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Contact - Freshwater Information Platform

The Freshwater Information Platform is a common idea and endeavour of the following institutes: 

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna - Austria
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber, Robert Vogl
Contact for: Freshwater Metadata Journal & Metadatabase, Freshwater Species Traits Database and Freshwater Information platform


University of Duisburg-Essen, Aquatic Ecology (UDE), Essen - Germany

Jörg Strackbein, Daniel Hering
Contact for: Freshwater Information platform


Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin - Germany

Sonja Jähnig, Vanessa Bremerich
Contact for: Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Brussels - Belgium

Aaike De Wever, Koen Martens
Contact for: Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal


Web team
Contact the web team

This website is built and maintained by Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber (BOKU) & Jörg Strackbein (UDE).

Jörg Strackbein
University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Biology, Department of Aquatic Ecology
D-45117 Essen, Germany

T: +49 (0)201-183-3218
F: +49 (0)201-183-2179

Picture credits

Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber (BOKU), Vanessa Bremerich (IGB), Jörg Strackbein (UDE), iStock photo, Fotolia, wikipedia

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Privacy policy

All data on this website are processed based on the current laws and regulations (GDPR/DSGVO). Here we explain how we use the data that you make accessible to us when using our website. You can use our website without leaving or storing any personal data. If we ask for personal data (newsletter, contact form), we just use it for the case we asked for and for which you are granting permission to us. We do care for your data, we will never hand over your data to a 3rd party in any case.


If you contact us via email or a contact form via this website we will save the received information in case of further communication. The saved information will only be used for communication purposes with you and not be handed over to a 3rd party.

Server logfiles

The provider of the website (hosteurope.de, server location: Cologne, Germany) is logging all access to the website. This includes the following information:

  • browser type and version including operating system
  • referrer URL
  • hostname, date and time of the server request

The logfile is anonymised prior to its storage, including the IP address, so it is not counting as “personal data” in sense of the GDPR/DSGVO. All logfiles will be deleted automatically after 30 days by the provider. These logfiles are only used to detect potential threats for the server, they are not be used for any statistical analyses.

(please read exeption for the use of Freshwater Metadatabase & Freshwater Metadata Journal below)


Cookies are small pieces of data sent from the webserver and stored on the user's computer by the user's webbrowser while the user is browsing. They do not contain any harmful code or viruses. Only so-called "session cookies” will be set by our webserver, these will be deleted after you close your browser.

Web analytics

We do not use any web analytic tools to track your visit on our website.


Our website is using plugins to display videos stored on YouTube, (Google Company – YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA). If you are visiting a page on our website containing a YouTube video, data will be transferred from and to a YouTube server. We do not know which kind of data is transferred and how Youtube handels your data. If you are logged in with your YouTube profile, YouTube will store information which pages you visited and which videos you have wached. To avoid this you can logout at YouTube. More information about the data privacy policy of YouTube can be found at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en-GB&gl=de


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Your rights

You have the right to get information, ask for correction or request deletion of your personal data which we might have stored any time. You can contact us if you have questions concerning your personal data and our data privacy policy via the persons and contact details named above.


This website contains links to material protected by copyright, trademark, and other proprietary rights and laws. By using our website, you acknowledge that the content and information – including but not limited to – texts, sounds, photographs, videos, graphics or other material, contained in this website, may be protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Material and/or links on this web site do not constitute legal advice, political advice, and/or other advice. Permission is granted to use materials contained on this website, in part or in full, for personal and educational purposes, but not commercial purposes, provided that you keep all copyright and other proprietary notices intact and provided that full credit is given to our website and the respective copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights holder. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, or distribute in any way content available through this website, with the exception of public documents such as treaties and conventions.


Additionally, while we strive for accuracy, we make no guarantees, warranties and/or other representations about the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness, or accuracy of this website for any purpose. The webpages and information contained here are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. We do not represent or warrant that this website will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the webpages or the server that makes it available, are free of viruses or other harmful components. Changes and/or improvements may be made to this website at any time.


We also make no guarantees, warranties and/or other representations concerning any sites "linked" to and from our website or concerning the content or quality of information on other sites. Sites linked to and from to our website are not under the control of us and we are not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites.

Data Protection Regulation for Freshwater Metadatabase & Freshwater Metadata Journal

User registration and login
For using the full services of the Freshwater Metadatabase and the Freshwater Metadata Journal (e.g. entering metadata, publishing a FMJ journal article, etc.) we offer to register yourself by sending an email with your contact details. This registration information (name, email) is collected and stored solely for the use of our offer. By registering on our site, we further store your IP address as well as the date and time of your registration. This serves as a hedge on our part in the event that a third party abuses your data and registers with this data without your knowledge. A comparison of these data with other data which might be collected by other components of the Freshwater Information Platform does not take place.

Your email address will only be used for personal communication regarding the entered metadata or the FMJ article. You have the option to deregister from our website at any time. Please send an email to the following address:


We never pass on any data to third parties.

Use of log data
To improve and optimize the services offered on our website, the following information is stored with each logged-in activity: IP address, user ID, activity detail, date and time, browser type. This information only serves the usability of our website and will not be passed on to third parties.


The following domains are are hosted by Aquatic Ecology, University of Duisburg-Essen:
freshwaterplatform.eu, freshwateratlas.eu, freshwaterblog.eu, freshwaterglossary.eu, freshwaterjournal.eu, freshwatermetadata.eu, freshwaternetwork.eu, freshwaterplatform.eu, freshwaterplatform.org, freshwatertools.eu, freshwaterdata.eu, freshwatertraits.eu.

The provider of freshwaterbiodiversity.eu, project.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu, atlas.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu is the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. More information and contact.

data.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu is provided by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Brussels - Belgium. More information and contact.

freshwaterecology.info is hosted by University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (BOKU), Vienna - Austria. More information and contact.