Welcome to the Institute of Oceanology!
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.
See more about history (in Polish).
The Mission of the Institute:
The Institute’s mission is to generate knowledge required to support the understanding, the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment. This is carried out by means of innovative, high-level scientific and technological research that enhances our understanding of the environment, and provides expertise and technology for stakeholders, i.e. Polish and international users of marine-oriented knowledge and technology, governmental agencies, policymakers, educators and students, and Poland’s society at large. The Institute of Oceanology conducts scientific research in the Baltic and European Arctic Seas.
According to the decision of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, in the years 2014-2018 the Institute of Oceanology holds the status of the Leading National Research Centre within the Centre of Polar Studies in the field of Earth Science.
Strategic directions of IO PAN's statutory activities:
- The role of the oceans in climate change and its effects on European seas
The natural and anthropogenic variability of the Baltic Sea environment
Contemporary changes in the coastal ecosystems of shelf seas
- Genetic and physiological mechanisms of the functioning of marine organisms; principles of marine biotechnology