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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.

Geo.X is still in its infancy.

For the moment, then, the pages under this heading simply list the existing teaching and research infrastructure of the partner institutions. Further consolidation of this infrastructure is planned for the future so as to allow its extended use via an online management system.

Periodic updates to the infrastructure pages will keep you informed of continuing developments in this area.

Scientific infrastructure

The GFZ attaches high priority to the pooling of existing geoscientific resources at universities and other research institutions within the context of joint national and international projects.

It maintains various instrument pools for fieldwork and global measurement campaigns, a team of engineers with expertise in geoscientific equipment and a specialist "task force" for rapid response in case of natural disasters.

Here, the provision of scientific infrastructure services plays a pivotal role. The GFZ's Modular Earth Science Infrastructure offers an integral solution through the combined use of satellites, airborne systems, permanent and mobile instrument networks, observatories, scientific drilling rigs as well as analytical and experimental facilities.

The GFZ operates a fully equipped, large geometry SIMS instrument, which is supported by a comprehensive spectrum of peripheral instrumentation. The SIMS laboratory is an open user facility intended to support the needs of the global geochemical community  (SIMS).

Located at the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture in central Berlin, the Common Laboratory of Analysis provides state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment for the analysis of materials, including heavy metals in soil, water and plants. 
For further information, please visit: Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture

The Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture's Berlin-Dahlem facility has been the site of a long-term agrometeorological field experiment since 1953. The data gathered during the long-term monitoring of meteorological and agronomic parameters have been used to analyse the multifarious relations between weather patterns and the growth, development and yield formation of various crops.
For further information, please visit "field experiment".

Deutsche Telekom, Laboratories

German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom operates an international research laboratory in Berlin, with which the Department of Computer Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has collaborated closely for several years. The mission of the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories is to refine basic technologies and bolster the group's innovative power through their prompt (and, if necessary, experimental) utilization in new products and processes. Development work greatly benefits from the involvement of future customers, even in the early stages of innovation.
Of particular note are the Deutsche Telekom-funded projects conducted in collaboration with the working group of Prof. Jens-Peter Redlich from the Department of Computer Science (e.g. EHS, TACAVA) for the application of ad-hoc networks serving special customer groups with mobile Internet access. Here, the focus is on systems for the automatic configuration of access networks, together with methods for handling "difficult situations", e.g. where a high concentration of users and access points on a small site results in heavy interference or where large distances need to be bridged for individual transmissions. The solution involves the use of "cooperative procedures", where several network hubs collaborate in both sending and receiving, and thereby significantly boost the performance of the overall system.

Other strategic research fields at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories include intuitive usability, integrated service components, intelligent access, infrastructure development and inherent security. Most researchers are recruited internationally.

Central Institutions

Museum of Natural History laboratories

Geoscientific laboratories at Museum of Natural History, Berlin

Laboratory Coordinator::
PD Dr. Lutz Hecht
Tel. 030 2093 8865

Deputy Laboratory Coordinator:
PD Dr. Ulrich Struck
Tel. 030 2093 8552

Details on geoscientific laboratories

Geoscientific collections

Details on palaeontological collections
Details on mineralogical and geological collections

Zoological laboratories at Museum of Natural History, Berlin

Laboratory Coordinator for Morphology:
PD Dr. Carsten Lüter
Tel. 030 2093 8529

Deputy Laboratory Coordinator for Morphology:
Dr. Peter Bartsch
Tel. 030 2093 8665

Laboratory Coordinator for Molecular Genetics:
Dr. Thomas von Rintelen
Tel. 030 2093 8529

Deputy Laboratory Coordinator for Molecular Genetics:
Dr. Jörg Plötner
Tel. 030 2093 8508

Department of Applied Geosciences

Common geochemical laboratory

Common geochemical laboratory
Laboratory Head: PD Dr. Traugott Scheytt
Building: Annexe Building
Room : 135
Secretariat: Regina Steinbock
Tel.: 0049-030-72416

Ackerstraße laboratory

  • Full range of equipment at common geochemical laboratory for analysis
    of cations and heavy metals in water
  • AAS Analytik, Jena NovAA 400G: flame AAS and graphite tube AAS
  • ICP-AES trace scan (Thermo Jarrell)
  • Anion analysis: ion chromatograph (Dionex DX 120)
  • TOC analyzer (Elementar)
  • Spectrofluorometer (PTI)
  • Full range of equipment for column tests: stainless steel columns,
    Ismatec pumps, fraction collector, autosampler, flow-through cell
  • Sieving machine, scales

