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Researcher Networks

The Land Baden-Württemberg promotes three joint projects in water research, so called 'researcher networks'.

Each project consortium consists of researchers from at least three universities in Baden-Württemberg, working in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner. Funding was granted to researcher networks covering at least two of the higher-level aspects as well as the cross-cutting issue. Networking across multiple locations and disciplines in the projects should be the source of sustainable impulses for the development of future-oriented research topics.

Funding of the three projects was granted in the framework of a call of the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the Land of Baden-Württemberg) for a period of five years (2016 - 2020).



Challenges of Reservoir Management –
Meeting Environmental and Social Requirements

The CHARM project investigates the deposition of sediments in reservoirs, the growth of algae, and the generation of methane gas emissions as well as socio-economic and ecological aspects of reservoir operation (joint project of the University of Stuttgart, the University of Konstanz and the University of Freiburg).

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Speaker: Prof. Dr. Silke Wieprecht



Effect Network in Water Research

The Effect-Net project examines the impact of micro-pollutant emissions (pharmaceuticals, food additives and their metabolites) on the aquatic environment. In addition, society’s awareness for micro-pollutants is monitored (joint project of the University of Heidelberg, the University of Tübingen and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).

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Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Braunbeck


Drought Impacts, Processes and Resilience: Making the Invisible Visible

The DRIeR project intention is to investigate the interactions of climate, land use, hydrology and water governance during droughts by using data from past drought events, field experiments and simulations (joint project of the University of Freiburg, the University of Heidelberg and the University of Tübingen).

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Speakers: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Stahl and Prof. Dr. Jens Lange

Origin of Photos/Figures (from top to down): Schwarzenbachtalsperre (© S. Haun), Project Effect-Net (© T. Braunbeck), Wagensteigbach in summer 2015 (© V. Blauhut)