On 14-15 of November, 2018 Communication and Technology Transfer Center team members visited Polish Kujawsko-Pomorskie region. The two-days study visit was organized by the colleagues from Kaunas Science and Technology Park as part of their implemented project under Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. The project fosters the implementation and improvement of research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (so called RIS3) in medium sized cities and regions in the Baltic Sea Region. The main aim of this study visit was to initiate discussions on the possibilities and challenges on the implementation of the smart specialization in the food sector.
During the first day University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz (UTP) was visited. UTP is a multi-profile school of higher education; the only one in the region which integrates both agricultural and technological sciences and the only one in the region educating engineers. The University, amongst others, have Faculty of Agriculture and Biotechnology and Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology. Research in modern laboratories at UTP contributes to address global societal challenges such as providing quality food for society, ensuring food security, sustainable use of natural resources, etc.
Valuable experience was to get acquainted with the Regional Innovation and Technology Transfer Center at the UTP. The Center has extensive experience on how to transfer scientific knowledge into business. The University has developed support services for researchers and students who have ideas and want to set up new businesses (start up, spin off or sin out).
During the second day of the visit Communication and Technology Transfer Center team members participated in the Fifth European Congress of Agribusiness Managers in Torun where modern and responsible agriculture was discussed. The visit provided a number of ideas on how to improve the Communication and Technology Transfer Center activities. We hope that new contacts will allow us to continue dialogue with our Polish colleagues and explore new ways to foster cooperation between science and business what will strengthen regional competitiveness.