• Institute of Geosciences

The Institute of Geosciences


The geosciences study the forces and processes that have driven the transformation of our planet for several billion years, creating ocean basins and mountains and destroying them again. This includes analyzing the formation of natural resources and their exploration with state-of-the-art recording techniques, assessing natural hazards and geohazards, the evolution of organisms and their relationship to the solid Earth, and increasingly, the impact of humans and global change on the Earth's surface, our habitat.

Our German-language Bachelor's program in Geosciences and English-language Master's programs in Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Geoinformation and Visualization, respectively, as well as the international doctoral program have the task of enabling students to apply a broad inventory of methods. This includes the development of a technical system and the ability to recognize interdisciplinary relationships and to transfer observations from the field into models. In doing so, we offer a variety of specialization options according to the methodological and content-related foci of the different research groups, various programs for the internationalization of studies, and first-class graduate training.

The institute plays a central role in the research focus Earth and Environmental Systems and is an active partner of the coordination platform Geo.X, which organizes the close network of earth and environmental science research institutions in the Berlin-Potsdam area. The institute currently also provides the president of the Geounion (Prof. M. R. Strecker).


Ausschnitt aus Video Vortrag "Zwischen Brötchen und Borussia" Thema: Minerale unter Hochdruck

Minerale unter Hochdruck - eine Reise ins Erdinnere - Vortrag in der Reihe "Brötchen und Borussia"

Hoher Druck begegnet uns im Leben, wenn wir einen Rennradreifen aufpumpen oder beim Tauchen in große Wassertiefen. Sehr hoher Druck entsteht, wenn ein Elefant Stilettos mit Pfennigabsätzen trüge...

Nachhaltige Technologien nachhaltiger machen

Alumna Debby Schmidt über seltene Erden und die Chancen des Bioleaching - Ob für Smartphones oder Elektroautos – modernste Technologien sind oft auf einen raren Rohstoff angewiesen: Seltene Erden...

Michaël Pons receives Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award 2022

PhD student presents a poster at the EGU entitled: Variability of the shortening rate in Central Andes controlled by subduction dynamics and interaction between slab and overriding plate

Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award is awarded to Melanie Lorenz

Her poster "FID GEO: Promoting Open Science for Geosciences (Lorenz, M.; Elger, K.; Achterberg, I.; Meistring, M.; Pfurr, N.; Semmler, M.)" wins award by EGU 2022

Frank Scherbaum and Caroline Bithell are holding their honorary doctorate certificate in their hands

Honorary doctorate awarded to Prof. Dr. Frank Scherbaum

This high honour recognizes the Institute´s former chair holder and his research in the field of ethnomusicology....

Kaboth-Bahr during fieldwork

Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr wins the 2023 Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award of the EGU SSP Division

The scientist will be honored for her achievement in stratigraphy, sedimentology and palaeontology. The award ceremony will take place during the EGU General Assembly in April 2023.

Bohrlokalität und Lager im Chew-Bahir-Becken in Südäthiopien.

Key phases of human evolution coincide with flickers in eastern Africa’s climate

Interdisciplinary research in southern Ethiopia enabled the deciphering of eastern Africa’s climatic heartbeat and shows how key phases of climate change influenced human evolution, dispersal and ....

Cover: Python Recipes for Earth Sciences – First Edition

New textbook on data analysis in the geosciences with Python

Martin H. Trauth of the Institute of Geosciences has published his fifth textbook on data analysis in the geosciences with SpringerNature-Verlag. ...

Across Mountains and Valleys

Prof. Peter van der Beek researches the driving forces behind mountain formation

Better World Award UP 2022 geht an die Geo- und Biowissenschaftlerin Debby Schmidt

Einen Anstoß für eine umweltfreundliche und nachhaltige Gewinnung von Seltenen Erden möchte Debby Schmidt mit ihrer Masterarbeit geben, für die sie am 1. September mit dem Better World Award UP ...

Sedimentary sequences and sampling in the Pichilemu area (Chile)

The hidden danger of cryptic faults

Cryptic faults have concerned earthquake scientists because of their unexpected presence and hidden seismic potential. Dr. Julius Jara-Muñoz and co-authors have developed a novel approach to detect ..

Geo- und Bioforschung Hand in Hand

Zu Biodiversität, Tektonik und Klimawandel im Ostafrikanischen Grabenbruch

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