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EMR_LOGO2014.jpg The EMR Group forms part of the Department of Geosciences & Geography in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. The School of Geosciences with its stream in EMR, Eon ERC / Applied  Geophysics , Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology and Geomaterials (GeoMat) is the largest university-based Geoscience Group committed to Resources Research in Germany. The EMR Group is further integrated with the Network of Environmental Geochemistry Laboratories Aachen.

The EMR Group offers a wide range of applied research covering basin modeling, carbonate sedimentology, diagenesis, discontinuities (faults, fractures, veins), geomechanics, geochemistry, interface mineralogy, mineral deposits, petrology, petrophysics, salt, seismic interpretation, sequence stratigraphy as well as unconventionals & new technologies.

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Prof. Littke was elected as member of the DFG senate commission



Prof. Littke was elected as member of the DFG senate commission „Zukunftsaufgaben der Geowissenschaften“ (Sk ZAG; “Geokommission”) for a second three year term. See www.sk-zag.de


Internationally renowned Dutch Geoscientist visited GUtech



MUSCAT The Rector and the Department of Applied Geosciences of GUtech have welcomed Professor Dr. Sierd Cloetingh, Royal Netherlands Academy Professor of Earth Sciences at the Utrecht University (Netherlands) last week. Professor Cloetingh gave a presentation entitled: "Integrated Solid Earth Sciences - challenges and perspectives" to AGEO students and GUtech staff. Professor Cloetingh is a well-known geoscientist who has published more than 300 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed geosciences journals. He is also editor in chief of Global and Planetary Change and member of the editorial board of Tectonophysics. Professor Cloetingh has also been promotor of more than 65 PhD students of 18 different nationalities. He has received honorary doctorates from five European universities and numerous honours and rewards such as the Holmes Medal, the honorary membership of the European Geosciences Union, Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Prof. Cloetingh is also President of the International Lithosphere Programme (ILP), Vice-President of the European Academy of Sciences and member of the European Research Council (ERC).

To discuss future scientific cooperation, Professor Cloetingh has been invited by the AGEO department and the Department of Geosciences of RWTH Aachen University, who have also organized a one week field trip around the North of Oman including a large number of sites of geological interest, such as the exposed crust/mantle transition and the ophiolites in Wadi Al Abbyad, carbonate sequences and source rocks and the uplifted coastal terraces along the Omani coastline, an area that is currently part of a tsunami research project conducted by Prof. Dr. Goesta Hoffmann. Prof. Goesta and Prof. Wiekert Visser of the AGEO Department have conducted the field-excursion along with Prof. Dr. Peter Kukla, Energy & Mineral Resources Group and Director of the Geological Institute at RWTH Aachen University. "We have developed plans for a long-term strategic cooperation embedded in the international lithosphere programme. Specifically the setup of a thematic research programme "TOPO-OMAN", affiliated to the successful TOPO-EUROPE programme on coupled deep Earth and surface processes with implications for georessources and natural hazards has been discussed. Additionally research training programmes, including workshops and short courses as well as the exchange of staff form an integral part of this collaborative effort." said Prof. Peter Kukla.

On Tuesday the 18th March Prof. Cloetingh will give a presentation entitled "Tectonics of sedimentary basins" to members of the Geological Society of Oman in the PDO Oil and Gas Exhibition Center at 5 pm.


"Aachen als Sprungbrett in die weite Welt"



"Aachen als Sprungbrett in die weite Welt"




Defense Samaneh Masoumi



Samaneh Masoumi successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations.

Dietrich Welte receives Sidney Powers Award


Dietrich Welte received at the annual meeting of the "American Association of Petroleum Geologists ' ( AAPG ), the highest scientific honor , the " Sidney Powers Award ". AAPG is with around 35,000 members worldwide the largest and most important international geoscience organizations. The eulogy says " ... the understanding of dynamic earth processes ( geoprocesses ) , and not only the detection of the static end result was the main research objective of Dietrich Welte . His pioneering scientific publications are classics. "


27.03.13, talk by Susanne Buiter: "Analysing Wilson Cycle plate margins"


Next Wednesday (27.03.13) Susanne Buiter will give a talk on "Analysing Wilson Cycle plate margins" Hereby we would like to invite you to the talk held at 14:00 in room 408 (Lochnerstrasse 4-20, 'Haus A'). Susanne Buiter has been  elected as the president of the EGU Division on Tectonics and Structural Geology.

Defense Hamed Fazlikhani


Hamed Fazlikhani successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations.

Energy Systems of the Future


Prof. Dr. Ralf Littke was elected as member of the working group "resources" of the programme "Energy Systems of the Future". This programme is a joint initiative of the German Academies of Science.

Dipl.-Phys. Yves Gensterblum received the 2012 travel grant of the Professor Dr. Karl-Heinrich Heitfeld Foundation


Yves Gensterblum was awarded this grant for his research on the interaction of gases with clay minerals using neutron diffraction. He is planning to visit the Los Alamos research facilities, USA, for neutron beam experiments early 2013.

Heitfeld Awards 2012