The IWIS is one of the biggest invention fairs in Central and Eastern Europe. It has the patronage of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This year the show has special status because of the Polish Presidency of the EU so it has a broad scope to include and involve students, the public and scientists in the promotion of technology and inventions especially for new EU member nations. This year's show also has a special note for it is the Year of Chemistry and Marie-Curie. For this purpose a special chemistry innovation contest is being organized with the program of the fair.