The Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP) is a research institution of the Leibniz Association, with the legal form of a registered association (e.V.). The INP is an organisationally and legally independent research institute with the following constituent bodies:
- General assembly
- Board of trustees
- Scientific advisory council
- Board of directors
On the grounds of parity, it is financed jointly by its host state - Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania - and the German federal government. The functional responsibility lies with the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture at host-state level and with the Federal Ministry for Education and Research at federal level.
The management of the institute, the board of directors, consists of four people including the Chairman of the board and scientific director Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Weltmann. Since 2003, he is the head of the INP.
From idea to prototype
We see ourselves as the leading institution in plasma research and technology in Germany, comprehensively combining basic research and applications. As part of the Leibniz Association, the INP is a non-university research facility with focus on application-oriented basic research in the field of low temperature plasma physics.
Good scientific practice
We deliver top performances in the areas of science and technology due to good scientific practice. Our research is carried out in accordance to the rules for the safeguarding of good scientific practice of the Leibniz Association and the German Research Foundation (DFG). This includes, amongst other things, the consistent orientation towards the current standard of international research and technology, the continuous advancement of the scientific methods in use, an in-depth working method; including the constant questioning of one’s own results; the recognition of the scientific work of each individual and the promotion of broad cooperation.
Strategically, the institute aims at the realisation of long-term goals and sustainable results. In the pursuit of offering the best possible working conditions for its employees, the institute secures a creative working environment and seeks to open up new perspectives. High scientific standards and future-oriented topics of relevance for all of society, on an international scale, are central to our work. Which, based on a well-founded overall strategy, allows us to help shape trends in politics, economics and research.
We offer fair and balanced life and access opportunities for all. The INP actively promotes equal opportunities for women and men, as well as for people with special needs, whilst creating a family friendly working environment. Equal opportunities, non-discrimination, family-friendliness and the reconciling of work and family life are an integral part of the institute’s culture, on all organisational levels. We see it as our responsibility to live along the lines of these standards and to secure them.
Communication and Team Spirit
We regard each other with openness, fairness and tolerance. In dealing with each other, as well as our partners, we treat everyone with esteem, respecting cultural diversity. Interdisciplinary and internal cooperation is the foundation of our success. We encourage our employees to take responsibility and to co-decide within their scope of work, as defined by the matrix structure.
Junior staff development
We support junior staff on all organisational levels of the institute and beyond. In the competition for the best scientific minds, junior staff development is one of our main concerns, in all fields of activity. Our application oriented basic research sparks young researchers’ interest in topics of relevance to society as a whole. We facilitate concrete experience in research, as well as in cooperation with industry partners. To us, junior staff development comprises all qualification stages – from school, over university and apprenticeship, to profession.
We operate nationally and internationally with success. From Greifswald, we cooperate with globally recognised research institutes. We encourage our scientists to seize international exchange opportunities and support fellowships for international researchers at our institute. The active participation in the shaping of the European research activities is one of our focal points.
Transfer of research results
The results of our research are socially and economically exploitable, by turning them into concrete applications. This includes the publication of scientific results and their transfer into products and services.
The strategy of the INP is supported by the institutes’ structure: a matrix, divided by content according to scientific aspects into two research divisions, with three research programmes each. From an organisational and personnel point of view, the INP breaks down into eight scientific departments, in addition to four groups of researchers and three groups of junior researchers (plus management support and administration).
The organizational units provide the staff for the working on projects within the research divisions and ensure the preservation and targeted expansion of know-how. The core consists of thematically and methodically specialized project groups, which are responsible for the working of the detailed topics of the research divisions. Cooperation is normal in overlapping tasks. The administrative and infrastructure tasks are summarized in a separate department. The management support assists the management of the institute in the fields technology transfer, strategic acquisition of EU projects, public relation, project management, legal and patent advice.