Straße des 17. Juni laboratories

  • Jaw crusher (Retsch)
  • Sample splitter (divider)
  • Vibratory disc mill with agate and tungsten carbide grinding sets (Retsch)
  • Round ultrasonic bath
  • Laboratory sieving machine (Retsch), including sieves
  • Various scales (Satorius)
  • Fibre-insulated laboratory furnaces (LINN), up to 1100°C
  • Drying oven (Memmert), 240°C
  • XRFA powder tablet press (HERZOG), 20 t
  • XRFA crucible melting device (Rotomelt), 1200°C
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (Panalytikal PW2400)
  • Autosampler (Herzog)

Department for Geodesy and Geoinformation Science (IGG)

Navigation laboratory

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roman Galas (
Location: Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin.
Description: Development platform for GPS data analysis, 1 GPS reference station; 1 rover (mobile receiver)

Jungfernheide calibration baseline

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Gründig (
Location: Jungfernheide forest, west of Berlin-Tegel Airport
Description: Calibration baseline for odometers, with 4 pillars with forced centering over total distance of 1296 m.

Geodetic surveying laboratory (rooftop "Geodätenstand" room)

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Kolbe (
Location: Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin; Main Building, 6th upper storey.

Description: Covered space with large windows and 20 places for surveying equipment, two non-covered platforms each with 2 pillars with forced centering, unobstructed view to east, south, west

Plumbing shaft

Herr Axel Fischer (
Location: Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 145, D-10623 Berlin, Annexe Building.
Description: Empty lift well from ground floor to 5th upper storey, with measurement platform in attic, height 30 m.

Surveying platform

Dr. Andreas Fuls (
Location: Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin; Main Building, 9th upper storey.
Description: Small, non-covered platform with 2 piers with forced centering on roof of Main Building at Technische Universität Berlin, offering unobstructed views in all directions bar east .

Surveying tower in Grunewald

Herr Rainer Eichenberg (
Location: In Grunewald forest ("Dachsberge") near Hüttenweg.

Special technical equipment at Department for Geodesy and Geoinformation Science (IGG):

  • Panorama (360°) laser scanner, Zöller & Fröhlich 2003
  • 3 gravimeters, La Coste & Rhomberg model G, with feedback
  • Precision hydrostatic level, from Freiberg



Exogenous dynamics/sedimentology:

  • Field measurements: digital mapping, D-GPS, X-ray spectrometry, micro-drill-core extraction
  • Sedimentological laboratory: rock and sediment preparation, textural and structural analysis, specimen staining ("staining")
  • Petrographic laboratory: facies, diagenetic and image analyses
  • Petrophysical laboratory: porosity and permeability analyses
  • Micro-drilling: microstructure-specific micro-sampling for chemostratigraphical and diagenetic analyses
  • 3D laboratory (visualization and modelling): Geowall; software: PETREL, GOCAD, Rhinoceros, various visualization programs, Carbonate 3D

Laboratory Heads:

  • Petrographic laboratory:
    Dr. Sara Tomas, Tel.: +49-331-977-5851
  • Petrophysical laboratory and micro-drilling:
    Dr. Gianluca Frijia, Tel.: +49-331-977-5848
  • 3D laboratory:
    Dipl.-Geoph. Jhosnella Sayago, Tel.: +49-331-977-5846


  • Geophysics laboratory
    Field equipment::
    • Lennartz LE3D-5s seismometer (21)
    • Lennartz Marslite data loggers (13)
    • Lennartz Marslite borehole seismometers (3)
    • Trillium 120 s broadband seismometer (1)
    • Wireless seismological stations (in-house development) (8)
    • Lacoste Romberg gravimeter (1)
    • Leica DGPS RTK rover system

    Laboratory equipment:

