Alumni and Awards

On this page we would like to honor our former members of the Executive Board, Department Directors, and Heads of sections and technology transfer centres.
Furthermore, we present the awardees of the "GFZ-Forschungspreis" research price for Senior Scientists.


Senior Scientist awardees of the " GFZ-Forschungspreis"

Since 2007, GFZ awards the "GFZ-Forschungspreis" research prize for Senior Scientists on an annual base.

2016: Dr. Sebastian Hainzl, Section Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

2015: Dr. Heidi Kreibich, Section Hydrology

2014: Dr. Rongjiang Wang, Section Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

2013: Dr. Bernhard Steinberger, Section Geodynamic Modelling

2012: Dr. Norbert Nowaczyk, Section Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution

2011: Prof. Hermann Lühr, Section Earth's Magnetic Field

2010: Dr. Ludwig Grunwaldt, Section Global Geomonitoring and Gravity Field

2009: Dr. Peter Dulski, Section Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution

2008: Dr. Winfried Hanka, Section Seismology

2007: PD Dr. Hedi Oberhänsli, Section Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution


Former members of the Executive Board

1992 - 2007: Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Rolf Emmermann, Founding Director and Scientific Executive Director

1992 - 2011: Dr. Bernhard Raiser, Administrative Executive Director


Former Department Directors

Prof. Günter Borm (1996 - 2007: Geomechanik und Management von Bohrprojekten/Geomechanics and Geotechnology)

Prof. Jörg Erzinger (2011 - 2014: Chemistry and Element Cycles)

Prof. Gerhard Franz (1993)

Prof. Volker Haak (1994 - 1996: Physics of the Earth, interim responsibility)

Prof. Wilhelm Heinrich (1997-2007 Chemistry of the Earth)

Prof. Franz Jacobs (1992 - 1993: Physics of the Earth)

Prof. Hermann Kaufmann (2008 - 2012: Geodesy and Remote Sensing, interim responsibility)

Prof. Jörg F.W. Negendank (1992 - 2003: Structure and Evolution of the Lithosphere)

Prof. Christoph Reigber (1992 - 2004: Kinematik und Dynamik der Erde/Geodesy and Remote Sensing)

Prof. Markus Rothacher (2005 - 2008: Geodesy and Remote Sensing)

Prof. Friedemann Wenzel (1993 - 1994, Physics of the Earth)

Prof. Jochen Zschau (1992 - 1995: Disaster Research, 1996 - 2010: Physics of the Earth)


Former Heads of sections and technology transfer centres

Prof. Peter Bankwitz (1992 - 1996: Geodynamic Modelling)

Prof. Ulf Bayer (1992 - 2002: Organic Geochemistry)

Dr. Thomas Bleek (Computing Centre)

Prof. Georg Dresen (1992 - 2015: Geomechanics and Rheology)

Prof. Jörg Erzinger (1993 - 2016: Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry)

Dr. Armin Grafe (1992 - 1993: Earth's Magnetic Field)

Prof. Gottfried Grünthal (1992 - 2015: Seismic Hazard and Stress Field)

Prof. Volker Haak (1993 - 2004: Electromagnetic Depthsounding and Geomagnetic Fields)

Dr. Jan Harff (1992)

Prof. Brian Horsfield (2002 - 2017: Organic Geochemistry)

Prof. Gerald Haug (2003 - 2007: Climate Dynamics and Sediments)

Prof. Wilhelm Heinrich (1994-2015: Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials, formerly Experimental Geochemistry and Mineral Physics)

Prof. Eckart Hurtig (1992 - 1994)

Prof. Horst Jochmann (1992 - 1993 interim responsibility, 1994 - 1995: Systemtheorie und Modellierung)

Dr. Roland Klees (1993 - 1994: Remote Sensing)

Dr. Ing. Jürgen Kusche (2006 - 2009)

Prof. Mioara Mandea (2005 - 2009: Electromagnetic Depthsounding and Geomagnetic Fields)

Prof. Peter Möller (1993 - 2002: Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry)

Prof. Jörg Negendank (1992 - 2003: Sediments and Basin Formation)

Prof. Frank Schilling (2006 - 2009: Umwelt- Geotechnik)

Dr. Albrecht Schulze (1993 - 1996: Geophysical Deep Sounding)

Dr. Peter Schwintzer (1993 - 2004: Gravitationsfeld und Erdmodelle)

Dr. habil Rudolf Stecher (1992 - 2002: Device Development)

Dipl. Ing. Lothar Wohlgemuth (1996 - 2010: ICDP)

Prof. Detlef Wolf (1995 - 2002: Systemtheorie und Modellierung)

Prof. Jochen Zschau (1992 - 2012: Earthquake Risk and Early Warning)