Video portrait Hector Fellow Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Nestman
Water and River Basin Management — Research and Application with Nature and for People
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Nestmann headed the Institute of Water and River Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) from 1994 to 2021. In 2009, he received the Hector Science Award, and, since 2013, he has been a member of the Hector Fellow Academy. Nestmann's scientific work focuses on water. The construction and optimization of hydropower plants and the supply of water to people in remote regions abroad have always been a particular focus.
As an engineer, Franz Nestmann is in demand as an expert throughout Germany. But in the course of his professional career, Nestmann has also been involved in the supply of drinking water or coastal protection worldwide. He achieved international prominence primarily through projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Pakistan. Due to climate change, floods and droughts are becoming more frequent, which also affects the local ecosystem of flowing waters.
Andreas Müller is doing his doctorate at the Institute of Water and River Development on the "Watercourse-structuring and bank-protecting effect of river fixtures" and is funded by the Hector Fellow Academy. With his research, he wants to contribute to the fact that flora and fauna can be supported by fixtures and that, for example, different habitats can be created for fish in the river.
The Hector Fellow Academy is a young science academy, founded in 2013 to establish a network for the Hector Science Awardees who have been recognized for their outstanding research and teaching in the STEM subjects, medicine or psychology. On the one hand, the HFA facilitates interdisciplinary projects between the HFA members. Second, the HFA offers doctoral positions with these Hector Fellows. By connecting outstanding scientists from different disciplines and institutions, the Hector Fellow Academy creates impulses for innovative projects, initiates socio-political discourses and contributes to solving global challenges. At the same time, it strengthens Germany as a center of science and research.