Department of Geography at the University of Bonn

The Department of Geography is a member of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bonn and part of the Department of Earth Sciences.

Research and teaching at the Department of Geography encompasses almost the entire spectrum of Geography, which guarantees the necessary breadth in an interdisciplinary degree course. The following scientific areas are established at the department:

  • Climatology and Landscape Ecology
  • Hydrology and Water Resource Management 
  • Geomorphology
  • Development Geography 
  • Urban and Regional Geography 
  • Economic and Social Geography 
  • Cultural Geography 
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Geography Education

Reports and publications about the Department of Geography

The Department of Geography’s Annual Report, which has been published regularly for over 30 years, provides information on the department’s activities in various areas: events, research, studying and teaching, personnel and international affairs.

Click here for the current annual report 2022/2023 (6,1 MB only in german)

Annual reports of the past years (only in german):

2021/2022 Annual report (5,5 MB)

2020/2021 Annual report (4,7 MB)

2019/2020 Annual report (5,0 MB)

2018/2019 Annual report (6,5 MB)

2017/2018 Annual report (3,7 MB)

2015/2016/2017 Annual report (4,4 MB)

2014/2015 Annual report (2,1 MB)

2013/2014 Annual report (3,9 MB)

2012/2013 Annual report (2,4 MB)

2010/2011/2012 Annual report (4,0 MB)

The departments nearly 200-year history stretches back to 1828, when the first geographer (G. B. Mendelssohn) gained a post-doctoral Habilitation at the University of Bonn. The first professorship in geography was established in 1875 along with the associated “apparatus.”

History of the department, short version (1,3 MB); only in german

History of the department, long version (495 KB); only in german

History of the department, diagram (2,2 MB); only in german 

Further publications on the history of the department (only in german):

Böhm, H. (1991): Beiträge zur Geschichte der Geographie an der Universität Bonn. (= Colloquium Geographicum, Band 21. EBook:  Beiträge zur Geschichte der Geographie an der Universität Bonn (

Further contributions in volumes 17, 20, 26, 27, 29, 34 and 35 of the series Colloquium Geographicum.

The Department of Geography publishes the “Colloquium Geographicum” series, which mainly contains articles on the scientific discipline of geography and its history (only in german). 

Colloquium Geographicum (

Other publication series from the department:

Arbeiten zur Rheinischen Landeskunde (

Bonner Geographische Abhandlungen (


Under this page you will find a list of all staff members at the Department of Geography, as well as their contact details and areas of responsibility.


The Department of Geography comprises three locations, all located on the natural science campus in Bonn-Poppelsdorf. 

Mail room

The mail room is the heart of the Department and serves as the central mailroom. In addition, room requests can be made here.

General Management

In addition to the Managing Director, other employees of the Department are involved in the general management. On this page you will find their areas of responsibility and contact details.

Organizational Structure

The basic structure of the Department of Geography is formed by its general management and nine scientific areas with a total of 13 research groups.

The Geographical Society of Bonn

The Bonn Geographical Society is a non-profit association. Its main goal is to present geographical research results to a broad public.

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