DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm 1833 "Building a Habitable Earth"

Over a period of 6 years, DFG is funding research projects within its SPP framework (DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm) "Building a Habitable Earth". The SPP will contribute to the still open question how Earth became the only known habitable planet.


SPP at a glance             


Funding period:

2015-2021 - next Call for Proposals is anticipated in 2017

Scientific Coordinator:

Carsten Münker (University of Cologne)
DFG-Contact Person:

Dr. Tim Haarmann (0228-885-2328, tim.haarmann(at)dfg.de) oder

Udo Frinke (0228-885-2742, udo.frinke(at)dfg.de)

Coordination Office: SPP-1833(at)uni-koeln.de

In a concerted approach the SPP will address this eminent issue by involving different earth science disciplines like geology, geochemistry, planetology, cosmochemistry, geobiology and geophysical modelling.

The three most critical topics central to this SPP are

  • the compositions and sources of Earth’s building materials
  • the Earth’s early internal processing into crust, mantle, and core
  • the evolution of the ocean-atmosphere system.

SPP participants will cover these topics by studying ancient rocks samples and extraterrestrial samples available as meteorites or from space missions.

These investigations will be complemented by sophisticated modelling approaches and laboratory experiments.

SPP 1833 “Building a Habitable Earth” is steered by a Scientific Programm Committee of high profile German earth scientists jointly with an Early Career Scientist Committee to promote young scientists in the field.          


Images: A. Kappler, D. Hezel, C. Münker (Please send SPP-related pictures to SPP-1833@uni-koeln.de)


Coordination office:


Phone 0221-4703196


March 2017:

Our Second General SPP Meeting took place from March 29 to March 31, 2017 in Jena (further information).

The meeting was preceded by the Workshop "PDF Archean Surface Environments" (March 28 - March 29)


August 2017:

Field Workshop in Pilbara, Australia (August 28 - September 5). Further information...


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