Reinhold Leinfelder's Indoor University Courses

I have been teaching at Universities since 1981, first as a graduate assistant (Univ. Mainz), then assistant professor (Univ. Mainz), associate professor (Univ. Stuttgart) and full professor (Univ. Munich, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin)

Indoor University courses during my Mainz (1981-1989) Period (examples):

  • Participation in invertebrate palaeontology courses
  • Microfacies course
  • lecture on the Jurassic System

Indoor University courses during my Stuttgart (1981-1989) Period (examples):
  • Invertebrate palaeontology lectures and courses
  • Historical Geology lecture
  • Reefs and Carbonate Platforms
  • Palaeoecology, Basin Analysis and Petroleum exploration
  • The geology of the Iberian Peninsula
  • Microfacies course
  • Seminars on topics in Geology and Palaeontology
  • Parts of General Geology lectures

Indoor University courses at the University of Munich (Oct. 1989 - Dec. 2005)
  • Invertebrate palaeontology courses (several courses)
  • Historical Geology for Beginners and Advanced (several courses)
  • Reefs and Carbonate Platforms (incl. Basin Analysis and Petroleum Exploraration Chapter)
  • Seminars on current research topics in Palaeontology, Geobiology and Historical Geology
  • Multimedia-course with geoscience examples (see here)

Course material in part available online at

2006-2010: Owing to time constraints related to the new responsabilities at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, I was not regularly involved in teaching during this period. Teaching was maintained during internet contributions, public talks , discussion rounds, contributions to "children universities", workshops, professional seminars and occasional participation in academic teaching.

since 2011

Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Rachel Carson Center, Munich:

Humboldt-Universität, Berlin:

  • Participation in Geography Colloquium Lecures
  • Module: Development and Evaluation of School Education in Biology, Scientific Consolidation: Framework Theme: Humanity and Evolution
  • participation at lunch talk series of Cluster of Excellence 'Image-Knowledge-Gestaltung' at Humboldt-University

Freie Universität, Berlin:

  • Anthropocene Lecture Series (lectures, seminars, excursions, field seminars)
  • History of Earth and Life (for biologists),
  • Stratigraphy and Earth History (for geologists)
  • Paleoecology
  • Geobiology of Reefs and Carbonate Platforms,
  • Seminar on Science Theory, Science Hostility and Science Communication
  • Seminar on Oceans in the Anthropocene and other anthropocene topics
  • Action learning: Science Communication in times of creationism, energy transformation, reef dying and fake news
  • Geosciences Colloqium Lectures
  • Excursions (Anthropocene of Berlin and Surroundings, Southern Germany, Alps)
  • Participation in the open university SustainIt Lecture Series of the FU
  • Participation in the Berlin Summer Academy "Humans and Nature", FU, 2014
  • student project cooperation with Institute Future
  • Since 2018: lecturing course "Master of Arts in Futures Studies (Masterstudiengang Zukunftsforschung) at Institute Future, FU: Einsatzfelder Zukunftsforschung, Forschungswerkstatt zukunftsorientierte Wissenschaftskommunikation

University of Bremen / WBGU: Online-eLearning Seminar "World in Transition - The Great Transformation" of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) see

University College of Teacher Education Lower Austria, Baden: Forschungswerkstatt: Globalisierung - Lebenswelten von Kindern Summer 2023 general info

Supervision, Lectureships and continuing education

Supervision and Co-Supervision of ph-D dissertations, master theses and bachelor theses for Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität and Hochschule Sachsen-Anhalt. Topics include coral reefs and environmental change, systemic education for the Anthropocene, participative monitoring of biodiversity and environmental change, new communication formats for environmental topics (e.g. comics), connectivity of urban biotopes, corals as environmental archives, microplastic in sediments, Teufelsberg formation etc.

Lecture/project cooperation with seminar class at Universität der Künste Berlin (Prof. H. Wagenbreth), Resource Person also for the Global Environments Summer Academy (e.g. here) (coord: Prof. Dr. Gary Martin), the Anthropocene Curriculum at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Lüneburg Leuphana University etc.

Regular and frequent contributions for further education workshops and conferences with teachers, especially around the topics global learning, education for sustainable development and new educational methods for complex topics of the Anthropocene. For other continuing educational activities please browse list of public talks and school projects.

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