IOW Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde, Germany


IOW, the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde) was founded in 1992. Today, it is member of the Leibniz Association (Leibniz- Gemeinschaft, WGL) and employs around 200 scientific and technical staff. 

The IOW is an independent research institution specialized in interdisciplinary studies of coastal oceans and marginal seas. In particular, our work focuses on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. The institute is divided into four sections: 

In addition, the institute operates the research vessel “Elisabeth Mann Borgese” with state-of- the-art equipment as well as several major laboratories and has access to high-performance computing facilities. The IOW cooperates as well with a number of small companies active in marine technology and science, allowing for successful technology and knowledge transfer into patents. 

Furthermore, the IOW is active in a number of national and international committees and strategic alliances such as the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM), the German Climate Consortium (DKK), and the Leibniz Association (WGL). As WGL’s member, the IOW is in line with the DFG’s Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality and was certified in 2013 and 2016 with the Total E-Quality Award



The IOW is leader of the work package “awareness raising and knowledge transfer” (WP5) including training, mentoring and networking. 





Core Team  

Prof. Dr. Joanna J. Waniek is a professor for bio-physical interactions in marine ecosystems at the University of Rostock and at the Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde (IOW), where she leads her own working group. She is a sea going scientist, with 25 years of work experience. Since 2013 she is the equal opportunity officer at the IOW and member of the internal equal rights committee. 




Ms. Friederike Kunz is a member of the marine biology working group at Rostock University. She is a biologist and responsible for the project management in the joint project SECOS at Rostock University and the IOW. In Baltic Gender, she will support the work package leader by taking care of the tasks in the WP5.


Gender Equality Implementation Teams 

Equal Opportunity Officer

Internal Equal Opportunities Working Group