Lots of awards at IWIS 2019

Special award “The best domestic invention”, 4 platinum, 4 gold, 1 silver, and 4 bronze medals were awarded at the first joint presentation of the Łukasiewicz Research Network at the International Warsaw Invention Show 2019. The jury appreciated the innovation track record of over 80 scientists from nine Łukasiewicz institutes. Łukasiewicz – PIAP Institute was awarded the largest number of medals.

The International Warsaw Invention Show (IWIS), organized by the Association of Polish Inventors and Rationalizers (SPWiR), is the largest international event in Poland to promote inventiveness and innovations. Achievements of inventors from over 25 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Egypt, Iran, Canada, Malaysia, Korea, Turkey, Romania, Taiwan, and Poland, can be seen each year at the show. The Łukasiewicz brand appeared for the first time among such noteworthy exhibitors.

Innovations presented by inventors at IWIS include technical advancements that have been put into practice or are still waiting to be transferred to real-world applications. Key objectives of the show include presentation of scientific achievements of Polish scientists and inventors together with foreign solutions, and providing the inventors with opportunities to establish contacts with potential investors, which directly corresponds to Łukasiewicz’s mission and strategic objectives.

– The Łukasiewicz institutes have already competed with each other at IWIS a number of times. This year they appeared under a common brand, which was certainly noted by other exhibitors and guests during the show. Foreign guests were apparently interested in the new brand on the global innovations market. Most visitors considered the brand as having a great market potential, said Prof. Michał Szota, DSc Eng., the head of the Association of Polish Inventors and Rationalizers, which staged the IWIS show.


Best Polish invention

The central moment of the show, the award ceremony, took place 16 October at the Small Hall of the Warsaw University of Technology. The IWIS 2019 award for the best Polish invention, SPWiR’s Special Award “The Best Domestic Invention”, was won by Łukasiewicz – Institute of Precision Mechanics for “The use of cylindrical magnetron in hybrid nitriding and PVD processes” by Marek Betiuk, EngD, and Zbigniew Łataś.


13 medals for 9 institutes

As usual, IWIS 2019 awards were given in 12 categories, from ecology and environmental protection, mechanical engineering, construction, electronics and the textile and chemical industries to innovative solutions in medicine.

Platinum medals for best inventions in each category were awarded to:

  • Łukasiewicz – Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibres (IBWCh) for “A fibrous mat to remove hydrocarbon contaminants” by a team made up by: Krystyna Wrześniewska-Tosik, DSc, Prof. at Łukasiewicz IBWCh; Tomasz Mik, MSc Eng.; Michalina Pałczyńska; Ewa Wesołowska, DSc; Tomasz Kowalewski, MSc Eng.; Dariusz Dębiec.
  • Łukasiewicz – Institute of Industrial Agricultural Machinery (PIMR) for “A range of active hay rakes with gatherers and conveyor belts and a mechatronic system to control working components and record the volume of the crop” by a team made up by: Jan Szczepaniak, DSc Eng., Prof. at PIMR; Tomasz Szulc, MSc Eng.; Marek Szychta, MSc Eng.; Michał Zawada, MSc Eng.; Rafał Kamprowski, MSc Eng.; Jacek Wojciechowski, EngD; Roman Rogacki, MSc Eng.; Antoni Stolarski, Eng.; Radosław Sokołowski, MSc Eng.; Andrzej Panasiuk, MSc Eng.; Tadeusz Pawłowski, DSc Eng., Prof. at PIMR;  Adrian Smela, MSc Eng.; Marcin Szczepaniak, MSc Eng.; Maciej Ciechanowski, MSc Eng.
  • Łukasiewicz – Institute of Leather Industry for „BAMSHOES – healthy, comfortable and durable children’s footwear” by Katarzyna Ławińska, EngD and a team made up by: Wioleta Serweta, DSc; Dorota Gendaszewska, EngD; Izabella Jaruga, MSc Eng.; Katarzyna Sieczyńska, MSc; Sebastian Decka, MSc Eng.; Dominik Woźnicki, MSc Eng.; Nataliia Popovych, DSc.
  • Łukasiewicz – Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP for “The Autonomous Combat Air Defence System ASBOP – PERKUN” by a team made up by: Adam Aftyka, MSc Eng.; Adam Andrzejuk, MSc Eng.; Rafał Czupryniak, MSc Eng.; Łukasz Dudek, MSc Eng.; Sławomir Kapelko, MSc Eng.; Piotr Kociel, MSc Eng.; Sebastian Pawłowski, MSc Eng.; Janusz Noga; Mirosław Iwaćkowski; Paweł Zawada; Michał Jasiński; Mariusz Lubaszka.

