Composed of about 80 members, the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) is an interdisciplinary institute that combines competences of various fields of human and social sciences (geography, economy, philosophy, anthropology, political sciences), cartography and statistics, as well as physical geography. The focus is on research on sustainability with six priority objectives:
Each researcher is attached to one or more of these poles of research. In addition, the institute offers competences in certain methodological fields, in particular cartography, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods in the fields of geography and social sciences.
The Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics was established on the 1st January 2014, comprising researchers from five of the former institutes of the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment. This gives us a unique opportunity to group Earth Scientists, Environmental Scientists and Physical Geographers together, in a single institute, supported by world class field equipment, laboratories and computational capacity.
The mission of the new Institute is to undertake research of the highest international quality relating to earth surface processes and dynamics, over a range of space and time scales, and including environmental change whether related to human activities or natural processes.
During our first phase of development, we are prioritising four research foci :
The students, staff and scientists of the Institute of Earth Sciences continue to advance our understanding of the physical, chemical and paleobiological processes that shape the long and short term evolution of our planet.
The Institute of Earth Sciences hosts world-class equipment, laboratories and computer facilities, in supporting our ambition of combining excellence in research and teaching.
Our core strengths lie in the geology and geodynamics of mountain belts, and the underlying physical processes; the geochemistry of Earth systems, from mantle processes, fluid rock reactions to sedimentary processes, including paleooceanography, paleoclimate, ancient live and ocean circulation, geophysical monitoring, inverse techniques and stochastic modeling of the subsurface related to groundwater flow, rock physics and geological risk and hazard related to climate change and erosion.