Geopolitics. War in Europe. The green transition and recovery of the economy
Geopolitics. War in Europe The war in Ukraine and Russia’s aggressive policy as a challenge for Europe. How to help Ukraine – in repelling the attack, in providing humanitarian aid, and in rebuilding its economy? Ukraine in the European Union. The military and energy security of Europe. Dependence on Russian resources in the short and long term. European Union’s new eastern policy. Sanctions and… what will come next? Adverse effects of war on the European economy: How to mitigate them? The solidarity and responsibility of the European elite. Will there be a new Iron Curtain?
The green transition and recovery of the economy The green transition and recovery of the economy in a new geopolitical situation. Can the isolation of Russia – a supplier of resources – be a stimulus for actions aimed at changing the energy sector? European and global objectives of climate policy and the pursuit of sustainable production as a mega-trend that profoundly alters business conditions. The ‘Fit for 55’ package and the European Green Deal – consistent implementation in a new macroeconomic environment. The recovery and restructuring of the economy – its directions and pace under the conditions of energy crisis and turmoil.
Digital transformation of the economy in practice. The impact of the acceleration of the pandemic on business, administration, the labour market and everyday life. New business models and opportunities, changes in industries following technological expansion. Technologies with the greatest potential:
- Robots in manufacturing and services. How to overcome barriers to the development of robotisation?
- The Cloud. Migration and its effects. How can this be done effectively and safely? -
- Internet of Things. Communication technologies: machines, devices and people in digital dialogue
- AI – artificial intelligence and its new applications: industry, health, security, mobility
- VR and AR. New worlds, wider horizons
- Blockchain. Not just cryptocurrencies. Transparency and openness – an overview of applications Cyber security under intense pressure – a safe digital space for users. The social challenges of digitisation: technologies and applications that are stimulating and inclusive.
Global trade and geopolitics
Trade policy in the phase of recovery of the economy that has been disrupted by the new war conditions. What are we to expect in the near future? Radical changes in the strategies pursued by importers and exporters in response to serious disruptions in supply chains. The war in Ukraine as a new geopolitical factor – disrupted supply chains and new risks versus trade with Asian countries. Diversification of sources and routes, revision of product range, and active supply and risk management. Nearshoring: Is it an ad hoc response or a lasting trend? Consequences of acceleration in e-commerce. How to increase business resilience in dealing with transport upheavals caused by the pandemic and war?
Education and competence in a changing world
Scientific potential and the economic exploitation of knowledge as elements strengthening the effectiveness of the transformation process of the European economy. Crisis or boom: science and the career aspirations of the young generation. Changes in the education system necessary for learning to meet the challenges of the future. Science in the service of green transformation. Programmes, tools, funds supporting innovation and creativity – European experiences and their use. Conditions for beneficial cooperation between science and business. Commercialisation of research results – expectations of business towards science.
ECONOMY, ENERGY, CLIMATE
The Green Deal – green business
Climate policy and the pursuit of sustainable production as a factor that profoundly alters business conditions. ESG standards and strategies – new priorities and a new business reality. Regulations and requirements, climate impact reporting, and market pressures. How to make the most of transition to build one’s business anew?
Fit for 55
A package to change Europe. EU target – the Renewable Energy Directive. New energy taxation. Changes to the EU ETS. Impact of planned legislation on the European economy, key industries, competitiveness.
Green investments and their financing
The scale of investments needed to carry out the energy transition, introduce the hydrogen economy, and implement the green restructuring of the transport sector. Capital needs. The availability of public funds. The role of the European taxonomy – economic sustainability criteria and the ESG agenda in the strategies pursued by institutions of the financial sector. Green project finance – the market potential of project finance. Experiences and plans of investors who use this funding model. The conditions and criteria of bankability of projects.
Accessible and secure energy in new realities – with a special focus on Central European countries. How to effectively ensure the sustainability of energy and fuel supply systems. Russia as a supplier of energy resources – political risks and the possibilities of mitigating them today and in the long term. Different energy mixes – different views on security; opportunities for a common EU energy and raw materials policy. Diversification in practice. Shared network and mutual assurance. Infrastructure versus supplier dependency.
ESG – a new framework for business strategies
Environment, society and corporate governance, criteria that redefine the value of a company. Long-term perspective over short-term profit. Sources and scale of pressure: customers and partners, regulation, costs and access to finance, time. Good practice – is it worth being a change leader? How to build relationships in business under the new rules? Transparency and credibility – the foundations of a stable business.
New legal tool for classifying economic activities as environmentally sustainable. Standards and norms; the codification process and its legal basis. Interpretations and decisions: what is consistent with the taxonomy and what is not? New obligations for entrepreneurs. The role of the financial sector. Sectors with the greatest challenges. The impact of taxonomy on the Polish economy. What else do we not know?
Emissions in the economy
Europe and the world on the road to climate neutrality. Emissions trading scheme in the energy crisis. Should the EU ETS be revised? A demand that financial institutions should be excluded from the EU ETS. The expected effects. Is reform of the system necessary? The future of the EU ETS in the Fit for 55 package. Potential expansion of the scheme and its ultimate impact on the economy. EU ETS money for energy transformation? The most effective methods to reduce emissions in industry – European and Polish.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: new principles for thinking about production. The circular economy is a challenge – especially for resource-intensive and “waste-producing” industries. Deposit and custody system. The importance of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for achieving the objectives of the circular economy. EPR in waste management and the water and waste-water sector. Zero waste production and products – what does the market want? Changing consumer behaviour and new sustainable business models.
The green transition of the power industry
The Polish energy mix versus necessary and urgent investments. What changes and implementation tools are required by Poland’s energy policy? What could replace coal? How to ensure system stability? Small modular reactors (SMRs) – their potential, time, and availability. Renewable sources – key importance of the offshore wind sector. The place of gas in the Polish power industry. The transition fuel versus the ‘anti-gas’ trend in EU regulations. Does the power market require change? The idea of a ‘clean power market’.
