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Header: Das Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde


The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde, IOW) was founded in 1992 on the recommendation of the German Council of Science and Humanities. It succeeded the Institute for Oceanography, Warnemünde, which was the premiere oceanographic research institute of the German Democratic Republic's German Academy of Sciences. Today, the institute is a member of the Leibniz Association (Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, WGL). The institute's facilities are financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Ministry of Education. IOW's research program focuses on coastal oceans and marginal seas, with a particular emphasis on the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.

Director of the institute is Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bathmann.

IOW by the numbers

As of December 31, 2018, IOW employed 227 people (199,2 FTE), 122 of them research personnel
(105,2 FTE)

The total budget for 2018 was
24,97 million Euros, of which
13,81 million Euros was received from federal and state sources; the remaining 11,16 million Euros were paid to IOW as research grants or as reimbursements for necessary expenditures.

Oversight and advisory council


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