Emerging Field Grant

The Emerging Field Grant of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy seeks to support members of the Faculty by stimulating and strengthening rather risky research within the research foci in new emerging fields. The grant awards a pre-doc fellowship for three years. Further details can be obtained from the next call for submissions (probably in spring 2018). The grant’s announcement will be published on this website

Award winners


  • Awarded project: "Numerical Modelling of Restless Caldera Volcanoes" of the Research Group „Structual Processes“ led by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Grasemann (Department of Geodynamics and Sedimentology) together with Dr. Martin Schöpfer, Privatdozent (Department of Geodynamics and Sedimentology) and ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Theodoros Ntaflos (Department of Lithospheric Research) under engagement of Pre-doc Daniel Woodell

Calderas are volcanic depressions of 1 to 100 kilometers diameter that form through catastrophic subsidence of the Earth's crust as a consequence of the fact that a magma reservoir has been drained during a major eruption and that its roof founders. The structure of calderas is poorly understood, which major challenges for risk assessment. In the course of this Emerging Field Grant project, cutting-edge 3D computer simulations of restless calderas are developed, which give insight into volcanic depth processes. It is still unclear whether these simulations represent the natural development of calderas, but the new methodology could revolutionize the research area of volcano tectonics.


Our solar system and in particular present-day Earth are characterised by manifold conditions. How can these conditions help to reconstruct the distant past of the solar system and our Sun. This is a central question of the winning project of the Emerging Field Grant 2013. While the diversity of extrasolar planetary systems and their stars make a clear statement more difficult, model calculations are intended to provide information about the origin of our planetary environment.