All human activities take place in a geographic space of enormous diversity and continuous transformations. The research and teaching activities at the Institute for Geography are aimed at improving understanding of the causes and effects of global change and at working up problem-solving approaches, which enable sustainable development in the Anthropocene.


About us



Research at the institute is very diverse. In the areas of society, the environment and resources, we deal with change in our environment, particularly climate and land use, as well as the transformation of our society(ies). We examine the management of natural and digital resources, relationships between environment and health, as well as local, regional and national mobility and their factors. A strong focus on methodological development in close collaboration of methodological, didactic and scientific disciplines is our unique characteristic. Geographical education and the visual communication of complex relationships round off our research profile.


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geographical colloquium


The Institute for Geography supports approx. 1700 students on its courses (as of June 2019). Our graduates praise the study options as well as the possibilities for profile building. Our respective current annual topic connects the interdisciplinary range of curricula.

Important study details, links to module catalogues, information on examinations and more can be found on our Study pages.

Bachelor of Science

The institute offers Bachelor degree courses in geography and geoinformatics (together with the Institute for Informatics) and is represented within other courses with optional topics.

Datenerfassung mit Survey auf Pad Juni 2019

Master’s Degree

Our master’s courses in geography, geoinformatics, climate and environmental sciences as well as global change ecology reflect the diversity of our research.

Exkursion Marokko 2016

Teaching Profession

In the teaching courses, all combinations can be studied with all school types (Gymnasium (grammar), Realschule (secondary school), Mittelschule (middle school), Grundschule (primary school), Drittelfach (three Rs subject).

Testbild 4: Exkursion Grönland


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Here you will find news about the institute and its research activities.

Information and news about teaching and studies can be found under „ Study News“.


July 11, 2024

Paper in Journal of Location Based Services

Eva Nuhn, Kai Hamburger and Sabine Timpf published an article in the Journal of Location Based Services.


The article is about mapping olfactory cues for wayfinding and is available here:




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July 3, 2024

Stelle am Lehrstuhl für Humangeographie und Transformationsforschung zu besetzen

An der Universität Augsburg ist am
Lehrstuhl für Humangeographie und Transformationsforschung des Instituts für Geographie zum 1. Oktober 2024 eine Stelle als

wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (m/w/d)

im Umfang der Hälfte der regelmäßigen Arbeitszeit in einem auf zunächst drei Jahre befristeten Beschäftigungsverhältnis zu besetzen. Die Vergütung erfolgt bei Vorliegen der persönlichen und tariflichen Voraussetzungen nach Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L.

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June 24, 2024

Dr. Johanna Weselek: „On the way to a socio-ecological transformation? Current implementation of education for sustainable development”


Montag, 15.07.2024, 15:45 Uhr, Hörsaal III/C


In 2015, the “2030 Agenda” (UN 2015) was adopted by the United Nations. The central goal is the socio-ecological transformation. The 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) formulated therein provide an important political orientation for dealing with global challenges. Education, and in particular “Education for Sustainable Development” (ESD), are considered to be of great importance to achieve the global sustainability goals. Its relevance is emphasized even more in the current UNESCO program “ESD for 2030” (UNESCO 2020).

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Jan. 1, 2021

EU Innovative Training Network "Macro and Microplastic in Agricultural Soil Systems" - SOPLAS

The Innovative Training Network “SOPLAS – Macro and Microplastic in Agricultural Soil Systems” coordinated by Prof. Dr. Peter Fiener (Institute of Geography, Augsburg University) started 1st of January 2021. It is a cooperation of 11 European Research Institutions recruiting 14 PhD students.

July 22, 2020

Wassermangel – Trocknet Bayern aus?

„Niedrigwasser-Management wird nach allen Prognosen auch 2020 Forst- und Landwirtschaft, Behörden und Politik vor immer größere Herausforderungen stellen. Was bedeutet zunehmender Wassermangel für die Wasserversorgung in Bayern?...“ BR Doku

Dec. 15, 2020

Universität Augsburg gründet Zentrum für Klimaresilienz

Trockenheit, Hochwasser, Megacity: Der Klimawandel wirkt sich auf viele Bereiche aus. Im neu gegründeten Zentrum für Klimaresilienz werden bereits bestehende Schwerpunkte zur Erforschung des Klimawandels durch neun weitere Professuren ergänzt. Ziel der Forschung wird sein, ganzheitliche und umsetzbare Strategien zur Anpassung an die unabwendbaren Folgen des Klimas zu entwickeln und zwar auf regionaler, nationaler und internationaler Ebene. Wir freuen uns, dass im Kontext des Zentrums am Institut für Geographie im Jahr 2021 ein Lehrstuhl für Urbane Klimaresilienz sowie ein Lehrstuhl für die Klimaresilienz von Kultuökosystemen aufgebaut werden.


Postal address

Institut für Geographie
Universität Augsburg
D-86135 Augsburg




Institute of Geography
University of Augsburg
Alter Postweg 118, building B
D - 86159 Augsburg



The offices are located in building B.


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