New Head of the Institute for Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Management

The Institute for Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Management (IGF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Counsellor Master's degree Daniela Achleitner, PhD, as the new institute head. She succeeds Counsellor Master's degree Hubert Gassner, PhD, who retired on 01 May 2023.

The new institute head Daniela Achleitner brings a great expertise in the fields of aquaculture and aquatic ecology. Her career at the institute began 24 years ago, where she worked extensively on fish ecological and limnological issues. During her time at the Department of Lake Science, she published numerous scientific papers, prepared management concepts and technical papers, and conducted standardized fisheries surveys. 12 years ago, she took over the area of professional fisheries education and training and successfully expanded it.

As deputy head of the institute and head of department, Daniela Achleitner has already proven her high motivation, her strong sense of responsibility, as well as her reliability. For many years, she has coordinated all her colleagues in designing courses and curricula and has worked closely with the entire team of the Institute for Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Management. She will now further develop her institute with her appreciative and motivating leadership and lead it into a successful future.

The Federal Agency for Water Mangement is proud to have gained such a qualified and experienced personality as the new head of the institute. The institute will continue to play an important role in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Austria, act as an important contact for all stakeholders in water management as well as aquaculture, conduct aquacultural research and guide technical education in the field of fisheries management in a forward-looking manner.

We congratulate Daniela Achleitner, PhD, on her appointment.


Mag. Dr. Daniela Achleitner Head - Institute for Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Management
Scharfling 18
5310 Mondsee