Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences
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Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften
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The Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel (IFM-GEOMAR) was founded in January 2004 through the fusion of the Institute für Meereskunde (IfM) and the Research Center for Marine Geosciences (GEOMAR).
The institutes' mandate is the interdisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of marine sciences, from the sea floor geology to maritime meteorology. Research is conducted world-wide in all oceans.
The institute comprises four major research divisions: ocean circulation und climate dynamics, marine biogeochemistry, marine ecology und dynamics of the sea floor.
In addition, there are two major interdisciplinary research areas (SFBs) funded directly by the German Science Foundation (DFG). One focuses on the dynamics of the thermohaline circulation and the other on volatiles and fluids in subduction zones.
With an annual funding of € 42 million, four research vessels, several major laboratories and an aquarium, the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences belongs to the top league of oceanographic institutes world-wide.
The institute employs approximately 350 scientific and technical staff, including three scientists awarded with the Leibniz award of the German Science Foundation (DFG) und offers courses in geology, oceanography, meteorology, biological oceanography, fisheries biology and marine chemistry.