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Deutsch-Französisches Institut für Umweltforschung (DFIU)

Westhochschule Building 06.33

Hertzstr. 16

76187 Karlsruhe


Phone.: +49 721 608-44460

Fax:      +49 721 608-44682

E-Mail: Sekretariat

Welcome to the DFIU  






The DFIU was established in 1991 as a research institution with the mandate to sustain the widespread wish of France and Germany for strengthening the cross-border scientific cooperation in the field of environmental research.

The research objectives are to develop in German-French interdisciplinary teams joint solutions to common problems. These activities extend e.g. to air, waste and energy. In addition questions of recycling management, floor space management and material flow management are considered.






Das DFIU gratuliert Axel Ensslen

Das DFIU gratuliert Axel Ensslen, der im Juli 2019 seine Promotionsprüfung über "Sozioökonomische Analysen zur Elektromobilität unter Berücksichtigung von Nutzungserfahrungen" erfolgreich abgeschlossen hat.

Guest researcher Olivier Rebenaque

DFIU welcomes its guest researcher Olivier Rebenaque, a Ph.D. student in his third year at the Climate Economics Chair (Paris), preparing a thesis on “The photovoltaic self-consumption and its impacts on the network tariff”. At the DFIU, Olivier Rebenaque supports our research of the integration of residential prosumers in energy markets. By providing right incentives to the prosumers, they could bring benefits for both markets by decreasing the spot market price and by providing services to the grid operators.

Das DFIU gratuliert Frau Seddig

Das DFIU gratuliert Frau Seddig, die im Juni 2019 ihre Promotionsprüfung über "Elektromobile Flotten im lokalen Energiesystem mit Photovoltaikeinspeisung unter Berücksichtigung von Unsicherheiten" erfolgreich abgeschlossen hat.

Das DFIU gratuliert Frau Schumacher

Das DFIU gratuliert Kira Schumacher, die im Juni 2019 ihre Promotionsprüfung über "Public acceptance of renewable energies – an empirical investigation across countries and technologies" erfolgreich abgeschlossen hat.


Change in the DFIU Management Board

Ms. Kira Schumacher took over the management of DFIU on 01.04.2019, succeeding to Dr.-Ing. Jérémy Rimbon, who left the institute on 31.03.2019. Ms. Schumacher has been involved in Franco-German research cooperation at DFIU since 2013. The DFIU wishes her a good start and thanks Mr. Rimbon for his commitment and successful work, wishing him all the best for the future.

Prof. Dr. T. Hirth
SuMo-Rhine, kick-off event of the Interreg-V-Project Sustainable Mobility in the Upper Rhine Region, 12th March 2019, Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe

For the kick-off event of the trinational SuMo-Rhine research project, the participants were welcomed by Gabriela Mühlstädt-Grimm, Vice President of the Karlsruhe Government, Dr. Frank Mentrup, Mayor of Karlsruhe, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs at KIT. Afterwards the contents of the project were presented by Prof. Dr. Wolf Fichtner. Project partners from municipalities, research and companies presented innovative concepts and exemplary initiatives for sustainable mobility in the Upper Rhine region and offered a good basis for discussions and expansion of the various networks.

Kick-off event of the project SuMo-Rhine

DFIU and TRION-climate organise the kick-off event of the Interreg-V project "SuMo-Rhine – Fostering Sustainable Mobility in the Upper Rhine Region". This event will take place on March 12, 2019 at the Meidinger Saal in the Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe. The participants are cordially invited to a lunch buffet starting at noon. It is a great honour to welcome Regierungspräsidentin Nicolette KRESSL and Prof. Dr. Thomas HIRTH, Vice-President of KIT, for the opening speeches. After an introductory presentation of the project by KIT, the cities of Karlsruhe and Lörrach, the Eurométropole Strasbourg and Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération, who are partners in the project, will present innovative concepts for sustainable mobility in the municipalities. In the second session, Energiedienst Holding AG, the State Energy Agency of Rhineland-Palatinate, and the CADR 67 association will present exemplary sustainable mobility initiatives. The conference is aimed at scientific, economic, political and administrative representatives in charge of the mobility issues. A simultaneous French-German translation will be provided. The participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory before March 5th on www.trion-climate.net.

