University of Heidelberg


DAAD scholarships and projects

DAAD-Stipendium zum Studium an der UNESP in Rio Claro Brasilien

contact: apl. Prof. Dr. Ulrich A. Glasmacher (Heidelberg, Germany)

Prof. Dr. P. Hackspacher

IODP workshop 2014, Rio de Janero

Lateinamerika Kolloquium 2014, Heidelberg

EGU 2014, Wien

SPP-Annual Meeting (AWI), Bremerhaven

Thermo 2014, Chamonix

GV-Tagung, Frankfurt

German-Brazilian Symposium on Sustainable Development 2015, Heidelberg

coming soon

Field Campaigns - Movie


The fieldwork in Namibia between the 5th and 24th of october 2011 in the SAMPLE SPP-program is the continuation of the campaign in march/april.

Together with Prof. Dr. Peter Hackspacher from Rio Claro/Brasil and Eric Salomon from Mainz we sample in the Kaokoveld in the uppermost northwestern part of Namibia. We focus on north-south and east-west striking faults with special emphasis on the major Purros and Sesfontein Lineament.

The transects follow the seismic profiles taken by the GFZ in Potsdam in 2010.

Adjacent to the sampling we will focus on a detailed mapping of the tectonic structures along the profiles. From Heidelberg Markus Karl, Ulrich A. Glasmacher, and Melissa Perner accompany this field trip.

The fieldwork between the 19th of march and 20th of april 2011 in Namibia is part of the SAMPLE SPP-program. The aim of this study is to quantify the temperature, exhumation, uplift, and long-term dynamic topography evolution of the South Atlantic passive continental margin (SAPCM) in Namibia with a combination of low-temperature thermochronolgical techniques as apatite and zircon fission-track and (U-Th)/He togehter with thermokinematic modeling.

The focus will be given to the influence of long-living transform faults running parallel and perpendicular to the coast. Key area is the northern part of Namibia especially the region arround the walvis ridge with the atlantic crossing Florianopolis Fracture Zone (FFZ).

This project is part of the interdisciplinary research project SAMPLE, South Atlantic Margin Processec and Links with onshore Evolution, funded as priority program 1375 by the DFG (German Research Foundation). Primary research areas are the mantle dynamics and the magmatic processes, the lithospheric structure, deformation processes and rifted margin formation, the postrift topography evolution and links to the climate and tectonics, and the sedimentary processes and fluid systems (

Rwenzori Mountains - Uganda/D.R. Congo

The aim of the research project is to unravel the evolution of the bizarre high Rwenzori Mountains, by quantifying their thermal, uplift and exhumation history using low-temperature thermochronological dating techniques and thermokinematic modeling.

The Rwenzori Mts are located within the Albertine Rift, the northern part of the western branch of the East African Rift System, and stretch along the border of the D.R. Congo and Uganda. While in the beginning of the project research has concentrated on the eastern (Ugandan) part of the Albertine Rift and Rwenzori Mountains the study area has now moved further to the west. With additional focus of the project now placed on the D.R. Congo. A first field-campaign, covering the area from northern Lake Edward along the rift shoulder up to the Blue Mountains at Lake Albert, was conducted in summer 2009, in cooperation with the Ruwenzori State University of Butembo.

The presented project is part of the interdisciplinary research project RiftLink, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG research unit 703). The RiftLink research group addresses rift dynamics, uplift, and climate change in Equatorial Africa, with the main concern placed on the Albertine Rift, and therein raising Rwenzori Mountains (

Low-temperature thermochronology, uplift and exhumation history of the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda – D.R. CongoDer Ostkongo ist eine Forschungsreise wert, RNZ 02/2010.

– 2010: Western slope of the Rwenzori Mountains

(Kiondo, v.l.n.r.:) Ing. Mutete; Friederike Bauer, Prof. Mambo, Matthias Starz, René Grobe

– 2009: Albertine Rift, western rift shoulder

Field Excursion: Roquebrun 2011

"Des futurs géologues allemands décryptent les secrets d´une terre mystérieuse (Midi Libre 06/09/2011) pdf

Past Events

European Geosciences Union

General Assembly 2013
Vienna, Austria, 07 - 12 April 2013

Geological and hydro-biogeochemical feedbacks shaping habitats and biodiversity in terrestrial systems. HS10.8/SSS2.19
Convener: Ulrich Anton Glasmacher


Evolution of passive margins and adjacent continents wih emphasis on the North and South Atlantic. GD4.1/SM5.4/TS5.5
Convener: Ulrich Anton Glasmacher

8th International Symposium on Swift Heavy Ions in Matter, 24 - 27 October, 2012, Kyoto, Japan

46th Brazilian Geological Congress, 30 September - 05 October, 2012, Santos, Sao Paulo

13th International Conference on Thermochronology, 24 - 28 August, 2012, Guilin, China

SAMPLE-Colloquium 2012, 12 - 15 June, 2012, Tutzingen, Germany

European Geosciences Union

General Assembly 2012
Vienna, Austria, 22 - 27 April 2012

Evolution of the North and South Atlantic, ajacent continents, and passive continental margins, in general; GD4.2/SM2.8/TS5.3
Convener: U.A. Glasmacher et al.

