Section of Ecological Engineering
The field of Ecological Engineering is an interdisciplinary discipline that investigates the sustainable design of ecosystems and their use by humans. The focus here is on the integration of social uses based on intact ecosystems. In particular, the sustainable design of urban drainage and wastewater treatment in interaction with urban ecosystems and waters with the help of nature-based infrastructures is being investigated at the department.
Junior Research Group SEE-URBAN-WATER
From January 2018 to December 2022, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the junior research group SEE-URBAN-WATER under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Hack at the TU Darmstadt. The junior research group, consisting of the leadership, four doctoral students and an assistant, will deal with problems of urban water pollution in developing countries inter- and transdisciplinarily for five years. The city of León in Nicaragua serves as a case study. Together with cooperation partners from science and practice, local authorities and civil society, nature-based solutions are to be developed for the local context.
Scholarship programme for student exchange with partner universities in Central America
The partnership with the Universidad Tecnológica La Salle (ULSA) in Nicaragua offers a wide range of exchange opportunities for TU students. Since 2012, students have been placed for a three-month stay in León to complete internships in the fields of micro-hydropower, water protection or river basin management. Since the winter semester 2015/16, three scholarships for a six-month semester abroad at ULSA have been awarded each semester via the DAAD-funded ISAP programme.