    • Measurement station for ultrasonic measurement of seismic velocities


    • 16-node computer cluster (AMD Opteron)
  • Applied geophysics laboratory
    Field equipment:
    • Georadar system (100, 200, 500 and 1000 MHz antennas)
    • Borehole radar system (100 MHz antennas)
    • Portable caesium magnetometer
    • Fluxgate magnetometer (gradiometer)
    • 100-electrode direct-current geoelectric (resistivity) system
    • 72-channel seismic recording system
      (incl. various types of geophones and sources)
    • Borehole seismic equipment
      (sparker source, 24-channel hydrophone streamer, 3C borehole geophones)
    • Electromagnetic mapping system (two-coil system, frequency domain)
    • Logging system (up to 100 m depth, incl. various probes)
    • Surveying equipment (DGPS, total station with automatic target recognition)

    Laboratory equipment:

    • Measurement station for frequency-dependent electrical properties of rock
    • Measurement station for determination of total water content


    • Various commercial packages for processing seismic reflection and georadar data
    • 2D/3D inversion software for direct-current geoelectric system
    • 2D/3D traveltime tomography (commercial packages and in-house developments)
    • Processing and visualization of borehole logging data
    • Special 3D data analysis and visualization tools

Laboratory Heads:

  • Geophysics laboratory:
    Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Vollmer, Tel.: +49-331-977-5879
  • Applied geophysics laboratory:
    Marko Dubnitzki, Tel.: +49-331-977-5769


Laboratory Heads:

  • Ar/Ar laboratory:
    Dr. Masafumi Sudo, Tel.: +49-331-977-5852
  • Geochemistry, EMS, SEM, XRD:
    Dr. Christina Günter, Tel.: +49-331-977-5878
  • Geological sample preparation:
    PD Ed Sobel, PhD, Tel.: +49-331-977-5855
    Christine Fischer, Tel.: +49-331-977-5878
  • Cathode luminescence and polarization microscopy:
    PD Dr. Uwe Altenberger, Tel.: +49-331-977-5806
  • Raman spectroscopy:
    Dr. Martin Ziemann, Tel.: +49-331-977-5876

Mineral and thin section collection


  • PD Dr. Uwe Altenberger, Tel.: +49-331-977-5806

Map collection


  • Dr. Gerold Zeilinger, Tel.: +49-331-977-5839


Computer laboratories

Laboratory website

Laboratory equipment:

  • GISPOOL (geoinformation systems)


  • 12 computers
  • 1 scanner (A3)
  • 1 Mac workplace
  • 1 projector
  • 1 smart-board


  • Operating systems: Windows XP Prof.; Ubuntu-Linux
  • Proprietary: ArcGIS; Adobe Suite; MS Office
  • Open-source: Gimp; Inkscape; OpenJump; Grass GIS; Quantum GIS; Saga GIS
  • FEPOOL (remote sensing)


  • 12 computers
  • 1 Mac workplace
  • 1 projector


  • Operating systems: Windows XP Prof.; Ubuntu Linux
  • Proprietary:
  • 15 x PCI Geomatica 10.3
  • 15 x ERDAS Imagine 2010
  • 1 x ERDAS Atcor
  • 1 x Definiens eCognition 8.0 Earth
  • 12 X ArcGIS 9.3
  • 12 x Adobe Suite CS4
  • MS Office
  • Open Source: Gimp; Inkscape; OpenJump; GrassGIS; QuantumGIS; SagaGIS

Laboratory Head:

  • Dr. Mario Kluge, Tel.: +49 (0)331 977-2629


Institute of Earth and Environmental Science



Laboratory website

Laboratory equipment:

  • Dry sieving machine
  • Wet sieving machine
  • Ball mill
  • Heavy metal digestion system
  • Laser diffractometer
  • Fluid circulation system
  • UV/VIS/NIR spectrometerr
  • Anion and cation chromatograph
  • CN analyzer
  • Measurement station for soil physical properties
  • Muffle furnace
  • kf apparatus (saturated hydraulic conductivity)
  • ku-pF apparatus (unsaturated hydraulic conductivity/moisture retention)
  • Aggregate stability apparatus

Performable laboratory analyses:

  • Soil particle size determination
  • pH value measurement
  • Determination of soil organic matter
  • Analysis of carbon, nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorus in soils
  • Determination of cation exchange capacity
  • Investigation of density and volume relationships
  • Determination of anions in waters or soil eluates

Laboratory Head:

