The sustainable and efficient use of water as a resource is of immense importance both internationally and nationally. Against the background of global climate change, the requirements for efficient and resilient water resource management are increasing. Methods of digitalisation offer considerable potential to better understand relevant processes and to optimise the sustainable use of water, the elixir of life - this is the interface at which the Digtial Water Institute operates.
The Digital Water Institute (DWI) is an interdisciplinary knowledge & networking platform in the field of water & digitalization. In addition to an interdisciplinary network of experts for the development of strategic partnerships, the DWI Innovation Lab cooperates as a think tank with partner universities and research institutions. The DWI Academy serves as an educational center for the transfer of knowledge on the topic of "Water & Digitalization", and the DWI Start-up Stage supports young and innovative start-ups in the water sector.
The Digital Water Institute aims to prepare our modern society for current challenges such as climate change, urbanization and the digital transformation and to specifically promote public welfare-oriented and sustainable innovations in the field of water and digitalization.
The goals of the Digital Water Institute coincide to a very large extent with the strategic development projects of the water sector at HFT Stuttgart, but many of the association's goals also fit perfectly with the university-wide development fields of the current strategy process at HFT Stuttgart. Since May 2021, HFT Stuttgart has therefore been a member of the Digital Water Institute, contributing the university's competence and expertise to the work of the DWI – and at the same time benefiting from the DWI's network!
The scientific advisory board of the Digital Water Institute is composed of interdisciplinary experts from the entire industry and advises the Digital Water Institute independently and voluntarily on all relevant issues. In July of this year, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bach was appointed to the scientific advisory board of the Digital Water Institute.
Michael Bach has been teaching and researching at HFT Stuttgart since 2019 in the fields of water management, hydraulic engineering and hydromechanics, is co-developer of the BlueM integrated river basin model and runs the HFT Stuttgart water blog. In the future, he will also accompany the sustainable and intelligent transformation of water management as part of his work for the scientific advisory board of the Digital Water Institute – and bring new developments from the digitalization of water management also into the teaching and research of HFT Stuttgart.
On October 20, 2021, the 1st Digital Water Conference will take place in cooperation with the DWA regional association Baden-Württemberg – in hybrid form, i.e. in presence on site at the CongressCentrum Pforzheim and/or online! The exciting program includes lectures from the following topics
By the way: The 1st Digital Water Conference is free of charge for students!