Prof. Dr. Peter M. Herzig

Executive Director, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Phone: +49-431 600 2800
Fax: +49-431 600 2805
E-Mail: pherzig(at)

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
East shore campus, Building 4
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
D-24148 Kiel

Short CV in pdf format

Personal Information

  • Date of birth: August 4, 1954
  • Place of birth: Wesel/Rhine
  • Nationality: German
  • Maritial status: married, 2 children (1988, 1990)


  • 1983 Aachen University of Technology, M.Sc. Geological Sciences
  • 1986 Aachen University of Technology, Ph.D. Geological Sciences
  • 1992 Aachen University of Technology, Habilitation

Career, Employment

  • 1978 Field Geologist, Uranerz Exploration and Mining Ltd., Canada
  • 1981 Field Geologist, Hellenic Mining Company, Cyprus
  • 1983 Project Geologist, Cyprus Crustal Study Project, Cyprus
  • 1986-1987 Research Associate, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1987-1988 Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1989-1992 Assistant Professor, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1992 Visiting Professor, Geological Survey of Canada
  • 1992-1993 Associate Professor, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1993-2003 Full Professor, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology
  • 1997-1999 Dean, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology
  • 2001-2004 Adjunct Professor, Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada
  • 2002-2003 Visiting Professor, Southampton Oceanography Centre, UK
  • 2003-present Full Professor, University of Kiel
  • 2004-2011 Director and CEO, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Kiel
  • 2012-present Executive Director, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

  • 1987 Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • 1987 Borchers Medal, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1987 Friedrich Wilhelm Award, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1990 International Marine Minerals Society Award
  • 1991 Max Planck Research Award, Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation
  • 1992 Hans Schneiderhöhn Award, Natural History Museum Mainz
  • 1993 Friedrich Wilhelm Award, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1993 Victor Moritz Goldschmidt Award, German Mineralogical Association
  • 1998 Elected Member, Saxonian Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Research Award, German Science Foundation (1,5 Mio. Euro)
  • 2005 Elected Member, National Academy of Science and Engineering
  • 2010 Order of Merit of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
  • 2015 First Class Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 

Membership and Expert Activities

  • 1992-1994 German Representative, Ocean Drilling Lithosphere Panel
  • 1992-1999 Member, Editorial Board Mineralium Deposita
  • 1994-2004 Member, Executive Council, SGA, Geneva
  • 1996-2000 German Representative, InterRidge Steering Committee
  • 1996-2004 Member, Scientific Review Board R/V Sonne Research
  • 1996-2004 Elected Reviewer, Geosciences, German Research Foundation
  • 1999-2003 Chair, Scientific Review Board R/V Meteor Research
  • 1999-2004 Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam
  • 2000-2004 Consulting Expert, UN International Seabed Authority
  • 2001-2007 Member, Awards Committee, Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation
  • 2002-2004 German Representative, Ocean Drilling Science Committee
  • 2002-2010 Member, Senate Commission on Geosciences, German Science Foundation
  • 2004-2007 Founding Chair, German Marine Research Consortium, KDM, Berlin
  • 2004-present Maritime Coordinator, Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
  • 2005-2010 Member, Senate, German Science Foundation
  • 2005-2006 President, International Marine Minerals Society
  • 2005-present Member, Board of Governors, BGR, Hanover
  • 2006-2011 Member, Board of Governors, AWI, Bremerhaven
  • 2007-2011 Member, Executive Board, Leibniz Association, Berlin
  • 2007-present Maritime Ambassador, European Commission, Brussels
  • 2009-present Member, Research Commission, German University Association
  • 2011-2012 Chair, POGO, Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (International Association of Marine Research Institutes)
  • 2011-2019 Member, Advisory Council, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, UK
  • 2011-present  Member, Advisory Council, Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI), Halifax, Canada
  • 2011-2012 Member, Foresight Panel, Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
  • 2012-2014 Member, Expert Panel, Council of Canadian Academies, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2012-present  Member, Advisory Board, Japan Agency for  Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokohama
  • 2012-present  Chair, Strategic Advisory Board, EU Joint Programming Initiative ‘Oceans’, Brussels
  • 2014 Member, Expert Panel, Canadian Foundation for Innovation
  • 2015-2017 Vize President Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres


since 1983 participation in 25 marine research expeditions (including ship, submersible, ROV and drilling cruises) in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Antarctic Ocean.

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