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Polpharma – a partner of the E(X)Plory scientific competition

Polpharma was once again a partner of the E(X)Plory scientific competition, whose national final was held on 20 October in Gdynia. This is the largest competition in Poland which enables young scientists aged 13–20 to create and develop innovative projects, extend their knowledge and exchange experiences with others, also abroad.

This year, over 200 projects were submitted to the competition from all over Poland, and the authors of the best 140 projects presented their work at the E(x)plory Regional Scientific Festivals which took place in Szczecin, Wrocław, Warsaw, Toruń and Podzamcze near Kielce. The final featured 33 projects.The winners were selected by a jury consisting of 20 respected experts representing renowned scientific institutions and innovative companies. These included Wojciech Kuźmierkiewicz, president of the Polpharma Scientific Foundation.

The winners of this year's E(x)plory Scientific Competition were Jakub Jędrzejewski and Michał Zwierz, students at the Technical High School in Ostrów Wielkopolski, who constructed an electric powered microwave engine. They received a grant of PLN 10,000 and will go to the Intel ISEF competition in the USA.

Second place went to Michał Paszkowski of the Zbigniew Herbert Public Secondary School no. 7 in Bełchatów for his project "Pearfect – interpreted programming language for Windows, Linux and macOS platforms". The third prize was won by the duo Oliwia Krzemień and Bartosz Biesiadecki of the Adam Mickiewicz High School no. 6 in Kraków, for their idea "Identification of leukocyte esterase in urine for early diagnosis of urinary tract infections in children and infants”.

Polpharma also decided to present its own special awards – two grants of PLN 3,000. These went to Zuzanna Dróżdż of High School no. 1 in Zduńska Wola for the social project “Don't Take Your Heart to Heaven,” and the team of Krzysztof Andrulonis, Magdalena Kubrak and Jakub Lamorski for their idea “Chemanalyse – your application for chemistry laboratory assignments”.

The National Final of the competition was one of the elements of Gdynia E(x)plory Week – a four day celebration of science and innovation with an extensive programme of workshops, scientific demonstrations and panel discussions aimed at science buffs. The programme for the occasion included demonstrations carried out by employees of Polpharma's Research and Development Department.

The event organised by the Advanced Technology Foundation attracted enormous interest among children, pupils, teachers and students, as well as representatives of start-ups, innovative companies and local and central government. Over 4,200 people from Poland and the rest of Europe took part in this year's Gdynia E(x)plory Week.