IASP Inspiring Solutions Programme is the knowledge-sharing initiative. The purpose of this programme is to identify any innovative ideas, solutions, or projects related to improving the management, performance or efficiency of science parks or areas of innovation.
Following an in depth review by the panel of expert judges, IASP announced the 10 shortlisted entries for the Inspiring Solutions Programme 2017. We’re delighted to announce that our Park is on that list !
The 10 finalists are:
- Angers Technopole, France – Awakening innovative projects in SMEs: “SelanC, activate innovation!”
- Bilkent Cyberpark, Turkey – B2B Matching Methodology
- Bizkaia Science and Technology Park, Spain – A Challenge for the Park
- Edmonton Research Park, Canada – The Biz Clinic
- Lakeside Science & Technology Park (LSTP), Austria – The Educational Lab
- Poznan Science and Technology Park, Poland – Science communication programme as the part of PSTP branding strategy
- São Leopoldo Tech Park (TECNOSINOS), Brazil – Greentech Park Program
- Science Park Mjärdevi, Sweden – Coderdojo Summercamp
- Tallinn Science Park, Estonia – HIV Digital
- The Innovation Hub, South Africa – eKasiLab Programme
Our response to the competition is Science communication programme as the part of branding strategy.
The challenge for Poznan Science and Technology Park (PSTP) is to develop and strengthen its status in the local community and become a valuable brand for its clients and city residents. PSTP decided to implement the science communication programme as the CSR tool for targeting a wider audience and to interact with people, making the Park a more open institution. PSTP’s mission is to enhance regional development and there is an identified need to explain this to the general public. As PSTP was founded for public benefit, our CSR policy is based on opening up events and facilities to the public.
These include the Imagine_Lab, the first centre for science dissemination in the region, which performs science experiments, organises workshops, and inspires children to pursue research and innovation careers. There is also the Imagine Picnic, the biggest open-air scientific event in Poznan, offering families the opportunity to participate in experiments. PSTP also organises study visits which familiarize students with labs and the activities of innovative companies, and university lectures in the Poznan Castle Culture Centre, a project which aims to promote research. PSTP also participates in events promoting and popularizing science organised by other institutions: e.g. Poznan Science and Art Festival, EU Funds Open Days, Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Researchers’ Night, International Science Centre Day and Science on Stage.