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The Institute of Geosciences can look back on a history rich in tradition, which is reflected, among other things, in the listed building.
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Welcome to the Institute for Geosciences at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena!

Geology, mineralogy and geophysics are sciences that deal with the coupled processes between the different parts of the earth in different spatial and temporal dimensions, from fractions of a nanometer to thousands of kilometers. 

From the smallest structures of minerals, rocks and organic (macro)molecules to the global scale, for example with the motion and dynamics of huge lithosphere plates.

In order to understand the complex interrelationships of processes that transcend scales, the geosciences have undergone a profound transformation over the last 20 years into an exact quantitative science.

Processes that occur on the earth's surface or in the earth's interior can now be mathematically modeled in many cases from the atomic to the planetary scale.

With the help of experiments, extreme conditions can be simulated up to those that prevail in the earth's core. State-of-the-art high-resolution microscopic, tomographic and spectroscopic investigation methods allow a fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationships of geomaterials.

The Institute of Geosciences (IGW) represents the merger of the disciplines geology, geophysics and mineralogy. A special feature of the IGW in Jena is the close interdisciplinary integration with chemistry, biology and physics. The research groups of the institute investigate fundamental geological and environmental processes, especially the interrelations, interactions and feedbacks between litho-, pedo-, hydro- and biosphere.

Geology

investigates the structure and history of the earth, the development of the continents and oceans, the formation and erosion of mountains and the formation of depositional spaces and sedimentary rocks. It provides the basic information for the extraction of raw materials. It has the task of securing the basis of human life - such as soil and water - in a long-term and sustainable manner.

Geophysics

investigates the physical properties of the earth and answers fundamental questions about the physical and thermal development of the earth and the structure of the continents. The structure of the earth is investigated with geophysical and numerical models.

Mineralogy

studies the composition, structure and properties of natural minerals and rocks that make up the earth's crust. These investigations provide important stimuli for the development of technically significant solids such as glasses, ceramics or semi-metals and new functional materials that have become essential components in everyday life.

 

The range of courses de offered at the IGW includes the two bachelor and master courses of study in Earth Sciences and Biogeosciences as well as the master's degree program in environmental and georesource management.

Maybe we can win you over by giving you an insight into research and teaching de as a student, but also as an interested party/supporter of the Institute of Geosciences Jena for our offers such as Rent-A-Prof de for schools and educational institutions in Thuringia, or welcome you personally here at the institute. In addition, lectures and other events de take place at regular intervals, to which the public is also cordially invited.

Contact

Since April 2021, the institute has been managed by a directorate consisting of 3 department chairholders.

Contact

Institute of Geosciences
Janet Kreßler
Room H 208
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
By Train Show content

North-South (Munich-Berlin): Arrival Jena-Paradies.
Line 1 (streetcar) in the direction of Zwätzen (city center). Take only one station. At the Löbdergraben stop, change to line 16 (bus) in the direction of Ziegenhainer Tal to the Kernbergstraße stop. Cross the street and walk uphill. Opposite the pharmacy, a small footpath branches off to the left. At the end of the footpath you reach Burgweg and see the institute opposite.


East-West (Weimar-Gera): Arrival Jena-West
Bus line 15 in the direction of Rautal. At the Löbdergraben stop, change to line 16 (bus) in the direction of Ziegenhainer Tal to the Kernbergstraße stop. Cross the street and walk uphill. Opposite the pharmacy, a small footpath branches off to the left. At the end of the footpath you reach Burgweg and see the institute opposite.

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A4 - Frankfurt-Dresden: Exit Jena Lobeda, in the direction of the city center, Naumburg, just before the Saale bridge turn right into Friedrich-Engels-Straße, then first street on the left "Camsdorfer Ufer", again first street on the right into Burgweg. The institute is located on the left side.

A9 - Berlin-Nürnberg: Exit Eisenberg in the direction of Jena on the B7 (approx. 20 km); approx. 1-1.5 km after the city limits sign of Jena turn left in the direction of the center, shortly before the Saale bridge (see city map) turn left again into the street "Camsdorfer Ufer". The second street on the left is Burgweg.

B88 - from direction Naumburg: In Jena follow the signs Zentrum, then in the center turn left under the railroad line into Karl-Liebknecht-Straße. Directly after the Saale bridge turn right into the street "Camsdorfer Ufer". The second street on the left is Burgweg.

B7 - from Weimar: In the center of Jena follow the signs to Eisenberg. Directly after the Saale bridge turn right into the street "Camsdorfer Ufer". The second street on the left is Burgweg.

