About us

The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) conducts
research in the field of physical geosciences to meet future needs of the
society. It investigates the uppermost part of the Earth`s crust which is
accessible for economic use, of primary importance for the supply of
essential resources, and vulnerable against man-made activity actions. Most of the
institute`s activities take place in Europe.

The institutes staff consist of 90 employees, half of who are permanent. One third are technical staff, such as technicians and engineers, two thirds are scientific personnel, mostly geophysicists, physicists, geologists and information scientists.

An important issue for the institute is the development of research methods. This means research in the development of new measuring and interpretation methods and techniques for seismics, magnetics, gravimetry, geoelectrics, well logging, geologic age dating, geothermic … (etc).

To enable progress in interdisciplinary thematic issues, the institute has
defined several topical research fields. They cover themes of present
scientific importance and serve relevant social needs. Presently, the 
institute conducts research in three topical research fields:

Most of these issues are handled in cooperation with multiple partners
such as Federal state geological surveys, universities, scientific
institutes, private companies, and industry.

The institute receives its basic financial support


The institute is located at Hannover in the GeoZentrum. Two other geoscientific institutions are in the GeoZentrum Hannover as well: These are

BGR - Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

LBEG - Geological Survey of Lower Saxony

Mission Statement

We are the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics in Hannover, Germany. Our mandate is to research and evaluate subsurface structures and processes. This  lies at the centre of our work and provides the existential requirements in preparation for economical exploitation and to protect the environment. Therefore we concentrate on problems of national interest and importance.

In addition, we address our responsibilities by the application and systematic development of geophysical and geoscientific methods. We regard methodological development as an integral component to accomplish our mandate; they contribute crucially to the importance of the geosciences for society.

With our achievement we research the entire spectrum of applied geosciences and geotechnologies, and publish them both nationally and internationally. We support knowledge transfer by teaching at universities and use our knowledge and products to serve society as a whole.

Bound to the principles of scientific ethics, our objective is to increase the trust and recognition invested in us by our partners through quality, experience, continuity and commitment. As part of a modern and expert research institute, we aim to further the benefits of geoscientific knowledge to science and society.

In the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics our mutual cooperation is based on three aspects: respect - solidarity - fairness. Mutual respect and honest appreciation of the diverse accomplishments of our colleagues provide us with opportunities for pertinent and beneficial cooperation. We both adhere to and actively develop the framework for practical equality and maintain our friendly openness for all things new.



Leibniz Institute for
Applied Geophysics
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover
Phone: +49 (0)511 643-0
Fax:     +49 (0)511 643-3665


Branch Office

OT Rotenkirchen
37574 Einbeck
Tel.: +49 (0)5562-91460
Fax: +49 (0)5562-914622


Details branch office


  • 57 regular (27 scientists, 30 technical staff)
  • circa 55 supernumerary