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Research for the future of our freshwaters

Research for the future of our freshwaters. | Photo: Martina Bauchrowitz/IGB

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is a creative, lively and diverse place for conducting research and teaching. At our sites in Berlin and Neuglobsow, scientists from all over the world and from a whole range of disciplines work together. Hydrologists, biogeochemists, physicists, microbiologists, ecologists, evolutionary ecologists, fish ecologists and fisheries biologists investigate the fundamental processes in rivers, lakes and wetlands. In the process, they think beyond individual disciplines and spatial boundaries. After all, it will only be possible to develop solutions to the major challenges of the future by taking an integrative research approach.

We pool our discipline-based research in five research departments. Added to this are three cross-cutting research domains in which we address topics of high scientific and/or societal relevance. Social stakeholders are involved in the wide range of research activities, which are carried out both locally and throughout the world in close cooperation with universities and research institutions. All this makes us Germany’s largest research centre for freshwaters that plays a leading role on the international arena.

Vision and mission

“Research for the future of our freshwaters” is IGB’s mission. Our vision is to engage in interdisciplinary research to achieve a deep understanding of the processes that shape the structure and functioning of water bodies and their biota. Our research findings help to predict responses to natural and human-induced environmental changes and to develop measures for sustainable water management. This enables politics and society to cope with global change and to manage and conserve water-based resources and ecosystems for the welfare of mankind and nature.

It is our mission to generate objective and evidence-based knowledge for the conservation and management of inland waters and to make it publicly available. In collaboration with our partners from science, politics, industrial practice and civil society, we develop solutions and recommendations for action for pressing environmental issues and support decision-making processes at local, national and international level. With innovative funding programmes and transdisciplinary cooperation models, we set new impulses in research, teaching, application and participation. Our objective is to combine scientific freedom and excellence with social responsibility and effectiveness in the sense of a double impact.

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