Geographical Area Leader for Poland
Joanna Piwowarczyk - email@example.com
IOPAN is an independent institute financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. It was established in 1951 and is the largest institute of marine sciences in Poland. The Institute mission is to generate the knowledge to support sustainable use and protection of the marine environment through innovative and high level scientific and technological research. The Institute is divided into five departments: Marine Chemistry and Biochemistry, Marine Physics, Hydrodynamics and Marine Ecology and subdivided into 20 specialised laboratories. The research is focused on the Baltic Sea as well as North Atlantic and the European Arctic Region. The Institute participates in a number of international research programs such as ACSYS, BALTEX, IAPP, COSA, SaeWiFS, CoML and others. It belongs to three European Network of Excellence; Marine Biodiversity (MARBEF), Marine Genomics (MARINEGENOMICS) and Ocean research (EUROCEANS). Since 2002 IOPAN hold the EU Status of Centre of Excellence in Shelf Sea Studies. It is also the coordinator of the EEA funded grant – "Ecosystem Approach to marine spatial planning – Polish Marine Areas and NATURA 2000 Network" and "Response of marine and terrestrial ecosystems to climate changes in Arctic – links between physical environment, biodiversity of zooplankton and seabird populations". The Institute operates its own vessel R/V Oceania and the peer reviewed, English quarterly journal 'Oceanologia' has been edited by the Institute for over 25 years. IOPAN runs regular doctoral studies with 12 student positions. Every year a few new applicants are accepted.