On-campus courses in winter semester 21/22

In compliance with the "3G" rule, on-campus courses will be allowed to take place in the coming winter semesterFace masks must be worn if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be safely maintained. Please check the ILIAS page of your courses for further details.

ILIAS course Geophysics Study Programs
Interview to the eruption on La Palma

The news broadcast "SWR3 Topthema" of the 20st September 2021 covered the volcano eruption on La Palma in the Canary Islands. Ellen Gottschämmer gave an interview on this topic.

SWR3 Interview
Pupils' lab re-opened

The pupils' is re-opened. Please find details on the German version of this page.

International Workshop conducted with ITB (Indonesia)

On 19 July 2021, an international  workshop on current Geophysical research topics was jointly conducted by GPI and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). With this virtual format we continued our longstanding cooperation. More than 50 participants joined the workshop, and students from both institutions presented their research results, discussed them and experienced a lively international scientific exchange. The presentations of participating KIT students were compiled and practised in a corresponding lecture in summer semester 2021, giving participating students the chance to gain key competences in an integrative way.

Plate tectonics: New insights into the history of the formation of the Caribbean Sea

In the VoiLA- Volatiles in the Lesser Antilles project, GPI geophysicists analysed data from seafloor seismometers to create a tomographic image of the Earth's upper mantle down to a depth of about 700 kilometres. In combination with a reconstruction of the global tectonic plate movements of the last 120 million years, evaluated together with partners at Imperial College London, they were able to interpret this image: "The tomography shows subsided tectonic plates beneath today's Caribbean Ocean," says Benedikt Braszus, master student of geophysics at KIT and first author of the study.

They have now published their results in the journal Nature Communications.

Further information (in German)
Campus Day for new Master's students

On Tuesday, 13 July, we welcomed our new Master's students on campus. The students conducted a seismic experiment and a GPR measurement, were guided around the GPI buildings, and had the chance to get to know each other personally during a picknick after the scientific program.

Walter Zürn: Paul Melchior Medalist for 2021

Walter Zürn receives the Paul Melchior Medal during the 19th International Symposium on Geodynamics and Earth Tides which is held in the week of June 22nd 2021 in Wuhan (China) and online (due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

We congratulate Walter Zürn warmly to this well-deserved award.

Further information
The Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft (DGG)


The Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft introduces itself in a new video. It is aimed at people and institutions who are interested in Geophysics. The DGG has set itself the task of disseminating and increasing geophysical knowledge in research and teaching. Get an insight and watch the video.

Trailer of the DGG
Study Geophysics?

Four students of the Geophysics Bachelor's program explain why you should study Geophysics at KIT. Check out our new Promo Video!

Bachelor's program in Geophysics
Film report in 3sat/nano

Film report in 3sat/nano about interdisciplinary earthquake research in the Upper Rhine Graben.

Film report
Plate tectonics: How water causes earthquakes and volcanism

An international research team has conducted geological and seismological experiments on the volcanic island group of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean to better understand the relationship between earthquake/volcanism and water in the interior of the Earth. Their results can be read in an article in the scientific journal Nature.

Original publication Nature
SWR interview and online report on the impact of Corona on ground vibrations

The corona crisis and the associated restrictions on public life lead to less ground turbulence. The constant ground disturbance is mainly caused by ocean waves, wind, traffic and industry. Sarah Mader and Joachim Ritter found out that the reduction in traffic and industry reduces the ground disturbance at earthquake measuring stations.



Article by SWR Wissen
Master's program in Geophysics at KIT

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) offers a two year Master's program in Geophysics. It is given in English and includes topics on Earthquake and Exploration Seismology as well as Natural Hazards. Teaching takes place in small groups and In Situ Lectures are taught right on site at geophysically fascinating locations. To enter the Master's program you need a solid background in mathematics and physics.

Watch the video 

We are now taking applications for summer semester 2020.

International Master Program in Geophysics