A discussion on smart cities at the Fahrenheit University Economic Forum

A discussion on smart cities at the Fahrenheit University Economic Forum


The purpose of the meeting was to promote ways of developing metropolitan areas as centers of economic and social growth and the idea of ​​their rational management using the latest technological solutions, the wisdom of residents and local resources.. The event, which took place on Friday, October 28 in the Hydromechanika building at the Gdańsk University of Technology, was attended by professionals from the academic, business and industrial environments.

– We want to set directions together and implement the development goals of our area, with active participation and cooperation with the social and economic environment – said Prof. Marcin Gruchała, chairman of the Union Assembly of Fahrenheit University, professor of the Medical University of Gdańsk. – As part of many initiatives carried out by Fahrenheit Universities, we often benefit from synergies that we have been building and successfully developing as the three leading Pomeranian universities for more than two years.

Prof. Marcin Gruchała, Rector of MUG, chairman of Fahrenheit University Assembly. Photo Krzysztof Krzempek / PG

The Economic Charter changes its formula

The formula of the contract, which has worked until now at the rector of the Gdańsk University of Technology, and now as part of the Fahrenheit University (which GUT forms together with the Medical University of Gdańsk and the University of Gdańsk), takes the exchange experience and development of cooperation between the scientific community and business.

– Fahrenheit universities were an auxiliary member of the Metropolitan Area and thus joined a group of several institutions, foundations and universities that want to strengthen relations with industry and business and create attractive places to live and work in Pomerania – said Dr. Zbigniew Canowiecki, president of the Pomeranian Employers and chairman of the Economic Convention at the Fahrenheit University Association.

In the previous edition of the conference held in May, experts discussed the future of post-ship areas in Gdańsk. This time the main topic was the Smart City concept.

Smart cities – a debate between experts and experts

The debate, that is, the main point of the program, was preceded by introductory speeches on the topic of Smart City, given by representatives of Fahrenheit University.

Prof. PG Aleksander Orłowski highlighted the nature of the Smart City concept and the various challenges it faces.

– Some cities will grow very quickly. The question is how to provide a rapidly growing population with better health and education services, or better transportation. On the other hand, there will be many big cities, for example in Poland, whose population will decrease. A smart city is the answer to both challenges.

Prof. Maciej Grzybek from the Medical University of Gdańsk, emphasizing the role of the ecosystem in which they are found.

– Biodiversity also has an impact on how we will work. Research has shown that every city in the world has a unique microbiome, that is, a composition of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Therefore, there is no single solution for every city.

During the presentation of Dr. Hanna Obracht-Prondzyńska from the University of Gdańsk, the social aspect was discussed, about the contemporary problems of the population and their performance.

– Thanks to new technologies, we have social communication tools in our hands that would allow residents to draw their dream city. Only knowledge will enable us to design better cities. Now we create them, but ultimately they shape us and affect the quality of our lives.

On the other hand, the debate moderated by Krzysztof Kilian was attended by: prof. Andrzej Czyżewski, Gdańsk University of Technology, Michał Glaser, President of the Management Board of the Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area, prof. Piotr Lorens, architect of the City of Gdańsk, Marta Siciarek, Marshal’s Office of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Adam Sudoł, Medical University of Gdańsk, prof. Jakub Szlachetko, University of Gdańsk, Prof. Adriana Zaleska-Medynska, director of Fahrenheit University.

In the photo from the left: Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski, Gdańsk University of Technology, Michał Glaser, President of the Management Board of OMGGS, prof. Piotr Lorens, architect of the City of Gdańsk, prof. Adriana Zaleska-Medynska, director of Fahrenheit University. Photo Krzysztof Krzempek / PG

– Smart City should be recognized more broadly than only in the context of innovative technologies. It is a sustainable city and the comfort that comes from new urban solutions and the appropriate spatial organization of the city – explained Prof. Piotr Lorens, architect of the City of Gdańsk.

– The conference takes place during the 10th edition of the Smart Metropolia conference, during which we emphasize every year that the basis of Smart City is not technology, but people. A wise city is one that can discuss and solve problems with its residents. The challenge is to use and coordinate these ideas – says Michał Glaser, president of the Metropolitan Region of GGS. – Sometimes it is said that we cannot afford Smart City solutions, and it is the financial savings that should motivate us to ensure that every new investment or renovation in the city solves the problems of transport, climate, education and health. During the Assembly, we showed many examples of how to do this.

Smart Metropolia Conference in Gdańsk

The topic of city design, also in the context of the crisis and climate change, was discussed at length by OMGGS during the 10th Smart Metropolia Conference on October 27-28 this year.

In the picture, Prof. Sławomir Milewski, GUT Vice Chancellor for Science, prof. Michał Markuszewski, Vice Chancellor of Science, MUG, prof. Wiesław Laskowski, Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Gdańsk.

On the first day of the conference, the Smart Metropolis 2022 Awards Gala was held, during which Fahrenheit Universities were honored for their efforts to connect academic communities and local governments. On behalf of the University, the award was collected by: Prof. Michał Markuszewski, Vice Chancellor of Science, MUG, prof. Sławomir Milewski GUT Vice President of Science and Prof. Wiesław Laskowski, UG vice-chancellor for research.

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