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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.

Equal opportunities

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:
Frank Weichbrodt
Tel.: +49 3834 554 3910

Deputy head of works council:
Liane Kantz
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
    Dept. Chemistry
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:
Uta Haeder-Schult
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.


The INP is active in national and international networks as well as organizations relevant to plasma technology. It is member of several organizations including

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. 


Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology
Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2
17489 Greifswald

Phone: +49 3834 - 554 300
Fax: +49 3834 - 554 301