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Oversight and advisory council

IOW Board of Governors

The Board of Governors directs the institute under Section 5, paragraph 2 of the Implementation Agreement of the Framework Agreement on the Joint Promotion of Scientific Research.

The Board of Governors is tasked with supervising fundamental affairs of the institute, as well as advising and making appropriate recommendations on financial matters.


Woldemar Venohr
Ministry for Education, Science and Culture Mecklenburg-West Pomerania



MinR Rudolf Leisen
Federal Ministry for Education and Research - Ref. 725 -



Dr. Tanja Dörrie
Federal Ministry for Education and Research


Dr. Karin Kammann-Klippstein
President of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency


Sabine Müller
Innomar Technology Rostock


Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies
GEOMAR-Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schareck
Rector of the University of Rostock

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board advises the Board of Governors and the Director on research matters, makes recommendations to the institute’s working groups and promotes collaboration with domestic and international institutions. It comments on the director’s annual report, evaluates the scientific work of the institute, advises on appointment of faculty and reports its findings to the Board of Governors.

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of at most 10 members, both domestic and international scientists whose specialties are related to the scientific goals of the institute. Members of the board serve terms of at most four years and can be reappointed only once. Members can be nominated by the President of the German Research Foundation after consultation with the Director of the Institute.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies






other members:

Prof. Dr. Katarina Abrahamsson


University of Gothenborg, Department of Marine Science


Prof. Dr. Katja Fennel


Dalhousie University, Canada


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Herndl


Universität Wien, Abt. Limnologie und Ozeanographie


Prof. Dr. Christian Hübscher


Universität Hamburg, Marine Seismik und Hydroakustik


Prof. Dr. Jack Middelburg


University of Utrecht, The Netherlands


Prof. Dr. Uta Passow


Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada


Prof. Dr. Niels Peter Revsbech


Aarhus University, Denmark


Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum


Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung


Prof. Dr. Heinz Wilkes


Universität Oldenburg

Scientific Council

The Scientific Council advises the Director and the Board of Governors on the institute’s important scientific matters. The council advises on the establishment and dissolution of sections, and the appointment and dismissal of the director, section leaders and members of the Scientific Advisory Board.

The council includes all of the section leaders, their deputies and four elected scientists from the institute. These four members are elected to three-year terms under electoral regulations adopted by the whole institute and agreed to by the Director and Board of Trustees.


Dr. Marion Kanwischer
Marine Chemistry



Prof. Dr. Helge Arz
Head of department Marine Geology



Prof. Dr. Michael E. Böttcher
Deputy of department Marine Geology


Prof. Dr. Hans Burchard
Deputy of department Physical
Oceanography and Instrumentation


Prof. Dr. Klaus Jürgens
Deputy of department Biological Oceanography


Dr. Jerome Kaiser
Department Marine Geology


Prof. Dr. Matthias Labrenz
Department Biological Oceanography


Prof. Dr. Markus Meier
Head of department Physical
Oceanography and Instrumentation


Dr. Volker Mohrholz
Department Physical Oceanography and Instrumentation


Prof. Dr. Gregor Rehder
Deputy of department Marine Chemistry


Prof. Dr. Detlef Schulz-Bull
Head of department Marine Chemistry


Prof. Dr. Heide Schulz-Vogt
Head of department Biological Oceanography