The Association of Friends and Sponsors of the GFZ (Verein der Freunde und Förderer des GFZ e.V.) - short name: GFZ Friends - founded in 2004, aims to promote the activities of the German Research Centre for Geosciences ideally and financially.

What we do:

  • We support the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ ideally and financially.
  • We support young scientists, e.g. by awarding the annual Friedrich-Robert-Helmert-Award.
  • We support the contact with our GFZ alumni.
  • We promote the work of the GFZ and the social importance of the geosciences to the public.
  • We maintain and preserve the historical heritage of the Potsdam Telegraph Hill.

For this we need you! Become a friend or sponsor of the GFZ and support us in our diverse activities!

What can you expect in return:


  • can contribute their own ideas and suggestions,
  • support exciting georesearch projects,
  • can make new contacts or maintain old contacts,
  • are invited to public events of the GFZ and the GFZ Friends,
  • are informed about current activities at the GFZ and receive the high-quality GFZ Journal twice a year,
  • benefit from the framework agreements with other funding associations.

In addition, we offer Sponsors:

  • exclusive guided tours of the historic Telegrafenberg,
  • exclusive insights behind the scenes of a world-renowned research institution.

We offer Donors/Founders additionally:

  • Mention of the donors/founders and their achievements on the website of the GFZ Friends.

Support us actively by becoming a member or by making a donation.  --> Become a member

Donations are also welcome at any time and are tax deductible - like the membership fee.