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Dr. Kira Schumacher
Deputy director

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  


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.



Staying 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.

SuMo - Project Team
Second retreat meeting of SuMo-Rhine project

The second reflexion meeting of the SuMo-Rhine project took place from 18 to 19 February 2020. The co-financing partners KIT-DFIU, KIT-ECON, University of Freiburg, University of Koblenz- Landau, Université de Haute-Alsace, Université de Strasbourg, and the CNRS used the half time of the project to present first results and to discuss the linkage of the individual work packages. Another milestone of the project will be the 2nd Participatory Workshop in Strasbourg, which will take place on 19.03.2020. For further information about the SuMo-Rhine project click here.

Jahresbericht 2019
Annual report 2019

The annual report 2019 has been published and can be viewed here. In the report, the DFIU looks back on a successful 2019, in which the Franco-German cooperation in the field of environmental and sustainability research was further strengthened and concretized through joint projects.

The DFIU thanks all partners for the good cooperation and is looking forward to many exciting projects in 2020.

Expert Workshop "Communal Perspectives" of the Interreg-V Project SuMo-Rhine

On 13.11. the first participative workshop "Communal Perspectives" for the promotion of sustainable mobility in the Upper Rhine region took place in Freiburg. The workshop was aimed at urban and transport planners, sustainability and climate representatives as well as decision-makers and experts at local level from Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the SuMo indicator system in an interactive format and to improve the practical relevance of this instrument for decision support. Further information can be found on the project website and here.


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.


Kira Schumacher
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.


Open positions

The DFIU/IIP is currently offering several open positions.