GFZ structure

There are 30 Research Sections at the GFZ, combined in six departments, each Department representing a particular research focus. Long term research objectives at the GFZ are realized within the overarching topic-oriented Helmholtz Research Programmes. Every programme includes several Research Topics. Research within topics is done across sections.

Organisation chart

Internal Scientific Council
Prof. M. Kühn
Chair
Dr. J. Schicks
Vice Chair
Board of Trustees
Dr. K. E. Huthmacher
Chair
Dr. U. Gutheil
Vice Chair
Scientific Advisory Council
Prof. D. Giardini
Chair
Prof. T. Pulkkinen
Vice Chair
Executive Board
Prof. R. Hüttl
Scientific Executive Director
Dr. S. Schwartze
Administrative Executive Director
Staff Scientific Executive Board
WVB
Staff Scientific Executive Board
Dr. O. Bens
Dr. U. Schneider
CIO
Chief Information Officer
Dr. W. Köckeritz
PR
Public Relations
J. Zens
IB
International Office
Dr. L. Stroink
GPB
Project Office
A. N. Küppers
TT
Technology Transfer
Dr. J. Krupa
Staff Administrative Executive Board & Administration
AVB
Staff Administrative Executive Board
M. Kupzig
V1
Human Resources
Dr. B. Hörstrup
V2
Finances
C. Schippmann
V3
Purchasing
M. Röpke
V4
General and Technical Services
Dr. M. Pestke
Departments
Geodesy
Prof. H. Schuh
1.1
Space Geodetic Techniques
Prof. Dr. H. Schuh
1.2
Gloabl Geomonitoring and Gravity Field
Prof. Dr. Frank Flechtner
1.3
Earth System Modelling
Prof. Dr. Maik Thomas
1.4
Remote Sensing
Prof. Dr. L. Guanter
1.5
Geoinformatics
Prof. Dr. D. Dransch
Geophysics
Prof. Dr. C. Krawczyk
2.1
Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Prof. Dr. T. Dahm
2.2
Geophysical Deep Sounding
Prof. Dr. M. Weber
2.3
Geomagnetism
Prof. C. Stolle
2.4
Seismology
Prof. F. Tilmann
2.5
Geodynamical Modelling
Prof. S. Sobolev
2.6
Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics
Prof. F. Cotton
2.7
Near-Surface Geophysics
Prof. Dr. C. Krawczyk
2.8
Magnetospheric Physics
Prof. Y. Shprits
Geochemistry
Prof. Dr. M. Kühn
3.1
Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry
Prof. S. Gleeson
3.2
Organic Geochemistry
Dr. K. Mangelsdorf (interim)
3.3
Earth Surface Geochemistry
Prof. Dr. F. v. Blanckenburg
3.4
Fluid Systems Modelling
Prof. Dr. M. Kühn
Geomaterials
Prof. O. Oncken
4.1
Lithosphere Dynamics
Prof. O. Oncken
4.2
Geomechanics and Rheology
Prof. M. Bohnhoff
4.3
Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials
Prof. M. Koch-Müller
4.4
Interface Geochemistry
Prof. L. Benning
Geoarchives
Prof. A. Brauer
5.1
Geomorphology
Prof. N. Hovius
5.2
Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution
Prof. A. Brauer
5.3
Geomicrobiology
Prof. D. Wagner
5.4
Hydrology
Prof. B. Merz
5.5
Earth Surface Process Modelling
Prof. J. Braun
Geotechnologies
Prof. M. Scheck-Wenderoth
6.1
Basin Modelling
Prof. M. Scheck-Wenderoth
6.2
Geothermal Energy Systems
Prof. E. Huenges
6.3
Geological Storage
Dr. C. Schmidt-Hattenberger (interim)
6.4
Centre for Scientific Drilling
Dr. U. Harms
Data, Information, and IT Services
Dr. J. Lauterjung
Library and Information Services
R. Bertelmann
eScience Centre
M. Hammitzsch
IT Services and Operation
R. Kopiscke
Data Science Centre
N.N.

(DFG) Research Ombudsperson: Dr. R. Trumbull

Staff Council: Dr. H. Schelle

Equal Opportunity Commissioner: Dr. U. Weckmann

Representative Body for Disabled Employees: S. Thiel

Youth and Education Representative: L. Meier