The Institute

The Institute for Sustainable Technologies – National Research Institute in Radom, Poland, is functioning under the auspices of the Polish Ministry of Economy, holding the status of National Research Institute. Ca. 250 specialists are employed at the Institute and over 60% of the staff is composed of scientific and technical researchers who frequently hold important positions in scientific associations and expert panels. Along with highly specialized research staff, the Institute invests on a regular basis in up-to-date research infrastructure.

The Institute conducts basic and applied research aimed at building up innovation performance in the areas of machine construction and maintenance, and technical and environmental safety. The Institute carries out extensive research into 11 main thematic areas including innovation management, industrial biotechnologies, system research, surface engineering, tribology, mechatronics, prototype and experimental production, control systems, information technologies, textile technologies, and environmental technologies.

The Institute is a core member of the European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials (KMM-VIN). Moreover, the Institute has launched a Regional Future Engineering Platform, addressed to Polish scientific institutions, enterprises, and intermediary organizations, which constitutes a pivotal source of information for a reality-based future-oriented research activity, and facilitates technology transfer and diffusion. Currently over 40 entities, particularly SMEs, are incorporated into the Platform.

The Institute Departments of main importance for the success of the research fellowship are those of Innovation Strategies, Industrial Biotechnologies, as well as Vocational Education and Training.


The Department

The main reference area for the Fellow’s project will be the Innovation Strategies Department. The Department staff consists of 9 people, i.e., five senior researchers who hold PhDs in Economics and Innovation Management, one research assistant, and three specialists of international co-operation and other topics.

The Research Activity of the Department revolves around the identification and management of the current challenges related to the Knowledge Economy, in order to provide in-depth analysis of critical aspects and efficient management solutions for both public Institutions and private economic actors and to bridge the scientific results of the Institute towards market implementation and exploitation. The main directions of research conducted at the Department include the following:

  • Technology Assessment (existing and new methodologies and methods);
  • Innovation Management, marketing and business models;
  • Knowledge Transfer processes and its modelling (knowledge transformation and technology transfer mechanisms and structures);
  • Futures Studies and Foresight Activities.


Relevant Publications

The following is a list of monographs and scientific articles exemplifying the main interests of the Institute related to the main theme of the project:

  • Mazurkiewicz A., Poteralska B. (red.), Systemy transferu i komercjalizacji innowacyjnych rozwiązań technologicznych (Systems of transfer and difussion of innovative technological solutions). Monograficzna seria wydawnicza Biblioteka Problemów Eksploatacji. ITeE – PIB, Radom 2015, ISBN 987-83-7789-373-9, 313 str.
  • Mazurkiewicz A., Grądkowski M. (red.), Systemy i metody racjonalizacji wykorzystania zasobów w procesach wytwarzania i eksploatacji (Systems and methods of rational use of resources in technological procsses) Monograficzna seria wydawnicza Biblioteka Problemów Eksploatacji. ITeE - PIB, Radom 2015, ISBN 987-83-7789-369-2, 296 str.
  • Mazurkiewicz A., Smolik J., Zaawansowane technologie inżynierii powierzchni wspomagające procesy eksploatacji i wytwarzania (Advanced surface engineering technologies for production and maintenance). Monograficzna seria wydawnicza Biblioteka Problemów Eksploatacji. ITeE – PIB, Radom 2015, ISBN 987-83-7789-370-8, 171 str.
  • Mazurkiewicz A., Giesko T. (red.). Zaawansowane technologie mechatroniczne wspomagające procesy eksploatacji i wytwarzania obiektów technicznych (Advanced mechatronic technologies for production and maintenance) Monograficzna seria wydawnicza Biblioteka Problemów Eksploatacji. ITeE – PIB, Radom 2015, ISBN 987-83-7789-372-2, 172 str.
  • Mazurkiewicz A., Majcher A. (red.). Aparatura badawcza oraz unikatowe urządzenia techniczne dla zaawansowanych technologii zrównoważonego rozwoju (Research apparatus and unique devices for sustainable technologies). Monograficzna seria wydawnicza, Biblioteka Problemów Eksploatacji. ITeE - PIB, Radom 2015, ISBN 987-83-7789-371-5, 310 str.
  • Sacio-Szymańska A., Mazurkiewicz A., Poteralska B.: Corporate foresight at the strategic research Institutes. Business: Theory and Practice, 2015, 16(3): 316-325, pp. 316:325
  • Kononiuk A., Sacio-Szymańska A., (2015) Assessing the maturity level of foresight in Polish companies – a regional perspective, European Journal of Futures Research, 2015 (forthcoming),
  • Poteralska B., Sacio-Szymańska A., (2014) Evaluation of technology foresight projects, European Journal of Futures Research (15:26), DOI 10.1007/s40309-013-0026-1,
  • Labedzka J., Mazurkiewicz A. (2014) Application of hybrid foresight model for strategic management in a research institution, In: Huizingh K. R. E, Conn S., Torkkeli M., Bitran I (eds.), XXV ISPIM Conference, Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society, ISBN 978-952-265-590-5, Dublin 2014.
  • Sacio-Szymańska A., Poteralska B., (2014) Intellectual Capital Measurement in Technology Foresight, Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA 2014 Proceedings)
  • Sacio-Szymańska A., Poteralska B., Mazurkiewicz A., Łabędzka J. (2014), Using Corporate Foresight Results Effectively, Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions. PACITA Proc. (93-100)
  • Sacio-Szymańska A., (2012), Technology Foresight as a Tool for Prioritizing R&D at the Strategic Research Institutes, Cracow Review of Economics and Management. (155-171)
  • Mazurkiewicz A., Poteralska B. (red.) Zaawansowane technologie przemysłowe i ekologiczne dla zrównoważonego rozwoju kraju. Wybrane zagadnienia (Advanced Industrial and Ecological Technologies for the Sustainable Development of Poland. Selected issues) ITeE-PIB Radom, 2011.
  • Mazurkiewicz A. (red.) Techniczne wspomaganie zrównoważonego rozwoju. Kierunki badawcze aplikacyjne. (Technical suport for sustainable development. Research and application priorities) ITeE-PIB Radom, 2011.
  • Metodologia foresightu technologicznego w obszarze zrównoważonego rozwoju. Praca zbiorowa, (Technology foresight methodology for sustainable development) ITeE-PIB Radom, 2011.
  • Mazurkiewicz A., Poteralska B., Sacio-Szymańska A. (2010): Application of foresight methods for the determination of strategic research directions. In: Mazurkiewicz A. (ed.) Innovative Technological Solution for Sustainable Development. Instytut Technologii Eksploatacji-PIB Radom (Poland) - Szanghai (China), pp. 299-316, ISSN 9788372049551.


