LIAG / Institute 


The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) is an independent research institute. With geophysical methods we explore structures and processes in the upper part of the Earth’s crust that are relevant to and influenced by mankind. Research in the field of Applied Geophysics is important to face challenges of the future such as the exploration, sustainable supply, and conservation of essential natural resources. It is also important to assess geohazards. Our research contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.

History of the Institute

LIAG was established as an independent research institute in 1999. Previously, it was a department of the Geological Survey of Lower Saxony. This department was founded in 1948 by the Höchster Agreement.

Today LIAG and the Federal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources (BGR) as well as the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) constitute the GeoZentrum Hanover (GZH).



Prof. Dr. Martin Sauter

+49 511 643-2301



Lars Naue

+49 511 643-2599

Department S1

Head of Department:

Prof. Dr. Gerald Gabriel

+49 511 643-3510

Department S2

Head of Department:

Prof. Dr. Mike Müller-Petke

+49 511 643-3253

Department S3

Head of Department:

Prof. Dr. Manfred Frechen

+49 511 643-2537

Department S4

Head of Department:

Prof. Dr. Inga Moeck

+49 511 643-3468

Department S5

Head of Department:

Dr. Thomas Wonik

+49 511 643-3517


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Schedule of Remuneration (German)