Walter Wildi

Professor honoraire Walter Wildi

Honorary Professor in geology

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Walter WILDI

Dr. Sc. nat. ETH (born 17 August 1948), married, 3 children, Swiss citizen.
Professor in geology, University of Geneva
Department F.A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences,
Institute for Environmental Sciences , of the Faculty of sciences, Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva


1967 High school diploma (Matur) in sciences, Aarau
1972 Diploma (Master) degree (geology) at Federal School of Technology (ETH) Zürich
1976 Ph.D. degree in sciences (geology) at Federal School of Technology (ETH) Zürich
1984 « Privatdozent » at the University of Zürich


1986-2013 Professor in geology at the University of Geneva
1983-1986 Post-doc researcher, University of Fribourg
1983 Consultant, RICO RESEARCH Rohrdorf
1983 Post-doc researcher at ETH Zürich,
1981-1982 Swiss National Foundation grant, Université of Paris VI
1977-1980 Post-doc researcher, ETH Zürich
1977 Consultant in applied geology, Motor Columbus, Baden
1974-1976 Geologist at the Ministry of Mines, Morocco
1972-1974 Candoc, Swiss National Foundation (FNRS)
1970-1972 Dr H. Jäckli, consultant in applied geology

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES, University of Geneva

  • Professor and member of the board at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE) of the University of Geneva, 2007-2012.
  • Director of Institute F.-A. Forel (natural environmental sciences, limnology) of University of Geneva, 1995-2011.
  • Director of the Centre of Environmental Sciences (CESNE), Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva, 1992–2000 and 2002-2007.
  • President of the Earth Science Section (now:"Earth and Environmental Sciences Section" of University of Geneva, 1988-1995, 1999–2001, 2009-2011.
  • Member of the board of the International Academy of Environment (Geneva), 1992–1995.
  • Member of the Advisory Board UNEP-GRID Geneva -University-Federal Office of Environment, since 1996-2013.


  • Member of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Commission (KSA, advisory board of the Swiss Government), 1997-2007, president of the commission 2002–2007.
  • Member of the Swiss Federal Commission of Geology (advisory board of the Swiss Government), 1988-2000, president 1997-2000.
  • Member of the Geological Commission of the Swiss Academy of Science, 1987-1995, president 1990-1995.
  • Member of the Commission for Scientific Research of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, 1986-1998.
  • Vice-Vice-President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, 1995-1998.
  • Member of the Commission of Oceanology (COL) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, 1995-1998.
  • Member of the Swiss Federal Commission for Nuclear Waste Disposal, 1989–1997.
  • Member of the advisory board of the Swiss Government for Nuclear Waste Disposal, 2009-2012.


  • Regional geology, stratigraphy and sedimentology, basin analysis (Jura, Alps, North Africa, 1970-1994)
  • Geology and nuclear waste disposal (since 1971)
  • Environmental geology (geomorphology, glacial geology, waste management, cleanup of contaminated sites (since 1995)
  • During the last years of scientific research at the University of Geneva, the group of W. Wildi mainly concentrated on investigations of contaminated lake and reservoir sites, both from the point of view of micro pollutants, as from the point of view of microbial contamination. This research was carried out by an interdisciplinary approach, including physical limnology, geochemistry and microbiology.


Bachelor level:

  • Geomorphology
  • Earth history
  • Basin analysis and alpine geology
  • Alpine geotraverse

Master level:

  • Waste management
  • Contaminated site management
  • Glacial geology
  • Natural resources
  • Introduction to environmental natural sciences