Gold medals were awarded to:

  • Łukasiewicz – Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology for “Luminescent zirconium diboride-based ceramic composite and its manufacturing process” by a team made up by: Annamaria Naughton-Duszova, EngD; Aleksandra Dubiel, EngD; Jolanta Laszkiewicz-Łukasik, EngD; Marcin Podsiadło, MSc Eng.
  • Łukasiewicz – Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP for “A Remotely Controlled Portable Tyre Puncturing Device (R-TPD)” by a team made up by: Adam Wołoszczuk, MSc Eng.; Mateusz Maciaś, MSc Eng.; Jakub Główka, MSc Eng.; Agnieszka Sprońska, MSc.
  • Łukasiewicz – Institute of Precision Mechanics for “The use of cylindrical magnetron in hybrid nitriding and PVD processes” by Marek Betiuk, EngD, and Zbigniew Łataś, and “A composite alloy coating Ni-B/B” by a team made up by: Anna Mazurek, MSc Eng.; Grzegorz Cieślak, MSc Eng.; Anna Gajewska-Midziałek, EngD; Katarzyna Skroban, MSc Eng.; Prof. Maria Trzaska, DSc.; Wojciech Bartoszek MSc Eng.

The silver medal was awarded to:

  • Łukasiewicz – Institute of Electronic Materials Technology for “A graphene magnetic field sensor for extreme temperatures” by Tymoteusz Ciuk, EngD.

Bronze medals were awarded to:

  • Łukasiewicz – Institute of Electrical Drives and Machines KOMEL for “The innovative cooling system of the stator winding of the electric machine as an integral part of wheel hub motors of electric cars” by a team made up by: Piotr Dukalski, MSc Eng.; Bartłomiej Będkowski, EngD; Prof. Tadeusz Glinka, EngD, and also for “A storage battery module” by a team made up by: Emil Król, MSc Eng.; Marcin Maciążek, DSc Eng.; Prof. Tadeusz Glinka, EngD.
  • Łukasiewicz – Institute of Mechanised Construction and Rock Mining for “An innovative system and method of dosing fuel in a pressure combustion chamber of turbine drives” by a team made up by: Robert Podgórzak; Włodzimierz Marczenko; Stefan Góralczyk, DSc; Vitalii Luzianov; Tomasz Golec.
  • Łukasiewicz – Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP for “A hybrid method of rapid reconstruction or manufacturing of custom machine parts for modern production lines” by Maciej Cader, EngD.
About IWIS 2019

– The IWIS show is a regular item in the calendar of the International Federation of Inventors Associations, joined by organisations from 104 countries. Recent solutions from over 20 countries were presented in Warsaw. IWIS also serves as a forum for sharing experiences and establishing international co-operation, and industry representatives who visit the show are interested in bringing some most promising solutions to the marketplace. Over 20,000 visitors in three days – this means that IWIS has gained a reputation, said Prof. Michał Szota, DSc Eng., head of SPWiR.


About Łukasiewicz Research Network

The Łukasiewicz Research Network project has a significant commercial potential. It provides desirable, complete and competitive business solutions in automation, chemistry, biomedicine, data communications, materials technology, and advanced manufacturing. The network employs about 8,000 people, includes 38 research institutes located in 11 Polish cities, and is the third largest research network in Europe. Łukasiewicz is the part of the scientific world that promotes entrepreneurship and supports development of Polish companies. Working in line with Science to Business principles, the network meets entrepreneurs and offers them solutions to help improve business operations and create technologies that will change the future. Łukasiewicz realizes Polish aspirations to work hand in hand with European and global leaders.


In the main photograph: Andrzej Pachuta, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography, Warsaw University of Technology; Małgorzata Korbecka-Pachuta, Łukasiewicz – PIAP Institute; and Piotr Koza, Head of Research Department, Łukasiewicz Research Network.