Current teaching

as teaching staff of the faculty of physics and astronomy at the University of Heidelberg

spring break 2020
30th March - 3rd April 2020

block course. Physical limnology (physics of lakes)

location: Institute of Environmental Physics, Im Neuenheimer Feld 229, Heidelberg, Germany

This block course aims at presenting the basics about physical processes in lakes, such as stratification, waves, currents, turbulence, mixing and matter transport. The course 2020 will consist of 14 lectures of 90 minutes accompanied by short exercise sheets. Lectures will be held in English. Most lectures will be presented by Dr. Bertram Boehrer (UFZ, Priv. Doz. Univ. Heidelberg) and Prof. Andreas Lorke (Univ. Landau). In 2020, we will put a focus on water movements and matter transport. Prof. Marco Toffolon will complement the lecturer team.

The block course is free of charge. The participants only need to cover their cost for travel, accomodation and food themselves. A more detailed programme will be issued closer to the block course. Students and scientists interested in attending the course are requested to contact us by email no later than the 1st Feb 2020. For further information, please write an email to .

summer break 2015

9.-11. Sep 2015

on-site measurements of physical limnology

only open to Heidelberg students

location: from UFZ- magdeburg to Rappbodetalsperre and lakes of Merseburg-Ost

On an excursion to lakes, the participants will conduct limnophysical measurements by themselves. Probably the lakes Rappbodetalsperre in Harz mountains and the salty mine lake Merseburg-Ost will be chosen for the excursion. General physical properties and processes in lakes will be encoutered and special features of artificail lakes, such as dammed waters and lakes having formed in the depressions of lignite mines will be discussed and measured by the participants themselves. This course is only available for students of the Heidelberg University. Costs for travel and accomodation must be covered by everybode him/herself. The number of participants will be limited, please apply by email: