The Social Council of the Silesian University of Technology, comprising local government officials, representatives of scientific, professional and creative institutions and associations, as well as representatives of entrepreneurs and economic organisations, met on Tuesday 29 November at the Zabrze campus. This time, the venue of the meeting was the European HealthTech Innovation Center.
The meeting was welcomed by the Chairman of the Social Council, Dr Jarosław Mlonka, President of the Management Board of Sumitomo SHI FW Energia Polska S.A., and the Rector of the Silesian University of Technology, Prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk, who presented the challenges to be faced by the University in the coming year, primarily related to its finances, as well as organisational matters connected, among other things, with the recently introduced changes in scientific disciplines.
We are trying to cope with both crises and finances. So far we are doing quite well,” concluded the rector, Prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk.
The next speakers were the deans of the Faculty of Organisation and Management, Prof. Jan Kaźmierczak, and of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Prof. Zbigniew Paszenda. They presented the activities of the units under their charge.
Then Prof. Janusz Kotowicz gave a presentation entitled “Hydrogen technologies at the Silesian University of Technology”. The Vice-Rector emphasised that in its activities, the University wishes to refer to Silesia’s role in the energy and fuel sector and strives to play a leading role, also in the development of hydrogen technologies. In turn, the Vice-Rector for Infrastructure and Promotion, Tomasz Trawiński, PhD, Professor at the Silesian University of Technology, discussed the topic of investments in the Silesian University of Technology.
The participants also had the opportunity to visit the laboratories of the European HealthTech Innovation Center, and its director, Prof. Marek Gzik, presented the Centre’s areas of activity.
The meeting was organised by the Vice-Rector for Cooperation with the Socio-Economic Environment, Prof. Janusz Kotowicz, in cooperation with the EHTIC director, Prof. Marek Gzik.