EU network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration.

Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. – Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei

Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. - Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei

Short name: FVB-IGB
Contact name: Jens C. Nejstgaard
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Partner Description

The Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (FVB-IGB) is a research institute of the Leibniz Association and member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB; FVB-IGB is dedicated to generating, disseminating and applying knowledge about freshwater ecosystems ( Working in close partnership with the scientific community, agencies and the private sector, FVB-IGB seeks to advance basic science and develop innovative solutions to pressing problems facing fresh waters and humans.

Role and Commitment of key person(s)

Jens C. Nejstgaard (m, PhD 1997 marine biology) Plankton ecologist with 30+ years of experience in leading international mesocosm experiments. Leader of the FP7 EU project MESOAQUA and H2020 AQUACOSM (to which this proposal is a follow-up) and Co-PI on the first successful marine mesocosm experiments in the Arctic. ISI WoS statistics: 65 papers (including 40+ on mesocosm experiments), 2115 citations, h-Index 25.

Project role AQUACOSM: Project Coordinator, Leader WP1: Consortium Management, Tasks Leader WP2.1: Review of AQUACOSM science focus and services, WP2.5: Strategy for the future, Co-Leader WP6: TA1: Provision of transnational access to all AQUACOSM facilities, Co-Leader WP7: JRA1:Transforming leading freshwater and marine technologies to enable pan-European experimental ecosystem studies in all climates, contribute to all WPs.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Project Coordinator, Lead WP1: Consortium Management, Co-lead: WP9; Task Lead: WP2.2, WP2.4, WP3.1; co-lead WP5.3, WP7.2; Contributor WP2.1, WP4.2, WP5.4, WP6.3, WP8.4.

Stella A. Berger (f, PhD 2005 limnology) Aquatic ecologist with 20 years experience in mesocosm experiments focusing on plankton dynamics under climate-change scenarios and multiple stressors. Worked at LMU Munich (DFG-Priority Project AQUASHIFT), at UIB in Bergen, Norway, (TA coordinator at FP7 MESOAQUA) Presently at FVB-IGB’s LakeLab she is leading the scientific coordination of large-scale mesocosm experiments (>60 persons per experiment) (together with Dr Nejstgaard). Currently she is leading the TA WP in AQUACOSM, and is Main PI on the Leibniz 4-yr PAKT Project CONNECT (Budget 1 mill €). ISI WoS statistics: 24 papers, 617 citations, h-index 13.

Project role AQUACOSM: Leader WP6 TA1: Provision of transnational access to all AQUACOSM facilities; Task Co-Leader WP5.1.AQUACOSM Website: Development of the AQUACOSM website providing a central coordinating infrastructure for aquatic mesocosm research in Europe and globally; Task Leader WP5.2 AQUACOSM TA portal: Providing Information about, attracting, networking and coordinating AQUACOSM Transnational Access provision to all partner facilities through the website; Task Co-Leader WP7.4; Participant Task WP7.6.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Lead WP9 TA: Provision of transnational access to all AQUACOSM facilities; Task Lead WP4.5, WP9.1; Co-lead: WP3.1, WP3.2, WP5.1, WP5.2, WP5.3, WP8.4; Contributor WP4.2, WP4.3, WP5.4, WP6.1, WP6.3.

Katharina Makower (f, PhD 2016 microbiology) Experience in limnology research as well as project management from the predecessor H2020 RIA project AQUACOSM. Additional qualifications were obtained through high-level project manager training both hosted by the H2020 ENVRIplus project/community, and the RI-TRAIN including training sessions focusing on communication, RI management, leadership, team building and strategic management.

Project role AQUACOSM: Project Manager.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Project Manager, WP1 Co-Lead. Contributor to WP9

Jessica Andrä (f) long experience in leading international projects.

Project role AQUACOSM: Financial Manager.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Financial Manager.

Mark O. Gessner (m, PhD 1991 limnology) Head of FVB-IGB’s Dep. of Experimental Limnology and professor of aquatic science at the Berlin Institute of Technology. He has broad scientific expertise on streams, lakes and wetlands with an emphasis on ecosystem processes, biodiversity, climate change, and multiple stressors. ISI WoS statistics: 101 papers, 7208 citations,h-index 41.

Project role AQUACOSM: Task Leader WP6.1 Provision of TA to FVB IGB: IGB-LakeLab; Contributior to WP5.


Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. - Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei
Müggelseedamm 301 and 310
12587 Berlin