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Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, is an independent and interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about freshwater ecosystems. Working in close partnership with the scientific community (universities, research institutes), government agencies, as well as the private sector, guarantees the development of innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing freshwater ecosystems and human societies.

IGB advances basic science in freshwater science within research departments and integrates the knowledge across departments through cross-cutting research domains (“Programmbereiche”). The three cross-cutting research domains focus on freshwater biodiversity, freshwater boundaries and linkages, and on human-ecosystem interactions. Furthermore, the unique long-term monitoring and research program at Lakes Mueggel and Stechlin, and the Spree and Tagliamento Rivers is pivotal for understanding and predicting global change impacts on freshwater ecosystems.

Scientists at IGB cover a wide range of disciplines, from hydraulics to socioeconomics, from molecular biology to catchment modelling, and from microbial ecology to fish behaviour. As of 31 December 2010, 203 people were employed at IGB, including 81 scientists, 42 PhD students, 77 non-academic staff members and 3 apprentices. For contact details please see our staff listing.

IGB was founded in 1992 on the recommendation of the German Science Council ("Wissenschaftsrat"), subsequent to a thorough assessment of the former East German research institutes including the institutes of the Academy of Sciences.

IGB is a legal member of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V (FVB). The FVB comprises eight research institutes that are active in the fields of natural, life, and environmental sciences.  The institutes share an administrative infrastructure and belong to the Leibniz Association ("Leibniz-Gemeinschaft", WGL). As a member of the Leibniz Association, IGB carries out cutting-edge research for the benefit and good of humankind (“theoria cum praxi”).

For more information please visit the IGB Homepage