Partner Institutes

Building up a network of freshwater research includes linking up with “global players” in this field. Several of them can be found in the Global Network section. Data and information gateways are listed in the European Gateways section.

As the European Union is one of the major funding bodies of freshwater related research, we have collected past and ongoing projects that are in one way or the other connected to this platform. If you want to add your own project, just contact us at .

Partner institutions that have contributed to the generation of the platform so far are listed below. We highly welcome contributions from other projects and we invite all scientists to present ideas, add data, maps or other information to the platform. If you want to become an associate member contact us at

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (BOKU), Vienna - Austria

The Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) is one of six institutes within the Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment (WAU).

IHG is an interdisciplinary group of aquatic ecologists, landscape ecologists, river engineers and historians organised in seven groups: Benthic Ecology and Ecological Status Assessment, Hydrobiology and Aquaculture, Fish Ecology, River Landscapes and Aquatic Ecosystem Management, Biogeochemistry in Aquatic Ecosystems, Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling, International Training Programmes in Limnology. The staff includes six permanent scientists, 30 PhD candidates and post-docs, and three technical and administrative staff members.

The key areas of research at IHG deal with the functions, processes, and structures of freshwater ecosystems and their environments, including assessment, restoration and climate change impacts. Research and training focus, for example, on hydro-morphological dynamics, nutrient cycles, food chains, habitat demands, biotic interactions or multiple stressors. Further working fields include, among others, aquaculture and fishery as well as taxonomy and ecology of benthic invertebrates.

Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Aquatic Ecology, Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Essen - Germany

The Workgroup Aquatic Ecology at the University of Duisburg/Essen (UDE) is part of the Water Science research cluster (covering water chemistry, hydraulic engineering, hydrology and ecology) at the UDE and employs around 25 scientists (full professor, post-docs, PhD students, scientists).

The group around Prof. Daniel Hering covers expertise including river assessment and restoration, ecotoxicology, climate change impacts on freshwater ecosystems and aquatic parasitology. It has played a key role in the Europe-wide development of WFD-compliant assessment systems for rivers and is currently dealing with mutiple stressor effects on rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Aquatic Ecology at UDE

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels - Belgium

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) has a long (more than 150 years) and outstanding track record of integrated investigations in different biogeographical regions. The main expertise of its more than 100 pre- and post-doctoral researchers (40 permanent scientific staff) lies in animal taxonomy and evolution, biodiversity as well as ecology. The Freshwater Biology group’s research focuses on evolutionary ecology of freshwater meiobenthic organisms and has extensive expertise in evolutionary and limnological work on meiobenthos.

The group closely collaborates with the Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BBPF), which ensures the hosting of the Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal and offers support in terms of IT and networking expertise. The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is a distributed biodiversity information and communication initiative by the Belgian Science Policy (BelSPO). It serves as Belgian node to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the European Platform on Biodiversity Science Policy (EPBRS), and is involved in the ERA-net BiodivERsA. It develops a database on Belgian biodiversity research resources and coordinates the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA). The BBPF also implements SCAR-MarBIN, the Antarctic marine biodiversity portal of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin - Germany

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is an independent and interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about freshwater ecosystems. Working in close partnership with the scientific community, government agencies, as well as the private sector, guarantees the development of innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing freshwater ecosystems and human societies.

IGB is part of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. and member of the Leibniz Association. Currently, over 220 people are employed at IGB including more than 80 scientists, 60 doctoral students, 80 non-academic staff members, and four apprentices. Scientists at IGB cover a wide range of disciplines, from hydraulics to socioeconomics, from molecular biology to catchment modelling, and from microbial ecology to fish behavior integrating knowledge on freshwater biodiversity, freshwater boundaries and linkages, and on human-ecosystem interactions. It furthermore runs unique long-term monitoring and research programs at Lakes Mueggel and Stechlin, and the Spree and Tagliamento Rivers pivotal for understanding and predicting global change impacts on freshwater ecosystems.

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)