Institute of Oceanology of Polish Academy of Sciences
The Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAN) was founded in 1983 as the successor to the Marine Station of the Academy in existence in Sopot since 1953.
The Institute has 183 employees (December 2010), 31 of whom are professors and associate professors and 43 others possess a PhD degree.
The Institute mission is to generate the knowledge to support the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment through innovative, high-level scientific and technological research that significantly adds to the knowledge and understanding of the environment, and provides information and technology for its clients. The Institute's clients are Polish and international users of marine science and technology, the Polish community, governmental agencies, policy makers, educators and students.
The Institute of Oceanology conducts scientific research in the shelf seas and coastal regions including the Baltic and European Arctic Seas.
Strategic Directions of IO PAN Research:
1. Role of the oceans in climate change and its effects for the European Seas
2. Natural and antropogenic variability of the Baltic Sea environment
3. Contemporary changes of the coastal ecosystems in the shelf seas
4. Genetic and physiological mechanisms of functioning marine organisms; principles of marine biotechnology
information on current events is available at: www.iopan.gda.pl/news.html