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Header: Das Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde


The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) is a non-university marine research institute. In its four departments, the basic disciplines of marine research are represented. Its research programme is directed towards coastal and marginal seas with a special focus on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. In addition to its research activities, the IOW pursues a transfer concept and operates research infrastructures for the scientific community. The IOW is a member of the Leibniz Association. Its institutional budget is jointly funded by the Federal Government and the Länder. The IOW is a foundation under public law.

Director of the institute is Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski.

IOW by the numbers

As of December 31, 2022, IOW employed 281 people (222.18 FTE), 142 of them research personnel
(118.99 FTE)

The total budget for 2021 was
28 million Euros, of which
15.8 million Euros was received from federal and state sources; the remaining 12.2 million Euros were paid to IOW as research grants or as reimbursements for necessary expenditures.

Structure and governance, supervisory and advisory boards


Central Units