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Infrastructure & Data

In the process of consolidating geoscientific competence in the Berlin/Potsdam region, Geo.X gives high priority to the coordinated planning, development and use of infrastructure for joint projects. The synergies created by the systematic networking of the resources of the various partners make an essential contribution to teaching and research in the field of Earth science.


Our goal is to bundle and increase the visibility of research infrastructures and data of the Geo.X partner institutions within and outside the network. By providing easy access to infrastructures and research data within Geo.X, we aim to support our scientists in the planning and implementation of research projects within the network.

For this purpose, we started by developing a search portal for the Laboratory Infrastructure in the network

LI@Geo.X - Geo.X Laboratory Infrastructure Search

We will enhance it by including mobile devices, observatories, and models. To unlock the ultimate functionality in the future we will link our infrastructure capacities with corresponding data sets. On the long term, we aim to harmonize the different research data management strategies of the Geo.X partner institutions.

LI@Geo.X is an ongoing cooperation project. The Geo.X partner institutions are continually adding new entries to the LI database. If you wish to add your laboratory to LI@Geo.X or your entries need corrections, please send an email to

Geo.X Joint Labs

Geo.X provides the framework for the joint operation of the scientific infrastructure. The Joint Labs are a pilot project to provide scientists with easier access to the laboratory infrastructure in the network. Further information on the laboratories is available at LI@Geo.X.

High Pressure Laboratory for Geoscience


The High Pressure Laboratory for Geosciences, jointly operated by the University of Potsdam and the GFZ, is equipped with an internally heated pressure vessel (IHPV) that allows experiments under high pressure and temperature conditions. Conducting experiments under such controlled pressure and temperature conditions allows the study of magmatic processes in the Earth's crust or upper mantle as well as the synthesis of high-pressure materials.

Contact person: Dr. Melanie Sieber

Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory (PSL)

DLR's Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory (PSL) provides spectral measurements in reflection, transmission and emission of terrestrial materials, meteorites, synthetic samples as well as technical materials like e.g. coatings from the ultra-violet to the far-infrared range. Measurements can be performed under atmosphere and vacuum over a wide temperature range (-100°C – 600°C).

Call for Application

PSL is a facility open to Geo.X partners. Guests visiting the facility under this program have full access to the spectroscopy laboratory, sample collection and preparation, and are supervised and guided by experienced technicians and scientific staff.

For 2022 PSL is providing a total of 20 days access for measurements by Geo.X partners.

To be eligible and considered:

  • Application should be submitted by 30 April 2022 at 14.00 (2pm) CEST (Berlin time).
  • Laboratory access has to be completed before end of October 2022.
  • Applicants are encouraged to first discuss the implementation plan with the PSL team before submitting their application.
  • Applications should be written in English, using the font Arial – size 11 minimum, and should be limited to 2 pages maximum.
  • Generally, the Project Leader of the application should work for a Geo.X partner institute.
  • The Project Leader and co-applicant(s) should be researchers involved in the visit (i.e. application on behalf of another person is not allowed).
  • Maximum one application per applicants (same co-applicants) is allowed for each call.

Please use the template for your proposal and submit it as PDF to the PSL lab manager Alessandro Maturilli (

The aim of NFDI4Earth is to identify the need for digital changes in German Earth System Science. In a structured bottom-up process within the ESS community, a set of common principles, rules and standards for research data management in Earth System Science will be developed and established. Experimental prototype platforms will be created, working on distributed resources and providing tools and mechanisms for data integration and analysis. Geo.X, in its role as co-applicant, coordinates the set-up of an NFDI4Earth Academy and will promote the network's connectivity to NFDI4Earth.

About NFDI4Earth

From project based solutions towards a sustainable research data infrastructure

  • NFDI4Earth: National Research Data Infrastructure for Earth System Sciences
  • covers the whole range of geoscientific disciplines across all spatial and temporal dimensions

One community

  • to stimulate innovation and cultural change
  • towards a FAIR and collaborative research data management

Researchers, infrastructure and service providers, students and professionals in Earth System Sciences drive the process of forming one user oriented constantly growing consortium. 

Currently 54 partners from

  • Universities
  • Research Organisations (Helmholtz, Leibniz, Max Planck Society)
  • Infrastructure Providers (Research Infrastructures, Repositories, High Performance Computing Centers, Libraries)
  • Governmental Institutions
  • Scientific Associations


NFDI4Earth established 2018 as an Open Consortium

  • All Geo.X partners are part of NFDI4Earth
  • Institutes have expressed their domains of interest
  • Geo.X Head Office acts as Co-Applicant for Task Area 1: 2Participate

NFDI4Earth is a national endeavor to meet the needs of all stakeholders in Earth System Science. Accordingly, the consortium invites all interested persons to participate: Get involved!