International Excellence Talks

International Excellence Grants and FellowshipsJulia Schade

Excellence lives on exchange and networking among the best researchers worldwide. That is why we want to invite you to join us in a new lecture series, International Excellence Talks, where internationally renowned scientists will give insights into their current research topics and, ideally, inspire a broad audience of scholars. This monthly event will include a 30-minute keynote lecture and a platform for networking and informal exchange among researchers with a wide range of interests. Recordings of previous talks can be found at KIT International Excellence Talks YouTube Channel.

New measurement methods to improve design and safety of hydraulic structures

Friday, November 24, 2023 at 11:30 AM (CET)

Prof. Stefan Felder

  • Associate Professor and Deputy Director
    Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Research topic: Hydraulic Engineering
  • International Excellence Fellow at Institute for Water and River Basin Management (IWG) in cooperation with Prof. Mario Franca, KIT 2023
  • Chair of the IAHR Technical Committee on Hydraulic Structures




Hydraulic structures, such as dams fulfill many societal functions including water supply, flood mitigation and generation of hydropower. Their safety is paramount and a failure can be catastrophic. The design of hydraulic structures must therefore be conducted with the highest technical standards using state-of-the-art measurement approaches. Despite their significance, current design practice for flood release and energy dissipation facilities is limited to small scale physical modeling combined with numerical modelling while significant limitations exist due to scale effects and missing prototype validation data. In recent years, some new advances have been made in the use of instrumentation and post-processing methods that can provide more confidence in the design of hydraulic structures and that may change the way we design structures in the future. Herein, this talk provides an overview about recent developments in the instrumentation relevant for hydraulic structures including phase-detection intrusive probes, remote sensing with LIDAR and camera technology as well as lagrangian-type sensors for fish safety assessment.

Participation The International Excellence Talk will be held as an in-person event or via Zoom

Date and Time
November 24, 2023 at 11:30 AM (CET)
Building 10.81, Room 305
(Campus South)

Improving our understanding of Earth’s upper troposphere and lower stratosphere

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 5:00 PM (CET)


Prof. Dr. Daniel Cziczo



  • Professor and Department Head of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University, Indiana, USA
  • Research topic: Atmospheric Science
  • International Excellence Fellow at Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-AAF)
    in cooperation with Prof. Ottmar Möhler, KIT 2023




Until the late 1990s, the particles found in the upper tropospheric / lower stratospheric (UTLS) were an area of uncertainty in atmospheric science. At about the same time, instruments were developed that could be flown on high altitude research aircraft to determine particle composition and large chambers were built that allowed us to mimic the conditions in this remote region of the atmosphere. This talk will review how aircraft measurements and laboratory studies have been, and will continue to be, used in concert to better understand atmospheric chemistry, precipitation and our climate.





Participation: Participation The International Excellence Talk will be held as an in-person event or via Zoom. Please register your attendance here

Date and Time
November 29, 2023 at 05:00 PM (CET)
Lehmann Lecture Hall, Building 30.22


About the talks

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The lecture series is organized by the International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO) of KIT in the framework of the International Excellence Grants Program with funds granted to the University of Excellence concept “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change” in cooperation with the Humboldt-Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim.

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