Situation on the Polish energy market (supply, demand, prices, prospects). How do you limit the impact of rising energy costs on your competitiveness and business health? To what extent are rising energy costs affecting the propensity of business to switch to sustainable tracks? Development of internal renewable sources and distributed energy. Efficiency and energy saving. Energy supplier switching, ESCO services, DSR contracts. Offer technological and organisational solutions for business.
Prosumer on the market
Prosumers being confronted with a rapidly and profoundly changing regulatory environment. The prospect of attractiveness of investing in distributed energy sources: How to come out on top? RES technologies for the prosumer – photovoltaics, heat pumps, biogas plants, solar collectors, energy storage, and energy consumption management. Network investments that could change the prosumers’ position in the market. The target role of the prosumer sector in the power system.
Investments in power engineering. Development of ultra-high voltage grids
The Polish market of infrastructure investments in power engineering – resources, needs, challenges, and implementation capacity. Expansion and modernisation of transmission infrastructure in the Polish power industry – the needs and the potential scale of undertakings. The Transmission System Development Plan for 2021–2030 and the portfolio of orders that will be available on the market in the next decade. Power lines, substations, and infrastructure elements. Types of construction and design works. Co-operation between contracting parties and the contracting market – contracts, indexation, risk, and payments.
Transformation in the heating industry
What to replace coal with? Investment in gas capacity. The potential of modern cogeneration and renewable energy sources in district heating. Use of waste as fuel – opportunities and limitations. Forgotten investments in medium and small towns. Current and planned regulations as a stimulator of change in the heating industry.
Renewable energy sources
Future directions and technologies. Trends in Poland, in Europe, in the world. Regulations. Social, economic, economic benefits. Time for PPA contracts. Who will be the active investors? Industry with its own green energy. How will the development of offshore wind generation change the Polish RES scene and the entire energy sector?
Offshore wind energy as a civilisation project – its significance for the success of Polish energy transformation and for the Polish economy. Supply chains for offshore wind energy. Local content is not enough? What do Polish companies produce, what can they produce? Potential, expectations, practical possibilities, cooperation with tycoons, target share. Financial transfers or technology transfers? What Polish companies produce for the offshore sector. Necessary investments in infrastructure and their financing. Economic environment of the offshore wind sector: education, personnel preparation and employment, financing innovation and research, landscape regulations, using the potential of Polish ports.
Hydrogen – the fuel of the future
Hydrogen technologies and economy in Europe and in Poland. Production and transport – efficiency and energy consumption. Specialities and industries that can use hydrogen. The agreement on the development of the hydrogen economy in Poland. Local content: Ambitions and reality? The required legal framework: When will there be the ‘hydrogen constitution’ and what will it contain? Hydrogen valleys in Poland – waiting to get down to brass tacks. The ‘3W’ project (water-hydrogen-carbon) – a new initiative integrating science and business for the development of modern technologies to be applied in industry in general as well as in the power industry and in medicine
Energy storage facilities
The importance of energy storage for supply stability and energy security. The potential role of battery energy storage in the operation of the National Electricity System. The prosumer and his energy: local storage. How to do it efficiently, cheaply and sustainably? Overview of available technologies: from hydrogen to pumped storage power plants. Research directions – new technologies on the horizon.
Distribution – investment time
Investment needs in transmission and distribution infrastructure. RES and lack of connection capacity in Poland for new projects. What changes the system requires to meet the challenges of accelerating transformation. The role of technology – smart energy. Cable pooling as a means to increase the capacity and stability of the electricity system. Distribution sector agreement between the ERO and the DNO and what it entails?
European gas market
Gas supplies to the EU – sources, directions, diversification opportunities. Europe’s dependence on gas supplies from Russia. Opportunities for diversification versus co-operation in the gas market. A common gas policy, is it possible? The role of LNG in EU gas security. Infrastructure is the decisive factor: Nord Stream 2 and other elements of the gas transmission system in Europe – their current and possible role. Consequences of RES development for the EU gas market. The EU hydrogen and gas package. Gas in the changing heating industry.
Raw material crisis
Strategic commodities, supply and demand, access, prices, forecasts. A world of scarce natural resources in the face of economic acceleration and extreme market volatility. Fossil fuels in Europe: How to move away from Russian imports without symptoms of acute crisis? Raw material policies of China and other powers. Stocks – who is stockpiling them and why? Poland’s raw material resources. Critical and promising natural resources: What do we have, and how are we going to use it?
Poland on the European electromobility map. Charging infrastructure vs. network. Potential impact of e-mobility development on electricity system stability. List of determinants for the development of Polish e-mobility – what do we need to accelerate?
Local content in the green transition
The principle of ‘local content’ in the light of regulations and European and Polish experiences. Green transition does not equal imports. How to create local contribution in investment processes? How to harness the potential without disrupting competition? Market opening and co-operation or fixed limits? Not only offshore – Polish industry and competencies versus global supply chains and co-operation links. Green know-how at hand – the role of global technological leaders who have traditionally been present in the Polish market.
The concept of small modular reactors (SMRs) and its place in the target energy mix in Poland. SMRs as a game-changer for the European power industry? The potential importance of large and smaller nuclear sources for Poland’s energy security. Do we need an acceleration? The prospect of commercial availability. Investment costs and the costs of energy produced. Investors and their plans
Poland as one of the most water-deficient countries in Europe. Environmental, social and economic consequences of the structural deficit in water resources. Resources that we lose: Natural or artificial retention? Renaturalisation or hydraulic engineering? The quality of surface waters – the possibilities of improving it, and necessary actions. Water in agriculture, industry and municipal engineering. The condition of infrastructure and investments; the role of the government and local authorities. The need for a long-term vision of water resource management.
Ukraine in the European power industry
Energy security is crucial to the prospects for the Ukrainian economy. Ukraine in the EU electricity grid – synchronisation and the chance of importing electricity from the EU. The specific character of the Ukrainian energy sector – resources; infrastructure; the regulatory framework; the current state of play in the gas and energy market; delays in transition; and the consequences of war damage. How to help rebuild and modernise the Ukrainian energy sector?
