Research Institutions in Rostock

Scientific Potential

Variety and excellence characterise the science landscape in the Hanseatic city of Rostock. The flagships for the technological region of Rostock are the numerous renowned institutes and faculties of the University of Rostock and the non-university research institutions. They are a decisive influence on the image of the Hanseatic city. The interaction between commercial and university research has developed further during the past few decades and has become a guarantee of the success of this location for technology.

A Summary of Research Institutions in Rostock:

University of Rostock

With the profile lines "Life, Light and Material", "Maritime Systems", "Successful Ageing" and "Knowledge – Culture – Transformation", the university wants to strengthen interdisciplinary research and increase its international scientific profile. The profile line "Maritime Systems" brings together, among others, marine researchers, engineers and economists. They develop scenarios and strategies for the coast as a habitat and economic space and provide answers to complex future questions of civilisation. "Life, Light and Material" also covers the promising life-science sector and develops future technologies based on atomic and molecular processes combined with laser optics and life sciences. Research projects into e.g. new materials and biosensors, laser modification of micro and nanosystems or energy and environmental problems are tackled in close cooperation. The 3rd profile line "Ageing of the Individual and of Society" places the focus on medicine and technology for self-determined living in old age. Research is carried out into medical forms of care and therapy, especially relating to technical assistance systems. The newest profile line "Knowledge – Culture – Transformation" deals with media, transformation of knowledge and knowledge and power.

Fraunhofer Application Centre for Large Structures in Production Engineering (AGP)

The Fraunhofer Application Centre for Large Structures in Production Engineering Rostock, in cooperation with the chair of Production Technology at the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering and Ship Design at the University of Rostock, carries out research into the improvement of production technology processes for maritime industry, steel construction, aeroplane, automotive and railed vehicle construction and wind power. Engineering scientific tasks of industry in the business fields of production technology, automation and quality technology, companies and production organisation form the focuses of research. The scientific expertise here is in mechanical joining, welding, soldering, gluing, cutting and measuring, sensor robot and control technology. The AGP, at the customer's request, tries out production technology, builds functional samples and prototypes and puts them into operation.

Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD)

The Fraunhofer IGD is a leading institution for applied research in visual computing. Expertise in the development of software solutions for maritime business, mechanical and plant engineering and information technology is concentrated in Rostock. Research is also carried out in the departments of Interactive Document Engineering and Maritime Graphics. With Interactive Document Engineering the Fraunhofer IGD deals with problems in the field of visualisation of existential data, especially for the industries of mechanical and plant engineering and healthcare. In the department of Maritime Graphics, customers from shipbuilding, ship operations and marine technology/research are given digital, virtual and visual support. Maritime Graphics stands for graphic software solutions to the benefit and for the use of the maritime industry. These include the preparation of 3D models, visualisation tools for simulations and data acquisition, technologies for virtual and augmented reality and image-processing procedures.

Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT)

The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock) is a research institution of the Leibniz Association. It is the biggest public European research institute in the field of applied catalysis. Its expertise is both methodically and materially oriented. Applied sustainable catalysis processes, innovative methods and technologies of catalysis, and molecularly defined catalyses – special (metal)organic syntheses and catalyses characterise the research activity at the institute.

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW)

The IOW is a non-university research institute dedicated to interdisciplinary marine research in coastal and marginal seas. The main focus is upon the researching of the marine ecosystem. In this, various research questions are investigated, especially in the sections physical oceanography, marine chemistry, biological marine and marine geology.

Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries (TI-OF)

The Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries is one of 15 technical institutes of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, German Research Institute for Rural Areas, Woodland and Fisheries (Thünen Institute). It works out the scientific basis for sustainable use of the fishery resources of the Baltic Sea. This includes e.g. the monitoring of the stocks structure and productivity of fish stocks, researching of the replenishment of fish stocks and the effects of increasing industrialisation on the ecosystem.

Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP)

The research focus of the IAP is the researching of the middle atmosphere at a height of 10 to 100 km. Using radar and lidar processes and model calculations, physical processes and long-term development in the middle atmosphere are investigated. Further technical links arise in cooperation with the University of Rostock, especially in experimental physics in the area of laser applications and in the engineering sciences in the development and use of radar devices.

Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)

The Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) is an institute that is dedicated to application-oriented fundamental research in the field of the biology of agricultural farm animals, especially the genetic and physiological basis, and the environment of farm animals. The FBN research is interdisciplinarily conceived. In six research fields, the scientists from various specialist disciplines together investigate the fundamentals of the genetics, reproduction, nutrition, behaviour, growth and development of farm animals. The aim of the research is sustainable agriculture and the securing of human nutrition.

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Rostock (MPIDF)

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic research is a non-university research institute of the Max Planck Society (MPG) in Rostock. With approx. 130 scientists, it is one of the biggest demographic research institutes in Europe and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in its discipline. The institute's scientists research politically relevant subjects such as demographic change, ageing, birth dynamics and the division of working time over the lifespan, as well as evolutionary biological and medical aspects of ageing. Together with the Institute for Sociology and Demographics and the Department of Economics of the University of Rostock, the MPIDF participates in the "Rostock Centre for the Researching of Demographic Change".

Center for Life Science Automation - celisca

The Center for Life Science Automation - celisca is one of six excellent BMBF centres for innovation expertise. As an international centre of excellence at the interface between university und business, experts work out innovative, scientifically sophisticated solutions to current and future problems in the automation of biotechnological, pharmaceutical and chemical processes. With the core competencies of automation, engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, screening, analytics, process information technologies and automated sequence estimation (physical and psychological) CELISCA covers the whole field of modern life sciences.

The Reference and Translation Center for Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy (RTC) of the University of Rostock was opened in spring 2009. It is one of the five main specialist centres for regenerative medicine in Germany. At the Reference and Translation Center for Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy, new treatment methods with stem cells for cardiac diseases are researched and applied. The aim is to make possible long-term healing of damaged hearts by means of regenerative medicine. The RTC accompanies the complex process from the fundamental research and early development up to approval and application of stem cells as a standardised and quality-assured therapy.

Visual Computing Research and Innovation Center (VCRIC)

The "Visual Computing Research and Innovation Center" (VCRIC), founded in 2011, is a joint institute of the Fraunhofer Society and the University of Rostock at the Fraunhofer IGD in Rostock. In close cooperation, the institutes here carry out basic initial research and then, building on that, the application research and development typical of the Fraunhofer Society. The research subjects in the field of Maritime Graphics (MAG) are image-based underwater 3D reconstruction, highly accurate position tracking on board ships, placement of pipes in virtual machine rooms, identification of structures in turbulent currents based upon PIV and LIF measurements and big data analysis of non-steady-state CFD simulation of virtual reality. The subjects dealt with in the research section of Interactive Document Engineering are annotation management, contextualisation of information and task recognition, semantics and semantic references, user interface adaptation and divided displays and the identification of machine elements.

Centre for Turbomachinary

The Centre for Turbomachinary is a central scientific institute of the University of Rostock, combining the existing specialist expertise of various faculties. The aim of the cooperation, overlapping chairs and faculties, is the creation of innovative solutions in which system solutions for whole continuous flow machines, such as pumps, compressors, ventilators, wind and hydroelectric power plants and ship drives are worked out. This centre of excellence directly addresses the manufacturers and developers of the of the fields of work mentioned in order to assist them in the development and optimisation of new products and/or in the solution of problems from the fields of turbomachinary, continuous flow systems and components for continuous flow systems.

Institute for Implant Technology and Biomaterials e. V. (iib)

The Institute for Implant Technology and Biomaterials e. V. carries out commercially relevant research und development in the fields of biomaterial testing, implant development and applied biomechanics and sensor technology in close cooperation with the Institute for Biomedical Technology of the University of Rostock.


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