The Board of Directors is subject to the direction and administration of the INP within the framework of the statutes and in accordance with the resolutions of the Board of Trustees and of the general assembly. The Board of Directors consists of two scientific Board members, an administrative board member and an additional person from an arbitrary organizational unit of the INP.
|Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Weltmann||Chairman of the Board and Scientific Director,|
|Division Manager Environment and Health|
|Jens Berger||Administrative Board Member,|
|Chief Financial Officer|
|Prof. Dr. Dirk Uhrlandt||Scientific Board Member,|
|Division Manager Materials & Energy|
|Prof. Dr. Thomas von Woedtke||Scientific Board Member,|
|Programme Manager Plasma Medicine|
The members of the association entitled to vote (ordinary members) elect the Management Board from among their number; they elect the members of the Board of Trustees and decide on requests to change the Statutes. The general assembly takes place at least once a year.
|Dr. Wolfgang Blank||(Chairman) BioTechnikum Greifswald GmbH|
|Dr. Benedikt Weiler||Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bonn|
|Woldemar Venohr||Ministry of Education, Culture & Science – Mecklenburg-West Pomerania|
|Prof. Dr. Dagmar Braun||Braun Beteiligungs GmbH|
|Prof. Dr. Christian von Savigny||University of Greifswald, Institute of Physics|
|Dr. Stefan Fassbinder||Mayor of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald|
|Mario Kokowsky||DEN GmbH|
|Prof. Dr. Jürgen Meichsner||University of Greifswald, Institute of Physics|
|Dr. Arthur König||Former Mayor of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald|
The Board of Trustees decides on all fundamental matters concerning the INP. It specifies the guidelines of the INP's association work and ensures statutory use of the budgetary funds.
|Dr. Benedikt Weiler||Federal Ministry of Education and Resarch, Bonn|
|Woldemar Venohr||Ministry of Education, Culture & Science – Mecklenburg-West Pomerania|
|Dr. Edgar Dullni||ABB AG, ABB/PTPM - ET|
|Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schareck||University of Rostock|
|Dr. Helmut Goldmann||Aesculap AG|
|Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Motz||Karlsburg Clinic of the Dr. Gruth GmbH & Co. KG Hospital Group|
The works council is the body elected by the employees on the basis of the Works Constitution Law to represent the interests of the employees. In which cases the works council can or must participate is specified in this law.
But also in cases where there is no right of co-determination or participation, the works council always has an open ear for the concerns of colleagues. Frequently, advice or even just a discussion can help. Every employee may turn to a works council member of his or her choice for advice. These discussions are always subject to secrecy in every respect. This trusting handling of information is of central importance for all works council members!
Head of Works Council:
Dr. Steffen Franke
Tel.: +49 3834 554 3839
Deputy head of works council:
Tel.: +49 3834 554 3910
Deputy head of works council:
Tel.: +49 3834 554 3871
The Scientific Advisory Council consists of internationally renowned representatives from science and industry, who are active in the research area of the INP. The Scientific Advisory Council advises the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors in all significant scientific and organizational issues; in particular with regard to long-term research and development planning. It is independent in its advisory activity. It develops suggestions and recommendations for the fields of research in which the INP is active and the for the associated work planning and meets at least once a year.
|Dr. Uwe Kaltenborn||(Chairman) HIGHVOLT Prüftechnik Dresden GmbH, Germany|
|Ernst Miklos||Linde Group R&D, Germany|
|Technology Platforms Management|
|Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Lademann||Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany|
|Clinic for Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Department Skin Physiology|
|Dr. Jean-Michele Pouvesle||GREMI - Université d'Orleans, France|
|Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Motz||Klinikum Karlsburg, Germany|
|Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Thumm||Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany|
|Prof. Dr. Satoshi Hamaguchi||Osaka University, Japan|
|Center for Atomic and Molecular Technologies (CAMT) Graduate School of Engineering|
|Prof. Dr. Annemie Bogaerts||University of Antwerp, Belgium|
|Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil.
