DGG Workshop: Future of the DGG in the association of geosciences

Dear DGG members,

the new date for the DGG Future Workshop postponed from October 2022 is set: The DGG Presidium cordially invites all DGG members to participate in the Future Workshop, which will take place directly after the DGG meeting on March 09 + 10, 2023 on the campus of the University of Bremen.

To start with, the Presidium will first present the current situation and the current status of the planned merger of the four DVGeo specialist societies towards a new independent German geological specialist society.

In the moderated workshop, we will then look to the future. What changes must there be in the DGG in order to tackle the upcoming societal challenges word-for-word and powerfully? In which areas are we well positioned? What are the opportunities and risks of a larger merger and how could such a merger be organized? Can we continue to adequately implement the central concern of the DGG, namely the promotion, increase and dissemination of geophysical knowledge in research, teaching and application?

We look forward to your active participation!

The Presidium of the DGG

You can register at the DGG Future Workshop until 28.2.2023.


You can download the Program of the DGG Workshop here (only in German)
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In the past year, the DGG celebrated its 100th anniversary. It became clear that the DGG has lived through an eventful but very successful 100-year history and is today very well positioned to meet future societal challenges. There is a high level of satisfaction among the members from the diverse areas of research, teaching, offices and companies. The DGG is well networked nationally and internationally and enjoys high recognition and reputation as a small professional society.

The 24 founding fathers defined the central leitmotif of our DGG already 100 years ago: "The purpose of the society is the promotion, increase and dissemination of geophysical knowledge in research, teaching and application." This leitmotif has remained unchanged since then and is quasi meaningful. It results in the fields of action of the DGG, which have been practiced for 100 years, and which have recently been reformulated in the DGG Strategy Paper 2020+. These fields of action are essentially the organization of the annual DGG meeting, the organization of professional work through working groups, the issuing of publications and communications to members, the various collaborations with other professional societies, the awarding of prizes for special achievements, and the monitoring of study programs.

The role of the DGG was controversially discussed during the last year in the context of the planned merger of the geoscientific societies organized in the DVGeo towards a large, new, independent German society for geosciences. This merger seems to be necessary against the background of challenges from society and science. Civil society expects answers from the geosciences to socially relevant questions, for example the energy turnaround, environmental protection or the utilization of underground space. These questions require an overall geoscientific assessment and an intensive coordination of the geoscientific disciplines. Today, the geosciences are also faced with the challenge of describing and understanding the Earth system as a whole. This was recently articulated succinctly in the Leopoldina's Future Report, which recommends that the so-called "Earth System Science" be established as the guiding idea for all geoscientific research, university teaching, and also for the future structuring of the geoscientific professional societies.





Please register for the ´Future of the DGG´ Workshop either by email to geschaeftsfuehrung@dgg-online.de or use the possibility to register during the registration for the DGG Conference.