Research conducted by the University staff is connected e.g. with:
- the National Plan for Development,
- the Development Strategy for the Wielkopolskie Province by the year 2020,
- Guidelines for the national policy for science, science and technology and innovations by the year 2020,
- governmental programmes for Forest Policy,
- Renewable Energy Sources,
- the UN Convention on biodiversity, etc.
This research activity meets the requirements of the National Programme for Research and R&D, defining priority research areas and directions. Research conducted by the University staff is focused particularly on five strategic programmes proposed in that document for research and R&D activities, i.e. Rational management of water resources for sustainable development of Poland, Innovative foodstuffs of high nutritive and health-promoting value, Competitiveness and innovative character of Polish economy in terms of sustainable development as well as Advanced technologies to generate energy from coal and renewable sources.
At present 151 full professors with their teams realize approx. 800 projects and research tasks annually. These research activities include projects realised within the 6th and the 7th EU Framework Programmes, as well as other EU programmes, projects financed from structural funds, research and development projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the National Centre for Research and Development, research tasks realised within the framework of statutory activity, individual research projects as well as tasks commissioned by external institutions. Results of conducted research are publicised in different forms, as research papers (on average 1 500 publications annually) in renowned international journals, as peer-reviewed Polish journals, including those published by our University, etc. Other forms of dissemination of research results are connected with conferences, symposia, seminars, training sessions, courses organised by the University units, as well as participation in international and national fairs, exhibitions, science festivals and implementation and licence agreements concluded with economic entities.
A considerable proportion of results stems from cooperation with the Agricultural and Forest Experimental Stations belonging to the University. There are five Centres of Excellence operating at the University, i.e.:
- Food Biotechnology
- Training for Forest Business
- Renewable Energy Sources
- Transfer of Innovation and Technology to Furniture Industry
- Education for Renewable Development.
The most important tasks of these Centres are connected with conducting research in terms of both pure and applied science, realisation of projects and research programmes as well as education, services and training activities.