Managed Aquifer Recharge

Faculty of Civil Engineering

[Translate to English:] Sickerschlitzgraben im WW Dresden-Hosterwitz

4. International Summer School on Managed Aquifer Recharge

The Division of Water Sciences at the Dresden University of Applied Sciences is organising the 4 International Summer School "Managed Aquifer Recharge" (MARISS) from 29.08. to 09.09.2022. Due to climate change, groundwater recharge, in addition to demand management, is an important measure to conserve, convey and safeguard groundwater systems and to protect and improve water quality. Managed aquifer recharge - MAR-, also called groundwater recharge, water banking and artificial recharge, is the targeted recharge of water in aquifers for later recovery or environmental benefit.  It includes methods such as bank filtration, infiltration ponds and injection wells, and uses natural water sources and appropriately treated urban storm water, wastewater and other effluents to increase groundwater storage, protect and improve water quality, and provide supplies during drought and emergencies. MAR can play an important role as a measure to control over-abstraction and restore groundwater balance, can also be used to maintain or improve ecosystem function and groundwater quality. The two-weeks International Summer School MARISS focuses on sharing and exchanging knowledge and new ideas in the field of MAR and Riverbank filtration (RBF).

The Summer School is aimed at young scientists (Master students, PhD students/ Post-doc), technicians, engineers and consultants with no more than 4 years of experience in government, environmental and geo-environmental agencies/surveys with at least a first university degree in engineering, environmental sciences, geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, geosciences, water resources management, water sciences.

As the Summer School is held in English, applicants must have an advanced knowledge of the language. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 12.

Structure and teaching methods

The Summer School is structured in:

  • 8 days of class lectures, laboratory experiments and numerical modelling exercises
  • 2 days Technical Excursions to MAR/RBF sites in Saxony, waterworks, open-cast mine
  • Half a day of MAR discussion and open questions

The class lectures are divided into 6 Blocks/Modules: 01 - Hydraulic Aspects, 02 - Well Design and Site Selection, 03 - Numerical Modelling, 04 - Water Quality Aspects, 05 - Monitoring and Post-treatment, 06 - Regulations and Guidelines

A highly interdisciplinary approach is taken to teaching, drawing on the diverse skills of key staff at University of Applied Sciences (HTWD), Technical University Dresden (TUD) and Technological Centre for Water Dresden (TZWD).

Free and open source software is used for the applied lectures.

How to apply

Applicants are requested to submit their application together with the following attachments by  e-mail mariss(at)  before 30.04.2022:

  • Registration form with the motivation and expectations (.pdf) Registration PDF
  • An up-to-date CV (.pdf).
  • A scanned copy of a valid passport (.pdf)

The MARISS Selection Committee will evaluate the documents submitted by the applicants and will use a ranking list to select the most suitable applicants to attend the summer school.  Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail with an admission notice.


Upon receiving the acceptance letter, you are requested to confirm your participation in the MARISS Summer School. However, should unforeseen events occur (e.g. travel restrictions due to COVID-19, illness, family reasons), please inform us as soon as possible so that we can accommodate the participants on the waiting list. In this case, please DO NOT forget to cancel your room reservation and flight tickets.

Enrolment fee

The summer school is free of charge for all lecture materials, technical excursions, coffee breaks and Icebreaker dinner. However, the costs for accommodation, travel, visa and the meals during the lectures are to be borne by the participants themselves.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grants

Within the framework of the DAAD Future.East- HTW Dresden international and regional Project, up to 5 grants for Master and PhD students are awarded. The grants partially cover the costs for travel, accommodation and meals for the duration of the summer school.

The candidates are requested to submit their application by e-mail mariss(at) by 30.04.2022. The required documents are:

  • Registration form with the motivation and expectations (.pdf)
  • An up-to-date CV (.pdf)
  • A scanned copy of a valid passport (.pdf)
  • A scanned copy of the University affiliation valid until at least 30.09.2022

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of June at the latest. The scholarship will be paid in cash upon registration for the MARISS Summer School on Monday, 29.08.2022.

Assessment and awarding of credits

The recognition of 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is foreseen for participants who attend 100% of the summer school programme and pass the MARISS exam and the group project. At the beginning of the summer school, the participants will be divided into 3-4 groups to work on a MARISS group project on the topic of "MAR design and site selection", comprising 2 ECTS. The results will be shown in the form of a .ppt presentation on Thursday 08.09.2022. The MARISS exam, comprising 3 ECTS, will take place on Thursday 08.09.2022 and will cover all topics presented during the summer school in the form of multiple choice questions and simple calculation.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance listing the topics covered during the summer school and a Studium Integrale  Certificate indicating the number of credits and the grade obtained in the exam and the oral presentation of the group project.


The University of Applied Sciences (HTWD) has reserved rooms at the  International Guest House (IGH) from 28.08.2022 (arrival) to 10.09.2022 (departure) (, 5 minutes' walk from the MARISS venue):

  • 5 x 1-room apartment for one person (for students: 352 €; for non-students: 416 €)
  • 5 x single rooms in shared apartments (for students: 275 €; for non-students: 339 €)

All prices are without breakfast, but include bed linen and towels. All rooms/appartments are equipped with a kitchen.

You are welcome to come to Germany/Dresden before the MARISS Summer School starts and stay longer after 10 September to enjoy the late summer season in Saxony. Please note, however, that the rooms at the IGH are only available from 28 August to 10 September.  Before/after this date, please arrange your own accommodation.

Visa (only for non- EU participants)

Please note that you may need a visa to enter Germany. Please enquire in advance how and when you can apply for a visa. With your confirmation of participation, you will receive a letter of invitation to the summer school, which you can use for your visa application. Please bear in mind that the application process can take several weeks.

Arrival in Dresden

Dresden can be reached by train ( and long-distance bus (z.B. Flixbus (Dresden Main Station), as well as via international airports, e.g. International Airport Dresden (, International Airport Berlin (, or International Airport Prague (, all of which connected to train and long-distance buses.


The International Summer School on Managed Aquifer Recharge is funded by the DAAD within the framework of "", Future.East- HTW Dresden international and regional Project.