About us

In 1990 the Chair of Geology had been transformed into Institute of Geology, which was established as the fourth Institute of the Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences. In 1991 the Rector of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Professor Jerzy Fedorowski, who reinitiate the geological studies at UAM in 1988, decided that the Institute was moved to the new buildings at Morasko Campus. The first Director of the Institute from 1990 to 1996 was Professor Stanisław Lorenc, and subsequently this position was hold by Professor Wojciech Stankowski, Professor Józef Górski, Professor Jan Przybyłek and again Professor Józef Górski. Currently, dr. hab. Błażej Berkowski prof. UAM holds the position of Director.

The Geological Institute consists of team of scientists focusing on different aspects of geological processes occurring currently on Earth as well as during previous geological ages, which have significant influence on its present state.

Scientific activities of our staff focus on different research fields what is reflected by internal structure of the Geological Institute. Thus, main scientific fields are basic geological issues like physical geology in its broad sense, sedimentology, mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy, and palaeontology but also hydrogeology, and engineering geology, both having practical applications. Due to location of the Institute in the vicinity of Morasko area, significant and also spectacular scientific issue is  the “Morasko meteorite”. The biggest fragment of the meteorite is exposed in the Museum of Earth at the Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences.

Teams of the Institute’s scientists conduct research on different rock types, created during different geological ages in many different areas. Scientific research are conducted for Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, and Cainozoic rocks in Arctic area, Africa, Asia, North America, and obviously Europe. However, most of hydrogeological and engineering geological studies with its applicable character are connected with young, soft rocks occurring in the Wielkopolska area. The scope of hydrogeological studies include significant aspects of water supply and protection of groundwater resources in western Poland and Poznań agglomeration area.