REDIS – Restructuring Districts into Science Quarters
Along with the creation of Białystok Science and Technology Park, the city of Białystok participated in REDIS – Restructuring Districts into Science Quarters project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the URBACT II, a programme which supports the development of cities.
The project concerned restructuring urban areas in the field of science; it focused on the development of cities by means of promoting science and entrepreneurship. The project was initiated by the city of Magdeburg, with partnership of the following cities: Aarhus (Denmark), Halle/Saale (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Piraeus (Greece), Manresa (Spain), Newcastle (Great Britain) and Białystok.
The aim of the project was to examine the efficiency of various ways of restructuring urban areas so that they may become spaces for scientific activity, as well as to develop general guidelines for all the European cities. Such guidelines would become a database of information necessary for planning and development of similar processes. Therefore, the project served as a platform for cooperation in terms of exchange of information and experiences between European cities, engaged in the processes of creation of scientific fields.