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Institute for Water Management and Eco-Technologies (IWO)
The Institute for Water Management and Eco-Technologies (IWO), founded in January 1994, serves the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal as a scientific institute belonging to the department of Water Management, Environmental, Civil and Safety Engineering. As a result, practice-oriented research topics in the broad fields of water management and recycling & waste disposal management play a central role. The founding of this institute made it possible to integrate the students in a variety of research activities with special emphasis placed on the interconnection between research and teaching.
The focus of the institute's work lies in the interlinking of applied research and teaching. The focus on practice-oriented research tasks is at the centre of the water and environmental service projects.
Specialist field of flood risk management
Flood protection and the associated flood risk management is on of the most important tasks of water management. Approximately 5,000 fatalities and €46B of damaged due to hydrological events worldwide in alone 2016 are proof of the importance of this issue.
That is why the overriding goal of our research is to develop processes and tools which contribute to the improvement of flood protection and support sustainable flood risk management. Hydrology, statistics, hydrodynamics, consequences for the economy, critical infrastructure and people, reliability of constructions and the risks themselves are integrated into holistic approaches and tools.
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Specialist field of hydrobiology and river ecology
The specialist field of hydrobiology and river ecology focuses on research in the following areas:
- River type-specific assessment according to EU-Water Framework Directive
- Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the biological quality components: fish, plankton, macrophytes/phytobenthos and macroinvertebrates.
- Microbiological water analysis (surface water, drink and wastewater)
- Additional hydro-chemical river analyses.
Specialist field of hydrology and geoinformatics
The specialist field of hydrology and geoinformatics focuses on research in the following areas:
- Metrological recording of the most important hydrologic balance components (precipitation, drainage, groundwater & evaporation)
- Hydrological forecasts and prognoses
- Qualitative and quantitative assessments of water and material transport processes in different scalable units of landscapes
Specialist field of Ecological Engineering & International Water Management
Working Group Ecological Engineering and International Water Management
Welcome to the working group Ecological Engineering and International Water Management. We engage in research and teaching related to projects on sustainable global development with national and international partners.Working across disciplines and in close cooperation between stakeholders and scientific experts, our working group contributes to the development of scientific and practical solutions to environmental challenges, including interdisciplinary natural resource management. Our research areas are ecological engineering, water and waste management, green infastructure, ecosystem services, climate adaptation, and circular economy following the nexus approach.
Ecological engineering combines engineering with ecology and holistic thinking to translate ecological principles into social and technical action. It includes the adaptation of construction techniques, circular economy approaches, material flow management, industrial ecology, energy cascades and spatial symbioses of material and energy consumers to support the creation of a sustainable society. Resource management strategies and environmental management systems are integral to the implementation of ecological engineering.
International Water Management provides solutions for sustainable management of water and land resources for food security, people's livelihoods and the environment. Water management problems such as flooding, water scarcity, pollution and ecological degradation can only be solved through a multidisciplinary approach that includes engineering knowledge and expertise from the natural, social and political sciences.
Cross-sectoral integration through a nexus approach emphasises the interrelation and interdependencies of natural resources (water, soil, waste) and their transitions and flows across spatial scales and system boundaries. Our working group focuses on water-energy-food nexus and water-soil-waste nexus, and the integration with ecosystem services. Multiple components, including functionality, productivity and management of complex systems, are considered to provide sustainable scientific and practical solutions.
Specialist Field of Resource Management
The Specialist Field of Resource Management concentrates on the following research topics:
- Determining the platinum content of membrane electrode units in fuel cells: exact knowledge of the platinum content of fuel cell membranes is of great importance for the preparation process and for calculating value creation. Due to the chemical composition, above all else the heightened fluorine load, the analysis and preparation is made especially difficult. The focus of the research project is the examination of the sampling process, sample preparation and analysis with regard to their appropriateness for determining the platinum content of the membrane electrode units.
- Microwave assisted preparation of lignocellulosic residual materials in order to raise fermentability: an essential procedural step for the use of lignocellulosic residual materials, such as straw for the fermentation process is the substrate digestion. The goal is to reduce the degree of cellulosic crystallinity as well as the lignin content and to loosen the fiber composite in order to improve the enzymatic accessibility. In the research project the suitability of microwave-assisted catalytic substrate digestion will be considered.
- Recycling carbon fiber reinforced plastics: Substituting conventional construction materials with carbon fiber reinforced plastics has become a means of increasing the efficiency of numerous systems. The aviation and automotive industries have been exemplary in already making use of these materials. However, these products will also need to be disposed of in the foreseeable future. Yet, with the exception of pyrolytic approaches, there are no material recycling processes to recover the expensive fibers, which are not optimal. The focus of the research project is therefore the search for suitable alternatives to material recycling processes.
