Welcome to the Doctoral Center for Environment and Technology

Pursuing a doctorate at the Center

The Doctoral Center offers an individual doctoral path, i.e. you will write your doctoral thesis under the supervision of a professor. The Center provides coaching and networking opportunities as well as non-subject specific qualification workshops like “Academic Writing in English” for free. Knowledge of the German language is necessary for many of those offers. The Center does not offer a structured PhD programme.

You can find general information on doctoral centers, on financing your doctorate and living in Germany here.


How to find a supervisor for your doctoral project

Twelve professors are members of the Doctoral Center, i.e. they fulfill the required quality criteria to supervise doctorates.

If you are interested in writing your dissertation with one of the professors, feel free to contact her or him via mail and ask for a telephone/online appointment. You should already have an idea for a topic, a preliminary research question and its relevance which you will present to your prospective supervisor.

Once your official application to become a doctoral student was accepted, you can matriculate to the University of applied sciences at which your supervisor works. The application documents are in preparation and will be uploaded within due time.



Supervising professors

Name Professor forResearch focus

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Reik Donner


Mathematics -
Focus on stochastic modelling and Data Science
  • Mathematics -
    Focus on stochastic modelling and Data Science

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ettmer

Hydraulic engineering
  • Near-natural hydraulic engineering
  • Hydraulic structures
  • Morphodynamics
  • Hydrodynamic and hydrodynamic-morphologic simulations
  • Field examination
  • Hydraulic engineering laboratory and measurement technology

Prof. Dr. techn. Sebastian Hantscher


High frequency technology/ EMC
  • Radar engineering (ultra wide band radar, millimeter waves-FMCW-radar, radar with synthetic aperture)
  • Algorithms for imaging techniques in the non-destructive and active analysis
  • Signal processing
  • Antenna development and EM-simulations

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Przemyslaw Komarnicki


Electrical systems engineering
  • Electrical systems engineering - renewable energy sources, controllable consumers, stationary and mobile storage units - operation and grid integration
  • Energy supply systems and plants - supervision, control and protection
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Volker Luederitz


Renaturation and revitalisation of waters, nature conservation and water management, eco-technologies of water treatment
  • Water body typespecific evaluation following the EU-WFD
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the biological quality components: fish, plankton, macrophytes / phytobenthos and macroinvertebrates
  • Microbiological water analysis (surface water, potable and waste water)
  • Supplementary hydrochemical water analysis

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ruediger Mecke


Control technology and process control engineering
  • Control technology and process control engineering

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Frido Reinstorf


Hydrology, geoinformatics
  • Metrological registration of important water balance components (precipitation, drainage, groundwater and evaporation)
  • Hydrological forecasts and projections
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of water and material transport processes in different scale units of the landscape

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Petra Schneider


Further information

International water management
  • International water management, Benefit Sharing and Water-Energy-Food Nexus
  • Material flow and resource management, environmental management and sustainable resource management
  • Green infrastructure and ecosystem services
  • Ecologically-oriented planning, environmental planning and ecological monitoring
  • Land recycling, remediation strategies for water and soil, alternative building materials and safe working in contaminated areas

Prof. Kilian Smith, Ph.D.


Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Trommer


Project planning of manufacturing systems and ergonomics
  • Manufacturing technology I / II (original forms, reshaping, disjoining, joining, coating)
  • Innovative manufacturing processes
  • Processes of precision machining
  • Project planning of manufacturing systems

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Olaf Ueberschaer


  • Human-Technology-Interaction
  • Biomechanics
  • Sensors in Life Sciences
  • Physics

Prof. Dr. Juergen Wiese


Water management systems with a focus on waste water
  • Sewer systems
  • Wastewater management and mud treatment
  • Biogas plants and anaerobic biowaste treatment plants
  • Energy and resources from waste water and mud
  • Laboratory and technical centers

Contact details

Advisor of the Doctoral Center for Environment and Technology

Kerstin Taenzer

Tel.: 0049 391 886 49 92
E-Mail: kerstin.taenzer@h2.de

Address: Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum FEZ, Breitscheidstr. 51, 39114 Magdeburg, Room 3.02

The Directors


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ettmer

Phone: 0049 391 886 44 29
E-Mail: bernd.ettmer@h2.de

Address: Breitscheidstr. 2, 39114 Magdeburg, House 6 / Room 2.21
Office hours:  by arrangement

Deputy Director

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Olaf Ueberschaer

Phone: 0049 391 886 44 66
E-Mail: olaf.ueberschaer@h2.de

Office: Breitscheidstr. 2, 39114 Magdeburg, House 8 / Room 1.03

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