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December 10, 2018

ITT student awarded with the DAAD-Preis 2018

Our NRM Master student Flavia Mara was awarded with the DAAD-Preis 2018 for her outstanding academic achievements and her social commitment. On 6 December 2018, Sylvia Heuchemer (Vice President for Academic Affairs, TH Köln) and Sabine Schlüter (Vice Director ITT) presented the prize, worth 1,000 euros, to Flavia during the Advent celebrations for the international students of the TH Köln.

Flavia Mara (middle), with her Family, Sabine Schlüter and Sylvia Heuchemer.
Photo: Heike Fischer – TH Köln

“Flavia Mara is very successful and above average in her studies. In the interdisciplinary project work, she has shown herself to be highly motivated, reliable and an extremely team-able student” was the reasoning of the DAAD jury.

Besides studying Natural Resources Management and Development (NRM) in her third semester, Flavia is involved in the ITT Student Council and  organizes language courses for other students who want to go abroad.

“Flavia Mara is a very focussed, dedicated student who is known for her energetic, positive nature and her great commitment” says Johannes Hamhaber, who has been accompanying Flavia since her first Master’s semester. During a three-month internship for Welthungerhilfe, supervised by Sabine Schlüter, she has worked in Myanmar with ideas for innovative businessmodels to support the local population. She evaluated, for example, alternatives to rice cultivation, which could be new sources of income for the natives, such as basket weaving, sewing or small cattle breeding. In addition, Flavia Mara spent a year volunteering in Georgia as part of the European Voluntary Service for Peace and Development, where she organized language courses and workshops for a local youth NGO.

Flavia Mara receiving the Award Certificate.
Photo: Heike Fischer – TH Köln

“It has always been natural for me to engage with others and take responsibility,” says Flavia Mara. Therefore, it was also normal for her to work with students with disabilities, to help foreign students and to work for Amnesty International during her bachelor’s degree in Italy,

After that, Flavia came to Germany because of her close friendship with a German school friend fromBerlin. “I really wanted to come back to Germany and study here. I really like the language, the people and the country, “says Flavia Mara. Although her career goal is not yet concrete, she would like to provide targeted on-site support. “I think thats more effective than working in a large institution, because I can move and change things much faster and more directly,” she explains.

November 30, 2018

ITT student awarded “Academician of the year: Women with Vision 2018”

The ITT is happy to see its Ph.D. candidate Amrita Gautam being awarded as “Academician of the year – Women with Vision 2018”. 

Congratulations, Amrita!

To give you an insight into Amrita’s research we asked her two questions:

Amrita, you are a Ph.D. candidate in the university cooperation of TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences Köln), the University of Cologne (UzK) and the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Nepal. As such, what is your research focus?

My research focus is towards HydroInformatics: Water Supply Engineering, Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling. The case study area for my ongoing doctoral research is Pokhara Metropolitan City, Kaski District, Nepal.

You have been awarded “Academicaion of the year – Woman With Vision 2018”. What exactly is the Award about?

During a first nomination round of the award – Women With Vision – the 100 most influential women of Nepal 2018 were shortlisted in the beginning of the year. Those were selected from local to regional and international ground from Nepalese origin that are doing some remarkable works in their field including the positive impacts to society and those women who have been a source of inspiration to many other young generations. Finally, top 10 Women are declared winners in 10 different categories. And I was very happy to receive the title “Academician of the year – Women With Vision 2018” in the award ceremony at Royal Empire Boutique Hotel in Nepal a couple of month ago.

Read more about the award on


October 15, 2018

ITT 40 years anniversary

With around 200 guests the ITT celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday, 11.10.2018 in the TH Köln Aula at Campus Südstadt. 

Opened by Lars Ribbe (Director of the ITT) and Stefan Herzig (President of TH Köln), the program led through the past 40 years of our institute. A contribution by Joachim Metzner (Former President of the TH Köln and long-time ITT companion), illustrated the uniqueness of the ITT, highlighting the milestones since 1978 and emphasizing the special role of Hartmut Gaese, the former director of the ITT. In addition, this special occasion was used to announce the honoring if Hartmut Gaese for his great contributions to the ITT in particular and interdisciplinary research and education in general, as the first winner of the Science for Sustainability Award.

Followed by a blend of anecdotes and best practice examples of applied science, international cooperations and interdisciplinary approaches, which is lived at the ITT, in particular, the long-standing partnerships and intensive cooperations within the joint study programs with the German Jordanian University (Jordan), the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (Vietnam) were honored. The ceremony ended in lively and familial get together, joined by our guests from more than 40 countries

Lars Ribbe (Director of the ITT) and Stefan Herzig (President of TH Köln) welcoming all guests and opening the ceremony. More pictures can be found here.

August 13, 2018

WSCC Call for abstracts and sessions

We are pleased to announce that abstracts can still be submitted for the Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) Conference 2018; organized by Kenyatta University, the International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries – SWINDON (TU Braunschweig), the Centers for Natural Resources and Development – CNRD (TH Köln) and the Food Security Center – FSC (University Hohenheim).

The WSCC 2018 takes up the “bridge-building” aspect of the WSCC 2017 and preserves continuity by serving as a platform for discussions towards water secure societies. The environment shall be a stimulus for discussing new and innovative ideas with special attention to SDGs dealing with “Zero Hunger and Food Security”, “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation”, “Clean Water and Sanitation”, “Sustainable Cities and Communities”, and “Combat climate change and its impacts”.

Abstract submission link and further information are available under

For further information please contact the WSCC 2018 organization team:

August 2, 2018

Q&A chat: Scholarship Opportunities for DAC list country applicants

On August 24th, 2-4pm German time, we invite you to join our Adobe Connect Chat for a Questions & Answers session addressing potential scholarship applicants (foreign applicants from DAC list countries) for the master programs REM, NRM and IWRM.

Target group: Foreign applicants from DAC list countries

You will be able to enter the chat room via the following link:

When: August/24/2018  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Time Zone: German time (GMT+02:00)

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:
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