The scientific aims of the BGI research involve pursuing and developing experimental high-temperature/high-pressure research in the fields of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry and geophysics. Investigations on the structure, composition, and dynamics of the Earth's interior give a more complete understanding of conditions of rock forming processes.
The research fields cover a broad range of subdisciplines of the experimental geosciences including the formation of the Earth's core and the mantle in the early stages of the evolution of the Earth, processes in subducting lithospheric slabs, dynamics of volcanic eruptions and their emissions in the atmosphere, and the transport of heavy metals in supercritical fluids.
Despite the global dimensions of many problems the basis of the research is an understanding of the relevant physico-chemical states and processes, often on a microscopic or mesoscopic scale. Although this research is deeply rooted in the solution of fundamental problems, in the long run it is highly relevant to mankind because it bears, for example, on such diverse issues as the origin of deep-focus earthquakes, risk assessment for volcanic eruptions, natural concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and the formation of ore deposits.
Many key questions of modern Earth science can only be addressed by experimental methods. BGI has a wide range of world class laboratory facilities, operated by some of the most capable scientists in the field:
- Multianvil and diamond anvil facilities for high pressure and temperature experiments
- Analytical facilities to characterize samples
- Facilities for in-situ high pressure measurements
- Computational facilities for ab-initio modelling of material properties
A complete list of facilities, scientists and current research at BGI can be found at
Studying in Bayreuth
The Eremitage in Bayreuth
Bayreuth with its 75,000 residents is located in northern Bavaria, about 70 km north
of Nuernberg. As a former residence town Bayreuth offers an attractive historic city
center. Bayreuth features rich cultural activities and a diverse social environment.
The beautiful surrounding landscape (mountains, woods, lakes and rivers) allows
diverse recreational activities, like biking, hiking, climbing, swimming, as well as
downhill and cross-country skiing. Further information can be found on the city of
Campus University Bayreuth
The University offers an attractive, modern campus where all facilities, including
library and cafeteria are close together. Due to its moderate size with approx.
13,000 students and the proximity of facilities contacts with students,
professors and university administrators are readily established. Further