Welcome to our department
Studying Geography
Meet our research groups
Welcome to our department
Studying Geography
Meet our research groups

Department of Geography at the University of Bonn

The Department of Geography at the University of Bonn is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and belongs to the Department of Earth Sciences. Our research and teaching covers almost the entire spectrum of Geography, which guarantees the necessary breadth in an interdisciplinary study program.

The Department of Geography has a rich history that spans more than 140 years of teaching and research. It is the largest and one of the most distinguished Geography departments in Germany.

It has 15 independent research groups that encompass a wide variety of geographical topics. Our research is organized around eight research clusters within three main research areas: Water, Risk and Geomatics. Geomorphology, Hydrology, Development Geography and Remote Sensing are just a few examples of our wide choice of research clusters in Human and Physical Geographies. Each of our research fields is managed by one or more professors in the department. This enables us to provide our students with a high quality and unique education, especially if they wish to choose an interdisciplinary or applied study-approach.

Entrance of the main building in summer
© Friederike Pauk/GIUB
Registration for the GIUB graduates' farewell ceremony now open

On July 12, the annual summer party with the farewell of graduates will be held. Registration for the farewell is possible until 01 July.

Prof. Dr. Christian Geiß is new professor for Georisk Research

With the beginning of the semester we welcome Prof. Dr. Christian Geiß at the institute.

Newly published policy paper on urban health by PD Dr. Carsten Butsch and Dr. Timo Falkenberg

PD Dr. Carsten Butsch, researcher at the Department of Geography, and Dr. Timo Falkenberg, leader of the research group GreenBalance at the GeoHelth Center, University of Bonn, released a new policy brief on urban health highlighting the opportunities and challenges for human health in cities worldwide and formulating corresponding recommendations for action.

Prof. Jessica Budds is new Professor of Development Geography and Risk Research

Prof. Budds leads the research group in "Development Geography and Environmental Governance" from summer semester 2023.

BGG - Hydroklimatische Extreme im Alpenraum
Geographisches Institut
05:15 PM - 06:45 PM
Dürren und Überschwemmungen werden mit dem Klimawandel häufiger und intensiver, was die Wasserwirtschaft vor große Herausforderungen stellt. Um diese ...
Meckenheimer Allee 166
11:00 AM
Festkolloquium anlässlich des 100. Geburtstages von Wilhelm Lauer zum Thema Klima- und Hochgebirgsforschung im Wandel. Nach einer Begrüßung um 11 Uhr folgen ...
Webtalk on catastrophe precautions
Digital via Zoom
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
The education system - a critical infrastructure?, Speaker: Prof. Dr. Harald Karutz Ob und inwiefern das Bildungswesen in Deutschland als eine Kritische ...
Is There a Role for Active Forest Management in Changing Climate?
Meckenheimer Allee 166
05:15 PM - 06:45 PM
Prof. Dr. Keith Smettem from the UWA Institute of Agriculture at the University of Western Australia is coming as a guest to talk about forest management in a ...

The Department of Geography on Social Media

The Department of Geography is active on different social media portals. Please use the following links to get directly on our profiles.


We post all news from the department on teaching, events and the everyday life at the department on Instagram. You can also find the best pictures from our field trips here.


We publish the latest news from the work of our research groups (e.g. new projects & publications, exciting talks) on Twitter, and are connected to important institutions and researchers.


We have different videos on YouTube: introductions of the department and certain groups within, videos from field trips, helpful tips on literature research in our library and much more.

Links to other important institutions

Directly connected with the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn are the Fachschaft Geographie, the Geographical Society of Bonn and the Geoverbund ABC/J.

The Fachschaft Geographie

The Fachschaft Geographie is the oficially elected Student Council Geography and represents all students at the Department of Geography.

Geographical Society of Bonn

The Geographical Society of Bonn (BGG) is a registered, non-profit association. The most important goal of the BGG is to present findings of geographical research to the general public in easily comprehensible way.

Geoverbund ABC/J

The Geoverbund ABC/J is the geoscientific network of the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne/Jülich research area.


Address of the Department


+49 (0)228-737290



Meckenheimer Allee 166

53115 Bonn


Administrative Office, Ingrid Zeh


+49 (0)228 73-7290



Meckenheimer Allee 166

Room 104a

53115 Bonn


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