DIGITISATION, TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE
Applications in industry and services, in administration and education, in customer relations and quality improvement. Challenges and development potential for Polish enterprises. Technology makes decisions – machine autonomy versus accountability.
Data – the fuel of business
Business analytics and data processing – deepening customer and market knowledge, leveraging company information resources.
The development of telecommunications infrastructure in Poland, Europe and the world. Key directions, leading technologies, 5G as a condition for the development of the smart economy. 5G in industry – the time of private networks. 5G development and security – technology and regulation.
Digital technologies in green transformation
How advanced technologies can help support sustainable processes in the economy. Artificial intelligence and the internet of things – applications in energy efficiency solutions. The green city and digitalisation: smart city in green. Digital infrastructure in a modern, sustainable office space. Green Deal in a digital world.
Improving the digital competence of employees. Automation of business processes – implementation, benefits, and barriers. New possibilities and new uses for robots in the economy. The Internet of Things in a company. Humans and machines – prejudice and concerns; education and motivation. The role of the digital champion in a company. The pillars of corporate cyber security.
Cyber attacks as an element of war conducted with the use of classic methods. Threats to administration, business and infrastructure. How to build a company’s security system in the face of an ongoing cyber war. Tools appropriate to the risks. The State as guardian of security. How much freedom will you give up to feel safe?
Science, business, transformation
New models of cooperation between science and business. Commercialisation of research results. Horizon 2020 – the framework programme for research and innovation. Effects, experiences, follow-up. Science and the green transformation of the economy: research, solutions, technologies. Katowice – European Capital of Science 2024. The role of science in the transformation of industrial regions.
Influencer marketing – is it always worth it? Spectacular social media campaigns in the opinion of advertising agencies and marketing professionals. Where to look for influencers, how to work with them effectively? Measuring the value of campaigns with creators. Personal branding in social media. Personal branding – the art of presenting yourself and your brand. Authenticity, efficiency, costly mistakes.
Digital transition – regulations and ethics
The Internet as a common good being confronted with phenomena violating security and human rights. How to regulate digital space without limiting freedom of action? The rules concerning the activity of large online platforms. Must not or should not? Ethical standards in data usage – that which cannot be codified. The role of bigtechs in creating solutions that ensure stability and a sense of security for users. How will the rules of the game change? The achievements of the UN Digital Summit – IGF 2021 in Katowice.
Metaverse – a new virtual world
A network of 3D virtual worlds focused on interaction. Technologies driving the metaverse. What does the gaming industry think about it? Digital entertainment or something more – new experiences and opportunities. What new needs and values can an alternative digital world create? Potential functionalities: shopping, entertainment, work, and contacts. Is the metaverse only secondary to e-commerce and social media, or is it a true innovation?
New and already tested proposals from the blockchain innovation community. The potential of their applications, as well as their benefits and advantages; necessary conditions for their dissemination. Stablecoin – a private cryptocurrency with a stable exchange rate: Is there a contradiction, or hope for digital money? Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as an alternative investment market. Decentralised finance (DeFi): Is this a revolution in the world of financial services and products? Without regulation and without supervision – new opportunities that entail new risks. Blockchain-based technologies in the automotive industry (diagnostics, safety).
E-sports and gaming
The Polish video games industry as an important creative sector of the Polish economy, as well as an exporter and employer. Facts and figures; aspirations and forecasts. The latest trends and innovations. The metaverse and the use of VR in gaming. Investors in the gaming industry and valuation of successive IPOs. Problems with access to human resources. Gamedev as a stimulus for software development education; the courses offered by Polish universities. E-sports (professional gaming) – its business potential. Animators, events, and new trends.
The space industry
The National Space Programme in relation to the plans of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the space strategy pursued by the European Union. Ten years of Poland’s membership in the ESA. Space industry companies are working together internationally. Funds for the development of the sector. The use and potential of innovative space technologies in the economy.
The future of our common Europe
Internal and external threats: How to counter them? Has Europe passed the test in the face of aggression against Ukraine? EU as a political and military power – the conditions for effective co-operation. Current competences of key EU bodies as seen by Member States. The shortcomings and limits of integration. The framework for fiscal and macroeconomic governance. The EU industrial, environmental and digital policies – common interests, differences, and trade-offs. Principles and values versus finances – the foundations and future of the EU. Ukraine in the European Union.
Europe in the global market
New business conditions in the international arena – trade and logistics; and risk and security. The European economy – exports and trade after Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The architecture of the global market: What is changing, and what are we to expect? Europe’s competitiveness being confronted with transformations in Asian countries and their economic and political rivalry with the USA. Climate responsibility leaders in a time of energy crisis: How to decarbonise the economy while taking care of it? Investment in science, knowledge and innovation.
Geopolitics and security
The world in the shadow of conflicts. Hot spots and unstable regions of the world. War in Europe – Russia’s aggressive policy and its consequences. The role of Belarus. From autocracy to emancipation – the example of Kazakhstan. The impact of the international situation on the economy and trade. The new political and economic role of China in the world. The role of international organisations, global powers, and co-operation between states that share convergent interests in mitigating geopolitical tensions and shocks.
The economy versus the war in the East
A debate on the economic consequences of war. Sanctions and their anticipated effects. The power industry and security; resources and raw materials; trade; logistics; macroeconomics (prices and the cost of living); and the labour market / refugees. Dependence on fuel imports from Russia: How to reduce it? Can war act as an impetus to the intensification of European co-operation? Scenarios of regional, European and global developments. Further threats: Who and what should be afraid of? What to do to be prepared for the worst-case scenarios? How not to be taken by surprise in the future?
Ukraine in the European Union
Ukraine’s road to the EU: Will there be an accelerated path? What does enlargement mean for the EU and for a new member of the Community? The chances for unanimity – Ukraine’s membership under debate within the EU. Integrating the Ukrainian market into the EU single market. Co-operation between the EU and Ukraine in the energy sector.
