The University of Gdańsk is a dynamically developing institution of higher learning, and one that combines respect for tradition with a commitment to the new. It offers education in nearly all fields of academic knowledge, in sought-after professions on the job market and in state-of-the-art facilities in its Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia campuses. It is currently one of the most modern academic centres in the north Poland.
The University of Gdańsk’s investment in development is concentrated in the expansion of the University on three campus sites: in Oliwa (The University of Gdańsk Baltic Campus), in Sopot, and in Gdynia. The University’s infrastructure has been developed in recent years principally through financial support obtained through European Union programs. New faculty buildings, and work units, and laboratories, provided with state-of-the-art equipment, open up new possibilities for scientific and scholarly research, and for cooperation with the economy and with business.
20th March 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Gdańsk, at present the largest university in the Pomeranian region, which has had an indisputable influence on the development of modern Poland, science and higher education. We have eleven faculties with almost twenty six thousand students, doctoral students and post-graduates.
Gdańsk is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. It is located at the Baltic Sea and together with Gdynia and Sopot, it forms an agglomeration called the Tri-City, with nearly 1.1 million inhabitants.
Due to its location, Gdańsk has been developing intensively since the beginning of its existence (it was one of the first cities in Poland, the settlement has already existed here in the 8th century). It belonged to a group of Hanseatic League cities which participated in maritime trade. Gdańsk played an important role in history. In 1939, it was one of the hot spots of World War II, and later, in 1980, it became the birthplace of the Solidarity workers movement, which contributed to the end of communist domination in Eastern Europe.
Most main attractions are located in The Main Town. Although the destruction of World War II is still a place with one of the most valuable historic ensembles in Poland. The most valuable monuments are located along the Royal Road (Droga Królewska) guiding from the Highland Gate (Brama Wyżynna) to the Green Gate (Brama Zielona) located close to the Motława’s Rriver. By the Motława’s Rriver we can admire the Granary Island (Wyspa Spichrzów) with picturesque, eighteenth-century granaries, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic and the Gdańsk Crane - a historic medieval port crane. Between the gates there is the Coal Market (Targ Węglowy), where you can see the Prison Tower (the Amber Museum is also located here). Short way off is the Golden Gate (Złota Brama) beginning of the Long Street (Ulica Długa) and the Long Market (Długi Targ).
Following this route there are beautiful tenement houses. The City Hall is definitely worth a visit (the Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk is located here), with an 83-meter tower. One of the most characteristic places on the Long Market (Długi Targ) is the Neptune’s Fountain and the Artus Court, a place where merchants, politicians and other wealthy residents of the city met to discuss in past times. Behind the town hall building is Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is the largest brick church in the Europe. The building, with its grandeur and interiors, creates an amazing impression, and the Tower viewpoint offers a beautiful view of the Gdańsk Old Town.
Recommended museums in Gdańsk are the European Solidarity Centre and the Museum of the Second World War.
Another interesting and worth visiting place in Gdańsk, near to Baltic Campus is Oliwa’s district. For centuries it was a monastery village. There are the Oliwa Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and the monastery garden, which over time grew and was transformed into the Oliwa Park (there is a botanical garden and the Abbots' Palace). A walk through the park's alleys, among the well-kept trees, bushes and ponds where ducks and swans live, is a great idea to spend a day off.
How to get to Gdańsk
Gdańsk has only one airport. You can get from Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport to the city centre:
- by PKM trains (Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway)
- Route: Gdańsk Port Lotniczy > Gdańsk Wrzeszcz*
- by public transport buses
- Line 110 (Route: Port lotniczy > Wrzeszcz PKP)
- Line 210 (Route: Port lotniczy > Dworzec Główny)
- Night line N3 (Route: Port lotniczy > Wrzeszcz PKP > Dworzec Główny)
- by taxi
- Neptun Taxi: (+48) 800 170 700
*If you travel directly to the Conference venue from the airport, you can get off at the Strzyża Station (Gdańsk Port Lotniczy > Strzyża > Gdańsk Wrzeszcz), and you can go by tram (line 5, 6, 12; you have to get off at the Bażyńskiego tram stop).
If you travel from e.g. Warsaw or Cracow city, you can get to Gdańsk by PKP Intercity trains (https://www.intercity.pl/en/). The trains arrive directly at the Gdańsk Główny or Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Station.
Where to stay in Gdańsk
You can find different proposals for staying in Gdańsk during the conference in "Accomodation" subpage.
Communication within the city
The MDMM 2020 Conference is located in Baltic Campus of University of Gdańsk ("Venue" subpage). The venue can be reached:
- By SKM (Szybka Kolej Miejska) trains
- Route: Gdańsk Główny > Gdańsk Przymorze - Uniwersytet
- Route: Gdańsk Wrzeszcz > Gdańsk Przymorze - Uniwersytet
- Route: Gdańsk Główny > Gdańsk Przymorze - Uniwersytet
- by tram
- from Gdańsk Główny: line 6, 12
- from Gdańsk Wrzeszcz: line 5, 6, 12
The journey can be planned here: https://jakdojade.pl/gdansk/trasa/
Below you can see a map - red rectangle is tram stop, green is SKM station. Yellow arrow shows your destination:
- Taxi – about 60 - 70 PLN (with initial charge 6.8 PLN)
- Public buses, tram
- 3.2 PLN (4.2 PLN for night/special lines)
- 1 hour ticket – 3.8 PLN (4.8 PLN for night/special lines)
- 24-hour ticket – 13 PLN
- SKM trains
- Gdańsk Główny – Gdańsk Przymorze – Uniwersytet (4.2 PLN)
- Gdańsk Wrzeszcz – Gdańsk Przymorze – Uniwersytet (3.2 PLN)
- PKM trains
- Gdańsk Port Lotniczy – Gdańsk Wrzeszcz (5.5 PLN)
*all given prices is one way fare
Citizens of the EU and EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) must present valid personal identification (an ID card or a passport). No visa is required.
Third-country nationals may enter Poland if they are in possession of a valid travel document and a visa (if required).
List of countries whose nationals may enter Poland without a visa: https://www.msz.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland/entering_poland/visa_free/visa_free_countries