During a meeting at the Dutch embassy in Warsaw on 1st September 2015, Martin Scholten (General Director of WUR-ASG), signed an ‘Expression of Interest’ with three Polish scientific institutes. The signing took place at the end of a meeting on “Connecting Science and Industry”, which was co-hosted by the Dutch ambassador, mr. Paul Bekker, and prof. Jaroslaw Horbanczuk of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The meeting was attended by a number of Dutch companies active in Poland in the fields of animal breeding, nutrition, slaughtering and housing as well as representatives of Polish academic institutes. They discussed the obstacles to be overcome and the opportunities that collaboration will offer.
The Expression of Interest was signed by The Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of the Poznań University of Life Sciences, the Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the National Veterinary Research Institute in Puławy.
The cooperation will take place in the areas of animal technology and sciences that are of mutual interest and the priorities will include breeding, nutrition, animal health and welfare, livestock systems and precision farming. Both Dutch and Polish sides share the ambition of promoting advancement of knowledge, science and the economic and social development. Further, the global context and public concerns in both countries, as well as the dynamics of the relationship between the agricultural sciences in Poland and in the Netherlands, create a highly favourable environment to begin fostering a closer cooperation in research. More detailed work programme will be launched as a further step.