Ursula van Rienen
|University Rostock, Germany
Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
|Prof. Dr. Alexander Fridman||Drexel University, USA|
|C. & J. Nyheim Plasma Institute|
|Dr. Anne Bourdon||Ecole Polytechnique - Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas (LPP) Palaiseau, France|
Equal opportunities, non-discrimination, family-friendly nature and reconciling of family and professional life are fixed parts of our mission statement and the institutes' atmosphere on all levels. The INP engages actively for equal opportunities of men and women as well as persons with disabilities, and supports its employees with individualized personnel development measures. We offer our employees a family-friendly environment and allow a balanced family and professional life e.g. with individual working times and working places. As a family-friendly enterprise we offer our employees, extensive flexibility for working times, we offer home office and support in the planning of childcare or care of family members in need of care. Flexible organization of working time and work location For our employees, we facilitate the reconciliation of career and family through flexible working time, which our employees can individually organize their workday around the core work time. We schedule Institute events in the core work time so that all employees can participate. We also offer the possibility of home office and have established the technical prerequisites in this regard. For our employees this enables an individually structured workday, which is appreciated by our scientists for execution of research and preparing their work for publication. Flexible work time and home office. Support in obtaining childcare or care of family members with special needs We offer our employees support in obtaining childcare or care of family members with special needs. Together we contact our local institutions and can quickly find a solution. We also support our employees with family obligations in finding a short-term childcare, who want to participate in scientific conferences for their professional career. Parent-child room In addition, we set up a separate parent-child room in our institute with child-friendly playing and sleeping possibilities, offering our employees an option to bridge gaps in child-care. The room is open to all co-workers and a suitable place of retreat for nursing. Supporting participation in trainings For participating trainings and seminars, the gender equality officer has funds for targeted support of individual employees. That includes costs for a successful application within a mentoring program. Total E-Quality rating 2014 and 2017 Again, the INP was awarded with the Total E-Quality certificate. After 2013, it is the second time the institute get the popular award for its activities to enable equal opportunities for both men and women in science. "The active and well established work for gender equality" as well as "a significant development in the field of equal opportunities" justifies the renewed awarding as the jury stated. This aim is achieved once talent, potential and competence of all genders is appreciated, considered and supported - a high standard in particular for personnel policy. The certificate is valid for 3 years. Thus in 2020 the INP can apply again. TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. aims at establishing equal opportunities in economy, science and politics and sustainably implement them. The initiative developed that certificate with the assistance of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Union, and it is awarded for exemplary action in the spirit of personnel management aligned to equal opportunity. TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. was founded in 1996 in Frankfurt am Main and initially was oriented to commercial enterprises. To date, approximately 250 organizations have been honored. Since 2001, research institutions and colleges can also compete for the award.
Gender Equality Officer:
Dr. Christine Zädow
Phone: +49 3834 - 554 3914
Deputy Gender Equality Officer:
Tel.: +49 3834 - 554 3851
|Liane Kantz||Security Officer||kantzinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 3871|
|Roland Erler||Fire Prevention Officer||erlerinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 411|
|Dr. Antje Quade||Hazardous Substances Officer||quadeinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 3877|
|Prof. Jürgen Röpcke||Laser Safety Officer||roepckeinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 444|
|Gabriele Henkel||Radiation Protection Officer||henkelinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 3908|
|Prof. Jürgen Röpcke||Data Security Officer||roepckeinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 444|
|Prof. Christian Wilke||Ombudsman||wilkeinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 3855|
|Dr. Kai Masur||Biological Safety Officer||kai.masurinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 3322|
|Dr. Anke Schmidt||Genetic Safety Officer||anke.schmidtinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 3958|
|Dr. Florian Siegeneger||IT Secruity Officer||siegenegerinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 462|
|Dr. Christine Zädow||Gender Equality Officer||christine.zaedowinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 3914|
|Uta Haeder-Schult||Deputy Gender Equality Officer||haederinp-greifswaldde||03834 / 554 3851|
Since 1999 INP is located in Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2 in Greifswald. It is in the midst of the scientific and medical campus of the University of Greifswald. The main building has a floor space of about 3.700 square metres. It is equipped with 133 office work stations and 41 laboratories. The extension building closing the gap between INP and Biotechnikum Greifswald was opened in 2010. There, mainly the laboratories and offices of the centre for innovation competence (ZIK) plasmatis (www.plasmatis.de) are housed. 30 office work stations and eight laboratories are located on 540 square metres.
INP has about 200 employees at present. The scientific disciplines include physics, chemistry, pharmacy and biology.
INP had a total budget of about 17.8 million euro in 2018. 7.6 million euro of that are competitive third-party funds raised from federal and state ministries, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Union and industry.