Belarus at a crossroads
The situation in Belarus in the context of the war in Ukraine. The anti-Ukrainian stance of the Belarusian authorities – the impact of sanctions on the country’s economy. The Belarusian democratic opposition in the new geopolitical reality. How can Europe/Poland support Belarusians in their aspirations for freedom?
EXPANSION, EXPORT, FOREIGN MARKETS
Foreign trade in unstable times
Key challenges in foreign trade: wars and conflicts, disrupted supply chains, fluctuations in supply and demand, rising transport and logistics costs, limited access to raw materials, the energy crisis, new distribution models and market expectations. Traditional and new risks. How to assess and minimise them? Company actions to compensate for difficulties in a time of pandemic. New relationship models and action scenarios in distant markets.
Business at the crossroads of cultures
Cultural aspects of international negotiations and business contacts. The context of culture, tradition, religion in communication: Europe, Asia, Africa, Arab countries. Local specificities an important element of international economic projects. Pro-transactional and pro-partner cultures. Differences in business culture – trap or opportunity? Unification or diversity?
Financing of international trade flows
Traditional and new risks in trade. How to measure and control them? A new dimension of political risk? The experience of war in Europe and the lessons for the financial sector. Support for Polish exporters of investment goods and services. Methods for hedging transactions and increasing liquidity. Testing the credibility of partners. International factoring.
Moving business processes to less culturally and geographically distant regions. The impact of the war situation in Eastern Europe on manufacturing relocation processes. Production closer to the consumer. A sustained trend or a reaction to supply problems? How to take advantage of this trend to increase the competitiveness and resilience of the economy in Central Europe and Poland? Conditions for the effectiveness of nearshoring processes: costs, staff, scale, control.
Meetings held within the framework of economic co-operation forums:
- United Arab Emirates
Polish-German economic relations
Bilateral relations as well as relations within the EU – the current state of play and significance for further economic co-operation. Polish-German partnership in the reality of war in Europe and macroeconomic upheavals – dramatic experiences, conclusions, and support for the Ukrainian economy. Investments and export – volume, specific character, and prospects. The impact of Polish-German economic relations on innovation. Germany’s experiences related to the Energiewende versus the transition of the Polish power industry. Joint action to reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports from Russia.
International public procurement
The potential of the international public procurement market – including the procurement carried out by major global organisations. Polish exporters of goods and services: Where can we be competitive? Support for Polish enterprises participating in such invitations to tender – information, advice, tender development, networking, guarantees, and bid bond financing. An opportunity to acquire an attractive client and to gain access to new markets.
A mature concept – modest results. Is the pandemic accelerating the introduction of modern solutions? Trust and knowledge; financing and institutional support; and infrastructure and competitiveness. Where to look for and how to overcome barriers to using the Industry 4.0 technology in the Polish economy? Industry 5.0 – a step towards mass personalisation of products. Cognitive technologies and self-learning machines. Robots as part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Cobots on the crest of the wave – the growing importance of human-robot co-operation.
The future of the automotive and moto sector in Europe and worldwide in the light of current trends. E-mobility – facts and myths. Producer supply, regulation, demand – in search of a balance. The reality of the running costs of electric vehicles. The future of traditional drive systems. The semiconductor crisis – effects, lessons, actions. New materials and digital technologies in the automotive sector. Car manufacturing in the light of the requirements of the circular economy.
Coal in the economy and energy sector – a near and medium-term perspective. Energetically secure Europe without Russian coal: How to fill the gap? The Polish mining industry in a new situation – the opportunities and possibilities of increasing output. Restructuring of the sector and transformation of mining regions – how to use the resources (staff and competences, assets and institutions, technologies and land).
The iron and steel industry
The European iron and steel industry in the crisis caused by war. The relocation of manufacturing; access to resources, raw materials and semi-finished products; and changes in supply chains and distribution as well as in the demand and supply structure. The iron and steel industry on the way to decarbonisation. The significance of green energy for the sector. Efficient support for the transition of energy-intensive companies – investments, measures, and regulations. International competitiveness of the European iron and steel industry in the light of the ‘Fit for 55’ package. Will a levy on imported emissions (CBAM) stop carbon leakage? The future of the ETS. What should the iron and steel industry look like in Europe?
Commercial property market
Biggest challenges: epidemiological safety, rising construction costs, inflation, struggle for talent, growth of e-commerce, changing work styles, cyber security, ESG criteria and sustainability. When will shopping centres and hotels recover from lockdowns? Offices in the fight for tenants. Will large warehouses enter cities? The institutional rental housing sector (PRS) – conditions for development.
The future of offices, and the offices of the future
The office property sector during and after the pandemic. New trends in office space organisation. Office diversity – employer and employee requirements in the hybrid work model. It is time for flex – the demand for flexible office solutions. Strategies pursued by operators and developers. The green office – responsibility, the environment, and the ESG agenda as a trend shaping the future of the industry.
Close cooperation between local authorities, their units and the government sector? Projects where this model might be a desirable solution? Precise definition of objectives and conditions for implementation is the key to success. Basic barriers to expanding the PPP formula. Concerns and discouragement: transparency of processes and pressure of control bodies at the private-public interface. Examples of successful implementations.
Housing market in Poland. Barriers to its development. Costs, prices, demand. Is a revolution coming? How much freedom, how much regulation? New rules resulting from the Polish Order.
Objectives, standards, technologies. The impact of the European Green Deal and Fit for 55 on the construction industry. New technologies and materials – green cement, scented asphalt? Renewable energy integrated into buildings. Low carbon building costs. Designers and users in dialogue – housing estates and office buildings of the future. Photovoltaic and wind power plants in the construction market.
The road investment market – the current situation, prices, and availability of materials. Consequences of another accumulation of tasks for the construction industry. The scale of investments versus the potential of companies. High costs of employment and shortage of qualified staff. Prospects of implementation of the following programmes: ‘Bridges for Regions’ (Mosty dla Regionów), ‘Railway+ Programme’ (Program Kolej+), and ‘100 Ring Roads Programme’ (Program 100 Obwodnic). The Polish market of infrastructure investments in power engineering – resources, needs, challenges, and implementation capacity. Development of ultra-high voltage grids. Power lines, substations, and infrastructure elements. Types of construction and design works. Co-operation between contracting parties and the contracting market – contracts, indexation, risk, and payments.
