Katowice’s agreement for the Knowledge and Innovation Communities

During today’s last day of European Economic Congress in Katowice was signed up an agreement for cooperation in the name of a call for the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KCIs) within the framework of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Designation of two or three proposals will take place in the beginning of 2010.

The agreement is signed between Polish and German academic institutes. Poland is represented by the Silesian University of Technology, the AGH University of Science and Technology and industrial branch companies. Germany will provide such companies as E.ON, RWE, BASS, Bayer. If the Polish-German candidature approved, the Community would be mostly concerned with clean coal technologies.

The mission of the EIT is to grow and capitalise on the innovation capacity and capability of actors from higher education, research, business and entrepreneurship from the EU and beyond through the creation of highly integrated Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

KICs are innovative “webs of excellence”: highly integrated partnerships that bring together education, technology, research, business and entrepreneurship. The KICs will be driving effective “translation” between partners in ideas, technology, culture, and business models, and will create new business for existing industry and for new endeavours.