The Łukasiewicz Research Network - Institute for Sustainable Technologies is a public R&D organisation that conducts basic and applied research and implementation tasks in the area of advanced technologies, particularly in the domain of machine construction and maintenance, materials engineering, environmental protection, systems engineering, research methodology, and theory and practice of knowledge transformation and technology transfer.
An important field of the Institute’s activity is systems research concerning capital development, innovation management and marketing and forecasting of future research directions. The fact that the Institute has coordinated numerous strategically important research programmes, e.g. the “Innovative Systems of Technical Support for Sustainable Development of Economy,” only adds to its importance and serves to prove that this is a highly acclaimed Polish public research organisation.
The scientific activity of the Institute also revolves around the issues of lifelong learning and continuing education, and the modelling of technology transfer processes, which according to the EU’s “Europe 2020 – Strategy for Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Growth” constitute the foundations of the economic development of a country. The direction towards scientific areas crucial for Poland and the entire European Union enabled new, economically and socially effective thematic areas to be incorporated into a revised R&D activity of the Institute.
The test and research apparatus, and original technological devices produced by the Institute are practically applied at Polish enterprises and research organisations, while the tribotesters and devices for materials investigations have also found numerous buyers abroad.
The originality of the Institute’s approach to conduct scientific and R&D activity lies in the interdisciplinarity of both the scientific and technical aspects, which results in the multiplicative application of the developed solutions. Such an approach is particularly important in the case when innovations are implemented in the SME sector, which usually is not in the possession of its own R&D infrastructure.