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Specialist Field of Community Water Management with a focus on Wastewater
The Specialist Field of Community Water Management with a focus on Wastewater conducts research in a wide variety of fields as well as in the fields of research relating to the practical applications of biogas. Here is a brief introduction to the individual specific fields of research:
- Wastewater treatment/sludge treatment: the simulation and optimization of processes; feasibility studies; state analyses and concepts to avoid operational problems; improving energy efficiency; special concepts for measuring and controlling ventilation; tests of additives and the monitoring of sewage treatment plants.
- Biogas: modelling and simulating process optimizations of biogas plants; feasibility studies; improving the resource efficiency, concepts for the processing, treatment and recovery of fermentation residues.
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Specialist Field of Community Water Management & Infrastructure Development
The vast networks of infrastructure, supply and disposal are permanent fixtures in our portfolio of teaching, research and service. This includes status detection and assessment, restructuring measures, network management and adaptation to changing conditions and economic considerations especially for municipal drinking and wastewater networks.
The Specialist Field of Community Water Management & Infrastructure Development concentrates on teaching and research in the following fields:
- Adaptation of infrastructure networks to changing demographic, climatic and structural conditions
- Assessing the sustainability of infrastructure building projects
- Long-term coordination of urban development and infrastructure.
- Modelling the ageing behaviour of infrastructure elements
- Forecasting the renewal requirement of infrastructure networks
- Forecasting the remaining useful life of infrastructure networks
- Selecting and defining appropriate renewal strategies
- Price systems
- Asset value analyses
- Economic efficiency of restructuring alternatives
- SubKanS: „Development of a standard to assess and classify the structural condition of wastewater manholes and canals”
- Diverse small projects in cooperation with the municipal utilities of Magdeburg (SWM) and drink water supply Magdburg (TWM)
Specialist Field of Environmental Statistics
The focus of the Specialist Field of Environmental Statistics can be summarized as follows:
- Education in mathematics with deeper education in statistics – practical applications of statistics in addition to the theoretical content
- Education in informatics tailored to the requirements of statisticians
- Basic training in various areas of application such as engineering, economic and natural sciences
- Stochastic modelling and data science
Specialist Field of Hydraulic Engineering & Experimentation
Research projects are carried out in the Specialist Field of Hydraulic Engineering in order to answer project related questions from the real world of hydraulic engineering. The focus of our research includes:
- Experimental investigations in hydraulic engineering laboratory and morphologic processes in flowing waters such as hydro-electric power plants, weirs and stilling basins, levees, bottom slides, sedimentation and erosion processes, sediment transport, etc…
- Hydrodynamic modelling (1D, 2D, 3D) e.g. levee dimensioning, levee breach simulations, foreland cultivation as well as sediment transport modelling.
- Field investigations with our own survey boat and equipment for sonar, surveying, debris and suspension measurements and water level measurements
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2D-hydrodynamic-numerical calculation of the flood event 2013. Water depth and flow vector representation.
Specialist Field of Water Supply
The Specialist Field of Water Supply concentrates on the issues of the treatment and transport drinking water and resource protection. The following is an introduction to some of the topics on in our research and projects, among many others:
- Process optimization in water works; modelling experiments filtration and backwashing processes and the use of alkaline filter material; laboratory experiments with flocculent agents and dosing; assessing rinse water for phosphate bonding in sewage treatment plants and in biogas plants; energy efficient pumping
- Gathering and describing particle content in water works as well as their behaviour in the distribution network
- Calculation of mixed water and evaluating the corrosion behaviour
- Monitoring surface water and ground water
The Institute for Water Management and Eco-Technology organises various events. On the one hand, this is intended to give the staff of the department the opportunity to present their scientific work and, on the other hand, to enable students of the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences to participate in such scientific events free of charge.
Series of events "Water Management in Dialogue"
In 2009, the event series "Water Management in Dialogue" was re-launched through the initiative of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ettmer.
The event series is kindly supported by
- the Association of Engineers for Water Management, Waste Management and Cultural Engineering (BWK) - Saxony-Anhalt State Association and
- the Saxony-Anhalt Chamber of Engineers (IK LSA)
- the Saxony-Anhalt State Office for Flood Protection (Magdeburg).
