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The Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Rostock (IAP) conducts research in physics of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere in close collaboration with national and international partners. Besides studying specific processes in this region, our research also connects to climate change and to the role of atmospheric forcing on space weather.

IAP’s scientific and experimental work integrates into the following main research themes:

  • Exploration of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere
  • Coupling of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere to atmospheric layers below and above
  • Long-term changes in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere and adjacent regions

IAP is a member of the Leibniz Association. The institute is located near the Baltic Sea resort Kühlungsborn, it operates a branch station at Juliusruh on the Rügen island, and it is a major partner of the ALOMAR observatory in northern Norway. As an associated institute of the University of Rostock it forms an integral part of the teaching program at the Institute of Physics. Together with about 70 employees the institute has a clear approach to an equal opportunity and family-friendly human resource policy and is certified by the audit "berufundfamilie" ('career and family').

"IMPAGT" project receives funding

(16.07.2024) Project applied for by Prof. Dr Claudia Stephan in the Leibniz Programme for Women Professors has been approved.

MST16/iMST3 Workshop

(07.05.2024) Registratrion for 16th International Workshop on Technical and Scientific Aspects of iMST Radar and Lidar in Kühlungsborn in September is open

IAP expands radar system in Norway

(11.07.2024) In June 2024, the IAP successfully completed a new remote radar receiving field in northern Norway.

Well done, Dr. Jaen!

(05.07.2024) Juliana Jaen has successfully finished her doctoral studies

Congratulations Dr. Goncharenko

(13.06.2024) Larisa Goncharenko successfully defends her doctoral thesis!

Die Entdeckung des Himmels

(31.05.2024) New article about the work of the IAP published in MV-Magazine

New issue of Leibniz-Nordost

(17.05.2024) The new issue of Leibniz-Nordost has recently been published.

SIMONe Receiver on Bornholm

(06.05.2024) A new SIMONe receiver was set up on the Danish island of Bornholm to complement the SIMONe Germany meteor radar network.

Congratulations Dr. Ramachandran!

(26.04.2024) Kesava Ramachandran has successfully defended his Ph. D. Thesis!

Certificate for "audit workandfamily"

(04.04.2024) The IAP has again received the certificate of the berufundfamilie GmbH.

Appointment offer for Dr. Baumgarten

(02.04.2024) Dr. Gerd Baumgarten has accepted the appointment offer of the Faculty of the University of Rostock for the professorship of Optical Sounding of the Atmosphere

IAP participates in new Leibniz-Lab

(21.03.2024) Leibniz-Lab faces the challenge of rapid loss in biodiversity and ongoing climate change and at the same time an intensified agriculture and securing of food supply.


Humboldt-Fellow at IAP

(19.03.2024) Dr. Suman Das receives Humboldt Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

New department head and professor

(01.01.2024) Prof. Claudia Stephan takes over the lead of the modelling department

Thirty years IAP

(25.09.2023) Appraisal ceremony. A jubilee was celebrated on the 25th of September 2023...

URSI Awards for IAP contributions

(25.08.2023) Two prizes were awarded to IAP early career scientists for their contributions to the XXXVth URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in Sapproro...

Visit of Minister Bettina Martin

Minister Bettina Martin from the Ministry of Science, Culture, Federal and European Affairs visited IAP on 18th July 2023.