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Institute of Geosciences

Welcome to the website of the Institute of Geosciences!

The Institute of Geosciences at Bonn University combines the sections of Geology, Geochemistry/Petrology, Geophysics, Meteorology and Palaeontology. Within these sections, the disciplines of environmental geology, hydrogeology, sedimentology, geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, geophysics, geodynamics, climate dynamics, theoretical meteorology, radar polarimetry and palaeobotany, micropalaeontology and invertebrate and vertebrate palaeontology are covered.

Combined with 2 Bachelor and 4 Master programmes in 2 teaching units, the Institute of Earth Sciences offers a broad spectrum of theoretical and practical disciplines for orientation in university research and teaching.

See for yourself on the following pages!

Teaching & Learning

In this section we present the studies in our degree programmes and the teaching.

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In this section you will get an overview of the sections at the Institute.

News and Events

Below you will find a compilation of news and events at the Institute of Geosciences including the current research colloquium.

Updates from across the Institute of Geosciences
Early 2024, field measurements by geophysics team on Svalbard with project partners from UNIS and FZ Jülich

From mid of February to mid of March 2024 a team of the Bonn geophysics group conducts geophysical measurements on Svalbard in collaboration with project partners from the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The team images the subsurface using different geophysical methods to improve understanding of groundwater flow paths leading to surface icings in glacier forefields as well as at coastal pingo sites where methane outgassing occurs.

PrePEP conference 2025

The international conference on ‘Precipitation Processes - Estimation and Prediction (PrePEP)’ to be held 17-21 March 2025 in Bonn, Germany, will bring together scientists contributing with new approaches to improve the monitoring, understanding, nowcasting and prediction of precipitation processes. This includes advancements in integrated multi-sensor observations, their exploitation for parameterization developments, classical or AI-based Nowcasting techniques, microphysical retrieval development, data assimilation, the blending with numerical weather prediction, hydrological flood forecasts and warning strategies. Please visit the conference website for more information. Looking forward to seeing you in Bonn!

Science rally around Poppelsdorf

On January 27th, we participated with two stations in the science rally around Poppelsdorf. Under bright sunshine, over 300 students visited various scientific stations. At our stations, the  students had the opportunity to learn the differences between weather and climate. In addition to explanations about the topics and measurement methods, they could illustrate their learning  through experiments.

Wintry weather in Bonn

A wavy air mass boundary caused significant snowfall in Bonn and its surroundings this Wednesday. The air mass boundary moved very slowly, allowing precipitation to fall in the same location over an extended period. At the same time, there was a risk of freezing rain due to the weather conditions in southern Germany. The wintry weather will persist in our region until the weekend. The last time we experienced such large amounts of snow in our region was in December 2010.

Research colloquium

Events of the research colloquium in the summer semester 2023:

Lecture series “Aspects of the Climate Crisis”

The next round of the lecture series "Aspects of the Climate Crisis", formerly "Aspects of Global Warming", will begin on October 24.

The lecture will take place from October 24 on Tuesdays from 18:15 to 19:45 in Lecture Hall 1 of the Lecture Hall Center on the Poppelsdorf campus.

In the public lecture series "Aspects of the Climate Crisis" at the University of Bonn, organized together with "End Fossil: Occupy! Bonn", a wide range of topics will once again be discussed: from the European Green Deal, microplastics and groundwater depletion to colonialism and the right of resistance. As in previous years, the event is also intended to provide a platform for committed, constructive and appreciative discussion.

Weitere Veranstaltungen folgen demnächst.

31. Januar 2021

Startpunkt der Rallye rund um den Hofgarten

Garderobenhalle/ Arkadenhof Hauptgebäude
Am Hof 1
53113 Bonn

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CHE Ranking Geosciences Bonn 2021

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At the University of Bonn, the subjects mathematics, geography, geosciences and chemistry have been rated particularly positively.




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