Thematic Streams

KRYNICA FORUM 2022 is an innovative conference that aims to define the directions of political, social and economic development of Poland and Europe in the era of technological revolution. Throughout the three days of meetings, debates and workshops, we will discuss the most current problems and opportunities created by the modern reality, as well as initiate a public discourse on the challenges and possibilities of a future saturated with technologies.  


During KRYNICA FORUM 2022 we will touch upon the issues related to new technologies, climate crisis and new energy sources, new paradigm of international security, post-pandemic economic recovery, digital transformation of society, the future of health and other topics that will shape the dynamically changing world around us. In the heart of Małopolska – in Krynica-Zdrój, we will host politicians of the highest level, prominent intellectuals and academics, technological visionaries, experienced managers and influential publicists, who will jointly reflect on the prospects of a common, better tomorrow. The initiator of KRYNICA FORUM 2022 is the Kosciuszko Institute, which for eight years has been organizing one of the most important and influential conferences dedicated to public policies in the area of cybersecurity.  

The most important topics:

Still a periphery? How the war in Ukraine has changed Poland’s geostrategic situation

Lessons for the Polish Armed Forces after the war in Ukraine 

Russia – fallen superpower or resurgent autocracy? 

Superpower Europe or the playing field of the superpowers? 

How did the Russian invasion of Ukraine change the global balance of power? 

Security and Geopolitics  

The geopolitical developments we have been witnessing over the past few years have significantly affected our sense of security, economic decisions, as well as alliances and relations with other states. The war in Ukraine has highlighted many of the weaknesses in the international system, but also the ability to support our neighbours and increase cooperation, as exemplified by plans for Sweden and Finland to join NATO which will result in the Alliance’s border with Russia more than doubling. In addition, the countries closest to the warzone are increasing their defence spending – Poland plans to spend 3% of its GDP for this purpose.  


In the SECURITY AND GEOPOLITICS stream, we will address a number of issues arising directly from the war in Ukraine and the Kremlin’s behaviour on the international stage. How has the Russian invasion changed the balance of power in Europe? Can Belarus still be pulled away from Russia? How to combat disinformation and threats in the infosphere, not just those created by malicious actors? Finally, is Russia a failed superpower or a resurgent autocracy?  


We will also look at the future of transatlantic relations and the renaissance of NATO, as well as the internal transformation of Europe. How will the position of European states be affected by the enlargement of the North Atlantic Alliance? Does the remilitarisation of Germany mean a new order in Europe? Is Europe a single superpower or a playing field of superpowers? 


Poland’s security is another important component of our agenda. Together with experts, we will talk about strategic challenges for our country: what are some of the lessons learned for the Polish Armed Forces after the war in Ukraine? How to develop the Polish arms industry? And how has the war beyond our eastern border changed Poland’s geostrategic situation?  


The agenda will also include discussions in a more global context: how has the war in Ukraine changed the global balance of power and has it sealed the division between democratic and autocratic countries? Is the Indo-Pacific the new world centre and who is competing for it?  


Join the Krynica Forum to hear more from the invited experts! 

The most important topics:

Like South Korea. Can Poland become a European tiger economy? 

Opportunities for Poland in the regionalisation of supply chains 

The impact of the war in Ukraine on the global economy 

Will the expansion of public finances cause another global economic crisis? 

Space mining – a path to unlimited growth? 

The Economy of Change  

The economy is changing before our eyes – not only as a result of the technological and industrial revolutions, but also social changes and geopolitical turmoil. Since 24 February, more than 5.1 million Ukrainians fleeing the war have crossed the border into Poland, which will define Polish-Ukrainian relations for years to come. In addition, the spectre of a global economic crisis hangs over us, a symptom of which is to be seen in rampant inflation – 8.1 per cent in the Eurozone in May and 13.9 per cent in Poland at the same time. How can we meet the challenges that follow?


In the ECONOMY OF CHANGE stream, we will address a number of topics related to the new global economy: what are the prospects for the next global crisis and what might cause it? How has the war in Ukraine been affecting the global economy? What is the recipe for disrupting supply chains caused by pandemics and war across our eastern border? And who is winning the economic war – the US or China?  


We also cannot forget Poland’s place in this changing landscape, which is why we will talk with our experts about the opportunities and challenges for our country. Can Poland become a European economic tiger? How can Polish companies help rebuild post-war Ukraine? What are the causes of inflation, and can we get out of it? How can accepting refugees affect our socio-economic situation? Can Poland benefit from the regionalisation of supply chains?  