Retreat Meeting 2018 SuMoRhine
Retreat meeting of SuMo-Rhine project

The reflexion meeting of the SuMo-Rhine project took place from November 28th to 29th. The co-financing partners, DFIU, KIT-ECON, Universität of Freiburg, Universität of Koblenz- Landau, Université de Haute-Alsace, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS, created a work plan to build the framework of the indicators system.

Rückblick: Themenabend „Kohleausstieg“

Der Themenabend zum „Kohleausstieg, welcher am 10.09.2018 vom DFIU angeboten wurde, war mit über
80 Teilnehmern ein voller Erfolg. Die Vorträge der Referenten aus den Bereichen Politik, Energiewirtschaft und Wissenschaft stehen nun zum Download bereit:

Prof. Dr. Wolf Fichtner, KIT, DFIU
[Präsentation zum Download [SK(1] ]

Dr. Massimo Genoese, Ministerium für Umwelt, Klima und Energiewirtschaft Baden-Württemberg
[Präsentation zum Download [SK(2] ]

Dr. Dogan Keles, KIT, IIP
[Präsentation zum Download [SK(3] ]

Dr. Clemens Cremer, EnBW AG

Dr. Matthias Koch, Öko-Institut e.V.
[Präsentation zum Download [SK(4] ]

Das DFIU dankt den Referenten und Teilnehmern für ihre Beiträge und ihr Interesse.


Themenabend „Kohleausstieg“ - Blickpunkte aus Politik, Energiewirtschaft und Wissenschaft mit anschließender Diskussion am 10.09.2018, 18 -19:30 Uhr

Im Rahmen des Projektes „Upper Rhine Cluster for Sustainability Research“  bietet das DFIU einen Themenabend zum „Kohleausstieg“ an. Anhand von drei Impulsvorträgen aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik wird das Thema aus verschiedenen Blickpunkten beleuchtet und im Anschluss im Plenum diskutiert. Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich für alle Interessierten. Das Veranstaltungsplakat finden Sie hier.
- Dr. Massimo Genoese, Ministerium für Umwelt, Klima und Energiewirtschaft Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
- Dr. Clemens Cremer, Konzernexperte Energiewirtschaft und Energiemärkte, EnBW AG
- Dr. Dogan Keles, Leiter der Forschungsgruppe Energiemärkte und Energiesystemanalyse, Institut für Industriebetriebslehre und Industrielle Produktion (IIP), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Campus Süd, Gebäude 20.30
Kollegiengebäude Mathematik,
Seminarraum 0.014
Englerstr. 2, 76131 Karlsruhe

DFIU congratulates David Balussou

DFIU congratulates David Balussou, who successfully completed his doctoral dissertation on "An analysis of current and future electricity production from biogas in Germany" in February 2018.

Frankreich-Konzeption: Expert workshop in Stuttgart

The “Frankreich-Konzeption” is intended to give new impulse to the cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and France in a targeted manner. As part of a conceptual process, the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, together with German and French actors, intends to explore how Baden-Württemberg's cooperation with France could be further improved and deepened in the future. The DFIU attended the workshop on "Transport and Mobility" on 14 May 2018.

Presentation of the DFIU's work at the sustainability cluster transfer workshop (URCforSR)

The DFIU participated in the transfer workshop "Regional Solutions for a Secure and Sustainable Energy System in the Upper Rhine Region" on 20 June 2018. The DFIU presented its work in a presentation entitled "Decarbonization of the Energy system through the increased use of renewable electricity - Impacts on security of supply in Southern Germany".