Plasma Research with Tradition
For more than 100 years physicists have been experimenting with ionized gases, which they call plasma since the late 1920s. Rudolf Seeliger was one of the pioneers when he took over a position at the Physics Institute of the University of Greifswald and founded an internationally recognized school in this field. Paul Schulz, a renowned physicist as well, founded the Research Centre for Gas Discharge Physics, which was attached to the Academy of Sciences. His research allowed, among others, the construction of xenon high pressure lamps, which are still used today for specific purposes. In 1950 the research centre received the status of a regular Institute for Gas Discharge Physics, which allocated to the Central Institute for Electron Physics (ZIE) of the Academy of Sciences of GDR in 1969.
After the German reunification ZIE, like all other institutes of the Academy of Sciences in East Germany, was dissolved according to the German Unification Treaty on December 31, 1991. In accordance with the evaluation of the research activities the Scientific Council of the Federal Republic of Germany recommended the foundation of a new institute, which was carried out on January 1, 1992. From the beginning, the new institution, the Institute for Low Temperature Plasma Physics (INP Greifswald) has been a member of the Leibniz Association. In order to honor Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in its name and appreciate his aspiration – "theoria cum praxi" – as part of the strategy of the institute, INP was renamed Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology on the occasion of its 15th anniversary.
On June 1, the INP celebrated its 25th anniversary and renewed its claim to the close interweaving of basic research and applied science.
The INP offers a broad spectrum of research services in the area of low temperature plasmas. Future-oriented topics of international macrosocial relevance and with a high scientific standard are the center of our work.
Employees with excellent qualifications and our technological equipment, which in some cases is unique worldwide, enable research work on the highest international level. Plasma technology is a cross-sectional technology and is supremely interdisciplinary. This fact is also reflected in our competencies
The range from classic physical competencies, such as modeling and the diagnostics of plasmas, to strong application-related competencies in plasma surface treatment or the development of plasma devices, and extend to competencies in the life sciences and environmental area. Our research is implemented in specific applications. This includes publication of scientific results and the transition of these results into products and services. Via our application laboratories we offer industrial enterprises direct and uncomplicated access to the processing of very specific application scenarios.
- Application Laboratories
- Plasma Bioengineering
- Plasma Diagnostics
- Plasma Life Science
- Plasma Modelling
- Plasma Surface Technology
- Plasma Process Technology
- Plasma Sources
- Plasma Radiation Techniques
- ZIK plasmatis
- Management Support - Research Management
The INP is active in national and international networks as well as organizations relevant to plasma technology. It is member of several organizations including
- BdP - Bundesverband deutscher Pressesprecher e.V.
- The German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses https://www.bvmw.de/
- Carbon Concrete Composite e.V.
- DECHEMA - Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.
- Deutschen Gesellschaft für Plasmatechnologie
- Deutsche Lichttechnische Gesellschaft e.V.
- German Physical Society
- Deutscher Bibliotheksverband e.V.
- enviMV - Network for Environmental Technologies from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
- Europäische Forschungsgesellschaft Dünne Schichten e.V.
- Forschungsvereinigung Schweißen und verwandte Verfahren e. V. des DVS
- Forum MedTech Pharma e.V.
- German Water Partnership e.V.
- Gesellschaft zur Förderung angewandter Informatik
- Greifswald University Club e.V.
- Hydrogen Europe Research association (former N.ERGHY)
- HYPOS Hydrogen Power Storage & Solutions East Germany e.V.
- idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
- Initiative Chronische Wunden e.V.
- Competence Network Industrial Plasma Surface Technology e.V.
- IUTA - Institut für Energie- und Umwelttechnik e. V.
- Nationales Zentrum für Plasmamedizin e.V.
- RWI - Regionale Wirtschaftsinitiative Ost Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.
- WTI - Wasserstofftechnologie-Initiative e.V.
The Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald) is the largest nonuniversity institute in the field of low temperature plasmas, their basics and technical applications in Europe. The institute carries out research and development from idea to prototype. The topics focus on the needs of the market. At present plasmas for materials, energy, environment and health are the focus of interest.