Prizes, Awards & Fellowships of HR21 doctoral candidates

Flavia Byekwaso

PhD Fellowship, Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future, 2021-2024.

Cong Wang

PhD fellowship, China Scholarship Council (CSC), 2018-2021.

Damiano Baldan

Fellowship of the CEEPUS network “EcoManAqua” for financing a research stay abroad at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 2019.

Eder Markus

Julius Kar Pize for outstanding academic achievement. Verband der Diplomingenieure für Kulturtechnik und Wasserwirtschaft, 2018.

Matthias Pucher

PhD fellowship funded by NÖ Forschungs- und Bildungsges.m.b.H, Science Call, 2018.

Damiano Baldan

PhD fellowship funded by NÖ Forschungs- und Bildungsges.m.b.H, Science Call, 2017.

Risper Ondiek

APPEAR PhD-scholarship, Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH)

Research stays abroad of HR21 doctoral candidates 

Alba Canet Martí

May – July 2023: Research stay at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy.

Project: Simplified models for design and optimisation of FWS wetlands – WATERAGRI project

Adriane Hövel

October - December 2022: Research stay at the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Agrosphere Institute (IBG-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Project: Hydrological processes in the Rollesbroich catchment

Lena Junger 

May – June 2022: Research stay at the Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany.

Project: Culture of Risk in Spatial Planning 

Martin Tschikof 

April-May 2022: Research stay at Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany

Project: Analysing nutrient retention and other ecosystem services in large Danube floodplains

Bernhard Pucher 

October – December 2021: Reserach stay in the group of Prof. Natasa Atanasova at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Project: Development of a multifunctional vertical greening system to support circularity in urban water management

Markus Eder

September 2021 - November 2021: Research stay at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH), Switzerland. 

Project: Floodplains and their importance for flood risk reduction, ecology and socio-economy 

Risper Ondiek

October 2019 – March 2020: Research stay in the lab of Prof. Nzula Kitakta, Limnology and wetland management, Egerton University, Kenya.

Project: Water quality analysis.

Damiano Baldan

December 2019: Research stay at the Division of Hydrology and Water Resources, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

Project: Calibration of the SWAT model for water flows.

Lena Simplerer

October 2019: Research stay in the group of Andreas Matzinger at the “Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH (KWB)”, Germany

Project: Developing a method for analyzing the spatial compatibility of nature-based solutions for reducing urban heat islands and stormwater pollution

Peter Flödl

October - November 2020: Research stay in the group of Ulrich Pulg at the NORCE LFI, Norwegian Research Centre, Laboratorium for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Bergen, Norway

Project: Enhancing methodological approaches for determining physico-chemical conditions 

April – May 2019: Research stay in the group of Prof. Emina Hadžić at the Department of Water Resources of the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Project: Theoretical and practical specialisation in hydraulic modelling and the further development of methodological approaches to ecological research questions

Matthias Pucher

February 2019: Research stay in the Lab of Prof. Michael Mutz, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus – Senftenberg, Germany.

Project: Applications of up-flow reactors to perform lab experiments dealing with sediments and conditions found in the hyporheic zone 


Matthias Pucher contributed a package to R statistical software:

Pucher, M., Graeber, D., Preiner, S., Pinto, R. (2018) staRdom: PARAFAC analysis on DOM EEMs, calculating absorbance slopes. CRAN:, first published 16.4.2018