In the ECONOMY OF CHANGE stream, we will also talk about space as a domain that can revolutionise the global economy. Is space mining the path to unlimited growth? What is Poland’s space potential? And what are the limits of the world and humanity?  


Take part in the Krynica Forum to find out the answers to these and many other questions!

The most important topics:

Disengagement from Russia and a new concept for energy security in Europe 

The war in Ukraine and the global hunger crisis 

How does the economy affect climate change and pollution? 

The future of Polish coal 

Water crises in Poland and around the globe 

Energy and Climate  

Russian aggression has exposed the fragility of the EU’s energy security policy. For several years, Poland and other countries in the region, including Ukraine, have signaled to EU leaders the dangers of becoming dependent on a single supplier. At the same time, safe, zero-emission and recently commissioned nuclear power plants were shut down, and the construction of new ones across EU was blocked.


In the absence of a global agreement on climate neutrality, how to reconcile the expectations related to the fear of climate change with the realities of renewable Energy technologies and the economy, ensuring Energy security?

    This thematic stream has been under the patronage of PKN ORLEN

The most important topics:

The state of democracy in the digital age 

The future of information in the post-truth era – how to function in the information noise 

How to resuscitate small-town Poland? 

Is housing a right or a commodity? 

Shorter working week. Hope or illusion? 

The Society of the Future  

Almost every aspect of society is currently undergoing a revolution, driven by increasing digitalisation and technological developments, the war in Ukraine, and the unstable economic and geopolitical situation. We face many threats and challenges that will ultimately shape our society. Information noise and disinformation play a particular role – as many as 75% of Poles encounter fake news at least once a week, but only 54% of us claim to be able to recognise false content. Another problem of Polish society is the problem of housing, as the average price of a flat has risen by as much as 13.6% over the past year alone! Owning a flat is becoming a luxury good for Poles. Should it be a right or a commodity?  


In the SOCIETY OF THE FUTURE track, we will address the problems we need to solve and the challenges posed by the new everyday life. In the context of the technological and digital revolution, together with experts we will address the impact of technology on society: how do we function in the information noise? Are we moving towards an era of surveillance society? In the age of social media, do journalists remain the fourth power? And finally, what is the current state of democracy in the digital age? How can we improve state administration for the 21st century?  


We will also raise the question of the future of Polish society, also in the context of Russian aggression against our neighbour Ukraine. What kind of immigration model should be introduced in Poland? How can refugees from Ukraine alleviate our demographic problems? How to make the Polish-Ukrainian labour market strengthen the development of our countries? We will also talk about the problems of smaller towns in Poland, which are slowly disappearing due to the outflow of population to larger cities and metropolises – can we resuscitate those areas?  


Talking about education and work cannot be missing from our agenda either: how can we restore confidence in learning? How can digital tools be used in education? Is Poland ready for a shorter working week or an unconditional basic income?   


We will try to answer these and many other questions during the Krynica Forum – join us!

The most important topics:

Genetic engineering the dawn of a new era of humanity? 

Patient safety and quality of services – neglected foundations of the health care system 

The future of mental health in Poland 

New medical technologies: telemedicine and AI 

What kind of health care system do we need? 

Health Trends  

The whole world has been dealing with a coronavirus pandemic for more than two years now, which has claimed as many as 6 million lives. However, the pandemic is not the only burden on the health care system. A very serious problem in Poland is the level of psychiatry and the lack of availability of psychiatrists, especially for children. Almost one in ten people under the age of 18 requires psychiatric treatment and unfortunately, in many cases the system is unable to provide adequate help. 


During the HEALTH TRENDS track, we will address many difficult topics, but also challenges and opportunities for the health system. Among other things, we will talk about new technologies in medicine: will genetic engineering be the beginning of a new era for mankind? How to use artificial intelligence in medicine? How can digital technologies improve the system? And finally – who can benefit in medical advances that are often associated with hyper-expensive treatments or long queues?  


We will also talk about the humanisation of medicine and the approach to the patient and the people who make up the health care system. Is the patient an object or a subject? What challenges do people with disabilities face? How do we combat professional burnout in both doctors and patients?  


Finally, together with our guests we will face the challenges of the Polish health care system. How to ensure patient safety and higher quality of services? What changes will the generational replacement in patient care bring? Should vaccinations be compulsory or skilfully promoted? What is the future of our system after the pandemic?  


Join the Krynica Forum and participate in discussions on the future of health care.