Upcoming Event on 31th of March 2022
2009 until today
Ingolf Seick, M.Sc, Mónica Vergara Araya, M.Sc., Axel Wolfram, M.Sc.
|2021||"Applied research in wastewater and residual waste treatment" |
Dr. rer. nat Petra Schneider, Dr. Fengqing Li
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Frido Reinstorf, Prof. Dr. rer. nat Petra Schneider, Raymundo Rodriguez Tejeda, M.Sc.
|Dr. Thomas Lautsch||2020|
|Dr. Ekkehard Wallbaum, Dr. Jörg Wagner, Michael Schorr, Jörg Pabst, Martin Scheinert und Janine Köhn, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniel Bachmann||2019|
|Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Volker Lüderitz, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gilian Gerke, Dipl.-Ing. Kirstin Neumann, Andreas Meyer, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Cuhls, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jürgen Wiese||2018|
|Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ettmer||2017|
|Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Volker Lüderitz, Dr. rer. nat. Uta Langheinrich, Dipl.-Fischereiing. Steffen Zahn, Dr.-Ing. Christoph Ertl, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ettmer||2017|
|Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Wiese, Dipl.-Ing. Kirstin Neumann, Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Schüler, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Torsten Schmidt, Ingolf Seick, M. Eng., Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Cuhls||2016|
|Stefan Müller, M.Eng. und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ettmer, Dipl.-Ing. Jan Geils und Dr. Jens Salva||2014|
"Deconstruction of regulable weirs using the example of the Schützenhof weir in Quakenbrück - a pilot project within the framework of the implementation of the EU-WFD".
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Sebastian Gebhardt und Christoff Hinze, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Torsten Schmidt, Dipl.-Ing. Kirstin Neumann
|Dipl.-Ing. Rolf Lack, Dipl.-Ing. Lothar Tölle, Dr.-Ing. Susanne Potthoff, Dipl.-Ing. Winfried Just||2013|
|Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Andreas Focke, Dipl.-Ing. Klaus-D. Schmager||2012|
|Prof. Dr.‐Ing. Manfred Voigt||2012|
|Prof. Dr. Carmen Rubio Armendáriz||2012|
|Dipl.-Ing. Christian Siemon, Dipl. Ing. (FH) Stefan Müller||2012|
|M.Sc. Ingrid Dispert,Dipl. -Ing. Monika Donner, Dr.-Ing. Oliver Stoschek||2012|
|Martin Keil, Klaus Heise||2012||"The contaminated site situation in Rothensee and the low-water lock".|
|Dr. Ludwig Tent, Dipl.‐Ing. Manfred Lehmann||2011|
|Dr.‐Ing. Jochen Aberle, Prof. Dr.‐Ing. Bernd Ettmer||2011|
|Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Pickut, Dipl.-Geol. Andreas Ogroske, Dipl.-Ing. Christian Siemon||2011|
|Dipl.‐Ing. (FH) Sebastian Gebhardt und Ingolf Seick, M.Sc, Dipl.‐Ing. Kirstin Neumann, Stefan Orlik||2011|
|Dipl.‐Ing. Bernd Hentschel||2011|
|Harald Grote||2011||The expansion of the Mittelland Canal west of Magdeburg"|
|Dipl.‐Ing. Heiko Warnecke, Dr.‐Ing. Franz Specht||2010|
|Dr.‐Ing. Michael Schulze, Dipl.‐Math. Ulrich Kiel||2010|
|Dr.‐Ing. Katinka Koll, Dipl.‐Ing. Petr Kurik, Ph. D||2010|
|Dipl- Ing. Peter Huth||2010||"The Planning and Status of Construction Work for the New Niederfinow Ship's Hoist"|
|Dipl.‐Ing. Michael Marek, Janine Oelze, M.Sc. & Daniel Hesse, B.Eng, Dipl.‐Math. Ulrich Kiel||2010|
|Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Wernicke & Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Klante, Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Lehmann||2010|
|Prof. Dr.‐Ing. Bernd Ettmer, Prof. Dr.‐Ing. Gerhard Böttge, Dipl.‐Ing. (FH) Frank Gries||2009|
|Ulrike Hursie, Friedemann Gohr, Dr. Joachim Franke, Norbert Wernike, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Böttge, Prof. Dr. Andrea Heilmann||2009|
|Prof. Dr.‐Ing. Gerhard Böttge, Prof. Dr. Andrea Heilmann, Dr.‐Ing. Peter Grubert, Dr.‐Ing. Jörn Anselm||2009|
|Dipl.‐Ing. Michael Marek, M.Sc. Cesar Alvarado Ancieta||2009|
|Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Schimrosczyk, Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Rudolf||2009|
Joint Institute Colloquium
The Institute for Water Management and Eco-Technology at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, in cooperation with the Leichtweiß Institute for Hydraulic Engineering at the TU Braunschweig, the Institute for Flood Management and River Engineering at the TU Kaiserslautern and the Institute for Geographical Sciences at the FU Berlin, invites you to a joint institute colloquium at regular intervals. Current topics in the fields of water bodies and ecology are presented at this event.
Institute Colloquium on 18 November 2021 in Magdeburg
"Impact of climate change on water ecology and water management"
The Institute of Water Management and Eco-Technology (IWO) of the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Leichtweiß Institute of Hydraulic Engineering of the TU Braunschweig and the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management of the TU Kaiserslautern invited to the joint institute colloquium entitled "Impact of Climate Change on Water Ecology and Water Management" on 18 November 2021.
