Bearing in mind that a challenge for the Pomeranian region in the coming years will be the development of a new economic sector associated with offshore wind energy, the Centre for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography organized on 17 March 2022 at the Faculty of Chemistry the first in a series meeting entitled “The University of Gdansk educates personnel for offshore wind energy” with representatives of science and business.

The participants were welcomed by Prof Krzysztof Bielawski, Vice-Rector for Innovation and Liaison with Business and the Community and Waldemar Surosz, PhD, DSc, Prof of the UG – Dean of the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography.

The main point of the meeting was to present the offer of the University of Gdansk. Sylwia Mrozowska, PhD, DSc, Prof of the UG, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development presented information about the Coordinating Council for Offshore Wind Energy. Aleksandra Dudkowska, PhD, Head of the Division of Physical Oceanography at the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, and Jakub Idczak, PhD, from the Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Laboratory made a presentation of the Faculty’s offer and research potential in the field of physical oceanography. Subsequently, Dorota Pyć, PhD, DSc, Prof of the UG, Head of the Department of Maritime Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration and coordinator of the “Education for Sustainable Development” program at the Center for Sustainable Development, presented the postgraduate course “Education for sustainable development: Offshore wind power industry”.

In the second part of the meeting, focus groups were conducted with business representatives. The research was focused on the question:  “what knowledge, skills, competencies in physical oceanography are needed in the marine economy?”. The discussion was hosted by Elżbieta Czapka, PhD, sociologist, coordinator of the International Cooperation Programme at the UG Centre for Sustainable Development.