Prof. Dr. Mário Franca


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Water and River Basin Management
- Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management -
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 (0)721 - 608-43164
Email: wasserbau∂iwg.kit.edu

Visiting address:

Engesserstrasse 22, Building 10.83
76131 Karlsruhe

The challenges facing water managers and engineers nowadays are manifold, complex, and require cross disciplinary approaches. These challenges include the safety of hydraulic natural and built systems, ageing infrastructures, pollution, guarantee of energy and food security, sustainable development and safety of urban environment, ecological feedbacks and an uncertain future

Our group develops research towards engineering solutions for the design, the planning and the implementation of sustainable water infrastructures prepared for global change. We investigate the mechanics of flowing water and its interaction with key elements of a river basin such as sediments, dissolved matter, gases, living organisms and people. More specifically, the group is committed to develop research on four main topics: sustainable and secure water for supply, food and energy; adaptive and multi-functional hydraulic systems; healthy rivers; and geophysical processes in rivers and lakes.

The institute has a long portfolio in engineering and water management projects, which benefits the education of engineering, provides relevance for the scientific activities and inspires fundamental research. This was accomplished thanks to an excellent infrastructure which includes the world renown Theodor-Rehbock hydraulics laboratory and modern numerical means.

The group aims at continuing the tradition of excellence in hydraulic engineering and water resources management brought by its former directors for more than 100 years: Prof. Franz Nestmann (1994-2021), Prof. Peter Larsen (1983-1994), Prof. Emil Mosonyi (1965-1982), Prof. Heinrich Wittmann (1934-1965) and Prof. Theodor Rehbock (1899-1933).

Successful commissioning of an innovative water supply system in a remote karst region in Vietnam
Successful commissioning of an innovative water supply system in a remote karst region in Vietnam

Within the BMBF-funded project KaWaTech Solutions researchers and technicians from KIT-IWG together with KSB AG completed successfully the implementation of a pilot water pumping system based on hydro power and photovoltaic.

It secures the water supply for more then 10.000 people in the Dong Van district and in future will be operated by the local water administration.

The R&D efforts serve as an initial basis for the implementation of similar systems in water scarce areas worldwide.

25 years at KIT !
25 years at KIT!

On October 1st, 2022, our colleague Dr. Peter Oberle celebrates his 25th service anniversary.

He has headed the "Numerical Analysis in Hydraulic Engineering" department since 2005 and, with his expertise, is an important pillar of the institute.

We are pleased to have such a valuable colleague in our ranks, both personally and professionally. Dear Peter, congratulations and we look forward to more successful years!

IAHR Baden-Württemberg YPN, 21st annual colloquium
IAHR Baden-Württemberg YPN, 21st annual colloquium

This year annual colloquium of IAHR Baden-Württemberg YPN was held on November 04th 2022 at the Universität Stuttgart.

Young scientists and professionals from research institutions within Baden-Württemberg have come and shared their works and visions contribute to “Sustainable Water management: Challenges for the next generation” – this year highlight.

Prof. Mário Franca gave his lecture in professional forum, while M.Sc. Dan Trinh’s presentation was one of the two honorable mentions in young professional forum.