Profile of IWW Water Centre
IWW Water Centre is one of the leading water research institutes in Germany and a prominent member of the international research community. In its research branch, IWW is a private, not-for-profit company affiliated with the University of Duisburg-Essen. Founded in 1986, IWW presently employs more than 100 full-time employees at three locations with the headquarter in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany). The 20 shareholders of IWW are mainly from the water-supply and wastewater industry.
Main fields of activity are water resources management, water technology, water networks, water quality analysis, applied microbiology, water economics and management. Currently, research focuses on membrane application (UF/MF, NF, RO) for treatment of different water qualities, on biofilm monitoring and its prevention in water networks, household installations, industrial cooling systems, economic optimisation and evaluation methodologies like ecosystem service assessment.
The consulting and services subsidiary of IWW Water Centre provides consulting experience to water suppliers, industry and public authorities in technical and analytical issues. We offer a broad spectre of service analysis for inorganic, organic and microbiological parameters. A special focus is on quality control for service laboratories with IWW as a major organiser of interlaboratory trials in Germany and involved in EU-wide quality assessment projects. Management consulting activities include performance indicators, benchmarking, economic efficiency analysis and technical risk assessment for public and industrial water supply.
IWW disseminates research-results and experience in national and international conferences, seminars and training courses. Research results are published in renowned international and national journals and on conferences world-wide.
IWW runs three regional sites in Mulheim an der Ruhr (headquarter), Biebesheim am Rhein (IWW Rhein-Main) und Diepholz (IWW Nord).