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Poznań scientists call for COVID-19 prejudice prevention in academia

COVID19 PLIn the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, two scientists from the Poznań University of Medical Sciences – prof. Michał Nowicki, PhD, and Piotr Rzymski, PhD – wrote an open letter to the academic world calling on the universities to proactively develop policies countering discrimination related to the virus.

The letter was published on 20 March 2020 by the prestigious Science Magazine in open-access mode and can be found on the webpage It includes good practices that could be introduced by the higher education institutions to lessen COVID-19 prejudice.

The publication indicates among other things that the preventive measures taken by the universities should include transparency about the disease status, data gathering, and direction about appropriate behaviour, as well as issuing reassuring statements about the local COVID-19 situation.

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Development strategy of the Wielkopolska Region until 2030

StrategiaWlkp2030In Wielkopolska region public consultations are currently underway on the strategy of the development for the region until 2030.

The presented abstract contains the most important information about the Development strategy of the Wielkopolska Region until 2030 submitted for public consultation, i.e. the main challenges facing the region, but also the goals, activities and tools for their implementation. This document will be used to prepare the region, among others, to the next financial perspective of the European Union.

The document is available here.

Poznan scientists, academics and regional government join forces in the fight against COVID-19

 DSF8175 minScientists and academics from Poznań have been actively mobilising to devise and implement initiatives aimed at multiple aspects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań, Poznań University of Medical Sciences and Poznań University of Economics and Business are some of the institutions that are engaged in efforts to counter COVID-19. The Government of the Wielkopolska Region is also taking concrete action.

The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań developed a new prototype test for COVID-19.

Willing to strengthen the coronavirus diagnostic efforts in Wielkopolska Region, the Institute formed a „virus support group” which involves around 40 people working in shifts on a volunteer basis in the Institute’s laboratories. On 19 March there were 180 tests carried out every 24 hours, with a potential to achieve a number of 270 tests every 24 hours.

In order to support the supply of virus isolation and detection kits, the Institute decided to develop its own test based on reagents coming exclusively from Polish manufacturers and Institute’s own production.

On 20 March, the Institute’s director, prof. Marek Figlerowicz, PhD, announced that the scientists managed to create a prototype test consisting of some universal and available elements, using reagents of the Institute’s own production. The effectiveness of the prototype was confirmed by comparing results with those offered by other currently available tests.

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Invitation: Poland has voted – Europe after the elections


The partner regions Wielkopolska and Hessen

cordially invite you to a lunchtime event

as part of the “Europe after the elections” series entitled

Poland has voted


Anna Słojewska

EU Correspondent for the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita

on Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 12.30 – 2.30 pm

(Light lunch from 12.30 pm, event starts at 1 pm)

at the

Multiple Regions House - Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brussell



Izabela Gorczyca

Director, Wielkopolska Region Brussels Office


Anna Słojewska

EU-Correspondent for the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita


Anna Słojewska

will take questions from the audience

About the event:

Parliamentary elections in Poland

Polish politics is in the midst of a series of elections: In October 2018, regional and local elections were held, while elections to the European Parliament took place in May 2019. The governing right-wing conservative “Law and Justice (PiS)” won 27 seats out of 52 in the European elections. Parliamentary elections will be held in Poland on 13 October 2019. Then, in spring 2020, voters will go to the polls once again to elect a President. There is a clear division of political sympathies between the western and eastern parts of the country, same as there is between more liberal and pro-European major cities such as Warsaw or Poznań, and conservative smaller towns and rural areas on the other hand. Nevertheless, according to current opinion polls, PiS leads with around 41% or more. Its success can be explained by improvements to social security, such as direct social transfers, and by its appeal to a strong Polish identity. The opposition has formed four alliances for the election. The greatest support among them receives the “Civic Coalition (KO)” led by the center-right “Civic Platform (PO)”, along with the liberal “.Nowoczesna (.N)”, the social-democratic “Polish Initiative (IP)” and the “Greens (Zieloni)”; the three others are the “Polish Coalition (KP)” led by the Christian-democratic “Polish Peasants’ Party (PSL)” including the conservative movement “KUKIZ 15”; a block of left-wing parties named “The Left (Lewica)”, and the far-right “Confederation (Konfederacja)”.

Will PiS win an absolute majority or will the opposition emerge stronger from the election? Will the winner be forced to join a post-election coalition to form a stable government?

The Parliament comprises two chambers, the lower house known as the “Sejm” with 460 deputies, and the Senate made up of 100 senators. The electoral threshold is 5%, and 8% for party alliances. The legislative term is four years. All citizens aged 18 and above are eligible to vote.

Simultaneous interpretation into English/German.

Please register via your personal link. Please click on the red title of the event to register.

The “Europe after the elections” Series
National elections are not only relevant in a national context, but are also of growing significance with respect to European politics. Therefore, they are keenly followed by the increasingly pan-European media. Our series on “Europe after the elections” reflects this Europeanised public. In regular discussions with experts, we aim to shine the spotlight on these national elections in a European context.

* Please be advised that photos will be taken at this event. By participating, you allow the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU and the event’s cooperation partners to photograph and use your likeness in the press, on websites, in social media (e.g. on facebook and twitter) and other publications.