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The scientific landscape in Rostock is disproportionately huge in comparison to its population density and economy. This is because Rostock is a central location for science in the region, as well as Greifswald. Here, there is a variety of scientific institutes that have been established around the university and are mutually growing. In the course of this cooperation, there are now different organisations and networks of interested parties and industries, which coordinate with each other.
One of the most well-known scientific institutes is the Max Planck Institute in Rostock, which deals with demographic research (MPIDR) and population sciences.
The Frauenhofer Institute works and carries out research with a focus on software solutions for maritime business.
The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) is involved in interdisciplinary marine research, whereas the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis concentrates on applied catalysis research in Rostock. In addition, the Frauenhofer Application Center for Large Structures collaborates with the faculties at the University of Rostock.
Furthermore, technology centres in Rostock are important in promoting trade and industry.