New research centre aims to strengthen the role of science in Polish economy

The Centrum Zaawansowanych Materiałów i Technologii (the Centre for Advanced Materials and Technologies ‑ CEZAMAT) will provide 30 well-equipped laboratories and create scores of jobs for top scientists from Poland and abroad.

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The centre, measuring 18 000 square metres, will also strive to develop cooperation with commercial entities interested in applying and marketing research results.

As well as a central laboratory, several specialist labs will also be built, researching everything from laser nanotechnology to quantum acid structures.

Research will, generally, focus on the fabrication of components for future generations of applications in a range of scientific fields, including optoelectronics and bioelectronics.

The overall aim of the centre, which will be based in Warsaw, is to promote ground-breaking research into modern materials and technologies.

Providing a platform for best scientific brains

The project is the brainchild of a scientific consortium headed by Warsaw University of Technology, which hopes CEZAMAT will increase the competitiveness of leading scientific institutions clustered in Warsaw and its vicinity.

The centre and its consortium partners, which also include the University of Warsaw and the Polish Academy of Sciences, will produce a number of experience researchers and engineers in the local market.

Work on the laboratories is currently underway and the centre will be fully equipped with state of the art research equipment by the end of 2015, providing the region with an invaluable platform for interdisciplinary research.

It is estimated that some 80 new jobs will be created by the end of 2020, including 30 directly related to research activities. It is foreseen that by 2018 105 scientific institutions will have used the research infrastructure; 150 research projects will be under implementation, and almost 1000 researchers and students will have used the research facilities.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the "Centre for Advanced Materials and Technologies" project is EUR 90 062 657, of which the EU´s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 76 553 258, from the Operational Programme "Innovative Economy", for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Works fall under priority axis 2, "R&D Infrastructure”.

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