Presentation of the Department

The Institute of Geosciences was established in 1952 as Department of Geology and Mineralogy in the Faculty of Mining which was transformed in 2002 to its present form. The Institute cooperates with interdisciplinary sciences that deals with the study of the Earth, including evolution, structure, origin, environments and resource exploration.

Research activities of the Institute is currently focusing on the basic and applied geological research, which fully reflects the requirements of not only our society but also the requirements of the international community within Europe. The basic geological research aimed to study of deep structure and geodynamic evolution of the Carpathian sedimentary basins, calculation of paleostress field by paleopiezometry and Quarternaly sediments dating. Also focuses on a wide range of environmental issues associated with hydrogeological and engineering-geological factors. This area is dominated by the issue of slope deformations and other geohazards, as well as the protection of groundwater against pollution and methods of remediation of environmental accidents. Emphasis is placed on research on global change, including climate conditions or natural research paleoenvironmental reconstructions in the past.


List of available research equipment for cooperation

Institute of the Geosiences holds research facilities distributed in specialized laboratories:

  1. Laboratory of Luminescence dating

Laboratory for sedimentary Quarternary dating contains:

– equipment for preparing of samples (chemical treatment, drying, strainering etc.)

– dating laboratory is equipped with TL/OSL (model TL/OSL – DA -20)

  1. Laboratory of seismic engineering

– seismic apparatus Terralock Mk 8 with 24 channels

– geophones SM-4B with frequency 10Hz

– seismic hammer WSS-100

– ultrasound Material tester 543 with frequences 1 Mz, 100 kHz and 40 kHZ

– seismic equipment VMS 2000MP (Thomas Instruments) and seismic receiver Geospace

 – digital 4 channel seismograph UVS 1504

  1. Optical laboratory

 – polarizing microscope Olympus BX-53 with digital camera Lumenera

– polarizing microscopes Jenapol

– polarizing microscopes Amplival

– binoculars

– thinsection maker Logitech CL-50

  1. Physical and chemical laboratory

– derivatograph PANalytical X Pert-Powder with goniometer PW3050/60, source of radiation CoKα

  1. SW licences

SeiSTW – softwear for seismic analyses


Schlumberger softwear  – for 3D a 2D statical and dynamical modeling including (Petrel, Petrel Eclipse)

Surfer – hydogeology

Isatis – geostatistics

TectonicsFP – structural geology


Our research topics and cooperation are:

The research topics realized in the Institute of geosiences we able divide to 4 main groups:

Suistainable development and ecosystems

  • analytical methods and predictions of geohazards
  • geodynamics engineering in karst environment
  • water in karst structures
  • evaluation of groundwater resources
  • neotectonic motion analysis
  • climatic record analysis

Geodynamic Earth evolution

  • evolution analyses of the Western Carpathians – magmatic, metamorphic and tectonosedimentary evolution, paleomorphology, paleoenvironmental analyses
  • paleostress measuring by the method of paleopiezometry from ductile, brittle – ductile deformed rocks in the tectonically active areas for comparison to present day

Prospection geotechnologies and prospection of resources

  • resources evolution
  • applying structural geology
  • apply geophysics
  • engineering geology
  • hydrocarbon prospection by the deep seismic, sedimentary and structural analyses
  • measurement and evaluation ofvelocitiesand the rate ofoscillation of seismic waveswithin the rock environment. Based on measureddata, it ispossible to assess thephysical and mechanicalproperties in the rockenvironment including itscharacter andinternal structure
  • research of the negative effects resulted fromblastingand the evaluation ofseismicsafety

Base geological mapping

  • field geological mapping



List of department’s top 10 projects since 2007

New methods and technologies for quarry of nonconventional Earth energetic sources

Financing support from the European fond of regional development, Research and development

Project leader:  prof. Ing. Juraj Janočko, PhD.


Research center of combined systems integration for reneweable energy sources

Financing support from the European fond of regional development, Research and development

Project leader:  prof. Ing. Juraj Janočko, PhD.


Rediscover Silver vein continuation in the Rožňava ore field (Western Carpathians)

Financing support by Global Minerals (Canada)

Project leader:  Assoc. prof. Ing. Stanislav Jacko, PhD.


Hydrocarbon prospection in the Eastern Slovakian Basin

Financing support  by Nafta Oil Company (Slovakia)

Project leaders:  prof. Ing. Juraj Janočko, PhD., Assoc. prof. Ing. Stanislav Jacko, PhD.


Deep prospection of geothermal sources in the Slovakia region

Financing support  by Enex company (Iceland)

Project leaders:  prof. Ing. Juraj Janočko, PhD., Assoc. prof. Ing. Stanislav Jacko, PhD.


Timing of Quaternary climatic oscillations in the Western Carpathians, Slovakia

Financing support  by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project leaders:  prof. Ing. Juraj Janočko, PhD., Assoc. prof. Ing. Stanislav Jacko, PhD.


Stability calculation of safety pillars in the magnezite

Financing support  by the Jelšava mining company

Project leaders:  Mgr. Julián Kondela, PhD.


Possibilities of geophysics application to interpreting the structur of carbonate deposits in the Jelšava and Gombasek of the  Spiš-Gemer Rudohorie Mts from view of next prospecting and geological exploration

Financing support  by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic

Project leaders:  Mgr. Julián Kondela, PhD.


List of department’s current partners

Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Mining and Geology (Czech Republic)

Charles University in Prague, Institute of Petrology and Structural Geology (Czech Republic)

University of Silesia, Faculty of Earth Sciences (Poland)

AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection (Poland)

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, Institute of Geology and Geophisics (Ukraine)

University of Miskolc, Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering (Hungary)