As Canada’s largest trading partner in Central and Eastern Europe, Poland presents a key strategic opportunity for WIN and Canadian researchers in connecting with Eastern European markets and research. In 2021, bilateral trade between Canada and Poland reached a record high of CAD $3.1 billon, further solidifying the longstanding and stable political and economic relationship between the two counties.

With plans of increasing government expenditure on research and development, Poland and the University of Warsaw are poised to increase their presence as a STEM hub. In 2019 alone, gross domestic expenditure on R&D increased 18.1% over the previous year, showcasing Poland’s drive for ensuring their presence as leaders in STEM research in Central and Eastern Europe.