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The Institute of Geosciences - Our institute

This page introduces the Institute of Geosciences as an institution of the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and its staff and institutions.

A detailed overview of studies and research as well as the individual sections, working and research groups can be found on the corresponding subpages.

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Poppelsdorfer Schloss
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The Institute of Geosciences combines disciplines that deal with the research and teaching of the Earth system in the past and present as well as related processes. In the field of earth sciences, the Institute covers the research areas of geology, geochemistry/petrology, geophysics, meteorology/climate and palaeontology of animals and plants.

The research area of geology is divided into the main areas of hydrogeology, sedimentology and environmental geology. Geochemistry/petrology comprises the key areas of structural geology, geochemistry, petrology, mineralogy and crystallography. Applied geophysics and geodynamics are represented in the research area of geophysics. The field of meteorology/climate research focuses on theoretical meteorology, remote sensing and climate dynamics above the earth's crust. The Palaeontology research area is concerned with the study of flora and fauna, in particular the palaeontology of microorganisms, vertebrates (vertebrates) and invertebrates (invertebrates) and palaeobotany.

Within the Institute of Geosciences at the University of Bonn, these specialisations are divided between the working groups of the same name and are accordingly represented in current research and teaching in the Institute's two teaching units.

Executive Board

The Institute of Geosciences is represented by the Executive Board.
The following page introduces the Executive Board and the people who work on it:


The offices and secretariats are presented on the following page. They are the contact persons for the sections and working groups.


The following page lists the employees of the Institute and its sections and working groups and their contact details.

Directions & building

The Institute of Geosciences is located in various buildings in Bonn. On this page you will find an overview of the locations.


In addition to the university's central libraries, the sections and working groups have their own decentralized libraries. You can find an overview here:


Two museums with rich collections belong to the institute and can be visited:
The Goldfuß Museum and the Mineralogical Museum introduce themselves!


The institute is equipped for requirements in the areas of preparation, workshops, laboratories, IT and other scientific services. On this page you will find an overview.


The Institute of Geosciences and its sections are partners in research and teaching cooperations. Current and past collaborations are listed on this page.


With 2 Bachelor's and 4 Master's degree programs in 2 teaching units, the Institute of Geosciences offers a broad spectrum of theoretical and practical disciplines for orientation in university research and teaching.

Are you interested in studying geosciences or do you need information about a degree program? Then the following pages are the right place for you:

Institute news
News from 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.

Erasmus+ cooperation project

Last week, we launched our Erasmus+ cooperation project in Bonn and Cologne, which aims to present scientific findings on climate change in a way that is suitable for children. In this international project, we coordinate eight partner institutions from six European countries, including kindergartens, technical schools and youth centers from Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain. Our aim is to encourage even the youngest children to take a scientifically sound and sustainable approach to climate and climate change.

Image film meteorology Bonn

Curious about studying meteorology in Bonn?
In the following video clip students, researchers and teachers of the subject meteorology of the University of Bonn report.

Faculty Teaching Award 2022

Our colleague, Vert.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Schielicke has been awarded the Teaching Award of the Faculty 2022.
Ms. Schielicke represents courses in both the compulsory and elective areas of the bachelor's and master's programs of the teaching unit Meteorology and Geophysics. She covers introductory basic knowledge as well as special and in-depth topics of meteorological research. Her lectures are well received and highly praised by the students. By supervising theses in the field of atmospheric dynamics, Ms. Schielicke offers students additional research-related topics to choose from, which are gladly taken up. In addition, Ms. Schielicke is exceedingly involved in public relations for the Section of Meteorology and the course offerings.
We are very pleased and congratulate her!

Winter Wonder 2022

As part of the Christmas lecture on the module "Applied Geophysics", students were able to geophysically confirm the existence of a suspected marzipan core.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Johanna Kasischke

Our institute - a chronological overview

The Institute of Geosciences was founded in the 2018/2019 winter semester as a merger of the Steinmann Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Palaeontology and the Institute of Meteorology at the University of Bonn.

From 1883

First foundation of the geoscientific institutes (some with changing names):
Institute and Museum of Mineralogy (1883 - 2008)
Institute and Museum of Geology and Palaeontology (1883 - 1963)
Institute and Museum of Geology (1963 - 2008)
Institute of Palaeontology (1963 - 2008)


Foundation of the Steinmann Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Palaeontology from the aforementioned individual institutes


Merger of the Steinmann Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Palaeontology and the Meteorological Institute to form the Institute of Geosciences

You can find a more detailed chronicle of the institute and its sections under the following link:

Contact & opening hours

Opening hours

The opening hours of the Institute of Geosciences depend on the working hours of the people based in the individual buildings of the Institute.

Please make appointments according to the office hours of the individual persons and by prior arrangement.

You can find an overview of the buildings here:

The opening hours of the museums can be found on the museum pages:


Year in which the first geoscientific institute was founded




Study programmes

Arriving by car


Parken Sie am besten in einem der Parkhäuser in der Innenstadt und gehen von dort aus Richtung Poppelsdorfer Allee bzw. für die Psychologische Beratung zur Quantiusstraße.

Für gehandicapte Menschen und Eltern mit kleinen Kindern bestehen nach vorheriger Rücksprache kostenlose Parkmöglichkeiten direkt hinter unserem Haus in der Poppelsdorfer Allee 49.

Arriving by bus and train


Fahren Sie bis zum Bonner Hauptbahnhof bzw. zur Haltestelle "Poppelsdorfer Allee".

Wenn Sie zur Studienberatung möchten, laufen Sie einfach Richtung Poppelsdorfer Allee.

Zur Psychologischen Beratung nehmen Sie am Hauptbahnhof den Ausgang "Quantiusstraße".


Kurzbeschreibung, z.B: Als familienfreundliche Hochschule bieten wir Angebote zur erfolgreichen Vereinbarung von Beruf, Studium und Familie. 


+49 228 / 73-52 76


2. Etage, Räume 2.017 / 2.018
Quantiusstraße 1
53115 Bonn

Psychologische Beratung

Als familienfreundliche Hochschule bieten wir Angebote zur erfolgreichen Vereinbarung von Beruf, Studium und Familie. 


+49 228 / 73-52 76


2. Etage, Räume 2.017 / 2.018
Quantiusstraße 1
53115 Bonn

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