MoU with the Chinese University of Geosciences Beijing (CUGB)

A high ranking delegation of the Chinese University of Geosciences Beijing (CUGB) visited the GFZ to sign the common MoU. The delegation was received by Dr. Schwartze. Mutual exchange activities on the following research fields were agreed:

  • Deep Biospheere
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Undergroundstorage
  • Ore forming processes
  • Scientific drilling technology and underground seismic development
  • Paleoclimate
  • Conventional and unconventional petroleum resources
  • Remote sensing geology

After presenting exchange addresses researchers from GFZ gave a short overview of the research at GFZ with regard to the above mentioned themes.

Oman - German Cooperation on Sustainable Energy Concepts

Under the auspices of the German Embassy Muscat Oman a workshop on sustainable energy concepts was conjointly organized by the GFZ and the Research Council from Oman (TRC).  The Workshop started with an opening event and a reception at the newly build Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Muscat. H.E. Freiherr von Reibnitz opened the event with a welcome address to the participants. In a public podium discussion following the keynote lectures, the German Ambassador, Dr. Al-Haddabi (TRC/IATI), Dr. Stroink head of the International Office at GFZ and Prof. Schlatmann, head of the photovoltaic research unit at the Helmholtz Centre Berlin (HZB) exchanged their views on  on the role renewable energy concepts can play for the development of Oman and the scientific research in German-Oman cooperation. During the next day practical experiences and results were presented. Examples reached  from solar cooling concepts, geothermal energy projects to sorption cooling systems. In the afternoon the students from TRC, the German University Oman (GUO) and the Sultan Qabus University (SQU) had the occasion to present and discuss their research during a poster session to the public from research and industries, and to inform themselves on research opportunities in Germany. 

The workshop helped to tighten the omani-german science relations and to broaden our contacts with oman scientific institutions. 

Workshop with Earth Observatory Singapore (EOS)

From March 22-23, 2017 Geoscientists from GFZ and the Earth Observatory Singapore ( met at GFZ to discuss future collaborations. EOS officially launched 8 years ago as a Centre of Excellence of the Nanyang Technological University, NTU, Singapore, is worldwide one of the leading research centres in Geosciences. The initiative to organize a joint Workshop resulted from a visit of the Scientific Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Hüttl, and the Head of the International Office, Dr. Ludwig Stroink at NTU in August 2015.

NTU ( is a global university on a rapid rise and ranks (e.g. QS-Ranking) among the world's best.The future collaboration will include joint research activities on geohazards and climate in and around Southeast Asia, and the exchange of young talents.

Besuch der kolumbianischen Botschafterin H.E. Dr. María Lorena Gutiérrez am GFZ

H.E. María Lorena Gutiérrez visited the historical library at GFZ on April, the 3rd 2017. During a face to face meeting between Prof. Hüttl and H.E. María Lorena Gutiérrez it was agreed to foster the cooperation between the GFZ and Columbia. Prof. Hüttl briefly informed on the German Innovation Dialogue conducted by aquatic, which could be a model for Colombia as well.   

Due to the catastrophic flash flood event with mudslides at the town of Mocoa in the Columbian Andean region, the program of the meeting had slightly been modified. Prof. Niels Hovius reported on the activities of GFZ concerning the Hazard and Risk Team, HART. This task force intervenes during singular hazardous events to get insights on the causes of such events. Even though Mocoa can not be listed under this category of events, GFZ and HART are ready to cooperate on all aspects of risk assessment and risk analysis.  

The Colombian Ambassador received information on our research activities in the field of seismology (Dr. Claus Milkereit), vulcanology (Dr. Thomas Walter) and on geothermal research (Dr. Kemal Erbas). Furthermore the possibilities of satellite remote sensing for land resources monitoring were presented by Dr. Sigrid Rössner. 

All attendees agreed, that Columbia offers an ideal natural-lab for in-situ studies on geohazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides) and related cascading effects. 

Finally the following activities were jointly agreed:

  • Organization of a joint workshop in Columbia to foster the bilateral collaboration in the fields of (geothermal) energy and risk assessment of geohazards (earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides and relevant cascading effects)
  • Enforcement of the cooperation with the Columbian Geological Survey
  • Conducting multilateral research activities within the Pacific Alliance
  • Bio economy contact with National Planning Department (Departamento National de Planification Subdirector Fernando Mejia
  • ISAGEN: the embassy will provide respective contacts for Dr. Erbas and the geothermal research team