Dear participants of the DGG annual meeting in Munich, dear members of DGG,


it is with deep regret that the DGG Council and the DGG2020 steering committee in Munich have decided to cancel our annual meeting scheduled for March 23-26 as well as the SEG-DGG Workshop on March 27. The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Germany is rapidly evolving and we have carefully monitored the situation in recent days to account for the safety of all participants. Our decision is based on the guidelines for public events issued by the national authorities and recommendations by the WHO and ECDC.


The international character of our annual convention includes participants from European and international countries as well as from all regions in Germany. Our risk assessment of the situation and the possibility of further spreading of the corona virus unfortunately leave no other option at this point.


The cancellation of the annual meeting puts the DGG in a difficult position and will have far reaching reverberations for us. We are currently organizing the near-term reimbursement of the registration fee and you will be contacted automatically; there is no action required on your side. Please be advised that the Deutsche Bahn (DB) offers free cancellation of tickets. Further information is posted on the websites of the DB or you may contact their customer services at


The DGG annual meeting is the heart and soul of our society. Our decision not to hold the meeting for the first time in 50 years is a difficult one, but the health and security of our DGG members and meeting participants are our priority. We would like to extend a very special ‘Thank you’ to our colleagues in Munich who have planned and organized the meeting in the recent months. We are currently planning to hold our general assembly in the fall in Kiel, the city of the 2021 annual meeting! We will update you on all developments on our website


Stay safe and healthy!

On behalf of the DGG Council,



Heidrun Kopp

DGG President










Dear colleagues,


welcome to the 80. German Geophysical Society congress. It will take place between 23. March and 26. March 2020 in Munich.




The registration for the annual DGG conference is open.


- Detailed programme now available (more)

- Submit abstract (more)

- Registration fees (more)

- Determined main topics  (more)

- Evening lecture about Planetary Geophysics (Brigitte Knapmeyer-Endrun, more)

- Information for companies and sponsoring (more)

- Dates and deadlines (more)

-DGG-SEG workshop flyer (more)


Information and measures related to COVID-19 (updates on

The DGG Council and DGG2020 Steering Committee in Munich are carefully monitoring the situation related to COVID-19 in Germany. We are evaluating the conditions on a daily basis and provide regular updates on our website. The health and security of our DGG members and meeting participants are our priority.

Our information is based on the guidelines for public events issued by the Robert-Koch-Institute RKI. The RKI is Germany’s public state health institute and cooperates closely with the WHO and the ECDC (

Our risk management process includes daily updates on the risk assessment published by the RKI and the implementation of health measures related to the spread of COVID-19.

At this moment, a cancellation of the DGG-2020 meeting in Munich is not necessary based on the recommendations of the RKI and the German government crisis unit ( on the coronavirus.

We expect around 350-400 participants. Due to the very dynamic, rapidly evolving situation of COVID-19 globally, it is not possible to date to estimate if and how many participants will travel from areas with an increased number of COVID-19 cases. We will constantly update our information on the current development prior to the meeting. At this point, we advise all persons with acute respiratory symptoms and/or general health issues not to participate in the meeting.

Based on the registered number of participants, the DGG2020 meeting is not a mass convention with more than 1000 persons and close interaction between participants is not expected (e.g. dancing). All participants have registered prior to the meeting or use the on-site registration. Disinfectants and information on disease protection and hygiene will be provided during the conference.



Yours sincerely,
Munich representative