Facilities

Geodynamic Observatory Moxa Show content
Sign Moxa Sign Moxa Image: IGW

Geodynamic Observatory Moxa

In the geodynamic observatory Moxa, among other things, the deformations of the earth's surface and the gravity field are recorded, evaluated and interpreted.

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Geological collection Show content
Special exhibition "Granite and its minerals" Special exhibition "Granite and its minerals" Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Geological collection

The most complete geological regional collection in Thuringia has existed since 1779 and comprises about 50,000 objects. The rocks, minerals and fossils have been collected since the 18th century.

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historical collection of geophysical/seismological equipment Show content
GDR-Seismometer GDR-Seismometer Image: IGW

historical collection of geophysical/seismological equipment

The extensive and unique collection of measuring instruments for recording ground motions, which is maintained by the geophysicists of the Moxa Geodynamic Observatory and the Department of Applied Geophysics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, is attracting worldwide attention.

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Collection of geological maps Show content
Historical globe from 1928 Historical globe from 1928 Image: IGW

Collection of geological maps

Geological maps form the most important data basis for scientific, economic and technical issues, such as the search for raw materials, subsoil investigations or civil engineering projects.

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Teaching collection of models of mineralogy Show content
Mineralogy-Models Mineralogy-Models Image: IGW

Teaching collection of models of mineralogy

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Mineralogical collection Show content
Aragonite on azurite Aragonite on azurite Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Mineralogical collection

Founded in 1779, the Mineralogical Collection holds approximately 80,000 objects and is intensively involved in research and teaching in the field of geosciences and biogeosciences.

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Seismogram archive Show content
Historical picture of the effects of an earthquake Historical picture of the effects of an earthquake Image: IGW

Seismogram archive

Around 1900, the recording of earthquakes begins worldwide. The seismogram archive of the Department of Applied Geophysics at Friedrich Schiller University contains records of earthquake waves from 1903 to the present day.

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Tectonic collection Show content
Zerschertes Kalkgeröll aus einem miozänen Konglomerat, Österreich Zerschertes Kalkgeröll aus einem miozänen Konglomerat, Österreich Image: Kamil Ustaszewski

Tectonic collection

The tectonic collection houses hand pieces of naturally deformed rocks from different parts of the world. The objects illustrate a wide range of deformation structures, which are formed as a result of the action of stresses and temperatures on rocks.

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Thuringia Seismic Network Show content
Earthquakes in the TSN Earthquakes in the TSN Image: Marcel van Laaten

Thuringia Seismic Network

The task of the Thuringian Seismic Network (TSN) is to perform seismological monitoring of the region of Thuringia and Western Saxony.

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Weather station Show content
solar autograph solar autograph Image: Jürgen Scheere (University of Jena)

Weather station

Through the climate station at the University Observatory, Jena weather data have been recorded at the same location since 1813 (almost without interruption).

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Addresses of buildings and facilities

Address Facilities, laboratories, collections
Institute for Geosciences
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
  • hydrogeochem. Laboratory (Applied Geology)
  • Atomic force microscope. Laboratory (Hydrogeology)
  • X-ray fluorescence (Geochemistry)
  • Sediment Laboratory (General and Historical Geology)
  • petrophysical laboratory (General Geophysics)
  • geophysical analog laboratory (General Geophysics)
  • Geological collection
  • Collection of geological maps
  • Teaching collection of models of mineralogy
Institute for Geosciences
Wöllnitzer Str. 7
07749 Jena
  • Hydrogeochem. Labor (Hydrogeologie)
  • soil physics. Measuring rooms (Hydrogeology)
  • Experimental room (Hydrogeology)
Institute for Geosciences
Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 10
07745 Jena
  • X-ray diffraction (General and Applied Mineralogy)
  • Microprobe (General and Applied Mineralogy)
  • Calorimetry (General and Applied Mineralogy)
  • Thermogravimetry (General and Applied Mineralogy)
  • Transmission electron microscope (Analyt. Mineralogy)
  • Scanning electron microscope with focused ion beam (Analyt. Mineralogy)
  • Thermal analysis (Analyt. Mineralogy)
  • Chemical Laboratory (Mineralogy)
  • Microthermometry (General and Hist. Geology)
Institute for Geosciences
Mineralogische Sammlung
Sellierstraße 6
07745 Jena
  • Mineralogical collection
  • Teaching collection of models of mineralogy
Geodynamic Observatory Moxa
Ortsstraße 30
D-07381 Moxa/Thüringen
  • Geodynamic Observatory
    - seismological observation (worldwide)
    - Measurement of gravity field variations
    - high-resolution deformation measurements
  • Seismogram archive
 

Facilities

Geodynamic Observatory Moxa Show content
Sign Moxa Sign Moxa Image: IGW

Geodynamic Observatory Moxa

In the geodynamic observatory Moxa, among other things, the deformations of the earth's surface and gravity field are recorded, evaluated and interpreted.

