Training School in Gdańsk (Poland) – “Coastal zone management out of geological perspective”

From 13. August 2019

Rozewie-Headland © Marcin Olkowicz, 2018.

When: October 1-2, 2019
Where: Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, Marine Geology Branch, Kościerska 5 st. 80-328, Gdańsk, Poland
Local Organiser: Grzegorz Uścinowicz, Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, Marine Geology Branch,
Application Deadline: 6 September 2019

Please view the program TS Gdansk Program.

Changes in the coastal zone are caused by various factors, among which the main place should be attributed to the diversity of geological conditions, both inland and offshore part of the coast and their derivative — geomorphology and topography. These natural processes shaping the coasts are common in the case of epicontinental seas such as the Baltic Sea. Especially the coastal zone of the southern Baltic, from Germany in the west to Latvia and even some parts of Estonia and Russia (Gulf of Finland) in the east is ex-posed to intense erosional changes. Simultaneously, coastal areas have always been im-portant for economic and social reasons. They are subject to pressure from settlements and (still) are an important part of socio-economic development. Therefore, the study of natural processes related to the geological conditions of the coast is becoming a growing challenge in the development and management of the coastal zone.

This proposed training school will focus on three specific topics:
1. Discussion of economic management and adaptation to the development of the coastal zone due to the occurrence of geohazards
2. Methods of coastal protection of different type of coast and its pros and cons out of geological perspective
3. Seabed resources management in the near shore areas

Grzegorz Uścinowicz, Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, Marine Geology Branch, Poland
Daria Ryabchuk, A.P.Karpinsky Russian Research Geological Institute (VSEGEI): Russia
Sytze van Heteren, Geological Survey of the Netherlands
Piotr Szmytkiewicz, Institute of Hydro-Engineering of Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Grzegorz Różyński, Institute of Hydro-Engineering of Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Practical Activities:
Lectures on coastal zone management out of geological perspective
Field trip: practical examples of geological conditions and related processes on the different type of coast (barrier and cliffs)
Get-2-Gether events

Travel Information:
Gdańsk is well connected to numerous European cities.
By air
International flights to many European capitals and regional destinations are operated by regular and budget airlines. Lech Wałęsa airport is in Rębiechowo, 14km west of Gdańsk. You can get to/from airport by city bus lines, local train and taxi.
By train
The main train station – Gdańsk Główny is located in the vicinity of the Old Town.
Gdańsk has the rail connections to all main cities of Poland: Warsaw (~ 3,5 h), Poznań, (~ 3 h), Kraków (~ 5,5 h), Szczecin (~ 6 h), Wrocław (~ 6 h), Toruń (~ 3h)
By car
Gdańsk is located at the crossroads of important national and international roads – the A1 motorway, leading to the south, the national road No. 7, runs through Warsaw and Krakow and the national road No. 6, leading to the western border in Kołbaskowo. This facilitates access to the city from all parts of the country.
By ferry
Ferry connection operates car ferries from Gdańsk Nowy Port to Nynäshamn (Sweden) and from Gdynia (20 km north of Gdańsk) to Karlskrona (Sweden).

Practical Information:
Poland is a member of the European Union common border and customs area, the Schengen Zone, hence, the citizens of EU countries do not need visas to enter/exit Poland and may stay for an indefinite period. Non-European Union nationalities should check visa requirements with the Polish embassy or consulate in their home country.

Trainees Eligible to Apply for Grants:
Trainees must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or post-doctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or le-gal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. There is funding available for a number of trainees to attend this event – up to a maximum of 300 EURO for Poland attendees and 500 EURO for attendees from other countries.
1. Trainees from COST Full Members / COST Cooperating Member.
2. Trainees from Approved NNC institutions.
3. Trainees from Approved European RTD Organisations.

If you would like to attend, please contact the organiser (Grzegorz Uścinowicz: by September 6, 2019 submitting a short CV, a paragraph about why you want to attend underlining how it might benefit you (no more than 5-6 lines).