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


Prof. Dr. Christoph Humborg
University of Stockholm, Department of Applied Sciences


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


Tim Eder
Federal Ministry for Education and Research - Ref. 725 -

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. Christoph Humborg


Stockholm University, Department of Applied Science


Other Members:

Prof. Dr. Katarina Abrahamsson


University of Gothenborg, Department of Marine Sciences


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Herndl


University of Vienna


Prof. Dr. Christian Hübscher


Universität Hamburg


Prof. Aarno Kotilainen


Geological Survey of Finland



Prof. Dr. Cindy Lee


Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University


Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies




Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum


Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht


Prof. Anna Wåhlin


University of Gothenburg, Department of Marine Sciences


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. Volker Mohrholz
Department Physical Oceanography and Instrumentation



Prof. Dr. Klaus Jürgens
Deputy of department Biological Oceanography



Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bathmann



Prof. Dr. Matthias Labrenz
Department Biological Oceanography


Dr. Olaf Dellwig
Department Marine Geology


Dr. Oliver Schmale
Department Marine Chemistry


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


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


Prof. Dr. Helge Arz
Head of department Marine Geology


Univ.-Prof. Dr.habil. Michael E. Böttcher
Deputy of department Marine Geology


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


Prof. Dr. Gregor Rehder
Deputy of department Marine Chemistry


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