Research Institute for Limnology, Mondsee



Research Institute for Limnology, Mondsee
University of Innsbruck
Herzog Odilostraße 101
A-5310 Mondsee

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Phone: +43 512507 50201
Fax:      +43 512507 50299

E-mail: office

About the Research Institute

Our mission is to investigate and advance scientific understanding of freshwater ecosystems, and to disseminate this knowledge through scholarly publication and education. Limnology is the comprehensive science of the biological properties of inland waters in their physical-chemical environment. We use aquatic model organisms, reaching from bacteria to fish species, to investigate patterns and processes of general ecological and evolutionary relevance. We are especially interested in understanding the proximate and ultimate factors responsible for the distribution, interactions, and specific adaptations of freshwater organisms. The analysis of longterm data (LTER-site), lab- and outdoor-experiments in lake Mondsee and other lakes in various elevations are the basis for a complete ecological view of the Alpine and pre-Alpine lakes. Our emphasis is on process oriented basic research, but our research results are also used for consulting and in the search for solutions in the management and protection of inland waters.

We provide training for national and international graduate students and post-doctoral fellows within various research projects. The international training programmes of IPGL were part of the Research Institute for Limnology and the Austrian Academy of Sciences for 37 years. Almost 500 young scientists from about 60 countries have attended these training courses in Mondsee. Since October 2012 IPGL has been fully integrated into the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. 

The institute's building is located at Mondsee, close to Salzburg. It was opened in 1981 and is currently under reconstruction. The Institute is member of the International Society for Limnology - Societas Internationalis Limnologiae, Austria (SIL).