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Chair Groups

Each academic department is composed of chair groups, each of which is formed around a particular discipline or specialization. Each chair group is led by a professor who holds a chair in a defined academic field and is responsible for the quality of the work of his or her staff.

Integrated Water Systems & Governance

Water Management

Contributes to developing and managing sustainable water systems through a better scientific understanding of their functioning.

Water Governance

Identifies the three interdependent domains: Water Policy, Water Law and Water Politics through which research, education and capacity development activities are organized.


Concerns the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and modelling, and their application for resolving water-related problems in civil engineering, and information systems for integrated water management.

Knowledge & Capacity Development

Analysing the dynamics of the learning, competence building and innovation systems for the water sector.

Water Science & Engineering

Land & Water Development

Deals with the technology of adapting and managing land and water resources for specific forms of land use in rural, urban and industrial areas. Its activities focus on the development of rural areas and the topics of irrigation, drainage and flood protection.

Aquatic Ecosystems

Creates a better understanding of the relationship between the ecological structure, function and integrity of wetlands in the support of livelihoods.

Hydrology & Water Resources

Contributes to a better understanding of hydrological processes, to improve techniques for data monitoring and handling, to improve modelling of processes within the hydrological cycle, and to interpret and present results for implementation of integrated water resources management.

Coastal Systems, Engineering & Port Development

Deals with the analysis, design and management of natural and man-made systems in the coastal environment.

River Basin Development

Concerned with water-related infrastructure in river basins that is needed to enhance the beneficial and sustainable use of water and/or to control water-related problems.

Flood Resilience

Advancing scientific knowledge and practical application into integrated approaches to cultivate resilience in urban communities and built-up areas.

Environmental Engineering & Water Technology

Water Supply Engineering

Generation and transfer of knowledge related to both appropriate low-cost technologies and advanced drinking water and industrial water treatment and distribution.

Pollution Prevention & Resource Recovery

Focuses on the development of rational approaches to sustainable waste management via cleaner production, appropriate waste treatment and resource recovery in both the water supply and sanitation, and the industrial sectors.

Sanitary Engineering

Contributes to knowledge development and capacity building in the urban sanitation field; areas of interest include urban drainage, waste water collection, treatment and reclamation/reuse, and residuals management.