The Department of Freshwater Conservation is part of the Faculty for Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering of BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg which, together with the Departments of Hydrology and Water management, Wastewater Engineering and Water Technology, comprises the "water" education and research network. The water education network offers, together with the "soil" and "air" networks, basic science and technology courses. In continuing environmental engineering studies, the water network offers advanced studies. BTU Cottbus is the only German university with an autonomous water conservation department. Consequently, in addition to basic research in freshwater ecology, the department carries out applied research in the field of water conservation. In addition to its educational tasks in the study programs "environmental engineering", "Environmental and Resource Management", and " Landuse and Water Management", the department is involved in the research fields.

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