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The increasing demand in our society for environmental engineering competence and innovative problem solutions has been taken into account at the University of Kassel and in various departments, including the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, through a future-oriented appointment strategy and an increased environmental orientation of teaching and research activities. As a result, the Institute of Water, Waste, Environment was able to fundamentally revise and expand the environmental engineering major introduced in the civil engineering program in 1993, so that an undergraduate environmental engineering program has been offered for the bachelor's and master's degrees since the winter semester of 2008 / 2009 and has been very well received.

The focus is supported by the following areas of the department:

  • Hydrology and Material Balance
  • Resource management and waste engineering
  • Urban water management
  • Transport planning and transport systems
  • Hydraulic engineering and water management

In addition, since October 2011, the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) has been home to the professorship of

  • Sustainable Resource Management.

The profile in the environmental field includes

  • Climate protection and climate adaptation in the fields of transport and water
  • Energy from waste
  • Nanotechnology for water and wastewater
  • Sensor array technology
  • New sanitation concepts
  • Renewable energies: Water, biogas
  • Environmentally compatible flood protection
  • Watercourse development
  • Environmentally compatible passenger and freight transport
  • Post-fossil mobility
  • Material flows
  • Chemicals in the aquatic environment
  • Anthropogenic interventions in the water balance
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Components for the ecological improvement of hydropower plants

The mostly interdisciplinary research approaches are not only represented within the disciplines - for example by broadly diversified educational profiles of the researching staff - but there are also diverse and concrete cooperations in joint research projects or events within the university across disciplinary and departmental boundaries, but also with external partners in the region, in Germany and abroad.