Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAN) was founded in 1983 in place of the Marine Station in Sopot which had existed since 1953.
The mission of the Institute of Oceanology is to conduct marine environmenal research in order to expand knowledge of the processes and phenomena taking place there. Studies, which are carried out on the Baltic Sea and European Arcitc Seas, focus these days on the following four strategic fields:
I. The role of the oceans in climate change and its effects on European seas
II. The natural and anthropogenic variability of the Baltic Sea environment
III. Contemporary changes in the coastal ecosystems of shelf seas
IV. Genetic and physiological mechanisms of the functioning of marine organisms; the basics of marine biotechnology
The Institute has the rights to confer scientific doctoral degree (since 1993) and associate professor degree (since 2000) in the field of natural sciences, in the discipline of Earth and related environmental sciences. Currently, the Institute uses a complex of buildings featuring modern architecture, with a total usable area of 5,300 square meters, well-developed technical infrastructure, including a conference room able to seat about 150, equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video appliances. Research laboratories are provided with modern scientific equipment.
The Institute is the ship-owner operator of the research sailing vessel 'Oceania'.