Institute of Geophysics and Geology


Geoscientists explore the “Earth System” and decipher its historical development. Understanding the past, natural conditions and changes to this system without human influence forms an essential basis for assessing current environmental changes.

Geosciences as a major subject

Geological-geophysical degree programmes (B.Sc., M.Sc.) are no longer offered at Leipzig University.

Prof. Ehrmann discusses the geology of the Nördlinger Ries with students. Photo: Gerhard Schmiedl

Geosciences as a minor subject

Our minor subject training is aimed in particular at students of archeology, biology, geography, meteorology and physics.

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Our Research

We investigate earth-historical environmental changes and current geohazards. This includes geophysical monitoring of volcanoes and earthquake zones or research into prehistoric climate and environmental changes. Our research areas range from Antarctica to the tropics.

Prof. Brachert during field work in Uganda. Photo: private
Collection curator Frank Bach. Photo: Swen Reichhold
Field training 2019: Geoelectrics. Photo: Josefine Umlauft
Geophysical Observatory of Collm. Photo: Verein Erdgeschichte im Südraum Leipzig e. V.
Central German Earthquake Monitoring Network. Figure: Sigward Funke
Earth System Data Cube. Figure: Mahecha et al., 2020

Our Institute

Logo of the Institute of Geophysics and Geology
Cover photo: Leipziger Geowissenschaften, Special Volume 2
Cover: Leipziger Geowissenschaften, Volumes 1-20

Contact and Directions

Our institute is located at Talstraße 35 in the immediate vicinity of the Bayerischer Bahnhof and opposite the University Hospital in Liebigstraße.

Institute of Geophysics and Geology

Talstraße 35
04103 Leipzig

Head: Prof. Dr. Werner Ehrmann

Phone: +49 341 97-32900
Fax: +49 341 97-32809