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Challenges for Polish Research in European Industry

Marcel Van de Voorde 

University of Technology Delft, Rotterdamseweg 137, Delft 2628 AL, Netherlands


The lecture gives a vision in materials research at the university, in the research institute and the industry, in Europe. The importance of a strong relation between Academy and industry will be highlighted and mechanisms for collaboration be suggested.

It will be demonstrated that without sufficient investment (people and budget) in - basic and applied - materials research; new ideas, discoveries and innovations necessary for the continued growth and competitiveness of a company or a country are less likely to be forthcoming. For an industrial country as Poland it becomes of vital importance to focus on "revolutionary" research leading to breakthroughs: new materials, innovative processes etc.

It is not evident for a research community or for industry to pinpoint areas for future research assuring industrial successes. The new nano-world offers for materials science and technology plenty of opportunities for universities/research centres to become "centres of excellence" in Europe and for industry to become "centres of technology and innovation". Poland should not miss this challenge of becoming an attractive pole for European scientists and a most modern industrial nation with a flourishing economy, in the future.

The lecture will explore possibilities for research, which make the field of "nanomaterials" attractive to students - of all disciplines - and of interest, and importance for the scientist and its career. Ideas for the development of technology parks around universities/ centres of excellence and the creation of innovative SME's will be elaborated. Routes for the application of nanomaterials research in industry will also receive attention.

This lecture will be easy to follow for policy-makers, industrialists, scientists and students


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Presentation: invited oral at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2003, Perspectives of nanotechnology, by Marcel Van de Voorde
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2003

Submitted: 2003-06-16 11:17
Revised:   2009-06-08 12:55