Conference ‘Competencies for Offshore Wind’

Date: May 17, 2023

Reception: 09.00 - 09.30

Conference: 09.30 - 15.00

Venue: Gdynia Maritime University

Language: English and Polish

Fee: free of charge


About the Conference

The attainment of global, European and Polish offshore wind ambitions is largely conditioned by the availability of qualified personnel. The offshore wind sector in Europe will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the next decade.  Also in Polish offshore wind thousands of jobs from a wide spectrum professions will be available in the oncoming years.

  • Will relevant professionals be available in the job market?
  • How can Poland benefit from the international experience in developing competencies for offshore wind?
  • Is the education system ready to provide adequate competencies for the dynamic sector?

These compelling questions will be addressed during the ‘Competencies for Offshore Wind’ conference. The conference will serve as a discussion forum for the offshore wind and education communities on the provision of qualified personnel for the long-term development of the offshore wind sector.

Honorary patronage


Rector of Gdynia Maritime University, Professor Adam Weintrit,
DSc, Phd, FRIN, FNI, Master Mariner



  PTMEW  Linked by Offshore Wind Pomorskie Centrum Kompetencji Morskiej Energrtyki Odnawialnej  Baltic Wind  


The ‘Competencies for Offshore Wind’ conference will be attended by representatives of offshore wind industry, local authorities, universities, training centres, vocational schools and other stakeholders. As the competency challenge is faced by offshore wind worldwide, we expect the outcomes of the conference, including good practices of sector and academic leaders, to constitute a significant voice in this debate.


09.00 – 09.30



09.30 – 11.00

Plenary session I (ENG)

09.30 – 09.45

Opening session


09.45 – 9.55

German experience in developing competencies for offshore wind sector

Steffen Schleicher, Cluster Manager Innovation & Conference, WAB

9.55 – 10.05

Danish experience in developing competencies for offshore wind sector

Flemming Østergaard, Head of Business and Applied Science, EASV

10.05 – 10.15

Vocational training and education in offshore wind. The Dutch approach and the European perspective

Stieneke Boerma, Project Manager, Noorderpoort College

10.15 – 11.00

Discussion panel: What can Polish educational sector learn from the international experience

Moderator: Andrzej Popadiuk, Director, Gdynia Maritime University, Offshore Wind Energy Centre

Steffen Schleicher, WAB

Flemming Østergaard, EASV

Stieneke Boerma, Norderpoort College

11.00 – 11.20

Cofffee break

11.20 – 12.50


11.20 – 12.50

1. Szkolnictwo zawodowe (PL)
Partner sesji - Pomorskie Centrum Kompetencji Morskiej Energetyki Odnawialnej

11.20 – 11.30

Pomorskie Centrum Kompetencji MEO – rola samorządu

Agnieszka Rodak, Pomorskie Centrum Kompetencji Morskiej Energetyki Odnawialnej

11.30 – 11.40

Jak budować współpracę przemysłu z instytucjami edukacyjnymi

Łukasz Kneba, EDUOffshoreWind

11.40 – 11.50

Jakich umiejętności potrzebuje morska energetyka wiatrowa

Michał Sękal, Equinor, Leader O&M Base

11.50 – 12.50

Panel dyskusyjny

Moderator: Paweł Wróbel,

Michał Sękal, Equinor, Leader O&M Base

Wojciech Władziński, Dyrektor Zespołu Szkół Łączności w Gdańsku

Agnieszka Rodak, Pomorskie Centrum Kompetencji Morskiej Energetyki Odnawialnej

Karolina Michalak, Koordynator ds. Rekrutacji i Szkoleń, CRIST S.A.

Łukasz Kneba, EDUOffshoreWind

11.20 – 12.50

2. University education (ENG)

11.20 – 11.35

New fields of studies for the new industry. Our case study

Justyna Molenda PhD Eng, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Marine Egineering, Gdynia Maritime University

11.35 – 11.50

Maritime University of Szczecin focuses on international standards and students' practical skills for Polish offshore wind

Kamil Kielek, Director of MUSTC Academic Training Center, Maritime University of Szczecin

11.50 – 12.50

Discussion panel

Moderator: Janusz Czajkowski, Head of Offshore Wind Poland, Ramboll

Justyna Molenda, Gdynia Maritime University

Flemming Østergaard, EASV

Kamil Kielek, Maritime University of Szczecin

Paweł Przybylski, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

11.20 – 12.50

3. Postgraduate and specialist education (ENG)

11.20 – 11.30

Teaching offshore wind energy specialists internationally

Hendrik Goos, Course Coordinator, De Oude Bibliotheek (online)

11.30 – 11.40

Continuous training courses for offshore energy specialists in France

Prof. Franck Schoefs, Universite de Nantes (online)

11.40 – 11.50

Education for sustainable development: offshore wind energy

Prof. Dorota Pyć, Centre for the Maritime Economy Studies, University of Gdansk

11.50 – 12.50

Discussion panel

Moderator: Tomasz Harackiewicz, PhD, Deputy Director Offshore Wind Energy Centre, Gdynia Maritime University

Hendrik Goos, De Oude Bibliotheek

Prof. Franck Schoefs, Universite de Nantes

Prof. Dorota Pyć, University of Gdańsk

Joanna Rybicka-Gornowicz, RWE Renewables, Senior Stakeholder
& Communication Manager

12.50 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Plenary session II (ENG)

13.30 – 13.40

Summary of parallel  sessions

Moderators of parallel sessions

13.40 – 14.05

Key competencies for OWE in Poland

Offshore Sector Deal Working Group on Human Resource and Educational Systems Development

14.10 – 14.55

Discussion panel: Key challenges for the Polish education sector

Moderator: Jakub Budzyński, Vice-President, Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society

Prof. Sambor Guze, Deputy Rector for Education, Gdynia Maritime University

Prof. Mariusz Kaczmarek, Vice-Rector for Education, Gdańsk University of Technology

Karolina Lipińska, PhD, Deputy Director, Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship

14.55 – 15.00

Closing remarks

Andrzej Popadiuk, Gdynia Maritime University, Offshore Wind Energy Centre


The conference will be conducted in English and in Polish.

Additional events 15.30 - 16.00

After the conference you are welcome to join one of two accompanying events:

a) Presentation at the Antoni Ledóchowski Planetarium
Antoni Ledóchowski Planetarium | Gdynia Maritime University (

b) Virtual cruise to the wind farm - presentation of offshore operations
Radar Navigation Lab | Gdynia Maritime University (
Navigation and Manoeuvring Sim Lab | Gdynia Maritime University (

The number of places is limited. Registration for the events will be open on May 17, 2023 at conference registration.