Welcome to French trainee

Das DFIU betreut eine Praktikantin von der École des Mines d'Albi von Mai bis September 2018.

IIP participates in the 5th Latin American Biorefinery Congress

The IIP is participating in a workshop at the 5th Latin American Biorefinery Congress (more here ), which will take place from 7th to 9th of January 2019 in Concepción, Chile. The workshop on "Sustainable Use of Biomass in Chile and beyond" is also the completion of the project ‘SeMoBioEnergy” (more information here), which has been funded by the BMBF since September 2015 and which has been coordinated by the IIP.

Co-supervision of thesis with the CNRS

The DFIU has supervised a master thesis from October 2017 to June 2018 with CNRS Reactions and Process Engineering Laboratory on the issue "Techno-economic assessment of biogas production with integration of material and energy flows based on ADM1".


Der DFIU Jahresbericht 2017 ist erschienen und kann hier eingesehen werden.

DFIU supports Novatris in its cross-border investigations

NovaTris, the cross-border competence centre of the University of Haute-Alsace, is conducting a survey on the accelerators and barriers to the meeting in a trinational context. DFIU participated in a collective interview on June 27th, 2018 to gather opinions, proposals and expectations related to the subject.

International Transport Forum

The international conference "Transport, Climate Change, and Clean Air", which was organized by the DFIU, the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the University Paris Supelec, took successfully place in Paris at June 21st and 22nd. The discussions focused on current challenges in the academic research and current scientific methods in the field of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in transportation. Core results are now transferred to the international climate negations of the UNFCCC. Further information is available here.

Picture source: Prof. Dr. Yannick Perez

Presentation of the DFIU's work at the sustainability cluster transfer workshop (URCforSR)

The DFIU participated in the transfer workshop "Regional Solutions for a Secure and Sustainable Energy System in the Upper Rhine Region" on 20 June 2018. The DFIU presented its work in a presentation entitled "Decarbonization of the Energy system through the increased use of renewable electricity - Impacts on security of supply in Southern Germany".

Event: Statistics for Energy Markets

From 18 to 20 June 2018, the DFIU participated in the summer school and conference "Statistics for Energy Markets: Modelling, Forecasting for Renewable Energy Production and Statistical Inference" organised by EDF, the Finance and Sustainable Development Chair, the Laboratoire de Finance des Marchés de l'Énergie, the Université Paris Dauphine, the École Polytechnique and ENSAE ParisTech.

New German-French project at DFIU

The European Union is supporting the project "SuMo-Rhine – Sustainable Mobility in the Upper-Rhine Region" with a total of 1.36 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund. The decision on the allocation of the funds was taken on June, 14th at the meeting of the European INTERREG programme in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. DFIU coordinates the project (duration: 1.7.2018 to 30.6.2021). The project consortium consists of the Institute of Economics (KIT-ECON), the University of Freiburg, the European College for Human Ecology, the University of Koblenz-Landau, the University of Strasbourg, the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), the University of Colmar-Mulhouse (UHA), the Strasbourg School of Architecture and the City of Lörrach.

Dr. Anna Kühlen gewinnt ARCADIS-Preis

Das DFIU gratuliert Dr.-Ing. Anna Kühlen zur Verleihung des ARCADIS-Preis für Geo- und Umweltforschung. Frau Kühlen erhält den Preis für ihre Promotion.

Summerschool Serior Graduate Academy 2018

In the week from 18.6. - 22.6. the SERIOR Graduate Academy Summer School will take place in Goersdorf in France according to the motto "Risk Without Borders". On Thursday, June 21, Dr. Marcus Wiens, in cooperation with Prof. Eva Louvet and Dr. Florence Spitzenstetter (both Faculty of Psychology at the University of Strasbourg), will conduct an interactive teaching unit on the topic "Risk and social comparison - experimental research in psychology and economics".


Open positions

The DFIU/IIP is currently offering several open positions.