  • Dr. Heide Kraudelt, Tel.: +49-331-977-2117
  • Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Hauke Sattler, Tel.: +49-331-977-2270

Climate station

Measurement of air and ground temperatures, humidity, wind speed and direction, global radiation and precipitation

Contact persons:

  • Dr. Wolfgang Krüger, Tel.: +49-331-977-2152
  • Dipl.-Geograph Andreas Bauer, Tel.: +49-331-977-2657


Information on map collection


  • Dr. Andreas Meixner, Tel.: +49-331-977-2159

Libraries and media centres

The library of "Science Park Albert Einstein" considers itself to be a service point for scientific work on Telegrafenberg. The research institutes AWI, GFZ, PIK and IASS jointly maintain it to explore and make use of their library intenvory. It is also open to academic teachers and students, as well as anyone interested in geoscientific questions. To this end, it provides printed and electronic media and information material required for current research. The library is a contact point for any matters regarding scientific publications.

Library "Science Park Albert Einstein"

Available Rooms

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam includes an auditorium building (Building H) seating approx. 300 persons.

Lecture rooms 1-3:
Each seating approx. 40 persons in rows or 20 persons in U-shaped arrangement (Lecture Rooms 1-3 can be joined together).

Existing equipment/installations:

  • Overhead projector
  • Slide projector
  • Laptop
  • Beamer
  • Photocopier/printer
  • 2 Metaplan boards (+ presentation case)
  • Flipchart / Whiteboard
  • 8 high tables
  • Poster boards (approx. 45, size: 1.00 m x 1.38 m - portrait and landscape formats possible)
  • Display stands (A2 format) for outdoors
  • Telephone (for internal connections) provided in all lecture rooms and auditorium
  • Telephone/fax for external connections possible
  • WLAN - please contact Data and Computing Centre .


Designed for groups of up to around 25, GFZ's GeoLab training centre is located on the upper ground floor of Building A27 (Great Refractor). The training facilities comprise a computer room with 25 networked PCs and a presentation room with 3D vision environment.

Institute of Meteorology

Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
12165 Berlin

1 large auditorium:

  • Approx. 90 seats
  • 3 beamers
  • Overhead projector
  • Sound system

4 seminar rooms:

  • Differently sized
  • 10-30 seats
  • beamer

Geo-Campus Lankwitz

Malteserstr. 74-100
12249 Berlin

Haus C:

  • C 011 (105 seats )beamer
  • C 013 (30)
  • C 014 (50)
  • C 108/109 (40)
  • C 111 (20)

Haus D:

  • D 030 (35)
  • D 144 (40)
  • D 218

Haus G:

  • G 110 (40)
  • G 202 (200) beamer
  • G 204 (30)
  • G 205 (20)

Haus L:

  • L 213/14
  • L 226
  • together approx. 30-40 seats


  • Microscopy rooms
  • Laboratory rooms
  • PC-Pools

The Museum of Natural History offers the following facilities:

a)Dinosaur Hall (barrier-free)

Seated dinner: max. 200 persons
Standing reception: up to 400 persons
Other seating arrangements (e.g. for audiences) are possible following consultation.

DVD- / CD-Player
Radio microphones
Headset microphones;

b) Historic Auditorium 201 (barrier-free)

142 fixed seats with fold-out writing tablet

Traditional blackboard

c)Palaeontology Seminar Room

Approx. 30 seats at table rows

Traditional blackboard
Further equipment and installations can be provided following consultation

Additional furniture, such as standard and high tables, platforms, flipcharts, poster boards and display stands, are available on request.

For further information, advice and details of conditions, please mail to evolution@mfn-berlin.deor ring to 030 2093 8918.

A list of the premises of the Technische Universität of Berlin can be found on the following website:

The technical equipment, can be retrofitted in most rooms, as well as the capacity.

For further information, please contact the event management of TU Berlin:

Rooftop "Geodätenstand" room

Prof. Dr. Frank Neitzel (
Location: Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin; Main Building, 6th upper storey
Description: Covered space with large windows, suitable for hosting events with up to 150 persons.

Internet connection, partly with blackout facilities

Room Room number Capacity

Auditorium 190 Persons

Auditorium 250 Persons

Seminar room 32 Persons

Seminar room 40 Persons

Optics room 25 Persons

PC computer pool–2.38 20 Persons