SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

Research Infrastructure Role in Innovation – the Case of Krakow

Solaris – the first large scale research infrastructure in Poland, appeared in Krakow very recently. Synchrotron radiation (also called synchrotron light) is produced in a synchrotron, and then directed to beamlines with experimental end-stations. The infrastructure allows performing multiple experiments at the same time, in many areas of science, processing 3 billion samples per second. Examples of research vary from the study of ribosome to the optimal temperature to form ice cream crystals. Solaris already has 320 contracts with users, turning it into a major driver of innovation and development in the Malopolske Region. 

Partner regions visited Solaris from March 20-22, 2018 and met with other key innovation ecosystem players like representatives of Krakow Tech Park, of the Regional Operational Program for Innovations, Jagiellonian University, start ups, to discuss the main drivers for innovation development and draft scenarios for the future. The interregional learning event will contribute also to the innovation policy development in Sofia, Castilla y Leon, Evora, Lower Austria, Tampere, Gyor and Bolzano. The workshop and study visit were part of the InnoBridge project, funded by INTERREG Europe, and Sofia Development Association is a partner in it.


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