The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is a creative, lively and diverse place for conducting research and teaching. Scientists from a whole range of disciplines work under one roof at our Berlin and Neuglobsow sites. Hydrologists, chemists, physicists, microbiologists, limnologists, fish ecologists and fisheries biologists from all over the world investigate the fundamental processes governing rivers, lakes and wetlands, and join forces to develop measures conductive to sustainable water management. In the process, we 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 six 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 an understanding of all fundamental processes governing freshwaters and of their communities. Our research findings should enable society and decision-makers to face a changing environment 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 preservation and management of freshwaters, and to make this knowledge publicly available. In collaboration with our partners from research, policy, industrial practice and civil society, we develop responses and recommendations for action for pressing environmental issues and support decision-making processes at the local, national and international level. In the context of innovative development programmes and transdisciplinary cooperation models, we give fresh momentum to research, teaching, application and participation. Our objective is to unite scientific freedom and substantive excellence with social responsibility and effectiveness, making a double impact.