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 31 December 2011, IOW employed 213 people, 106 of them research personnel. The total budget for 2011 was 31,5 million Euros, of which 16,6 million Euros was received from federal and state sources; the remaining 14,9 million Euro were paid to IOW as research grants or as reimbursements for necessary expenditures.
Oversight and advisory council