KIT Portal accepting applications for Master in Geophysics

Applications for our Master's course in Geophysics can be submitted online via KIT's application portal. Applications are now accepted for summer semester 2022, starting in April 2022. Information on admission requirements can be found on our webpage for prospective students.

Application Portal at KIT
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 semester. Face 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 Studyprograms
Zeit-Online interview on volcano monitoring

Zeit-Online published an interview with Ellen Gottschämmer about volcano monitoring on 25th September 2021.

Zeit-Online interview
High school students conduct research in the student laboratory

On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 12th grade high school students from the Käthe Kollwitz School in Bruchsal experimented in the student laboratory Geophysics. They conducted experiments on seismology and geoelectrics at various stations. In the process, they gained insights into geophysical measurement technology, data registration, its evaluation and interpretation, and were able to experience how scientists work. The experiments were supervised by geophysics students from the bachelor's and master's programs.

International Workshop conducted with ITB (Indonesia)

On 23th November 2021, the third international workshop on current Geophysical research topics was conducted jointly by GPI and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). With this virtual format we applied the concept of research oriented teaching and continued our longstanding cooperation. Students from both institutions presented their research results, discussed them and experienced a lively international scientific exchange. The presentations of participating KIT students were previously compiled and practised in a corresponding lecture, giving participating students the chance to gain key competences in an integrative way.

Master information event at KIT

From May 17-23, 2021, KIT will host a virtual information event on all KIT Master's program. Geophysics will also present itself: on May 18 at 4 pm in the auditorium and throughout the week in lectures and at the virtual booth. Further information and the detailed program can be found here:

Further information (in German)
Prof. Dr. Karl Fuchs (1932 – 2021)

Prof. Dr. Karl Fuchs died on 22 March 2021. He entered the Geophysical Institute in Karlsruhe on October 1965. From 1971 to 1997 he was head of the institute. Karl Fuchs was a national and international leading geophysicist who served in many boards for the geoscience community and received numerous awards. He was the driving force for the reputation of the Geophysical Institute.

Personal webpage
Study information week 2020 at KIT

On November 18, 2020, the main day of the online study information week, there will be live lectures and online advice on all aspects of the Bachelor Geophysics (in German). Registrations for this are already possible now. All information on registration, as well as other videos, in which pupils can find out more about studying Geophysics after the main day, are available on our German website.

Further information (in German)
Excellent practicals in Geophysics

This semester's teaching evaluation revealed excellent courses in our Geophysics programs. The three best rated practicals of the faculty were "Einführung in die Geophysik" (Introduction to Geophysics) from the Geophysics Bachelor program, "Eifel Seismology and Volcanology" course, and "Seismics", both from the Geophysics Master program. Congratulations!

High school students do research in the school laboratory

12th grade high school students (focus on Physics) from Wörth experimented in the geophysics school laboratory on Tuesday, the 21st of January 2020. They carried out experiments on seismology and geoelectrics at various stations. They were given insights into geophysical measuring technology, data registration, their evaluation and interpretation and were able to learn how scientists work.

SWR interview on the White Island eruption

Joachim Ritter is interviewed in the SWR on the White Island volcanic eruption, which took place on the 9th December.

Press release SWR
Presentation of the TremAc results

The results of the TremAc project are now publicly presented. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Emissions and immisions of wind turbines (WEA) were examined. The GPI observed the ground vibrations caused by wind turbines. 

Press release
Traces of earthquakes (after the Ice Age) have been found near by Karlsruhe


A research team from RWTH Aachen University and the GPI are investigating the seismicity in the Upper Rhine Rift. A trench has now been opened near Ettlingen-Oberweier, showing fractures of rock packages. These fracture structures are assigned to earthquakes, which probably reached magnitudes of  6 - 6.5.

Press release
Michael Grund receives Bernd Rendel-Prize 2019 of the DFG

Michael Grund receives the Bernd Rendel-Preis 2019 of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his promising and original geoscientific research.  This prize is given to extraordinary research of young scientists. Michael achieved high quality results within a broad spectrum of seismological and geoscientific research and he published his achievements in renowned journals.

DFG Press Release (in German)
TV show in 3sat, nano about Eifel earthquake project

The science program nano reported about the DEEP-TEE project (Deep Eifel Earthquakes Project). J. Ritter explains the latest findings on local deep microquakes.

Nano in the 3sat media library
New research results on the Eifel volcanism

Scientists from GPI and other research institutions present evidence of deep and low-frequency earthquakes under the Laacher See volcano caused by magma movements.

Press release of the KIT