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Public Consultations - PLACES


Public Consultations – PLACES  

Public consultations, provided for the PLACES project, with Wrocław inhabitants and inhabitants of the region took place on 25th September, during the 15th Lower Silesian Science Festival. The subject of the consultations was proposals for the Local Action Plan. Such proposals concerned education, commercialisation of knowledge and popularisation of science. 


ñ  Wojciech Gęstwa from the Section of Educational Strategy of the Department of Education, Municipal Office in Wrocław, presented the actions of the Department in the field of formal education and talked about the projects that are being executed such as “School in the City” and “Young Citizens of Culture.” He also reported on already taken steps in building the centre of science in Wrocław.


ñ  Dr Cezary Iwan, Coordinator of the Project Akcelerator, talked about the opportunities of commercialisation of science in Wrocław Research Centre EIT, including companies “spin-off” established at WCB EIT+.


ñ  Gabriel Nowicki, Representative of the Department of Marketing BOSSG & EIT+ Technologies Sp Z o.o., discussed an unique technology of chemically destroying magnetic data storage of hard drives, developed by  BOSSG & EIT+ Technologies.


ñ  Piotr Orzechowski, Chairman of the Board of Infermedica Sp Z o.o., presented the universal export system entitled “Doktor-Medi” that assists in the medical diagnosis. It facilitates initial identification of symptoms of disease and contact with a suitable specialist.


ñ  Prof. Paweł Rudawy talked about the project of extending the small but famous Planetarium in the Institute of Astronomy, University of Wrocław. According to prof. Rudawy, the planetarium should be extended in order to fully meet the modern standards of technical quality and content of each good educational, extracurricular offer of the city that is the capital of the region.


ñ  Prof. Kazimierz Orzechowski, Coordinator of the Lower Silesian Science Festival, presented the project “University at School” that aims to make the most interesting lectures of the Lower Silesian Science Festival available after its completion. Such events could be repeated many times at the audience's request. Prof. Orzechowski also reported on Lena Kaletowa's project of making a series of short films entitled “Profesor Wrocław.” The films showed achievements and bibliographical curiosities of leading professors living in post-war Wrocław.  


All the participants had a chance to listen to dr Kazimierz Jerie's lecture, Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Wrocław. The lecture was about facts and myths bound up with nuclear power. After the lecture, the discussion on given topics took place and emotions that accompanied that part of the meeting showed incessant interest in this subject matter. 

Around 40 people came to the meeting. Among them there were Wrocław school students, teachers, students, academic teachers, representatives of Wrocław companies, and also seniors. A lot of people expressed their opinions on various topics. All the participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire, in which they could evaluate the importance and usefulness of given proposals for the Local  Action Plan through using the grading scale (5 – very important, 4 – important, 3 – of secondary importance, 2 – less important, 1 – unimportant). Three proposals - “Doktor Medi”, “Profesor Wrocław” and “Recycling of Magnetic Media”  got grades in the range of 4.0 to 4.5.  The plan of establishing the centre of culture in Wrocław got the highest grade (4.5).

In the questionnaires there was also space for extensive comments:

a.  The attention was paid to the usefulness of the project prepared by the Department of Education “School in our City” (grade 4.3) and simultaneously to the difficulty in implementing it by virtue of tight curricula that teachers have to execute and scrupulously accounting for conducted lessons.

b. The question whether it was possible to establish a Festival of Amateur Creativeness    was asked within the scope of the project “Young Citizens of Culture” (grade 4.1).

c. In response to the difficulty in finding a suitable venue for a future Centre of Science signalled by Mr Gęstwa, two places were considered. Either the building, formerly called “Mamut” on Sienkiewicza Street or on expansive Plac Społeczny was proposed. In one of the statement, there was the interesting idea of a scattered Centre of Science, that is located in various places in Wrocław, but not in one place and in a large building.

d. The idea of “University of School” (grade 4.3) appealed to a large audience, because it does not involve going outside the school but it proposes interesting and innovative forms of teaching.

e. Planetarium (grade 4.0) was regarded as a useful tool in popularisation of science as well as a potential tourist attraction for the city.

The results of conducted consultations, questionnaires, participants' opinions and all the conclusions drawn are an invaluable knowledge which will be used in the final shape of the Local Action Plan for Wrocław.


Barbara Cader-Sroka

Kazimierz Orzechowski


translated by Arkadiusz Nowak

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