The Foundation for Polish Science had the honour of hosting a gala dinner for participants of the “Teaming as a tool for spreading excellence and widening participation” conference, which took place in Warsaw on 25 March. Representatives of 19 EU member states and the European Commission accepted the invitation of Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Minister of Science and Higher Education, to attend the conference.
The conference was devoted to the Teaming of Excellence programme, established within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme. The programme strives to facilitate the foundation of new research and development centres in the least innovative EU states, in strategic partnership with the leading research institutions from another EU country or associate state. Its aim is to close the gap in the level of scientific development and reduce the differences between the various European countries.
The dinner organised by the Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry took place on the eve of the conference, 24 March, in the Kubicki Arcades at the Royal Castle. Among the participants were representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, headed by Minister Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska and Undersecretary of State at the Ministry Prof. Jacek Guliński; representatives of the European Commission Robert-Jan Smits and Dimitri Corpakis; representatives of the ministries of science of 18 EU member states, including the Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr Meta Dobnikar; the FNP Executive Board; conference speakers; and a large number of representatives of the Polish scientific community.
The meeting began with speeches from Minister Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska and Prof. Maciej Żylicz, President of the FNP. Prof. Kolarska-Bobińska underlined the significance of the Teaming of Excellence programme and the chances it provides to many Polish scientific institutions. The dinner gave participants the opportunity for informal discussion and exchange of views on the premises of the programme.