Investments and challenges
Which investments increase the economy’s resilience in dealing with crises? How to effectively stimulate private and public investments? Areas of greatest need: green investments, energy generation and infrastructure, transport, and digital technologies. The current Polish investment environment – construction costs, prices of materials, inflation, and disrupted supply chains. Investment financing in the light of key economic programmes of the state.
FOOD SECTOR AND AGRICULTURE
The Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027 and the European Green Deal. Regenerative agriculture: biologisation and biodiversity. Agriculture and sustainable food – the role of producers, processors and trade. Fair income and strong support for primary producers – from slogan to implementation. How to ensure the competitiveness of EU agriculture at a global level?
Sustainable food production
The EU Farm to Table Strategy – its expected impact on the Polish food sector. Fairtrade, sustainable and organic farming – the new must-have of food production? Ecological, or economical? A business response to new market demands. The circular economy in the food industry is changing the approach to resources, products and packaging.
The new consumer in the food market
Branding, awareness and trust. Consumer expectations of the green megatrend. How to meet them? New packaging and deposit scheme – what does it mean for producers and consumers? Strong trend of not wasting food – supporting the sale of imperfect fruit and vegetables, zero and less waste.
TRANSPORT, MOBILITY, LOGISTICS
Transport infrastructure in Poland
The quality of transport infrastructure as a factor determining the investment attractiveness and competitiveness of the economy. The Sustainable Transport Development Strategy until 2030 How can infrastructure development support the implementation of assumptions of the European Green Deal? High-speed railways in Europe – Polish plans and technical requirements. The competitiveness of rail cargo. The road network – bottlenecks, missing sections, and investments of European significance. Key elements of point infrastructure: airports (CPK), seaports, and intermodal terminals. Infrastructure and digital technologies – towards smart transport systems
The aviation of the future
New trends in passenger traffic – after the pandemic and in the reality of the European war. Air transport without Russian airspace – more difficult, more expensive, and different. How will the needs of airline customers change? Climate policy pressures, new regulations, and global movements of people and goods. The role of hubs and regional airports. Cargo spikes. The role of aviation in maintaining supply chains. Not only drones – new technologies in logistics and air transport. The Solidarity Transport Hub Poland (CPK) – the plan is still valid, but requires corrections. The civil aviation development strategy.
The transport industry is being confronted with the challenges of the green transition. How to decarbonise the industry without slamming on the brakes? New fuels, drives and power supply systems. The role of renewable energy. Transport versus the EU ETS. A common problem for all industries – the expensive fleet replacement. Modern, efficient and accessible infrastructure as a precondition for ‘greening’ the transport industry. Optimisation of logistics – the role of digital tools. Clean and efficient transport – a vision and conditions for its implementation.
Sea ports on the Baltic Sea
Position of Polish ports in international trade. Development projects – achievements and plans. Changing the routes of resource supplies as a result of Russia’s isolation marks an opportunity for the Baltic ports. Are Polish seaports ready to receive additional streams of goods from new directions? Preparing for a green revolution in maritime transport. Digital technologies in maritime logistics management – PCS systems. Not only drones – new technologies in Polish ports. Human resources for ports and cargo handling automation.
LOCAL AUTHORITIES, REGIONS, METROPOLITAN AREAS
World Urban Forum (WUF11), Katowice 26-30 June 2022.
A prestigious international conference organised by UN-Habitat – a major global event on urban policy, transformation and development.
Changes in urban management, land use and design brought about by the Green Deal. Cities on the road to zero carbon – selected projects and programmes. Challenges for communication systems. What does smartcity 3.0 mean? How to revitalise cities to make them green. Nature in the city – what value? The evolution of residents’ expectations of quality of life. Climate resilient city.
Investment in towns and local authorities
What are Polish cities investing in in the post-pandemic reality? Investments postponed and frozen – reasons. Social expectations: investment versus quality of life. Mobility infrastructure and public transport rolling stock. Green investments – climate resilient cities. Not just concrete – investment in human capital, science and culture. Financial opportunities and constraints: internal resources, EU programmes in the new perspective, national funds and programmes, credit and other financial market mechanisms. Packaged PPP.
E-mobility in cities and metropolitan areas
European experience in promoting electromobility versus Polish practices, experiences and conclusions. Prospects for clean public transport. Investment versus regulation and public expectations. Amendments to the Law on Public Collective Transport – what changes will it bring, what are the expectations of the market? Clean transport zones in Polish cities: optional or mandatory? E-cars on Polish roads. Tax relief? Effectiveness of the subsidy system.
Smarty city and Society 5.0
Smart city and climate change. The resilient, green, smart city: available solutions. Energy management in cities – good and bad examples. State of digitisation of public services. How to convince people to be smart? Cooperation of local authorities with private partners. Society 5.0 as a way to stagnate and respond to the challenges of the digital world. Technological solutions to realise this idea (5G, cloud) and human orientation.
Challenges to scheme promoters and the regulator arising from EU directives. Investment gap – where to find funding? Segregation and recycling or waste reduction? Extended Producer Responsibility – the impact of these solutions on the functioning of the waste system. Modern technologies in the organisation of comprehensive and high-quality municipal waste collection. Energy recovery from waste and the objectives of the Green Deal.
The Just Transition Fund – available resources and types of activity. Not only strategic investments, i.e. projects in local authorities with support – concepts and projects, challenges and constraints. Using existing resources to achieve the transformation objectives: competences, staff, resources, land. The role of local governments – including mining municipalities. New specialisations of transition regions. If not industry, then what? Regional transformations and changes in spatial planning. Germany’s experience in the transition of the energy sector and the regions related to coal mining and use.
