The Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN) was founded in 1983 at the Marine Station in Sopot, which had existed since 1953. IOPAN's mission is to seek, understand, and communicate the scientific understanding of the marine environment and the issues related to its protection and sustainable use. IOPAN scientists and engineers achieve this by carrying out innovative, high-level scientific and technological research that further enhances our understanding of the environment, and provides expertise and new technologies which are then shared with the broader public and interested parties from the public and private sector. The Institute of Oceanology conducts scientific research in the Baltic Sea and in the seas of the European Arctic. IOPAN offers TA services for ASSEMBLE Plus and is also one of the Polish partners


  • North Atlantic and Arctic intertidal and subtidal benthic and pelagic ecosystems
  • Baltic Sea brackish environment of benthic and pelagic ecosystems including seagrass beds


Ecosystem access

  • Coastal research vessels
    • RV Oceania, Fully equipped for coastal marine habitat sampling, monitoring and in-situ experimentation
  • Scuba diving facilities
    • Svalbard (summer), Baltic Sea (all year); remote collection, diving logistical support
  • Submersibles
    • ROV
    • AUV
  • Sampling equipment
    • Various CTD, grabs, dredges etc 
  • Monitoring buoy


Biological resources

  • Species collected upon request
    • Samples of benthic macro-fauna and -flora, plankton from Baltic Sea and European Arctic 
  • Biobanks
    • Wide range of sample collections from Baltic Sea and European Arctic 
  • Culture collections
    • Cultures of zoo- and phytoplankton


Experimental facilties

  • Dry laboratories
    • Fully equiped with microscopes and stereomicroscopes for sample sorting and identification
  • Wet laboratories
    • 6 aquarium tanks suitable for live material
    • Sorting and identification microscopes


Technology Platforms

  • Imaging
    • Advanced optical microscopy
  • Structural and chemical analysis
    • Chemical analysis, spectrometry, gas chromatography, HPLC, other
  • Molebular biology and omics
    • Molecular genetics


Expert advice

  • Biological sample identification
    • The Taxon Identification Service offers qualified identification of Baltic and Arctic marine organisms


Supporting facilities

  • Library services
    • Library with large collection of literature related to Baltic and Arctic ecosystems. 


IOPAN administration can assist with booking lodging.


Ul. Powstancow Warszway 55
81 712 Sopot

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