About Us

The Łukasiewicz Research Network is a unique project of great commercial potential. We are an integrated market player providing attractive, comprehensive and competitive business solutions in the fields of automation, chemicals, biomedicine, ICT, materials, and advanced manufacturing. With 8,000 staff and 38 research institutes located in 11 cities across Poland, we are the third largest research network in Europe.

We are that part of the scientific community who work to promote business and support the development of Polish companies. Operating in line with the Science is Business model, we network with business owners and offer solutions designed to help them enhance business operations and build game-changing technologies.

Łukasiewicz is a realisation of Poland’s aspiration to work with European and global leaders. With the Łukasiewicz network, we have taken research to an entirely new, global level, increasing the chances of our Clients to secure international grants and acquire foreign business partners.

We are working within Research Groups made of secialists and experts from across our institutes. The Groups’ objectives are to work out the project portfolio, exchange of experience and networking. We invite you to learn more about each of ŁUKASIEWICZ Research Group’s projects.

You are invited to join us.

Piotr Dardziński

Piotr Dardziński

President of Łukasiewicz Research Network

Piotr Dardziński was previously appointed as the Secretary of the State at the Ministry for Science and Higher Education responsible for the science-business cooperation. He supervised the government agencies: The Nation Center for Research and Development, The National Agency for Academic Exchange and the National Information Processing Institute. As a member of the Innovation Team, he supervised inter-ministerial works on the first and second innovation act, which resulted in rising R&D tax breaks from 30% up to 100% or 150%. The new laws significantly improved R&D expenditures in Poland. One of them was recognized by the organization “Employers of Poland” as the best tax deregulation law. Both of the acts are considered mile stones in eliminating barriers in terms of cooperation between scientists and entrepreneurs.

Piotr Dardziński is also the creator of a revolutionary law about Applied PhDs, which offers an opportunity to pursue scientific and business career at the same time. It has already resulted in a thousand of young scientists preparing PhDs in polish companies.

As the Governments Plenipotentiary for the reform of the research institutes, Piotr Dardziński developed a new concept of their functioning and then carried out the process of creating the Łukasiewicz Research Network.

He graduated with honors from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University and studied at the University of Hamburg. He was a member of the management board of the Jagiellonian Club and an expert of the Center for Analyzes of the Jagiellonian Club. He defended his PhD in economic doctrines at the Jagiellonian University, at the Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations, in the Department of History of Political and Legal Doctrines. He was a scholarship holder at the University of Friborg in Switzerland. He is a graduate of the prestigious managerial program at IESE Business School in Barcelona and is a lecturer at the Jagiellonian University since 1998.

Marcin Kraska

Marcin Kraska

Vice President of Łukasiewicz Research Network for Research and Development

Manager and scientist with over 14 years of experience in management, including at an R&D facility. Doctor of Economic Sciences (Poznań University of Economics).

Prior to joining Centrum Łukasiewicz, Mr Kraska held the position of Director of the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing, where he also served as Head of the Centre for E-Economy. Member of the organisational team behind the formation of the Łukasiewicz Research Network.

Expert in research, development and management of national and international e-economy projects. For years, Mr Kraska has been actively involved in the development of e-government in Poland and the European Union. As a leader, he managed the implementation of a pilot version of the Single Point of Contact project in Poland (biznes.gov.pl), and cross-border digital public services projects within the EU’s Large Scale Pilot; also co-authored proposals to simplify the law and optimise processes to remove barriers to the digitisation of public services. Business leader of the Digital Public Services stream and the Portal of the Republic of Poland as part of the ‘From paper to digital Poland’ Programme.

Previously worked in the banking sector, with a focus on credit risk management. Co-author of the first two books on credit scoring published in Poland.

Author of over 50 publications, including articles, studies and books on e-economy and banking. Co-author of feasibility studies and financial analyses. Intern at the University of Bordeaux and the University of Geneva.

Michał Janasik

Michał Janasik

Vice President of Łukasiewicz Research Network

Michał Janasik was previously a deputy director of the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal in Zabrze, one of the most resilient and market-oriented research institutes in Poland for almost 10 years. His responsibilities included management of finance, accounting, public procurement, repairs and maintenance of utility and research infrastructure, public procurement and commercialization of research equipment resulting from research and development (including the remuneration incentive program for employees commercializing the results of their R&D works). He was also responsible for development and production of research equipment being manufactured by ICHPW and marketing and sale of this equipment as well.

Michał Janasik was a member of an informal group of experts at the NCBiR advising on simplifying and adjusting the reporting and settlement methods of research and investment projects in the R&D sphere in the Innovative Economy Operational Program and later in the Innovative Development Operational Program to the beneficiaries’ needs. He actively co-founded the Polish KIC Innoenergy structures – the Knowledge and Excellence node financed by the European Institute of Technology (European Commission Agency) financing research on innovative methods of energy production and storage. As partner in direct cooperation at the level of research institutes, he advised on billing and reporting of research and investment projects carried out at research institutes.

As a market-oriented expert combining many years of experience in the industry with a fresh approach to pro-market organization and conducting research appropriate for the young generation of Polish R&D managers, Michał Janasik advised the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in creating the guidelines for the Research Network: Łukasiewicz.

He graduated from the Faculty of Finance and Banking at the University of Economics (current University of Economics) in Katowice, where in 1999 at the age of 23 he graduated with distinction from master’s studies in finance and investment. He is a graduate of the prestigious business program for science managers implemented in Barcelona by ESADE Business School – the leading Spanish Business School. He is fluent in English in the field of business, he also speaks German and Russian.