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Sebastian Thronberens honorary mention Bathurst



In July 2019 Sebastian Thronberens received an honorary mention at the 16th Bathurst Conference for his conference contribution "Miocene to Pliocene reef demise or survival in the Browse Basin, NW Australia". Congratulations!

Hanaa Deik Outstanding Student Poster Award IAS



In September 2019 Hanaa Deik received the "Outstanding Student Poster Award" at the 34th IAS Conference for her conference contribution "A test of the Limacina Dissolution Index (LDX) as proxy for aragonite saturation of surface waters at Site U1460, SW Shelf of Australia". Congratulations!

MOVE Petex Educational Licence Agreement



We are glad to announce that we will continue to work with MOVE, a software considered the industry standard for geological 3D-modelling and structural analysis of the earth´s crust. Petroleum Experts Ltd. (Petex) donated 10 Move Software Licenses to the Geological Institute, RWTH Aachen University.


The Educational Licence Agreement was recently concluded between the Geological Institute, RWTH Aachen University, and Petroleum Experts Limted (Petex), the technical market leader in the area of software engineering tools for oil and gas companies. Students and researchers at RWTH Aachen will be able to continue to study complex geological structures and processes with the MOVE software package, valued by ‎£ 1.334.160 (over € 1.500.000) and donated by the Scotland based Petroleum Experts Limited.

Video Series "Stone by Stone"



As part of the "Explain it to me, RWTH!" video series, researchers and students from the Institute of Geology present different types of rock and provide insight into their specific properties and their formation history.  The videos are produced in collaboration with RWTH Aachen's Media for Teaching, MfL, service point and published weekly: LINK

Prof. Littke was elected as member of the DFG senate commission



Prof. Littke was elected as member of the DFG senate commission „Zukunftsaufgaben der Geowissenschaften“ (Sk ZAG; “Geokommission”) for a second three year term. See www.sk-zag.de


ABC-J Oman field trip 2017



Tweets on the ABC-J Oman field trip 2017: LINK

Article on the ABC-J field trip in the "Aachener Nachrichten": Aachener Zeitung 04.03.2017.pdf

BMBF article Prof. Kukla on the topic "Energiewende aus der Tiefsee – Vision oder Illusion?"




Defense Bianca Biehl and Alexej Merkel



Bianca Biehl and Alexej Merkel successfully defended their Ph.D. theses. Congratulations.

Dr. Lars Reuning on board of research drillship JOIDES Resolution, IODP 356, Australia


IODP Expedition 365, drillship JOIDES Resolution: IODP http://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/indonesian_throughflow.html

Defense Hamed Fazlikhani


Hamed Fazlikhani successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations.

Dietrich Welte receives Sidney Powers Award


Dietrich Welte received at the annual meeting of the "American Association of Petroleum Geologists ' ( AAPG ), the highest scientific honor , the " Sidney Powers Award ". AAPG is with around 35,000 members worldwide the largest and most important international geoscience organizations. The eulogy says " ... the understanding of dynamic earth processes ( geoprocesses ) , and not only the detection of the static end result was the main research objective of Dietrich Welte . His pioneering scientific publications are classics. "


Energy Systems of the Future


Prof. Dr. Ralf Littke was elected as member of the working group "resources" of the programme "Energy Systems of the Future". This programme is a joint initiative of the German Academies of Science.

"Aachen als Sprungbrett in die weite Welt"



"Aachen als Sprungbrett in die weite Welt"




Awarding of the Friedrich Wilhelm Prizes 2012



RWTH Aachen honored 31 students, doctoral candidates, and post-docs with the 2012 Friedrich Wilhem Prize. One of this people is our PhD-Student: Christian Weber (M.Sc.).

The honor is annually awarded to RWTH Aachen students and talented researchers, who are chosen for their outstanding achievements. The award ceremony took place during a celebration at the university.

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Internationally renowned Dutch Geoscientist visited GUtech



MUSCAT The Rector and the Department of Applied Geosciences of GUtech have welcomed Professor Dr. Sierd Cloetingh, Royal Netherlands Academy Professor of Earth Sciences at the Utrecht University (Netherlands) last week. Professor Cloetingh gave a presentation entitled: "Integrated Solid Earth Sciences - challenges and perspectives" to AGEO students and GUtech staff. Professor Cloetingh is a well-known geoscientist who has published more than 300 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed geosciences journals. He is also editor in chief of Global and Planetary Change and member of the editorial board of Tectonophysics. Professor Cloetingh has also been promotor of more than 65 PhD students of 18 different nationalities. He has received honorary doctorates from five European universities and numerous honours and rewards such as the Holmes Medal, the honorary membership of the European Geosciences Union, Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Prof. Cloetingh is also President of the International Lithosphere Programme (ILP), Vice-President of the European Academy of Sciences and member of the European Research Council (ERC).

To discuss future scientific cooperation, Professor Cloetingh has been invited by the AGEO department and the Department of Geosciences of RWTH Aachen University, who have also organized a one week field trip around the North of Oman including a large number of sites of geological interest, such as the exposed crust/mantle transition and the ophiolites in Wadi Al Abbyad, carbonate sequences and source rocks and the uplifted coastal terraces along the Omani coastline, an area that is currently part of a tsunami research project conducted by Prof. Dr. Goesta Hoffmann. Prof. Goesta and Prof. Wiekert Visser of the AGEO Department have conducted the field-excursion along with Prof. Dr. Peter Kukla, Energy & Mineral Resources Group and Director of the Geological Institute at RWTH Aachen University. "We have developed plans for a long-term strategic cooperation embedded in the international lithosphere programme. Specifically the setup of a thematic research programme "TOPO-OMAN", affiliated to the successful TOPO-EUROPE programme on coupled deep Earth and surface processes with implications for georessources and natural hazards has been discussed. Additionally research training programmes, including workshops and short courses as well as the exchange of staff form an integral part of this collaborative effort." said Prof. Peter Kukla.

On Tuesday the 18th March Prof. Cloetingh will give a presentation entitled "Tectonics of sedimentary basins" to members of the Geological Society of Oman in the PDO Oil and Gas Exhibition Center at 5 pm.


Dagmar Müther Ph.D.


Dagmar Müther successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations.

Defense Samaneh Masoumi



Samaneh Masoumi successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations.

SAMPLE Focus Group Meeting "Lithospheric Structure" in Aachen, 9.-10.2.2012


The next joint meeting of the “Lithospheric Structure, Deformation and Breakup Processes" and the “Sedimentary Systems and Fluid Systems” SAMPLE groups will take place February 10th 2012, 9.00-17.00, at the Geological Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen. Further, we would like to invite to dinner at the "Magellan" on 9.2.2012, 19.00 p.m., after arrival.

Details: http://www.sample-spp.de/events/litho2012


Habilitation (P.D.) talk Dr. Stefan Back, 26.10.2011, 17:00, Be114


Wednsday, 26th of October 2011,  Dr. Stefan Back (EMR, Geological Institute, RWTH Aachen University) gives his P.D. talk. 17:00, room 114, Bergbaugebäude , Wüllnerstr. 2, Aachen, Germany. Titel: "Sedimentation in deformation zones: examples from NW Borneo and SW Pakistan".

Short course 'geologic trapping of buoyant fluids'



Upcoming 2 days short course on 'geologic trapping of buoyant fluids' at our institute the xxx, held by Peter Vrolijk and Franco Corona from Exxon Mobil. Free for Master-students, PhD-students & Post Docs. 


Canceled untill further notice!!!