Leibniz Institute For Applied Geophysics

We are the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics - LIAG. The LIAG is an independent, research institute that uses geophysical methods to solve attending and solving geoscientific questions. The focus of our work is exploring structures and processes in the subsurface, and the development of methods and techniques required in geophysics, geohydraulics, geothermics, and geochronology. Research targets are directed to address the needs of the society and solve issues of future concern. The institute’s activities are mainly in Germany. It cooperates with national and international partners. The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics is the renamed former GGA-Institut or ‘Institut für Geowissenschaftliche Gemeinschaftsaufgaben’, in German. It was founded by law in Lower Saxony in the year 2000.

Company details

Stilleweg 2 , Hannover , 30655 Germany

Locations Served

Business Type:
Research institute
Industry Type:
University / Academia / Research - Environmental Science and Research
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

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 110 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 four topical research fields:

  • ground water systems - structure, quality, processes
  • geothermal energy - research and development for economic use
  • terrestrial sediment systems - structure, genesis, age

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

  • from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, Berlin, and
  • from the Ministry of Economics, Labour, and Transport of the State Lower Saxony, Hannover, as well as
  • from contributions from the other German Federal States.

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.