The great social and economic challenges of the next decades include climate change, natural hazards and the sustainable supply of water, energy and raw materials. Meeting these challenges requires essential input from the Geological Sciences, derived from our understanding of how minerals, rocks and mountains form and interact with earth's hydrosphere and atmosphere.
Our Institute of Geological Sciences is recognized internationally for its fundamental research into the origin and evolution of the earth and for its applied research into natural hazards, mineral resources, geoenergies and geological disposal of waste. To understand the underlying natural phenomena we perform field work throughout the world, we analyse samples in our state-of-the-art laboratories, we perform experiments to reproduce natural phenomena and we link these findings through computer modelling.
We offer an attractive 3-year Bachelor curriculum in Earth Sciences that combines lectures, seminars, excursions and field work in a collaborative atmosphere with individual supervision. In our 2-year Master curriculum, taught in conjunction with the University of Fribourg, students can follow their interests and specialize in various subdisciplines of Earth Science. Our graduates find employment in a wide spectrum of industries, government agencies and research institutions.
Planet Earth is our lab – Join in!
Robert Bolhar, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
No, these are not holyday pictures, they are about the research of the Sedimentary Geochemistry Group in Indonesia. Join Hendrik Vogel's team during their measurements on the sometimes stormy Poso Lake. On the picture you can clearly see the seasonal changes of the lake.
3 PhD positions are available in 3 PhD positions in Alpine Sediment Research at ETH Zurich and University of Bern.
Volcanic eruptions are some of the most spectacular and most destructive natural events. Antarctica is home to more than one hundred volcanoes, some of which are entirely buried beneath the ice sheet. Some of these volcanoes are active, and have attracted many explorers and scientists.
In the children's book, kids discover where volcanoes are located on Earth, how they erupt, what the different types of volcanic activity are, and how volcanoes can be dangerous and affect life and the environment around them.
Students answer questions like: Why did you decide for a Master's degree? What is the most interesting in the Master's program? What are you doing in your Master thesis? What would you recommend to Bachelor students?
You find our colloquia and seminars in the weekly program about 2-3 weeks after the start of the semester.
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