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. Since then, our ambition is to be one of the central scientific players in the area of French-German and international environmental research. Click here for further information.


Prof. Dr. Wolf Fichtner

Prof. Dr. Frank Schultmann


Dr.-Ing. Simon Glöser-Chahoud
Managing director DFIU


Deutsch-Französisches Institut für Umweltforschung (DFIU)/ French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Campus West 06.33

Hertzstr. 16

76187 Karlsruhe, Deutschland

Phone: +49 721 608-44460

Fax: +49 721 608-44682

E-Mail: Sekretariat


Current information

The secretariats are also currently closed and no face-to-face meetings take place in the building. We can be reached by e-mail and telephone at the usual times, and automatic forwarding has been set up for most telephone lines.

You will find the e-mail addresses of the institute staff on this page.

Further current information of KIT on the coronavirus can be found on the KIT homepage.

Report about the project „SuMo-Rhine“:

The SuMo-Rhine project, coordinated by DFIU, is presented in the current brochure of the Coordination Office of the Science Pillar with the subject of “Cross-border scientific cooperation, research and innovation in the Upper-Rhine region: projects, initiatives and actors”. Furthermore, the cross-border importance of the project is highlighted.

Link to the brochure:


The DFIU congratulates Mr. Sloot

The DFIU congratulates Mr. Daniel Sloot, who successfully completed his Ph.D. examination on "Bringing Community and Environment Together: The role of community in sustainability transitions" at the Faculty "Behavioral and Social Sciences" of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in April 2021.

DFIU-Jahresbericht 2020

Der Jahresbericht 2020 ist nun erschienen und kann hier eingesehen werden.

DFIU researchers publish a paper in the scientific journal “Patterns” regarding the analysis of press articles about the “Energiewende”:

Based on text-mining models, DFIU researchers publish a paper in which they conduct a media analysis of press articles about renewable energies. They identify a shift from positive to negative media coverage - public support and long-term goals could be threatened.

Further Information: https://www.kit.edu/kit/28541.php

Link to the Article: https://www.cell.com/patterns/fulltext/S2666-3899(20)30233-6

Contribution about the Sumo-Rhine project in the booklet „Trait d’Union européenne“:

The French booklet “Trait d’Union européenne” covers Europe and cross-border cooperation in the region Grand Est in its edition of December 2020. In accordance with the topic, the DFIU project “SuMo-Rhine” was presented as one of four examples.

Link to the article: https://europedirect-territoires.com

Link to the project website „SuMo-Rhine“: https://sumo-rhine.com/

The DFIU congratulates Jann Weinand

The DFIU congratulates Mr. Weinand, who successfully passed his doctoral examination on "Energy System Analysis of Energy Autonomous Municipalities"  in September 2020. 

The DFIU congratulates Maximilian Schücking

The DFIU congratulates Mr. Schücking, who successfully passed his doctoral examination in July 2020 on "Techno-economic optimization and environmental evaluation of electric vehicles in commercial fleets" as an external doctoral researcher.

Staying at home and working together

Dr. Kira Schumacher reported about the effects of the Corona Pandemic on the transnational research project SuMo-Rhine in the context of an interview series of EUCOR - The European Campus. In particular, the focus was on cooperation and cross-border mobility. The full interview is available here.

Expert workshop as part of the PREVIEW project

The second expert workshop within the framework of the PREVIEW  project took place on 19./20. February 2020 with experts from public authorities, science and industry. A particular focus was placed on the validation of the working concept developed within the project and the requirements analysis of the demonstrator to be developed.

Visit of the French Embassy Council at KIT

On 5 March 2020 the Counselor for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in Germany, Pascal Revel and the Attaché for Science and Higher Education in Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hervé Martin visited the KIT. Kira Schumacher, representing the DFIU, had the opportunity meet with them and to exchange about French-German cooperation. Further information about the visit can be found here.