Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)


Free State of Saxony, Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts

Basic Funding

ca 13 Million Euro

External Funding

ca 4,7 Million Euro (German Research Foundation, European Union, others)

The institute is co-financed by tax revenue on the basis of the budget adopted by the Saxon Landtag.

The Institute is also funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Employees Number in total Women
In total 145 51
Scientific and leading personnel 102 27
Doctoral candidates 47 17
Others 43 24

TROPOS Facilities

TROPOS main building, Source: Patric Seifert/TROPOS

  • Cloud Laboratory, source: Tilo Arnhold/TROPOS

  • Multifunctional building, source: TROPOS

  • Laboratory building for Chemistry of the Atmosphere

    Laboratory building for Chemistry of the Atmosphere, source: Tilo Arnhold/TROPOS

  • Research Station Melpitz, source: Gerald Spindler/TROPOS

Currently the TROPOS institute consists of five buildings, the main building including a laboratory section, the Cloud Laboratory, which has won architecture prizes, the multifunctional building and the laboratory building for Chemistry of the Atmosphere. The main building also houses the institute's library and the workshops.

With the admission to the Global Atmosphere Watch Programme of the Worls Meteorological Organization (WMO), the long-term research activities of the Melpitz Research Station (near Leipzig) relating the investigation of climate relevant fine particles and trace gases have been appreciated.

TROPOS hosts the WMO World Calibration Centre for physical in-situ aerosol measurements (WCCAP) to assure high quality standarts at national and international observations and for the training of personnel in this field.

Certificates and awards

In 2011 the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research received the certificate for the 'career and family audit'.

In 2006 the "Cloud Laboratory" of TROPOS was honored as a "Ausgewählter Ort im Land der Ideen 2007" (2007 Selected Site in the Land of Ideas).