Summer School – POLlution in the Coastal Areas

WHERE: Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station of the University of Gdańsk (Poland)

WHEN: 14 June 2023 – 21 June 2023







POLCA is …

  • free admission
  • international – lectures and workshops in English
  • professional – lectures by outstanding scientists and experts
  • practical – practical classes on the r/v Oceanograf, in the field (shoreline and coastal rivers), in the laboratory and Virtual Reality training
  • open – for international students of the last three semesters of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences
    or equivalent
  • informal – lectures in the form of discussion sessions, nobody is judged, friendly atmosphere
  • integrating – various integrating activities: workshops, practical classes, group work, panel discussions, and educational trips.

from problem identification to solution …

Students will work in 6-person interdisciplinary teams, supervised by academic teachers from the University of Gdańsk. The task of each team will be to find the solution for the presented complex problem related to pollution in coastal areas of the Gulf of Gdansk and present the results of the developed solution at the end of the course. The information necessary to solve the problem students will obtain during lectures and practical classes on the r/v Oceanograf, in the field (shoreline and coastal rivers), in the laboratory, and in Virtual Reality training.

The activities of the POLCA Summer School were divided into four thematically and methodically related Modules:

MODULE I – „Introduction, theory, and integration” – two days (15 h) of intensive learning, integration, and preparation for practical classes, including 4 Lectures, Integration Workshops (team building and teamwork), and two Virtual Preparatory Training: 1 – Virtual tour of the research vessel Oceanograf; 2 – Health and safety onboard an Oceanograf research vessel (The virtual training 1 and 2 have been prepared using the innovative technology – Virtual Reality 360°)

MODULE II – „Practical classes” – three days (24 h) of intensive practical tasks on the Oceanograf* research vessel, in the field (shoreline and coastal rivers), and in the laboratory (Marine Station in Hel).

MODULE III – The culture and heritage of the region – a one-day (8 h) field trip to the Słowiński National Park with workshops in the field and a guided tour of the Park.

MODULE IV – „Problem-based learning” – two days (13 h) of group work, developing results and conclusions, preparing presentations for the mini-conference.

* Oceanograf is a modern research vessel of the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography of the University of Gdańsk. Its purpose is to conduct interdisciplinary research regarding the environment and nature of the Baltic Sea – biological, chemical, physical, and geological, and conduct practical classes.
The total length of the vessel is 49.50 m. Onboard, there are all the necessary equipment for testing and 4 laboratories: a wet laboratory, measurement laboratory, aseptic laboratory, and thermostatistic laboratory.

More information about the „Oceanograf” research vessel: