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Gdynia was always in the first line, significantly outdistancing others. In the 1920s it had been transformed from being a small village into one of greatest cities of Poland and the greatest Baltic port, most modern in Europe. This was followed by the high increase of the population, with migrants arriving from across the country. These pioneers have created here the strong community, knowing how to formulate and to implement ambitious targets. Gdynia became a leader in the innovative management of development. The project of Pomeranian Science and Technology Park is one of these achievements of the city, which has proved that Gdynia is a city leading innovations.

Executive summary

After the war, Gdynia became one of the most open Polish cities, because the port-functions enabled links with the whole world – something impossible in the rest of Poland. In 1970, a full 20 years before the fall of the Berlin wall, dockyard workers protested against the political order starting on the path towards the ending of totalitarianism. The political changes after 1989 were sometimes tough, especially for young people. Rapid change meant that their education no longer fitted the needs of the market. It also provoked a crisis of emigration and one aim of the municipality was to reduce this process.

The idea of establishing the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia gave substance to the idea of improving conditions for professional development. In 2001 feasibility studies for the new project were undertaken, with participation of the Gdynia authorities, representatives of the universities and local businesses. The Park had to reach two goals simultaneously: to animate the technological innovation but also to modernize the city itself.

As a location for the Park's activities the former trolley-bus shed was chosen, this had been used during the wartime as a Messersmitt factory and was located on the end of the main axis of the city centre. The sheds were taken over by the municipality in stages. In 2003 the first five firms were introduced here. After the removal of buses, the remaining arched halls were adapted in 2004-2006 for office spaces and laboratories. The two-storey structure was pushed into the interior of arched halls and started to house 50 new firms. The aim of the Park is to carry out technology transfers between universities and industry. Since the outset the Park's profile has consisted of three pillars: biotechnology, ICT and design. ICT and design are very cooperative domains, demanding the cooperation of different subjects, which is the essence of the Park. Since 2010, the new pillar is social innovation, since Gdynia has been actively implementing innovations in the social sphere. As a result social innovators now have their own official place at the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park.

Due to the project Gdynia was able to return to its growth path and became a pioneering leader among Polish cities. Gdynia, already recognized as the city of port and shipyards, has become a centre of modern technologies. Today it is perceived as the modern city, and the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park is an icon of this transformation. It has changed also the quality of the public space of the whole district, connecting it with the urban centre and improving the neglected post-industrial areas. At the same time the Park has encouraged private investments in this area. The city's initiative has paved the ways for personal development for many young people. It gives the city the strength to fight the ongoing crisis. The Park is the place where people get together and - because they are creative - come up with ways to improve their social and professional situation.

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Technical information

Title

A new home for innovation on the Baltic

Member State and Region

Poland – Pomerania - Gdynia

Duration of project

2 years (2001 – 2013)

Funding

Total budget: approx. 54 000 000 € - ERDF contribution: 35 000 000 €

Cohesion Policy Objective

Convergence

Managing Authority

Marshal's Office of the Pomorskie voivodship – the regional authorities

CCI nr of OP

2007PL161PO015 - Pomeranian Regional OP (2007-2013)

2007CB163PO013 - INTERREG IIIA, South Baltic Programme (2007-2013)

Contact

Centre Director: Mrs Anna Borkowska

Al. Zwycięstwa 96/98, PL - 81-451 Gdynia, Poland

Tel: +48 58 6982 125

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Website

http://ppnt.pl/ (PL, EN)

Keywords

Research activities, Infrastructures, Transfer of technology

     
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