15th International Summer School on Crystal Growth

ISSCG – 15

August 4-10, 2013 Gdańsk, Poland


Pictures are available here.


Link to the programme

Invited speakers:

Izabela Grzegory
From Jan Czochralski to high-pressure nitride growth – the development and topics of crystal growth in Poland

Duffar Thierry
Thermodynamics of crystal growth  Lecture - pdf file

Peter Vekilov
Nucleation and Growth Kinetics

Jeffrey J. Derby
Continuum transport of heat, mass, and momentum in crystal growth processes: Fundamentals and computational modeling  Lecture - pdf file

Katsuo Tsukamoto
In-situ observation of crystal growth by advanced optical methods

Antoni Dabkowski
Growth from melt

Peter Wellmann
Vapor (PVT) (with focus on SiC and AlN)  Lecture - pdf file

Natalia Zaitseva
Solution growth of inorganic and organic molecular crystals - cancelled by lecturer

Tomasz Klimczuk
Solution growth of intermetallic compounds  Lecture - pdf file

Peter Rudolph
Crystal defects  Lecture - pdf file

Darell Shlom
Epitaxial Growth - from Basic Concepts to Reality  Lecture - pdf file

Alois Krost
Metalorganic Vapour Phase Epitaxy of GaN on Si: from Principles to Devices

Klaus H. Ploog
Pivotal Role of Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) in the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology  Lecture - pdf file

Maria Gdaniec
Fundamentals of crystallography  Lecture - pdf file

Elke Meissner
Characterization (electrical, optical, structural, chemical)  Lecture - pdf file

Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz
Biomineral and Biomimetic Crystallization 

Dorota A. Pawlak
Self organizing materials

Elias Vlieg
Nanocrystals  Lecture - pdf file

Jacek Majewski
Graphene - Chemistry and Physics of Epitaxial Growth  Lecture - pdf file

Michał Leszczyński
New trends and challenges in crystal growth in scientific and commercial aspects  Lecture - pdf file



  • Ewa Talik, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
  • Wojciech Sadowski, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland
  • Elke Meissner, Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB, Erlangen, Germany
  • Peter Wellmann, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany

Organizing committee:

  • J. Galik
  • K. Gdula
  • J. Karczewski
  • T. Klimczuk (chair)
  • B. Kościelska
  • A. Kozub
  • M. Łapiński
  • M. Oboz
  • M. Prześniak
  • R. Radziejewski
  • N. Szreder
  • L. Wicikowski
  • M. Winiarski


A competition for ISSCG-15 students will be held and recognition for 3 outstanding posters will be given. The awards shall consist of a Certificate for the winning author and cash for $150 (1st prize), $100 (2nd prize) and $50 (3rd prize).

Poster boards will accommodate A1 size posters. We strongly recommend that posters are in Portrait orientation.

Submitting the abstract is not mandatory. You are welcome to participate the School without poster presentation.

Experimental session


We kindly ask you to read instructions posted below.

You can choose two experiments and we are waiting for your declaration during registration (Sunday and Monday). The experimental session is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. 

Experiment 1: "Atomic Force Microscopy observation of V2O5 nano-rods prepared by sol-gel method"

Experiment 2: "Microscopic study of twin texture in Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x high-Tc superconducting ceramics"

Experiment 3: "Microcrystalline analysis of cations"

Experiment 4: "Rapid crystallization of sodium thiosulfate Na2S2O3"

Experiment 5: "Growth of electrodeposited Cu fractals"

Experiment 6: "Deformation of a nanowire"




2014 - the International Year of Crystallography ( prospectus in English);


Deadlines and fees

Important dates

  • 1 May 2013 - Deadline for Travel Grant application
  • 15 May 2013 - Notification of Travel Grant acceptance
  • 14 June 2013 (extended)  - Abstract submission deadline
  • 31 May 2013 - End of early registration
  • 1 August 2013 - Payment deadline
  • 4 Aug 2013 - Beginning of the School


Registration is subject to acceptance by the Organizing Committee. In the case that a registration is refused by the Committee then the full fees will be refunded.

Early Bird Discounted Fee: 2000 PLN (aprox. 490 Eur)
Before June 1st, 2013

Late Registration (Higher Fees): 2200 PLN (aprox. 540 Eur)
After June 1st, 2013

Registration Cancellation Deadline:
June 15, 2013

The school fee includes

  • Access to all school sessions
  • Drinks reception on Sunday
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments during the school
  • Breakfasts and lunches from Monday to Friday
  • Dinners from Monday to Friday (except Tuesday)
  • Dinner party on Tuesday
  • Excursion
  • A bus to Warsaw on Saturday morning


If you wish to cancel your registration you should email us this in writing. Cancellations made before the June 15, 2013 will be refunded in 100% of the amount paid. Cancellations made after the June 15, 2013 will be refunded in 50%.


Travel information

The summer school will be held at Main Building of the Gdansk University of Technology  and hosted by the Faculty of Applied Physics and Mathematics

Gdansk University of Technology
Narutowicza 11/12

Here is an useful map that shows details of the campus including location of dormitories and the Man Building.

The dormitory address (DS 4) is "Do Studzienki 61" in Gdansk. Remember - this is Gdansk Technical University campus, NOT University of Gdansk (!). 

For a more detailed Google map of the location of the campus click here.

Getting to Gdansk

By plane

There is a Tourist Information desk in the arrival hall of the airport.
Please go there and meet with other participants (look for ISSCG-15 sign or poster).
You can share a taxi or take a bus together. 

