Working with industry
Alongside leading academics, members of the CEAS work with key global organisations, actively participating and contributing to international conferences for both research and consultancy. These organisations include:
- The Department for International Development
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- World Bank
- United Nations (UN)
- World Bank
- European Commission
- Burren Energy
- Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice
Some of the flagship events that the CEAS led were a series of conferences on ‘Caspian Region: Present and Future’ in 2003, which attracted significant industry participation. The themes of local content, sustainable development and social issues and renewable energy were selected to spark discussion between industry experts, government and academia. Industry experts from Amec Upstream Oil and Gas, BG Group, Chevron Texaco, PFC Energy, Shell E&P International and Statoil debated these issues with speakers from a range of interested parties that included Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Fitch Ratings, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Human Rights Watch, as well as government and academic speakers.
Similarly, in June 2005, the CEAS hosted the Hydrocarbon Wealth conference, with private sector speakers from Burren Energy, Foster Wheeler Energy, Shell International E&P, BP Gas and Power and Wood Mackenzie. Also in attendance were the Ambassadors of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and experts from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, as well as several distinguished academics.
Currently the CEAS is developing informal co-operation with the University of Economics in Katowice, one out of five only state economic universities in Poland and the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice. The institutions of the business environment, such as the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice, bring businesses together, promote and develop entrepreneurship in the region, as well as in the whole country, contributing to the creation of business co-operation networks.
Katowice is a capital city of Silesia, a large coal and steel region, the seat of the special economic zone, the home of the second-largest business centre in Poland, and one of the most dynamically developing cities in Europe. The Silesian province is one of the most prosperous regions in Poland, with a significant capacity of labour force. It is an important R&D innovation centre in terms units, personnel and expenditures, as well as well-renowned educational institutions. The activity of the Special Economic Zone, coupled with the rich human potential, a strong industrial base, relatively good infrastructure and an attractive location, attracts many foreign investors, including multinational corporations. The region is currently undergoing the process of transformation from an industrial region, where traditional coal mining and steelworks dominated, to a modern and innovative regional economy, smoothly adapting to the changing environment and undertaking the challenges such as globalisation and digitalisation.