The 11th edition of the Smart Metropolis congress took place on 5-6 October at the Amber Expo. – With the participation of experts, practitioners, local government officials and politicians, we discussed the future for the smart development of the network of metropolises, cities and towns, including trends in the metropolitan economy, the use of new technologies in science, business and local government, the development of the space sector and the challenges of sustainable development, says UG Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Development Sylwia Mrozowska, PhD, DSc, Prof UG.

The University of Gdansk continues to develop cooperation with the socio-economic environment, public institutions and NGOs.

“We want to have an impact on what is happening around us. Co-create local policy strategies, support those activities that understand the contribution of science to the functioning of the region. This requires defining our role and social expectations in the development of the metropolitan area. Our third mission, social influence, is becoming particularly important now, at a time of complex energy transition in Poland, in which our region has and will continue to have a decisive role,” explains UG Vice-Rector Sylwia Mrozowska, PhD, DsC, Prof. UG.

Also this year, representatives of the UG took an active part in the debate on the co-creation of wise state policy towards Polish cities and municipalities that is the Smart Metropolis congress, which integrates local government, business and science and has been organised in Gdansk for several years. It is Poland’s largest annual conference devoted to issues of cooperation between local authorities in metropolitan areas and the relationship of metropolises with the rest of the country.

His presentation entitled ‘Metropolitan Satellite Services Centre. Outline of the concept” was presented by the Head of the Centre for the Law of New Technologies UG,  Jakub H. Szlachetko, PhD, DSc, Prof. UG. The moderator of the discussion entitled. “What hinders the world of science, business and local government in the implementation of the latest technologies” was moderated by  Sylwia Mrozowska, PhD, DSc, Prof. UG.

The programme of this year’s conference was dominated by issues of an economic and technological nature, which showed science and scientists in a very practical and pragmatic perspective. The invited guests talked, among other things, about the space and digital sector, satellite and drone imaging in the processes of performing public tasks, automation and robotisation of the economy and administration,’” says Jakub Szlachetko, PhD, DSc, Prof UG.

The discussion on the economy of the future and geostrategic and macroeconomic development prospects from the point of view of the modern business services sector was also attended by Anna Machnikowska, PhD, DSc, Prof. UG from the Faculty of Law and Administration of UG, a representative of the University Council.

Representatives of the University of Gdansk were also involved in the work of the “Metropolia” Think Tank operating at the Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area, thus co-creating the Vision of the Directions of Economic Development (OMGGS), which is a joint solution taking into account the needs of the world, business, local government and science.

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Elżbieta Michalak-Witkowska/Zespół Prasowy UG