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PROFIT project inauguration, Press conference

Press conference on the occasion of the PROFIT project inauguration

Date: 2004-05-19




The Institute of Sociology of the University of Lodz announces the press conference on the occasion of the inauguration of the PROFIT project. The project is funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union.


On 21 – 22 May 2004 the meeting inaugurating the work of the PROFIT consortium will take place.

The consortium is composed of research institutions from 8 European countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Italy and Great Britain).

The University of Lodz is the coordinating institution. Both, project's lead coordinator, prof. Wielislawa Warzywoda-Kruszynska, and the vice-coordinator, prof. Ewa Rokicka, represent the Institute of Sociology, University of Lodz.

Contact telephone number: 635-52-52.

The press conference with representatives of foreign universities will take place:

ON 21 MAY 2004 (FRIDAY) AT 11.00



What is unique about the PROFIT project?

- It is the only project whose coordination has been entrusted by the European Commission to a university from the Central-Eastern Europe – the University of Lodz. This is a credit to high scientific qualifications of the sociologists' from this university, proved by the earlier international achievements, as well as a sign of confidence in the UL as the institution responsible for administering the project finances.

The amount assigned by the European Commission to the project is almost a million euro. Except for the offset programme, this has been the highest grant won by the Lodz University so far.

What does PROFIT stand for?

PROFIT is the acronym of: Policy Responses Overcoming Factors in the Intergenerational Transmission the of Inequalities - the title indicates that the project results are intended to bring profit for young people.

The subject matter of the project comes under Priority 7 of the 6th Framework Programme – Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society within Research Area 2: Opportunities and choices for the development of a knowledge-based society.

The aim of the 3-year project is to implement complex and multidimensional comparative research on the intergenerational inheritance of social inequalities in participating countries.

The results of these investigations should give answers to the questions about the most effective ways of preventing reproduction of social inequalities. The project targets at such solutions which in future could be adopted by the EU member states in their social policies.

The EU Framework Programmes are the main instruments of financing scientific research in Europe. Scientific research and technological development are recognised by the European Community as one of the key elements of a modern state functioning. It is generally considered that the condition of the citizens' well-being is the effectiveness, the quality and the pertinence of scientific research. Since 1984 the instruments of practical implementation of these ideas have been the Framework Programmes.

The budget of the Sixth Framework Programme, planned for 2002-2006 is 17.5 billion euro. The additional aim, realized within the 6th FP is creating the European Research Area –  the platform for international research cooperation. The fundamental principle in the EU research programmes is the necessity of creating international research consortia of scientific teams from various member or candidate states. This is related to the fact that no country alone has the possibility today of independent financing of large scale, advanced scientific investigations.

Within the FP 6, 7 thematic priorities were distinguished relating to the following areas of knowledge: life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health, information society technologies, nanotechnology and nanosciences, aeronautics and space, food quality and safety, sustainable development, global change and ecosystems and citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society.


Jadwiga Janik, spokesman for the University of Lodz