Invited lectures by:
R.H. Gabrielsen et al. on "The evolution of the passive continetal margin of Norway and its adjacent mainland - using the sub-Cambrian peneplain as a reference surface"
R.D. Müller et al. on "The Miocene Atlantic Ocean"


Biological Indicators as an Additional Tool for Understanding geological Processes; BG1.5
Converner: G. Berberich, U.A. Glasmacher


Geological and hydro-biochemical feedbacks shaping habitats and biodiversity in terrestrial systems; HS10.5/BG2.21
Converner: Dr. Or, G. Berberich, A. Hildebrandt, K. Caylor, U.A. Glasmacher

Magmatic Rifting and Active Volcanism Conference

11 13th January 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Gondwana14 ‘East meets West

25 – 30 September, 2011, Armação dos Búzios Rio de Janeiro Brazil

PESGB Africa Conference

The 10th PESGB/HGS Conference on African E&P, QEII Conference Centre,
London 7 – 8 September 2011


International Conference, 4 – 7 September 2011, Munich, Germany

Geological Processes from Global to Local Scales, Associated Hazards & Resources

Evolution of the South Atlantic, adjacent continents, and passive continental margins in general
Conveners: U.A. Glasmacher, M. Scheck-Wenderoth

European Geosciences Union

EGU 2011 conference sessions
Vienna, Austria, 03 - 08 April 2011

Evolution of the North and South Atlantik, adjacents continents, and passive continental margins in general (co-organized)
Convener: U.A. Glasmacher, P. Japsen et al.


Fracturing, sealing and fluid flow in reservoirs and fault zones (co-organized)
Convener: D. Koehn et al.


The role of fluids in lithosphere extension (co-organized)
Convener: L. Geoffroy, U.A. Glasmacher, G. Manatschal


22. Lateinamerika-Kolloquium
22. Coloquio sobre las Geociencias de Latinoamérica
22th Colloquium on Latin American Earth Sciences

March 30 to April 1, 2011

German – Brazilian Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2010/11

Workshops on Opportunities in Geoscience and Geotechnology

14 – 16 February 2011 in Santos-SP, Brazil

31st March 2011 in Heidelberg, Germany

Press release: In the frame of the German-Brazilian Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2010/11, two workshops and one Brazilian delegation visit are organized by Prof. Dr. Ulrich A. Glasmacher (University Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Peter C. Hackspacher (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rio Claro), Dr. Bertram Heinze (DWIH, Sao Paulo) and Dr. Ute Münch (GEOTECHNOLOGIEN) focusing on “Opportunities in Geosciences and Geotechnology” between both countries. The two workshops and the delegation visit is partly financed by the International Bureau of the BMBF.

The objective of the two workshops and the delegation visit is the outline of joined research topics for future activities and research cooperation’s between Brazilian and German scientist in different research fields like »Marine Geosciences and Geotechnology«, »Geophysics and Geodesy«, and »Scientific Drilling«.
Renowned scientist and representatives from the industry will join and discuss these topics, the possibilities for cooperation and the need for further joint research.
The proposed two workshops and the visiting tour will provide the platform to gather experts from both countries to discuss joint research projects including joint development of marine technologies. The results will be summarized in a »white paper«. Combining scientific researchers with representatives from the industry supplying marine technologies will have a direct and lasting impact on the near future of joint scientific research.
The delegation visit is scheduled between the 27. 03. 2011 and 30. 03. 2011 and will bring 10 Brazilian scientists and representatives of the State Sao Paulo and three Brazilian Universities as well as four scientist from the research center of the Brazilian National oil company Petrobras together with scientists from the leading German Institutes of Marine Sciences, the Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften IFM-GEOMAR, the Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research, and the MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences.
Workshops on Opportunities in Geoscience and Geotechnology
Deutsch-brasilianische Forschungszusammenarbeit
German-Brazilian Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2010/11


23rd Colloquium of African Geology, CAG 23 - South Africa 2011, University of Johanesburg
January 08 - 14th 2011

Ion Beam Physics

Ionenstrahlphysik-Workshop 2010 / Ion Beam Physics Workshop 2010, held at the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD)
from 29th to 31st March 2010.

Detailed information can be found at (in German and English).
The conference language will be English!

Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen (SNI 2010)

24.02 - 26.02.2010 Berlin

"Deutsche Tagung für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung, Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen an Großgeräten (SNI2010)".

Die Nutzung von Großgeräten zur Erforschung der kondensierten Materie hat in den letzten Jahren zu einer Vielzahl von herausragenden Forschungsergebnissen geführt. Experimente mit Neutronen, Synchrotron- und Ionenstrahlung bieten komplementäre Möglichkeiten, die Eigenschaften der Materie in all ihren Facetten auszuleuchten.

Die SNI 2010 bietet ein gemeinsames Forum für die Präsentation neuester Erkenntnisse, für den Ideenaustausch und die weitere Vernetzung der Methoden.

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