Institute Colloquium from 21 November 2019 in Magdeburg
"Floodplain dynamics and old water revitalisation"
The Institute of Water Management and Eco-Technology (IWO) of the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Leichtweiß Institute of Hydraulic Engineering of the TU Braunschweig and the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management of the TU Kaiserslautern invited to the joint institute colloquium entitled "Auendynamik und Altwasserrevitalisierung" on 21 November 2019.
Institute Colloquium on 05 November 2015 in Magdeburg
"Water Framework Directive 2015 - What has been achieved, what remains to be done?"
The Institute for Water Management and Eco-Technology (IWO) of the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, in cooperation with the Leichtweiß Institute for Hydraulic Engineering of the Technical University of Braunschweig, the Institute for Flood Management and River Engineering of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and the Institute for Geographical Sciences of the Free University of Berlin, invited to the joint institute colloquium entitled "Water Framework Directive 2015 - What has been achieved, what remains to be done?" on 05 November 2015.
Co-organisers were the Association of Engineers for Water Management, Waste Management and Cultural Engineering (Bund der Ingenieure für Wasserwirtschaft, Abfallwirtschaft und Kulturbau e.V.), the Saxony-Anhalt State Agency for Flood Protection and Water Management (Landesbetrieb für Hochwasserschutz und Wasserwirtschaft Sachsen-Anhalt) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
As in 2010 and 2013, the lectures took place in the conference hall of the LHW. Around 160 participants were able to listen to lectures on the hydro-ecological and hydro-morphological analysis of flowing waters, on lakes and groundwater, on flood protection as well as on the planning of measures and their implementation with a view to the Water Framework Directive.
IWO publication series
In 2005, the series of publications of the Institute of Water Management and Eco-Technology "Magdeburger Wasserwirtschaftliche Hefte" was launched. A total of 15 volumes have been published so far:
Contributions to the institute colloquium "The Elbe in the area of conflict between flood protection, nature conservation & navigation".
|Bd. 1||2005||Flood management|
|Bd. 2||2005||Comparative study and critical assessment of current methods for the evaluation of surface waters according to the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive using the example of waters in large protected areas of Saxony-Anhalt|
|Bd. 3||2006||Sustainable Approaches in Water Management, Urban Planning and Effective and Renewable Energy Uses, Indianapolis, September 16 and 17, 2005|
|Bd. 4||2006||Festschrift: 50 years of water management education in Magdeburg (1956 - 2006)|
|Bd. 5||2006||Technical, ecological and social aspects of modern wastewater treatment|
|Bd. 6||2006||Contributions to the conference "Strategies and Instruments for the Improvement of Preventive Flood Protection|
|Bd. 7||2007||Study "Competitive and Liveable Altmark - Services of General Interest in a Rural Region|
|Bd. 8||2007||Contributions to the institute colloquium "Assessment of water bodies in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive".|
|Bd. 9||2008||Protection and regeneration of water ecosystems and water resources through engineering-ecological methods|
|Bd. 10||2010||Contributions to the Institute Colloquium "Effects of Interventions in Running Waters|
|Bd. 11||2011||Resource Management in Settlement Areas - Framework Conditions for Novel Sanitation Systems in Urban Environments|
|Bd. 12||2012||Transformation processes of public services in rural areas - the example of the Altmark region|
|Bd. 13||2012||Assessment of constructed wetlands in arid regions with special regard to ecology and multifunctionability|
|Bd. 14||2013||Contributions to the institute colloquium "The Elbe in the area of conflict between flood protection, nature conservation & navigation|
|Bd. 15||2017||Natural use of wood for the development of watercourses in the North German Lowlands|
Information on the authors and the order number can be found here:
The focus of the institute lies in the bundling of the most diverse research activities of the department, whereby application-oriented and practice-related regional tasks were the focus of the work. The IWO presents the many research projects in annual reports:
The current institute management consists of the institute director and the scientific management. Since April 2010, the tasks of the Institute Director have been carried out by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ettmer.
Director of the Institute
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ettmer
Phone.: (0391) 2187 44 29
visitors adress: Building 6, Room 2.16
Subject Area: Hydraulic engineering and hydraulic experimental design
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Volker Lüderitz
Phone.: (0391) 886 43 67
visitors adress: Building 6, Room 2.23
Subject area: Hydrobiology and aquatic ecology
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Frido Reinstorf
Phone: (0391) 886 44 80
visitors adress: Building 6, Room 2.26
Subject area: Hydrology und Geoinformatics
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Torsten Schmidt
Phone: (0391) 886 46 79
visitors adress: Building 6, Room 2.16
Subject area: Urban water management and infrastructure development