Life Sciences

Research for the future of our freshwaters: The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest German research centre for inland waters and one of the leading international freshwater research centres. 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. The research knowledge gained helps to predict responses to natural and human-induced environmental change, and to develop measures conductive to sustainable water management. Scientists from hydrology, biogeochemistry, physics, microbiology, ecology, evolutionary ecology and fisheries biology are working on this under one roof. "This interdisciplinary approach, also within the framework of many cross-organisational collaborations, as well as our commitment to transfer at the interface of science and society, fits BR50 perfectly. We look forward to this initiative further promoting the culture of exchange within research and with civil society", said IGB Director Luc De Meester, emphasizing the Institute's commitment.