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IBW PAN visit to National Taiwan Ocean University

IBW PAN visit to National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) on 1st – 8th Oct. 2023

The delegation of IBW PAN included:

  • Prof. Waldemar Świdziński, Director of IBW PAN
  • Dr. Piotr Szmytkiewicz, Deputy Director of IBW PAN
  • Prof. Rafał Ostrowski, Head of Dept. Coastal Engineering and Dynamics of IBW PAN
  • Prof. Grzegorz Różyński, Head of Polish – Taiwanese program for scientific exchange visits between the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan
  • Prof. Wojciech Sulisz, Head of Dept. Wave Mechanica and Structural Dynamics of IBW PAN

The visit was a consequence of the visit of the Taiwanese delegation from NTOU that took place in March 2023. The key aim was the celebration of 70th anniversary of establishment of NTOU and participation in 45th Conference on Ocean Engineering. It was held on 5th and 6th Oct. 2023 in Keelung city and hosted ca. 400 delegates including the guests from USA, Singapore, India, Norway and Poland. Prof. Świdziński was invited to deliver a keynote lecture on Poland’s challenges related to the planned construction of a network of offshore wind farms and the scientific support offered by IBW PAN in design of safe foundations during implementation of such large investments. The lecture (co-authored with Dr. Szmytkiewicz) was titled: Offshore wind farms – a big challenge for Polish green energy, lessons learnt so far). The visit of Prof. Różyński and Dr. Szmytkiewicz was held within the framework of the program of scientific exchange visits, determined by the call organized jointly by the Office of Foreign Exchange of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. The topic of the current exchange is research of seabed scours developing near foundations of wind turbine towers. In this context Prof. Różyński gave a presentation titled Hydrodynamic processes in remote foreshore of the non-tidal sea, jointly prepared with Prof. Ostrowski. Prof. W. Sulisz gave a presentation titled Analysis of the efficiency of 3D wave energy converter.

Pictures from the Conference are available at NTOU website through the following links:,r1479.php?Lang=en

The visit also included direct talks with the management of NTOU (Prof. Tai-Wen Hsu – President of NTOU, Prof. Chia-Cheng Tsai and Prof. Chia-Ling Wang) on 3rd and 4th Oct. 2023. Further collaboration between NTOU and IBW PAN was discussed, including both continuation of the scientific exchange program as well as close bilateral cooperation. Keeping in mind the so far results (both Institutions have been cooperating for 15 years now) it was emphasized that further collaboration still has high potential of substantial development. The so far achieved joint publications, which are the most tangible added values of past projects were highlighted in particular. More information regarding our visit to National Taiwan Ocean University can be found on the university webpage under following link:,r1479.php?Lang=en


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