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, 2016, IOW employed 225 people (197 FTE), 131 of them research personnel
The total budget for 2016 was
23,9 million Euros, of which
14,5 million Euros was received from federal and state sources; the remaining 9,4 million Euros were paid to IOW as research grants or as reimbursements for necessary expenditures.
Oversight and advisory council
Scientific Advisory Board
Prof. Dr. C. Humborg
Universität Stockholm, Institut für angewandte Naturwissenschaften
Stockholm University, Department of Applied Science, NEST Institute
Board of Governors
Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur
Ministery for Education, Science and Kulture
Scientific Management and Communication
Dr. Barbara Hentzsch