There is a currency exchange office at the airport, but the rate is simply
insane. You will get about 25% less than you can expect. Therefore if you
think you must have Polish zloty for taxi, bus, etc. maybe you can exchange
only 5 or 10 EUR (you may pay for a bus ticket and taxi using credit card -
more information below). On Monday you will be able to exchange your cash in
the town with a much better rate.

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport  is an international airport located in Rebiechowo  west of Gdansk, close to the city centres of the Tricities: Gdansk (12 km), Gdynia (23 km) and Sopot (10km). There are direct domestic and international connections:

  • Air Berlin (Berlin),
  • Eurolot (Aarhus, Amsterdam, Bremen, Kraków, Poprad, Poznań, Wrocław)
  • Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf),
  • LOT (Warsaw, Frankfurt)
  • Norwegian (Oslo-Gardermoen),
  • Ryanair (Alicante, Barcelona-Girona, Birmingham, Bremen, Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt-Hahn, London-Stansted, Oslo-Rygge, Weeze),
  • Scandinavian Airlines (Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen),
  • Wizz Air (Barcelona, Bergen, Cologne/Bonn, Cork, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Glasgow-Prestwick, Liverpool, London-Luton, Hamburg-Lübeck, Malmö-Sturup, Milan-Orio al Serio, Oslo-Torp, Paris-Beauvais, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tampere, Turku)

By train

Gdansk can be reached by train from all bigger Polish cities and neighbouring countries. On the website of Polish Railway ( PKP) you can check possible connections, plan your journey route and check prices.

By car

Gdansk is connected to the south  by the A1 motorway with Torun, Lodz and Katowice. The S7 route connects Gdansk with Warszawa and Krakow.

By ferry

There are direct connections to Gdansk and Gdynia from Sweden and Finland. Polferries operates ferry service between Gdansk and Nynäshamn in Sweden, Stena Line operates ferry service between Gdynia and Karlskrona in Sweden and Finnlines operates ferry service between Gdynia and Helsinki in Finland.

Getting to campus from the airport

By public transportation

From the airport take  bus number 110 to Gdansk-Wrzeszcz (the trip takes approximately 25 minutes, the timetable is available here. Afterwards take three stops by tram number 5, 6, 9, 11 or 12 towards Gdansk. If you plan to travel by public transportation, buy the 24-hours ticket in the ticket machine located near main bus stops in Gdansk or in the bus. You should validate your ticket in machine on a bus.

If you decide to take a bus - at the bus station there are two ticket
machines (they look like this:
http://radaujescisko.pl/zdjecia/automaty-biletowe-w-gdansku.jpg) and you can
choose language (PL, ENG, GER). You can pay using a credit/debit card in
those machines. You can also buy a ticket from a bus driver but you will
have to pay using Polish zloty.

By taxi

Taxis are almost always available at Gdansk airport. They are faster, but also more expensive than the public transportation.

We do not recommend accepting a "casual" taxi from the airport. Instead we
highly recommend ordering a taxi in advance or calling "Hallo Taxi" company
from the airport. More info you can be found here (in ENG):

You will get 20% discount by ordering taxi this way. You will also be able
to pay taxi by credit card, but it should be clearly mentioned in your
ordering form. Travel from the airport to the dormitory by the specified
taxi service will cost about 50 PLN (~12 EUR). A taxi from the other
company - taken directly from the airport may cost much more.

Getting to campus from the Gdansk Glowny rail station

By public transportation

From the train station you should take tram number 2, 6, 9, 11 or 12 to the "Opera Baltycka" stop. The trip takes 8 minutes. Single journey tickets are available in ticket machines and in trams. Remember to validate your ticket in the vehicle.

By taxi

There is a taxi stop in front of the Gdansk Glowny train station. The journey takes around 10 minutes and should not cost more than 50 zl.


Gdansk - the thousand-year-old, beautiful port on the Baltic Sea has a gentle climate and beautiful beaches. In its golden age, this "Pearl of the North" enjoyed the unique status of a municipal republic. It was a melting pot of cultures and ethnical groups. The air of tolerance and the wealth built on trade made culture, science, and art flourish. A famous seaside resort Sopot is nearby. The exclusive architecture of the Old Town, including the largest brick Gothic church in the world, and a dozen gates including the historic Crane Gate (XIV century) situated on the Motlawa River, is undoubtedly worth exploring. No visitor to Gdansk will be able to resist its charm. When visiting the charming and truly unique Mariacka Street you will be amused by the beauty of the amber on sale. To buy a piece of amber from Gdansk is a must! We look forward to welcoming you in Gdansk!



You are responsible for making your own arrangements. However, we have reserved a number of college rooms that can be booked with a special discount by 1st of June 2013. The price for a single room is 50 PLZ (~ 13 EUR) per night and this is a special rate for the school participants only. In order to book a room please contact directly to the person responsible for booking via e-mail: ds4@pg.gda.pl. Note these are the dormitory rooms at the University campus, located approximately 1km from the Gdansk University of Technology campus building, in which all sessions will take place. There are 56 single and 56 double renovated rooms, equipped with basic furniture: a bed, a desk, a wardrobe, and a fridge. There is a bathroom (shower and toilet) which is shared with the other room.

Here are two pictures of the exemplary room.


Faculty of Applied Physics and Mathematics
ul. Gabriela Narutowicza 11/12
80-233 Gdańsk
Fax: [+48] 58 347 2821
Email: isscg15@mif.pg.gda.pl