Universität Stuttgart

Water Research Centre

The Water Research Centre Stuttgart is a cross-institutional centre for water research with a focus on engineering that supports teaching (study), training (doctoral students, research and practice and enables interdisciplinary networking and technology transfer. It was jointly founded in 2007 by the Institute of sanitary engineering, water quality and waste management and the Institute of hydraulic engineering with the aim of pooling competencies in the water sector and to develop holistic answers to the plethora of questions concerning the water issue in cooperation with further national and international water management actors.

Institute of Hydraulic Engineering

Research activities of the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering include a broad range of issues dealing with basic research and functions of applied research. Basic research is above all supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and fostered by several research sponsors (BMBF, EU, state of Baden-Württemberg). Applied research is to be understood primarily within the scope of handling tasks on behalf of state institutions, special purpose associations, engineering offices or building contractors. These tasks include field measurements as well as numerical or experimental model investigations for hydraulic engineering operational services intended for planning, design and operation of hydraulic installations.
The objective is a well-balanced relationship between basic and applied research as well as the permanent direct exchange of experience between research and practice.

Technical key aspects:

  • hydraulic engineering and water quantity management
  • hydromechanics and hydrosystem modelling
  • hydrology and geohydrology
  • test facility for groundwater and environmental remediation
  • experimental station for hydraulic engineering


Institute of Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Waste Management

The main task of the institute is research and teaching as well as providing support to federal and state authorities, municipalities, and the industry in finding solutions to practical problems, e.g. by means of inspecting installations in place or pilot plants, or by collecting the basic data required for designing and planning plants.

Fields of study
in the civil engineering course, both in the basic subject studies with sanitary engineering and in the three specialisation subjects water quality management and water supply technology, wastewater technology and waste technology;

In the course environmental protection technology as well as in the subjects environmental chemistry I and environmental biology I, water resources management I and sanitary engineering / waste disposal technology I as well as in the specialisation subjects environmental chemistry II, environmental biology II, environmental metrology II, water supply and water quality management, wastewater treatment, industrial water technology, waste management/disposal technology as well as air pollution control / exhaust gas purification.

Technical key aspects:

  • sanitary engineering and water recycling
  • water quality management and water supply
  • waste management and exhaust air
  • hydrochemistry and hydrobiology


Courses in English:

  • ISAP exchange programmeISAP exchange programme between the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo and the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering at the Universität Stuttgart
  • Water Resources Engineering and Management (WAREM)
    WAREM is a two-year Master of Science program beginning in the winter semester of each year. The program consists of three in-class semesters and a fourth semester designated for research and thesis work.
  • Doctoral Program in the field of “Environment Water” (ENWAT)
    The ENWAT program aims to thoroughly prepare doctoral students for their dissertation research through classes and workshops taught by faculty, mandatory participation in a seminar where research progress is discussed with all ENWAT doctoral students and supervisors, and the recruiting of a co-advisor, as well as the preparation of a research proposal and framework early in the program.