The University of Wrocław opened a new 11,000m2 chemistry and biotechnology research and educational facility that cost about PLN60 million (£12 million). The building was kitted out with a phytotron for studying plants’ interactions with the atmosphere, a stable isotope laboratory and facilities for research on potentially hazardous materials.
Not to be outdone, the University of Gdańsk opened a 28,572m2 building of the faculty of chemistry, worth about PLN136 million in May. The investment covered the construction of new labs, lecture halls and related research facilities. The building has 188 chemistry labs, 15 all purpose labs and five lecture halls which can hold up to 600 people.
The University of Warsaw has also just finalised the first phase of an investment intended to enhance the infrastructure of its applied sciences faculties. The launch of the biological and chemical research centre in the first quarter of 2013 has given scientists there an additional 133 laboratories. The investment, worth PLN200 million, has provided Polish chemists and biologists with one of the most modern research facilities in Europe, the university claims.
Paweł Kulesza, dean of the faculty of chemistry at the University of Warsaw, says that the investment significantly bolstered the faculty’s research capacity. ‘The laboratory equipment acquired for the centre is very advanced, but it is equally important to secure funding for purchases of reagents and other materials,’ Kulesza adds.
The three projects were carried out with co-funding from the EU .