Local authorities in a new reality
The direction of legal changes determining the framework of activity of local government units. The principle of subsidiarity: How much should depend on local authorities, and how much on central authorities? The financial situation of local government units in Poland. The new national and EU regulations – their impact on the capabilities of LGUs to operate effectively and satisfy the needs of residents. The scope of tasks, costs, and investment possibilities.
Local authorities and business
The role of local authorities in promoting entrepreneurship. Relations between business and local government administration. Potential synergies: PPP and educational programmes. Incentives for enterprise development, illustrated with the example of programmes implemented by local authorities. Support programmes for investors. Barriers to co-operation.
Local authorities – public procurement
Conditions for and barriers to effective implementation of local government investments. The public procurement system – its objectives and functions versus practice. One full year of the new regulatory reality has passed – the effects of changes in public procurement law. The e-procurement platform and its practical usefulness. The goal of local authorities: more tenders, fewer appeals. How can this be achieved? Inflation and the situation in the executive market versus public procurement.
A recipe for successful revitalisation. The rules for redefining space. Criteria, objectives, and decisions: To revitalise or to demolish and build from scratch? Revitalisation versus the market – the trendy vintage and something more. What do lessees and investors expect? Projects that create a unique atmosphere, confirming the identity of a city and increasing its attractiveness. Revitalisation and the city-forming mixed-use development. The consistency and structure of connections in giving new functions to buildings and neighbourhoods.
Local authorities for Ukraine
The scope and scale of Polish local authorities’ assistance to cities in Ukraine and to refugees in Poland. Temporary and long-term support. The necessary changes to regulations. Financial support. Co-operation between local authorities and central administration and organisations – co-ordination and effectiveness.
The euro – strengths and concerns
The attractiveness of a common currency in the current economic situation and in view of an unstable future, the weakening of national currencies. Yes, but not now: arguments for and fears of losing control. The role of the single currency in the context of budgetary challenges and the situation of European finances. The experience of Central European countries. Euro in Poland? When and under what conditions?
Inflation and its impact on business
Inflationary pressures as a factor determining business conditions: What do the forecasts say? State finances during the pandemic – an exceptional time, high expectations, and special tools. Stimulating the economy versus the limits of budgetary security. Advantages and disadvantages of inflation. The role of Narodowy Bank Polski (NBP) and the Monetary Policy Council.
Global sustainable assets – dynamic growth and its implications. Climate benchmarks and real investor pressure. Criteria for assessing projects taking into account ESG principles. Sustainable financing in banking sector companies’ strategies and product offerings. Transformational risk and its valuation.
Pensions, saving, demographics
Population ageing – pension systems in Europe facing the challenges of demography. Willingness to save long-term – effective incentives and disincentives. Employee Capital Plans – how effective are they?
VC and PE funds in Central Europe and Poland
Their role in economic development and know-how transfer. In search of future Polish unicorns? What do funds invest in? Attractive technologies, sectors, niches. Selection criteria and decision-making process. VC and PE market forecasts.
NFT market. Investing in unique digital objects
NFT technologies: non-exchangeable, ultra-rare, limited tokens. Not just art – the areas that the NFT market covers. The potential of technology, new opportunities, new customer/recipient, digital auction houses. Bubble or sustainable field of creation, trade, investment?
What do business angels invest in – globally and in Poland? At what stage do they get involved? What do they hope for, what motivates them? How to reach them? Advantages and limitations of cooperation in this model.
The economy ex cathedra. A debate between rectors of economic universities
- Inflation and its long-term socio-economic consequences. What to do?
- Is it so good or so bad? The current state of public finances. Forecasts
- Private and public investments. Their dynamics, possibilities of implementing them, and barriers
- Energy costs and energy carriers versus competitiveness of the Polish economy
- The state and private entrepreneurship in Poland. A difficult dialogue
The capital market
The situation in the Polish capital market – basic indicators, trends and forecasts. The impact of the war in the East on the capital market environment, market indices, and the propensity to invest. The Capital Market Development Strategy – its priorities, validity, and necessary changes. The role of the capital market in the development of the Polish economy and in the stability of the social security system. How to revive the capital market in Poland? The activity of investors versus the level of security and economic knowledge. The innovative Stock Exchange – new technological solutions for investors. Digitalisation versus the new role of brokerage houses.
MAN, LABOUR MARKET, MANAGEMENT
Polish Deal – challenges for business
Consequences of implementing the solutions included in the Polish Deal for companies and the labour market in Poland. The current state of implementation – observations and experiences; conclusions and demands. Optimisation, withdrawal, and adaptation – long-term changes in the structure of Polish business. The new regulations versus the principles and practice of employment and the level of remuneration.
Quality of life
Definition of the concept – reasons for its popularity and usefulness. Human Development Index and other measurement methods. Quality of life contexts: from philosophy to health to economics. Needs, resources, responsibilities. Quality of life in European politics. How to improve quality of life in regions, cities and beyond? Development benefits and the role of informed local governments.
The Bauhaus and the cities of the future
The New Bauhaus – the European Union’s response to the climate crisis. The city as a laboratory for the New European Bauhaus. How to shape a new lifestyle that assumes compatibility between design and the principles of sustainable development? How to create new cities to make them sustainable, safe and healthy? The New Bauhaus projects versus modern multifunctional public space, sustainable construction, and high quality of life. A recipe for the metropolis of the future.
International youth exchange. The 35th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme
Examples of implemented projects and their evaluation. Attractiveness of the Polish education system and labour market. Foreign students at Polish universities – how to make them want to stay in Poland? The range of European educational programmes offered to the Ukrainian youth. Polish students abroad – how to make them come back? Relocating workers as a way of upskilling. The 35th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme. A wealth of experience and achievements: Erasmus+. The session is part of the European Forum for Young Leaders.
Staff in a changing world
Qualifications in high demand and much sought-after employees. Candidates’ requirements and employers’ expectations. Vocational education versus the dynamic labour market. Switching to another industry. Engineers in the pandemic labour market. The fourth industrial revolution – the competencies in demand. Companies’ demand versus current possibilities of filling the gap. Recruitment of engineers, specialists and managers in practice.
