to the website of the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics e.V. at the University Rostock (IAP). The Institute has been founded in 1992 and is member of the research association 'Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL)'. The institute is located near the Baltic Sea resort Kühlungsborn and owns a separate site on the island Rügen, close to Juliusruh. In addition IAP is a major partner of the ALOMAR observatory in northern Norway. As associated institute of the University Rostock it is part of the teaching programme in physics. A total of about 90 persons is employed at IAP. The institute realizes an equal-opportunity and family-friendly human resource policy and is certified with the audit "berufundfamilie" ('career and family').

The Leibniz-Institute is one of the German main centers for Middle Atmosphere research and operates active cooperations with several international research organizations. The most important scientific topics at IAP are

  • exploration of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere
  • coupling of atmospheric layers
  • long-term changes in the middle atmosphere

The aims of the IAP are described in the Scientific Framework Program.

9th Trends workshop

The next Trends workshop on long term changes and trends in the atmosphere will take place from 19 to 23 September 2016 in Kühlungsborn more

LITOS in Scandinavia


(03 February 2016) Joint observational campaign for multi-scale analysis completed. "The LITOS campaign was a full success", ...

Knowledge Caravan at IAP

(14 January 2016) Grammar school pupil from Rostock become acquainted with modern research... more

ILWAO Block Seminar

(14 July 2015) Science presentations and discussions - A seminar of the graduate school ILWAO for and with students... more

Inauguration of new extension

(09 July 2015) New extension building was inaugurated with a festive and informative event... more

Winner of Rostock's Eleven

(12 June 2015) Jens Söder wins this years competition science & communication... more

ROMIC status seminar

(03 June 2015) 80 researchers from all Germany report on the climate of the middle atmosphere ... more

Extension building occupied

(30 March 2015) Move of administration in only three days. While business at usual the administration occupied the new extension building.. more

Successfull start of WADIS-2 rocket

(09 March 2015) "We successfully launched the WADIS-2 payload at 01:44 UTC." This message of the project leader... more

Family friendly science

Certificate berufundfamilie (career and family) issued (15 January 2015) A family-friendly personnel policy... more