Learn more

Mineralogical collection Show content
Aragonite on azurite Aragonite on azurite Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Mineralogical collection

The Mineralogical Collection, founded in 1779, has a stock of about 80,000 objects and is intensively involved in research and teaching in the field of geo and biogeosciences.

Learn more de

Thuringian Seismic Network Show content
Earthquakes in the TSN Earthquakes in the TSN Image: Marcel van Laaten

Thuringian Seismic Network

The task of the Thuringian Seismic Network (TSN) is to carry out seismological monitoring in the region of Thuringia and Western Saxony.

Learn more

weather station Show content
solar autograph solar autograph Image: Jürgen Scheere (University of Jena)

weather station

The climate station at the University Observatory has been recording Jena weather data at the same location (almost continuously) since 1813.

Learn more

Geological collection Show content
Special exhibition "Granite and its minerals" Special exhibition "Granite and its minerals" Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Geological collection

The most complete regional geological collection in Thuringia has existed since 1779 and comprises about 50,000 objects. The rocks, minerals and fossils were collected since the 18th century.

Learn more

Collection of maps Show content
Historical globe from 1928 Historical globe from 1928 Image: IGW

Collection of maps

Geological maps form the most important data basis for scientific, economic and technical questions, such as raw material searches, soil investigations or civil engineering projects.

Learn more

Teaching collection of models for mineralogy Show content
Mineralogy-Models Mineralogy-Models Image: IGW

Teaching collection of models for mineralogy

Learn more

historical collection of geophysical/seismological instruments Show content
GDR-Seismometer GDR-Seismometer Image: IGW

historical collection of geophysical/seismological instruments

The extensive and unique collection of measuring instruments for recording ground movements, which is supervised by the geophysicists of the Geodynamic Observatory Moxa and the Department of Applied Geophysics of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, is attracting worldwide attention.

Learn more

Seismogram Archive Show content
Historical picture of the effects of an earthquake Historical picture of the effects of an earthquake Image: IGW

Seismogram Archive

Around 1900 the recording of earthquakes worldwide begins. The seismogram archive of the Department of Applied Geophysics of the Friedrich Schiller University contains records of earthquake waves from 1903 to the present day.

Learn more

Addresses of buildings and facilities

Address Facilities, Laboratories, Collections
Institute of Geosciences
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
  • hydrogeochem. Laboratory (Applied Geology)
  • Atomic force microscope. Laboratory (Hydrogeology)
  • X-ray fluorescence (geochemistry)
  • Sediment laboratory (General and Historical Geology)
  • petrophysical laboratory (General Geophysics)
  • geophysical analog laboratory (General Geophysics)
  • Geological collection
  • Map collection
  • Teaching collection of models for mineralogy
Institute of Geosciences
Wöllnitzer Str. 7
07749 Jena
  • hydrogeochem. Laboratory (Hydrogeology)
  • soil physics.measuring rooms (hydrogeology)
  • Experimental room (Hydrogeology)
Institute of Geosciences
Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 10
07745 Jena
  • X-ray diffraction (General and Applied Mineralogy)
  • Microprobe (General and Applied Mineralogy)
  • Calorimetry (General and Applied Mineralogy)
  • Thermogravimetry (general and applied mineralogy)
  • Transmission electron microscope (Analytical mineralogy)
  • Scanning electron microscope with focused ion beam (Analytical mineralogy)
  • Thermal Analysis (Analytical Mineralogy)
  • Chemical laboratory (mineralogy)
  • Microthermometry (General and Hist. Geology)
Institute of Geosciences
Mineralogische Sammlung
Sellierstraße 6
07745 Jena
  • Mineralogical collection
  • Teaching collection of models for mineralogy
Geodynamical Observatory Moxa
Ortsstraße 30
D-07381 Moxa/Thüringen
  • Geodynamic Observatory

    • seismological observation (worldwide)
    • Measurement of gravity field variations
    • high-resolution deformation measurements
  • Seismogram Archive
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