A meeting with prof. dr. hab. Marek Banaszkiewicz, Chairman of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA), was held in the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park on 18th February. The scientist gave a lecture about the impact of PSA on development of the Pomeranian entrepreneurship and signed a letter of intent together with representatives of the City of Gdańsk. According to letter, the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park will become a headquarters of the Agency. The signatories declared cooperation and mutual support of their activates.
First and foremost, we declare a willingness to support concerning location, headquarters of the Agency and instruments which are at the City’s disposal – I mean concrete means intended for investments so as our entrepreneurs will build their future in accordance with technologies directly connected with the universe. On the other hand, we obviously believe that the Agency will attract a new capital to Gdańsk and scientists from Tricity will benefit from it – says Andrzej Bojanowski, Deputy President of Gdańsk.
Prof. Banaszkiewicz told about his prognoses related to development of entrepreneurship in the region and presented a proposition of a program concerning development of a space industry sector which is based on cooperation with science institutions and international cooperation for which activities taken up by the European Space Agency are crucial.
POLSA is supposed to remove barriers in development of companies and research and development institutions from the space sector by realizing activities in the area of research and development of space technology, including satellite engineering, and their application for economic, defensive, safety of the country and scientific purposes. The Agency was founded two months ago at the request of the Senator of the Republic of Poland and former rector of the Technical University of Gdańsk – that is Edmund Wittbrodt. The Sejm of the Republic of Poland decided about the location of the Agency in Gdańsk. Although a few locations were considered before, the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park was chosen in the end. The organization will start its activity within a dozen or so days.
I think that selection of Gdańsk and the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park was absolutely accurate. We – that is people from Gdańsk – do not always remember how close the universe our city used to be in its history, thanks to scientists and unusual technical inventions. At present, we are looking at the direction of stars – and what is more – we may both reach there – sums up Andrzej Bojanowski, President of Gdańsk.