers concerned also research conducted in the area of composite wood products and targeted at creation of new generations of products and new technologies. A vision of a furniture factory of the future was presented as well - it was a vision of an unmanned plant based on an integrated computer management system. Another element of the conference was discussion of the activity of forest-based sector technology platforms both in Europe and in Poland. An important part of the conference was presentation of development scenarios of research in the field of wood science and industry by 2020. These scenarios were the outcome of the project titled "Foresight in the wood science and industry - research development scenarios in Poland till 2020", that had been carried out at the Wood Technology Institute since June 2009.
The lively discussion between the conference participants was dominated by the issues of the role of science and research in wood industry, lines of their development, as well as dissemination and application of knowledge and research results in economic practice.