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ADAMED Smart UP has been launched!

20 October 2014

 During the conference a scientific debate entitled ‘How to develop young talents?’ took place in which the participants were: Dr Małgorzata Adamkiewicz – the President of the Adamed Group Foundation, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz – the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Władysław Wieczorek – the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Matters at the Warsaw University of Technology, Professor Jakub Gołąb – the Head of the Immunology Department at the Medical University of Warsaw and young ambassadors of the ADAMED SmartUP project. Other participants of the event were Warsaw junior high school and high school pupils as well as numerous  guests and the media.

At the start of the meeting, Dr Małgorzata Adamkiewicz mentioned the successes of the Poles in different areas – sport and business, at the same time emphasising the need for strengthening innovative economy necessary to build competitive advantage of our country on an international scale.

- The countries of the highest economic development own highly-developed industry sectors. These include  pharmacy and biotechnology, which make use of the cooperation of science and business and are based on science.  Our Foundation plans  to extend the cooperation and to integrate the scientific environment with the industries of pharma, medicine and biotechnology.  We also want to pursue cooperation with entities of similar tasks and goals operating in Poland and abroad -  Małgorzata Adamkiewicz said.

In her speech Małgorzata Adamkiewicz also noted the rising interest in science among young people and referred to the results of surveys carried out among pupils as well as statistics related to school olympiads. – I often underline that in our times anything can be copied – a business model, a strategy, processes and procedures, products and sales channels.  What cannot be copied, however,  is the human mind  – Małgorzata Adamkiewicz added.

The President of the Adamed Group Foundation also presented the objectives of the first, innovative educational program called ADAMED SmartUP. Its main component is an on-line platform with interesting educational films prepared by talented young scientists, articles and interesting facts from the world of science, as well as a database about studying science in Poland and abroad.  ADAMED SmartUP is also a scholarship program which consists of a few stages.  The first phase is the recruitment which takes the form of an on-line alternate reality game game full of quizzes and scientific curiosities, in which one has to  put his knowledge into practice.  The best participants will take part in a knowledge test and selection interviews.  The whole process aims at selecting young people who will be invited to take part in an innovative scientific camp where they will have an opportunity to develop their talents under the guidance of renowned experts.   Moreover, laureates of the program will be selected during the camp – they will be awarded 10-months-long educational consultations preparing them for recruitment processes organised by leading universities in Poland and abroad.  The winners will receive scholarships based on academic achievements, tailored to their needs.

- It is an exceptional project of educational character - its innovative, interactive formula differentiates it from other initiatives.  Its main goal is to promote science among young people, identify the most talented youth as well as help them develop passions related to science and reach ambitious goals.   The young ambassadors of  ADAMED SmartUP  Project, Kinga Panasiewicz and Jerzy Szuniewicz who are here with us  and whose scientific  research is carried out at an international level, prove that even teenagers can achieve an academic success.   Poland abounds in young, talented people;  it is necessary to give them the opportunity at an early stage of education, Małgorzata Adamkiewicz said.

In the later part a debate was held whose aim was to answer a question ‘How to develop young talents?’. The participants in the discussion were Dr Małgorzata Adamkiewicz and the representatives of the academic environment - Professor Leszek Borysiewicz – the Vice-Chancellor of the  University of Cambridge, Professor Władysław Wieczorek – the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Matters at the Warsaw University of Technology, Professor Jakub Gołąb – the Head of the Immunology Department at the Medical University of Warsaw and young ambassadors of the ADAMED SmartUP project - Kinga Panasiewicz and Jerzy Szuniewicz.

The debate was conducted by Jacek Żakowski, a journalist and columnist.  The topic of educating young people in Poland triggered a lively discussion which involved both panelists and the youth taking part in the meeting.

The project was organised under the honorary patronage of the Minister for Education as well as some of the leading educational institutions and universities: National Science Centre, the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw University of Technology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Medical University in Lodz, Warsaw University, Medical University of Warsaw.

Find out more at: www.adamedsmartup.pl

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