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Prof. Dr. Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth

Head of Section 6.1: Basin Modelling

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building C 4, room 1.09
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1345
Fax: +49 331 288-1349
e-mail: magdalena.scheck(at)


About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

Director of Department 6 "Geotechnologies" at GFZ Potsdam

Head of section 6.1 "Basin modelling"

joint appointment with

  • RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Geodynamics and deformation of sedimentary basins on various scales

  • Geoenergy and utilization of the subsurface
  • Integration of geoscientific observations into 3-D models of the subsurface
  • simulation of coupled thermal-hydraulic-mechanical processes
  • Thermal field
  • Structure of subjacent crust and lithosphere
  • Gravimetry and isostasy
  • Interpretation of seismic data
  • Structural and subsidence analysis

  • Salt dynamics


2016                     Director Department 6 "Geotechnologies"

                             Head of Section 6.1. "Basin Modelling"

2014                     Director Department 4. Chemistry of the Earth

2013:                    Professorship "Sedimentary basin analysis" at RWTH Aachen University

2008:                   Head of Section 4.4: "Sedimentary Basin Analysis" at GFZ Potsdam

2001 – 2008:Researcher at GFZ Potsdam in the "Organic Geochemistry" and "Geoprocess Modelling" working groups. Research topic: intracontinental northern European basin, passive continental margins of the Atlantic Ocean in Norway and South Africa, salt dynamics

2000:Research assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, within the framework of the PACE TMR-network. Research topic: Basement structures in the Danish North Sea

1999 – 2000:Researcher at GFZ Potsdam, geoprocess modelling group, research concentration: the intracontinental northern European basin. Preparation of the Sedimentary Basin Dynamics priority programme

1997 – 2000:Postdoc at GFZ Potsdam, geoprocess modelling group, within the framework of the German Research Foundation (DFG) joint project "Complementary studies to DEKORP BASIN96"

1994 – 1997:PhD student at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany / Freie Universität (FU) Berlin; worked on creating a 3-D structural model of the North German Basin

1993:Project director at the EXALYT Chemical Analysis Company, Berlin: projects in the field of contamination clean-up of groundwater and soil


1986 bis 1993          Study of geology, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and Technische Universität Berlin. Diploma Thesis (in German): Structural analysis of the Gela-Nappe, Afro-European zone of convergence, Ramacca, Sicily. Förderung durch Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

1994 bis 1997          Promotion in Geosciences, Freie Universität Berlin and GFZ Potsdam: Doktoral Thesis (in German): 3D Structural modelling of the Northeast German Basin considering crustal models


Ongoing projects:

  • 3D lithospheric model of the Barents Sea

  • The subsurface of Berlin 3D structural, thermal-hydraulic models

  • ITGR StRATEGY: Evolution of forelandbasins of the Andes
  • 3D lithospheric model and thermal field of the German Molasse Basin
  • EU-Project IMAGE: Thermal models of the Upper Rheingraben
  • 3D thermal models of the North German Basin at different scales
  • Helmholtz-Portfolio-Project Geoenergy: Coupled thermo-hydraulic- mechanical simulations
  • Helmholtz-Verbundprojekt: Energy Systems 2050
  • SPP 1375 SAMPLE – South Atlantic Margin Processes and Links with onshore Evolution: 3D lithosphere-scale modelling of the South Atlantic passive continental margins with focus on the South African and Argentine segments

  • GeoEn – BMBF-Verbundprojekt im Programm "Spitzenforschung in den Neuen Ländern": Geoenergie aus unkonventionellen Ressourcen

Completed projects:

  • GASH: Gas Shale in Europe

  • Südafrikanischer Kontinentalrand ? Südafrikanische Gassysteme (INKABA ye'AFRICA)

  • MOM – Methane on the move

  • European Science Foundation (ESF) EUROCORES EUROMARGINS – Norwegian continental margin

  • Priority Programme 1135, Palaeostress analysis in the central European basin system

  • Priority Programme 1135, 3-D structural modelling and basin analysis of the central European basin system (CEBS)

  • Priority Programme 1135, Mesozoic fault systems

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) PROCOPE, The structural inheritance of the Boulonnais

  • PACE network


  • Mechanisms of basin formation with attention to the structure and evolution of the deep crust (North German Basin)

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) joint funding application for DEKORP NE Germany

  • Evolution of Salt structures in the North German Basin

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Member of DFG Review Board 314-01 Geology, Paleontology since 2016
  • Secretary General of the International Lithosphere Program, since 2013

  • Member of the International Peer Review Panel of the Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Science

  • Member of the Geodynamics Programme Committee of the EGU

  • Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU), European Geosciences Union (EGU), German Geological Organisation (GV)

  • Member of the editorial board of Basin Research, since 2009

  • Member of the editorial board of Tectonophysics, since 2006

  • Co-coordinator of the "Sedimentary Basins" task force, International Lithosphere Programme, since 2005