Very soon a modern research center for the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn will be established on the outskirts of the Olsztyn Science and Technology Park.
On May 13 at the Olsztyn Town Hall a contract was signed between the city and the Polish Academy of Sciences regarding the sale of land for use in the 90 million zloty investment. PAS scientists want to create a facility in Olsztyn that will be able to compete with the largest research centers in the country. 'Science prefers small, peaceful towns,' says professor Mariusz Piskuła, director of the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The land has an area of nearly 2,4 ha and is located near Trylińskiego Street in Olsztyn. Its after-tax value amounts to ca. 6 million zlotys, but the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences will pay less than 600 thousand zlotys for it. The 90-percent subsidy was agreed upon last year by Olsztyn councilors.
The new headquarters of the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn will be located on a plot in immediate proximity to the Science and Technology Park. All branches of the Institute, which are currently located in Olsztyn (Bydgoska St. and Tuwima St.) and in Białystok, will reside in the new facility. 'We are limited by our dispersion and lack of working space,' says professor Mariusz Piskuła. The investment at Trylińskiego Street will include laboratories available to employees of PAS, the university in Olsztyn and companies at the Science and Technology Park, laboratories in which human and animal studies will take place, as well as administration facilities. The estimated cost of the investment amounts to 80-90 million zlotys. It will most likely be financed using EU funds. 'We have managed to qualify for two programs,' informs professor Piskuła. 'The first is the “Polish Research Infrastructure Roadmap”, and if that does not work for us, we are on the reserve list of the Regional Operational Program.'
The aim of the enterprise is to create a base for research that Warmia and Mazury entrepreneurs can use, especially those located at the Science and Technology Park in Olsztyn. 'The current perspective of EU support is focused on innovation, a field in which we have experience,' adds prof. Piskuła. 'We have gained the trust of producers from sectors such as food and agriculture, and this sector will develop in the future. Water economy, including the fishing industry and the production of high quality food – all of this fits the intelligent specialization of the warmińsko-mazurskie province very well. The proximity of the technopark will allow us to create a system that combines science, innovation and implementation.