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.