The history of the Centre goes back to year 1954 when a small field station of the Estonian Academy of Sciences was established in an abandoned farmhouse on the eastern shore of Lake Võrtsjärv.

Today the Centre for Limnology constitutes a separate department of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment protection of the Estonian University of Life sciences (EULS).

The activity of the Centre can be divided into three directions:

  • fundamental research in Estonian waterbodies
  • teaching of students and post-graduate students in Tartu University since 1992 and in EULS since 1999,
  • applied research (state environmental monitoring, fish management, environment impact assessment, lake restoration, nature protection).