Ukraine and Belarus – the Polish labour market behind the front line
The role of workers from across the eastern border in the Polish economy – to date, and under the conditions of war in the East. Their current status, the possible labour force loss, and further prospects. The wave of refugees from Ukraine – a humanitarian problem, and a challenge for employers and the labour market.
Women leaders – women in business
The climate around women’s leadership. How to educate female leaders? The role of awareness, acceptance, self-management and self-development skills. An organisational culture that supports diversity and inclusiveness. The benefits of diverse teams. The leadership paradigm after the pandemic experience. What leaders companies need in a phase of transformation and modification. Ability to share knowledge and experience.
Competencies of the future
The education system is being confronted with dynamic changes taking place in the labour market and in technology. Specialisation or versatility? The flexible open – permanent education. How to effectively educate for the future? The most sought-after competencies in the labour market – today and tomorrow. Science as an industry of the future.
Co-operation between European universities
The European Universities Initiative and university consortia/federations – an area of active integration and new quality in European science. First experiences, examples of joint undertakings; benefits and beneficiaries. Strategies pursued by the Polish universities associated in international consortia. Mobility, knowledge exchange, and resource sharing. European science in the future: Is it worth unifying education and research systems?
Transition and social capital
Competencies, science, and labour resources in a region steeped in industrial traditions, which is now being confronted with the challenges of transition. Silesia and other post-mining regions of Western Europe – common experiences, different stages. How to communicate change, make others believe in it and involve them in its implementation? Using the cultural capital – work ethics, high technical culture, and models of co-operation and social solidarity. Young people distrustful of uncontrolled development: Is it a barrier or an asset in transition processes?
Tourism and the hotel industry
The situation in the tourism and hotel sector in Poland after two years of the pandemic. Losses and strategies for minimising them. How to rebuild demand? Holiday accommodation infrastructure versus city and business hotels. Reactivation of the MICE industry. The collapse of inbound tourism and its consequences for the economy.
The meetings industry
The meetings and events industry in Poland. Its current potential (taking into account the consequences of the pandemic). A time of restructuring: What changes in the MICE sector can be permanent? Meetings versus digital technologies: How to remain competitive when being confronted with an invasion of online relations? Multifunctional use of venues – an important aspect of operations of players in the MICE market.
Polish entrepreneurship at the crossroads
Barriers to enterprise development. The crisis of confidence in the state. The oppressiveness of administration towards private business – stereotypes and prejudice, and the way the justice system operates. Regulatory risk and legal security versus willingness to invest. Directions of verification of the state’s economic policy as requested by business – stabilisation; predictability and respect for the law; reduction in fiscalism; and a reform of the health insurance system.
Knowledge and competencies as the foundation for sustainable development. Climate education in European and Polish schools. Green professions in the European labour market – the economy’s demand for green competencies. Social awareness and the current knowledge about human impact on the environment. How to effectively create conscious attitudes of responsibility for the environment? The role of international organisations, educational programmes, educational institutions, the NGO sector, and the media.
Succession in family businesses
Time of generational change – the growing problem of “orphan companies” in Poland and Europe. Catalogue of obstacles to the succession of family businesses. Ways to effective succession. Corporate culture and family business values. Law on family foundations – a step in the right direction? Pandemic effects and the inheritance process.
Strategies for the time of turmoil
How to build medium and long-term strategies for companies in a time of instability? A new approach to planning – flexibility, variants, alternatives, and scenarios. The growing role of risk management. A vision instead of a strategy? Will the operational approach suffice? Changing managers’ approach to management under new conditions. The cult of resilience and flexibility – the truth and myths. New competencies. The role of communication and feedback. Agility now: Keep testing and observing the effect.
Management of teams
The new hybrid working model – how to get it right. Effective management of distributed teams. Effective remote collaboration. Control and motivation. How to supervise people working remotely? New desirable managerial skills.
Intellectual property in the economy
Protection of intellectual property in business – in the light of the law and rules of the free market. Entrepreneurs’ knowledge about the available protection options. Patent law and its enforcement. Patent as the right to monopoly – the power of protection and its limitations. Protection of innovation in practice. The institution of a patent in the digital economy.
New business models
From digital implementation to being digital – changing the operating methods and organisation versus corporate success. The use of advanced technologies as the way to a new business concept. The role of human capital and HR leaders in the process of adapting a company to the new digital reality. A time of humanisation – employee-centred solutions. Key areas of change in companies – flexibility and resilience; productivity and new experiences; co-operation and a network of trusted partners; and talent and innovation acquisition.
Changes in the media market
New research tools in the media market. Controversies concerning audience measurement (TV, radio) and effectiveness of the Internet. The real media consumer behaviour, and not declarations – the advantages of the single-source approach. How to effectively study reception in the outdoor advertising sector? Single-source research and the Out-of-Home industry. The actual and desired representation of this advertising sector in the media mix.
Diversity in supervisory boards
Nomination of women as supervisory board members by domestic institutional investors – the 30% report. Club Poland – data, observations and conclusions. Key barriers. Changes in the market environment that may prompt change. Diversity in ESG strategies – declarations and practice.
Europe and the world 2030
War in Europe – a factor shaping the attitudes of young Europeans. What can young people do today to make Europe a better and safer place to live? The role of education in conflict prevention. The responsibility deficit: How to exert effective pressure and build capital to support the transition? Young people and political leaders in a debate on the most important goals and tools of change for society and civilisation. The education system is being confronted with dynamic changes taking place in the labour market and in technology. The session is part of the European Forum for Young Leaders.
Factors determining new conditions for organisations, the economy, and the labour market – digitalisation, disrupted business-trade relations, communication difficulties, migration, and global conflicts. This is just VUCA – a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The experience gained during the pandemic. New demands on managers and leaders. Management in a creative environment. Hybrid and internally diverse organisations. How to build employee engagement? More and more data – the role of transparency in management processes.
