MPI for Biogeochemistry

The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) is one of three Max Planck Institutes in Jena. It was founded in 1997 by the Max Planck Society and is dedicated to the study of global cycles of essential elements on Earth, their interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, geosphere and the oceans, and their interrelation with the physical climate system. The institute’s main research focus lies on understanding ongoing changes in global biogeochemical cycles and identifying the key processes that govern their dynamics under current, past and future environmental conditions. including C-14 and Eddy-Covariance measurements, laboratory incubations, experimental manipulation studies, model-data integration techniques and machine learning on scales ranging from field studies in Siberia or the Amazon to modelling on the global scale.


We reserved several rooms (from one bed room up to 4 bed rooms) in the Alpha One Hostel – please reference by ESPC2019 (available until 31.01.2019). (Please note that the accomodation is on your own expenses)

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Hotel Eulensteins Hotel Vielharmonie Akademiehotel
Oberlauengasse 26, 07743 Jena Bachstraße 14, 07743 Jena Am Stadion 1, 07743 Jena
+49 (0)3641- 4703400 +49 (0)3641-79 62 171 +49 (0)3641-303-0


Local Transport

To get from the city center to the MPI-BGC, take a bus of line 10, 11, or 12 from Stadtzentrum/Teichgraben (in front of Schäfer’s Bakery) with the direction to Burgaupark, Damaschkeweg, Beutenberg Campus or Göschwitz. Get off at the bus stop Beutenberg Campus. From there, turn right to Hans-Knöll-Straße and walk uphill. At the top take a left turn, the MPI-BGC is the last building with a circular tower.

Tickets can be purchased on machines at main stations such as Stadtzentrum/Löbdergraben or Paradiesbahnhof. Besides, one-way and day tickets can be bought on board of any bus or tram. Except for the machines at the main stations, the machines only take European debit cards or coins.
If you prefer the mobile version, buy your ticket via the MeinJena app.

ticket coverage cost
one-way (Einzelfahrt) one person, one way 2.00 €
4-pack (4-Fahrtenkarte) 4 one-way tickets 7.20 €
day-ticket (Tageskarte) one person from purchase until 3:00 am 5.30 €
group-day-ticket (Gruppentageskarte) up to 5 people from purchase until 3:00 am 10.30 €