German Volcanological Society

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German Volcanological Society
legal form Registered association
founding May 10, 1987
Seat Brauerstraße 5
56743 Mendig
main emphasis Environmental education , environmental and nature protection , preservation of geotopes , networking of volcanological sights
method Publications, lectures, guided tours, excursions
Chair Alexander juicy
Managing directors Wolfgang Kostka
Members > 650 (2017)

The German Vulcanological Society (DVG) is a geoscientific interest group based in the Rhineland-Palatinate city ​​of Mendig . According to its own admission, it has committed itself to the goal of “promoting interest in the formation, use and exploration of volcanoes by promoting science, research and education.” For this purpose, it offers lectures and excursions, regularly publishes books on volcanological topics and creates expert reports. She is also involved in numerous projects and museums.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the topic, so that the DVG unites both professional laypeople and studied geoscientists from 15 nations. As a non-profit association , the DVG is financed exclusively through donations and membership fees. It has a working group for polarization microscopy / petrography and a working group for minerals / rocks with contacts to Mineralien- und Fossilienfreunde Bonn eV In March 2007, on the initiative of District Administrator Rudolf Marx, the Grebenhain- based DVG specialist section Vogelsberg was founded. This is intended to establish a professional connection between this and the Vulkaneifel as the youngest volcanic landscape in Germany - which was the main focus of the company's activities up to that point.

The German Vulcanological Society is one of the supporting institutions of the GeoUnion Alfred Wegener Foundation .


The association was founded on May 10, 1987 at the suggestion of Hans-Ulrich Schmincke by him and six other geologists and initially operated under the name of the Deutsches Vulkan-Museum Mendig . The same was then created in the following year 1988 on the Hanstein estate in Mendig . The aim of the commitment was to build a volcanic park with a research center and the museum in the immediate vicinity of Lake Laacher , in order to secure and network the volcanic geotopes of the region. The "European Park for Volcanism" Vulcania , which was conceived by Katia and Maurice Krafft around the same time, served as a model, although it was only opened in 2002 in Saint-Ours , France .

In September 1990 the DVG appeared scientifically for the first time when it was responsible for the organization of the international congress for volcanology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in cooperation with the IAVCEI and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry . Finally, in 1995, the DVG moved its headquarters to Mendiger Hof Michels - the former home of Franz Xaver Michels . He already ran a small private volcano museum there; In addition, the building served as a branch for both the Cologne Business School and the geological faculty of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and housed the office of the Geological Association between 1957 and 2014 . The DVG also took over the management of the lava cellar under the courtyard by means of a lease , which, as a newly opened show mine, has developed into a major tourist attraction. Around the same time, the sculptors joined the Museumslay as a separate specialist section of the society. In 1996, the established Roman-Germanic Central Museum in an advisory DVG in Mayen , the Research Center Volcano Park . This is where the RGZM's "volcanology, archeology and history of technology" and "experimental archeology" competence areas are located. Four years later, the DVG was represented in the German pavilion at the Expo 2000 in Hanover and at the beginning of the 2000s up to 20,000 people visited up to 20,000 visitors a year at Hof Michels.

In 2005, the DVG played a major role in the construction of the Science Center Lava-Dome through extensive advice , which finally opened at the end of July of the same year as the “German Volcano Museum Mendig”. Since 2008, the DVG has been campaigning for an all-German volcanic road that should extend from the Eifel via the Westerwald and Vogelsberg to Görlitz - the 280 kilometers of the German volcanic road launched in 2006 so far only run through the Eifel.

The F. X. Michels Institute was opened at the DVG headquarters on June 3, 2013 and has served as an information and study center ever since. It houses, among other things, a lecture room, a library and a lapidarium with rock and mineral collections, which come from Franz Xaver Michels and were laid out by Jesuits in the Maria Laach Abbey from 1863 onwards. The institute is used for scientific conferences, lecture series and for national and international student excursions with a view to the “efforts to generate enthusiasm for the geological region”. Furthermore, at the end of the DVG's efforts, a scientific advisory board was established in autumn 2016 to network the volcanological research of various university faculties throughout Germany.

One of the most important founding goals of the DVG has meanwhile also been implemented: In 1996, the Vulkanpark was launched in the Mayen-Koblenz district , and the German Vulcanological Society was closely involved in its founding and establishing the common roof for numerous landscape monuments. In April 2005, the merger with the Brohltal / Laacher See volcano park and the Vulkaneifel nature and geopark took place to form the Vulkanland Eifel geopark . This in turn was divided into the National Geopark Laacher See and the UNESCO Global Geopark Vulkaneifel in July 2016 .

Individual evidence

  1. "Volcano veteran Heinz Lempertz looks at the proud DVG balance sheet when he leaves". On November 23, 2016 on ( Eifel-Zeitung ). Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  2. a b Melanie Schröder: “Passion for volcanoes: Heinz Lempertz takes the second row”. On January 24, 2017 on ( Rhein-Zeitung ). Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  3. a b "The 650 members come from 15 nations and four continents". On May 15, 2017 on ( Blick aktuell ). Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  4. Andreas Walz: “Experience the fascination of volcanism in Mendig”. On March 19, 2014 on ( Rhein-Zeitung ). Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  5. Information on the F. X. Michels Institute on the official homepage of the German Vulcanological Society. Retrieved from on November 6, 2017.
  6. Hilko Röttgers: “Interview: The Lava Dome in Mendig is celebrating its tenth birthday”. On July 31, 2015 on ( Rhein-Zeitung ). Retrieved November 6, 2017.

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Coordinates: 50 ° 22 ′ 42.4 "  N , 7 ° 17 ′ 5.4"  E