The Institute of Oceanography (IO) of the University of Gdansk (UG) trains students in oceanography, environmental protection and geology. UG-IO in Gdynia comprises several buildings for administration, teaching and research, including laboratories, classrooms, library and research service platforms. Research activities at UG-IO are structured in topic-oriented departments, and concern various aspects of marine biology and ecology, marine physics, chemistry and geology. UG-IO offers TA services for ASSEMBLE Plus and UG s also one of the Polish partners of ASSEMBLE Plus.

UG offers three research platforms:

  • the RV Oceanograph,
  • the Institute of Oceanography, located in Gdynia,
  • and the Hel Marine Station (HMS), located on the Hel Peninsula, about 100 km distance from Gdynia).

The former two are described here, HMS is described on its own page. 


  • Southern coast of the Baltic Sea


Ecosystem access

Ecosystem access is with the RV Oceanograf

  • Coastal Research Vessels (On-site and remote service)
    • Baltic Sea, Open sea, Coastal Zone
    • All ecosystem access is with the RV Oceanograf
    • Bathymetric, biological, chemical, physical, geological, and acoustic studies of the Baltic Sea 
    • It is adapted to collect fish and plankton samples
    • Species that can be collected from the boats: plankton, benthos and nekton, mainly molluscs, crustaceans, olychaetes, oligochaetes, jellyfish, fish, cyanobacteria, micro- and macroalgae, bacteria
  • Sampling equipment (On-site and remote service)
    •  It carries a supply of sediment samplers (box corer, Van Veen grab, vibro corer, gravity corer and others) niskin bottles, rosette sampler, dredges, trawls, gill nets,). For more information check this listing.
  • Scuba diving facilties (On-site and remote service)
    • Baltic sea and coastal zone


Biological resources

  • Culture collection (On-site service)
    • Baltic Algae ( 


Experimental facilities

  • Aquaria and tanks (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • with closed circulatory systems, filtration, thermostatic tanks
  • Dry labs (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Molecular, biochemical, physiological, histological labs
  • Wet labs (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Environmental samples processing


Technology platforms

  • Imaging (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Optical microscopes with digital cameras, multibeam imaging sonar on the RV Oceanograf)
  • Structural and chemical platform (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Spectrometry, chromatography
  • Bioassays (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Algal and invertebrates bioassays (toxicity, histological changes, genotoxicity, enzymatic activity)



Success stories at UG-IO

Assessing impact of bottom trawl fishing and oxygen depletion on benthic invertebrates

Daniel van Denderen
Danish Technical University

"I have applied to ASSEMBLE Plus with my colleague Jan Geert Hiddink (Bangor University) to access the research vessel "Oceanograf" of the Gdańsk University (UG-IO) in Poland and to carry out fieldwork in Polish waters, which are affected by bottom trawling and hypoxia.

These are globally important pressures that affect marine benthic habitats and benthos, animals such as worms and shellfish that live on or in the seafloor. To understand interactions between trawling disturbance and hypoxia on benthos.

Without ASSEMBLE Plus access this project and forthcoming publications could not have happened. Our experience with the ASSEMBLE Plus program was highly positive. We thank the host from Gdańsk University and the crew from the research vessel for their great support, making it both a pleasant and very valuable research expedition"

Instytut Oceanografii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Av. Marszalka Pilsudskiego 46
81-378 Gdynia
Liaison officer: Maciej Wolowicz ( ), cc to:

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