The Hydrobiological Station in Mikolajki, belonging to the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, more than 60 years, provides opportunities to make a study and research for scientists of various specialties (both environmental and laboratory) from domestic and foreign scientific institutions offering access to laboratories and their equipment as well as accommodation in a year-round guest rooms.
The Station also serves as a teaching facility for students/PhD-students who are held here fieldwork, student internships and placements. At the Station also are organizing workshops, training, lessons, shows, festivals, theme days, etc. popularize the wider biology, addressing to the local community, especially prepared for students of primary and secondary schools.
The Station is located in the center of the Masurian Lakes District, on a western shore of Mikolajskie Lake, with a wide access to the lake and its own small marina. It is surrounded by forests and in a distance of a few miles from the Station you can meet an amazing array of aquatic ecosystems: small rivers and streams, dystrophic lakes, small, mid-forest and meadow reservoirs and natural and artificial ponds. This unique location conducive to multidisciplinary research both environmental (field) and experimental (laboratory and aquarium) and long-term environmental monitoring of the whole system of the Masurian Lakes District. Rich laboratories infrastructure, field sampling equipment, experienced and friendly staff – all this makes the research conducted here results in numerous publications.
The Consortium of users of the Hydrobiological Station was created in 2003 to coordinate research works conducted at the Station, which includes – in addition to Nencki Institute PAS as the owner of the Station – the faculties of the University of Warsaw, the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn and the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce.
The Consortium Board, composed on an equal basis of representatives of all users of the Station coordinating of research activities carried out there, planning joint ventures and summarize the full-year results of the research.
Recently (2015 and 2016), the Station was extensively renovated (in particular its lab-conference part), and the improvement of working conditions and accommodation increased the interest of scientists in residence and work at the Station.