Science funding: in need of a strategy

Professor Wojciech Bal is research group leader of the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the Polish Academy of Sciences, and is a member of Obywatele Nauki (Citizens of Academia), a civic movement that promotes change in the scientific and academic environment.

Poland’s innovation complex

Remember the scene from Back to the Future III, when Clara Clayton, Doc Brown’s lady-friend, beautifully portrayed by Mary Steenburgen, is trying to hitch a ride on the 88-mph train heading straight for 1985? The train keeps moving in leaps, leaving the poor Clara flabbergasted and gasping for air w...

Director, be prudent

Over the years, I’ve advised a lot of companies that were looking to make an investment in Poland. During this process, the investor team and I tend to discuss several recurring themes about doing business here. One of these “talks” is inevitably about a director’s duties and liabilities. Unfortunat...

People want politicians to bull**** them

Deputy Prime Minister Elżbieta Bieńkowska, who is in charge of Poland’s Infrastructure and Development Ministry, got herself into hot water recently. In response to reporters’ questions over several trains being delayed due to freezing weather conditions, she replied: “Sorry, that’s just the kind of...

The High Streets: ul. Chmielna

Poles are not particularly outdoorsy people. It’s hard to blame them given that up to seven months a year, temperatures drop below freezing. Yet they do love the shopping experience and are no strangers even to outdoor shopping. Even in the cold of winter, Varsovians flock to the capital’s top meeti...

Eastern appeal

2014 will be a year of outlet centers. In addition to the existing 10 in major regional cities, three new will open soon, all located in Poland’s eastern cities. But is the current rate of development wise?