A Belarusian computer program that can help a family doctor diagnose a patient can be seen, among others, at the 4th Polish-Belarusian exhibition of scientific technical achievements, which opened in Bialystok on Tuesday.
Thirty-six Belarusian universities and institutes and 24 Polish ones are presenting their achievements. The organizers of the exhibition, presented at Bialystok University of Technology, aim to exchange scientific ideas, but also to conclude new cooperation agreements.
A programme for general practitioners, with a detailed ‘geography’ of the human body on a portable laptop, which can be taken to patients for home visits, is a Belarusian idea.
– It would be very useful in Poland,” says Zbigniew Machula, responsible for international cooperation at the Scientific Research Committee.
Belarusians have also brought to Poland, among other things, radar technology, which until recently was secret and used only in the military.
– We are interested in cooperation in high technologies. Belarus has many plants where integrated circuits, optoelectronic and radar systems are produced on a large scale. Belarusians are also excellent in laser techniques. Many such solutions don’t exist in our country,” said Mr. Machula.
According to data from the Scientific Research Committee, Polish and Belarusian scientists are currently working together on 68 research topics, although the number of proposals is five times higher. Forty Polish and 34 Belarusian research institutes are taking part in them. The NSC allocates from tens of thousands to several million zlotys for each project.
Scientists from the Bialystok University of Technology together with their colleagues from Belarus are conducting 21 joint research topics. According to the university’s rector, Prof. Michal Boltryk, the scientists are working together on new materials that may be used in medicine, e.g., polypropylene stiffeners that may replace plaster, but also artificial joints and materials that do not require lubrication, used in machine construction. According to Mr. Boltryk, almost every such Polish-Belarusian scientific topic ends in a patent or an implementation.
– I wouldn’t put forth the thesis that everything that is good and state-of-the-art can be found in the West. This is absurd. We simply do not have the potential that industrial companies have in the West, where they take scientists from research laboratories and quickly implement them. In our country, this path has not yet been developed. Industry is not interested in new technologies,” the rector said.
Belarusians are eager to observe Polish solutions in the sphere of environmental protection, e.g., the “environmental protection” system. The exhibition opened on Tuesday in Bialystok, Belarus, showcasing scientific and technical achievements, including water treatment methods, municipal and hospital waste treatment.