Economic significance of franchising in the Polish economy and the current legal framework. Brand strength, resources, and know-how – attractiveness of the model, and its weaknesses. Disparities between parties to a franchise agreement. Franchisees’ background – information and knowledge; independence and decision-making. Franchising versus employment relationships: Still an entrepreneur or already an employee? Franchising, the free market, and fair competition. The quality of law and case law versus the possibilities of expanding the franchise market. Regulatory experience gained in other legal systems.
The power of falsehood in a world ruled by information – examples of effective disinformation activities in public life, and their consequences. Information warfare as an element of contemporary conflicts – the arsenal, practice, and experiences. How to defend ourselves? The role of the media and big online platforms. How to teach people critical reception of information?
#StandforUkraine. The companies we can count on
Presentation of forms of support for Ukraine and Ukrainians provided by employers and companies operating in the Polish market. How to help effectively? What long-term support does the Ukrainian economy need?
The Ukrainian youth in Poland
Young people and children from Ukraine in Poland – their situation, needs, and possibilities of supporting them. The Polish education system in the face of the wave of refugees from Ukraine – the educational programmes offered and staff; resources and financing. How to effectively equalise educational opportunities? Assimilation and integration without pressure – access to Ukrainian culture, and contact with the homeland. The role of local authorities, central administration and NGOs.
Ukrainians in Poland
The wave of refugees from Ukraine in Poland – figures, facts and problems. Basic forms of assistance facilitating adaptation to new conditions – housing, work, healthcare, and education. Temporarily, but for longer; long-term system-wide action. Necessary regulations; available resources and external support; and scenarios for the near future. The Ukrainian minority in Poland – consumers and employees.
Customer-oriented, but responsible and balanced. Efficient logistics – systems, processes, chains, last miles. The evolution of delivery: for tomorrow, for today, for now, or q-commerce. Warehouses around the corner; dark stores are changing the face of cities and e-commerce. Instant payments, but with the option of the later the better. A digital, or convenient, customer path.
Future of retail
The app will predict everything. Payments for later, technology for now. Liveshopping drives online sales – live events a chance for customer interaction and loyalty. Strategies, challenges, lessons learned.
New customers, new models of behaviour, new purchasing needs, and new technologies. Haste and fatigue are the allies of retail. Customers look for low prices – brands promote ethical choices, sustainable manufacturing / organic production, and sustainable materials. Will they meet? What will come after consumerism? The religion of buying is becoming a thing of the past. Recommerce as a growth option even for major players. Repairing and sending back. Will craftsmen and dressmakers be back in favour? Social consequences of the new approach to shopping.
A subscription-based economy
A dynamic trend in the global digital economy – technologies, regulations, billing models, and transaction security. The impact of the subscription-based economy on lifestyles. Easy access to information resources, culture and entertainment, as well as to everyday goods and services. The user influence on the products and services offered; expenditure control; and financial stability of distributors. New areas of expansion of the subscription model – from IT to entertainment and the media, to FMCG, to the automotive industry and luxury goods. The fridge will buy what you need – shopping versus artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.
Energy, green transition, and independence
What is the alternative to fossil fuel imports from Russia? Europe’s resource independence as a stimulus for an acceleration in transition processes. How to ensure common energy security? How to protect the competitiveness of the Polish economy? The new regulatory framework – the European taxonomy, the ‘Fit for 55’ package, ESG standards, EU funding for green investments, possible changes to the EU ETS, national support schemes, and the regulations governing citizen-owned energy and distributed power generation. How to catch up with the transition? The role of the state and the role of private business and individual investors.
Foreign policy – the East
How to support Ukrainians and Belarusians in the short and long term? Poland’s role in the Community’s new eastern policy. How to jointly build a system of international security in the region? What allies do we have? The policy of the EU and the countries of the region towards Russia – isolation, independence from resource imports, and diplomatic action. Support for Ukraine in its efforts to become a member of the EU.
Foreign policy – Europe
Poland and EU Member States in the face of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Common security in the reality of the European war – the aim, the strategy, and practice. The acute political crisis and sanctions as a new important experience for Europe. The EU as a military and economic power – assistance to Ukraine during and after the conflict. A forward-looking vision of Poland’s role in the Community.
The centre and local authorities
Government policy towards local authorities – centralisation of revenues: Is a grant scheme necessary and fair? The idea of self-governance in the strategic concept pursued by the cabinet of the United Right in Poland. Broadening and narrowing the powers of local authorities: Are the attempts to change the education system a symptomatic example? The finances of local authorities – amounts, facts, and interpretations. Aid for refugees from Ukraine – the role of local authorities and co-operation with central administration.
The healthcare system affected by the pandemic – opportunities and challenges
COVID-19 redefines healthcare strategy. The pandemic as a testing ground for the ways all the links of healthcare and social care operate. The planned revolution in hospital treatment and changes in primary healthcare (POZ) and specialist care – an overview of solutions. Funding and allocation of financial resources in the system: Are we drawing conclusions from the pandemic? Health debt in selected fields (oncology, cardiology, neurology): How to eliminate it? Efficient patient care: What does it mean? The Polish healthcare system versus the influx of refugees from Ukraine: Are we prepared?
New technologies in the medical sector
Technological revolution in medicine: Are we prepared for it? Who is the doctor of the future? Artificial intelligence in the medical sector – this is already happening. Algorithms support the diagnostic and therapeutic process. Between statistical and personalised medicine. Information technologies in healthcare from the patients’ perspective – from simple applications to electronic medical records. Medtech and healthtech – new technologies in the hands of medical managers. Technology and efficient management.
The pharmaceutical industry
The position and importance of pharmacy in the innovative economy – the world, Europe, and Poland. Active substances – the faces of medicines safety and health safety during the pandemic and beyond. The manufacture of medicines versus disrupted supply chains. Key conditions for investment development and scientific and research activity in the pharmaceutical industry. FENG – European Funds for a Modern Economy – one of the major programmes financed under the new cohesion policy for 2021–2027. The objectives and available measures. Potential beneficiaries of the FENG in the pharmaceutical sector – the role of co-operation with science. Polish medicine manufacturers on the global pharmaceutical map – today and tomorrow.