Relevant Research Experience

The Department has broad experience in executing foresight at national, sectoral and corporate level within projects both as leader or partner in national and international Partnerships. Main examples are the following:

  • Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance “Becoming Future-Oriented Entrepreneurs in universities and companies” beFORE, 2017-2019, international, coordinator
  • VISEGRAD Fund, Mobilising corporate foresight potential among V4 countries (FOR_V4), 2016, financed by VISEGRAD Fund, (international); coordinator
  • Horizon 2020 CIMULACT: Citizen and Multi-actor consultation on Horizon2020, 2015-2018, financed by the European Commission (international); partner
  • COST Action IS13304 on Expert Judgment Network: Bridging the gap between uncertainty and evidence-based decision making, 2013-2017, financed by the European Commission (international); partner
  • Strategic Programme “Innovative Systems of Technical Support for Sustainable Development of Country’s Economy” (co-ordinator), 2010-2015, executed at the national level, co-funded from EU structural funds within Operational Programme Innovative Economy (national); coordinator
  • Sectoral foresight project “Advanced Industrial and Ecological Technologies for the Sustainable Development of Poland” (co-ordinator) 2009-2011, executed at the national level, co-funded from EU structural funds within Operational Programme Innovative Economy (national); coordinator
  • National Foresight ProgrammePoland 2020”, co-ordinator of “Sustainable Development of Poland” Research Area Panel, 2007-2008, executed at the national level, funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (national), partner.


Research Cooperation

The Department co-operates with international and national universities, research organizations,  associations and companies devoted to Future Studies and Foresight Activities, inter alia, internationally: Fraunhofer ISI, Fraunhofer INT (Germany), Danish Board of Technology (Denmark), Turku School of Economics (Finland), Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic), University of Economics in Bratislavia (Slovakia), Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) - Institute of Technology Assessment – ITA, the Swiss Centre for Technology Assessment - TA SWISS, Future Impacts (Germany), Prospektiker (Spain), University of Pisa (Italy), Mondragon University (Spain), nationally: Warsaw University of Technology, Białystok University of Technology, Cracow University of Economics, Central Mining Institute, 4CF. Also, the Department represents the Institute in the Foresight Europe Network (independent initiative of European Nodes of The Millennium Project).


Role in the Project

In the framework of the project, the Department is supporting the Research Fellow in his research, mainly by sharing with him the necessary knowledge, expertise and skills related to technology foresight of the co-investigators, in order to guide and foster the Fellow’s research activity. The knowledge transfer is realized through ad hoc trainings on Foresight qualitative and quantitative methods for Horizon Scanning, Radical Technology Inquirer approach, scenario building, technology assessment methods, analysis support on research results, and co-authoring scientific publications based on the Fellow’s achievements.


Other Departments

Apart from Innovation Strategies Department, the support from other Departments will be crucial for the success of the fellowship, which concerns technology foresight of converge technologies (eco, bio, cogno). In particular, of the following:

The Industrial Biotechnologies Department develops new devices enabling industrial application of the designed biotechnologies, particularly for SMEs. These particularly include separators and membrane reactors, as well as bioreactors. Additionally, work on the development of systems of biochemical analysis and monitoring of biochemical processes, enabling the control over technological processes and devices, is also conducted at the Department. The scope of the activity of the Department includes the following: industrial biotechnologies; systems and devices for their execution, biochemical methods of conversion and waste management, monitoring systems for biochemical processes, products for biochemical purification of water and soil, membrane techniques used in industry and for environment protection.


Special Impact of Fellowship

The Research Fellowship will be mutually beneficial, as the Institute will take advantage from
the use of the developed foresight methodology as a model to analyse the approaching bio-tsunami, while drawing recommendations on how to re-structure itself to accommodate the coming waves of socio-technical change. At the same time, and to the degree that the combined foresight/technology convergence agenda will guide the Institute to become a valuable think-tank in place and time to assist other stakeholders in the Polish innovation system to benefit from the socio-technical change.