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The creation of the Department of Plant Nanotechnology to maximise the impact of the ERA Chair culture on the IPG PAS

Project description

The technology of 'all things small' could provide a big boost to Polish agriculture

Poland has a long history of agriculture and forestry. More than half of its land is devoted to farming, most of which are small family farms struggling to stay competitive. Nanotechnology could provide much needed support, increasing crop production with technologies for controlled release of agrochemicals such as fertilisers and pesticides or targeted delivery of biomolecules for control of gene expression. The EU-funded NANOPLANT project is adding a Department of Plant Nanotechnology to the existing plant genetics department at a leading Polish university, bringing in world-class experts and updating facilities. Working together, the two could become the dynamic duo of Polish agriculture, fostering cutting-edge research collaborations within the university, with other institutions and with the private sector.


The superior idea of the NANOPLANT project is to build up the interdisciplinary research competence, scientific excellence, international visibility, intensity of collaborations and academia- industry partnerships at Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPG PAS) by promoting a new cutting edge research area and creating the Department of Plant Nanotechnology. This project will enable us to attract top-class experts needed for the implementation of the new area of research and step up the scientific excellence. Special attention will be paid to foster structural changes at the Institute and a synergy between the new and existing departments and research teams will be established to maximise the effect of the ERA Chair culture on the IPG PAS. Objectives of the project will be realized through a coherent set of support actions namely, recruitment of the ERA Chair holder and team, intra institutional and international collaborations, networking, knowledge transfer through workshops, seminars and lectures, participation in conferences, exchange of know-how and experience, study visits to transfer best practices, secondments to private sectors as well as wide promotion of the project and various outreach activities.

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Net EU contribution
€ 2 499 250,00
60-479 Poznan

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Makroregion północno-zachodni Wielkopolskie Miasto Poznań
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 2 499 250,00