Water D2D





The fifth WaterD2D newsletter is out!

The WaterD2D project views young water professionals and students as key stakeholders in water related initiatives aiming to develop sustainable water management practices. In this volume, we share exciting updates on recent events showcasing the power of international cooperation and the contributions of young water professionals and students.  





The fourth WaterD2D newsletter is out!

WaterD2D’s mission focuses on creating spaces for collaboration between scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from various sectors to discuss the diverse facets of water security. This newsletter covers updates from the WaterD2D’s Science-Practice Dialogue Workshop that took place in August 2022 and other events. 





The third WaterD2D newsletter is out!

Capacity Development: is a key pillar for implementing an innovation ecosystem rationale in Jordan’s water sector. In this newsletter you can read more about the recent activities of the WaterD2D consortium including a “Spotlight” section on our researchers.

The WaterD2D’s second capacity-building workshop titled:


“Research Proposal Writing” 

As part of the capacity-building activities of the WaterD2D project, the Technical University of Munich and the Bayerische Forschungsallianz jointly delivered a capacity-building workshop titled: “Research Proposal Writing” for the Jordanian partners represented by The Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management – INWRDAM’s staff. Moreover, the workshop was supported by WaterD2D’s partners from TH Köln and FU Berlin.

On Monday, 16th of May, the INWRDAM staff participated in a 4-hour workshop consisting of three main sessions. Where the first session offered an introduction to European funding schemes and the eligibility of Jordan as a country for applications, while the second session focused on how to read funding calls and identify the formal requirements? And finally, the third session involved applied work to analyze the PRIMA initiative funding call.

Mr. Sebastian Kägler, a Scientific Officer in the Environment, Energy & Bioeconomy department at the Bavarian Research Alliance, delivered the workshop and facilitated the discussion and Q&A sessions.





The second WaterD2D newsletter is out!

Water security challenges in the 21st century are complex and multifaceted: the WaterD2D project acknowledges the need to transform research to serve society by adopting an innovation ecosystem rationale.


WaterD2D’s first capacity-building workshop titled:

“Crossing Paths: Research and Innovation”

This workshop will highlight the crossing paths between Research and Innovation in Germany and find the best channels to replicate these success stories in Jordan.

 Join us on Dec 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM (Germany time)




Our Introductory Newsletter Is Finally Out! 

The WaterD2D project will be issuing a bi-annual newsletter dedicated to delivering updates on the project’s activities. This first newsletter introduces the WaterD2D project, partners, and their future activities.


New Publication Alert!
The WaterD2D project aims to contribute significantly to a new model of research-based innovation to realize water security in Jordan. This novel methodology seeks to link governments and researchers to enhance “research production” by inspiring researchers to target the governmental strategy’s goals with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches and governments to turn their strategies into living documents by feeding them demand-driven research.

Online course on hydrogeology; 12th – 23rd of September
A two week online course on hydrogeology will be conducted at German Jordan University in September 2021. The first week of the course starts on the 12th of September and covers basic topics like Water Balance; Groundwater Dynamics; and Hydro Geochemistry. In the second week, 19th until 23rd of September, the focus is on Environmental Hydrogeology, Managed Aquifer Recharge and Wellfield Construction. In the mornings a lecture will be given by professors and researchers from Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität München. During the afternoon, practices will help to deepen the understanding of the covered topics during tutorials. Interested students from TH Köln and TU München are invited to join the course. For further information please contact Isabelle Schmidt: Isabelle.Schmidt@fu-berlin.de 

Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider

Prof. Michael Schneider leads the research team for the WaterD2D project at the Free University of Berlin. Since 2006, he has been the head of the Hydrogeology Group at the Free University of Berlin and was a Professor of Hydrogeology at Ludwig Maximilian University at Munich (2004-2006). Prof. Schneider has more than 30 years’ experience in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology in Eu­ro­pe, Asia and Afri­ca. His re­se­arch fo­cus is on Urban Water Resources, Ma­na­ged Aqui­fer Re­char­ge (MAR), Deep Aqui­fer Sy­stems and In­ter­ac­tion with shal­low aqui­fers. He has led several applied-oriented research projects in Germany, Middle East, and India.

Dr. Brindha Karthikeyan

Dr. Brindha Karthikeyan is the WaterD2D Project Coordinator at the Free University of Berlin. She is a Water Resources Researcher by academic training with a specialization in Hydrogeochemistry, Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), and Climate Change. Before joining the Free University of Berlin in 2018, she worked at the National University of Singapore, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) – Lao PDR, and Anna University, India.

Isabelle Schmidt

Isabelle Schmidt is project coordinator and phd student at FU Berlin since 2020. She is an environmental engineer with specialization in Water Resources Management. Before joining the Hydrogoelogy Group, she worked for the WHO collaborating center for drinking water hygiene at the German Environment Agency.

Dr. Arwa Abdelhay

Dr. Arwa Abdelhay holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Grenoble in France and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in chemical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). For the past three years, Dr. Abdelhay held the Dean position for the School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management (SNREM) at GJU. Her teaching activities focus on water and wastewater treatment and reuse, air pollution control, and solid waste management. She has been involved in several internationally funded projects, as a coordinator and as a team member in the area of wastewater treatment, sanitation, and solid waste valorization and treatment.

Dr. Munjed Al-Sharif

Dr. Munjed Al-Sharif is a Senior Water and Environmental Management Expert holding a Ph.D. in water resources and Environmental Engineering from Kansas State University (1993). Since March 2013, he has been a faculty member at the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at GJU. He also served as the Dean of the School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management (SNREM) at GJU (2015-2019) and currently is the Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Al-Sharif has around 25 years of experience in Integrated Water Resources Management, Groundwater and Surface Water Modeling and Management (quantity and quality), Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Management, Institutional Strengthening, Water Policy, and Public-Private Partnership. He led many projects funded by various international agencies and institutions, including USAID, MDGF, UNDP, WHO, government institutions, and private firms. Dr. Al-Sharif published more than 25 research and technical papers, wrote numerous reports, and served as a reviewer of professional journals. Also, he is a board member of the Jordan Environment Fund since 2018.   

Prof. Dr-Ing. Markus Disse

Since 2013 Prof. Markus Disse served as the Head of the chair Hydrology and River Basin Management at the Technical University of Munich and was a full professor of the Chair for Water Management and Resources Engineering at Bundeswehr University Munich (2003-2013). Prof. Disse Holds a PhD from the University of Karlsruhe (TH) with an educational background in civil engineering. His research experience in process-based hydrological modeling of river basins, flood risk management, and sustainable management of water resources spans over 30 years. 

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Chiogna

Prof. Gabriele Chiogna serves as the Deputy Head of the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management at the Technical University of Munich. Also, he is an Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Resources Management at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Prof. Chiogna received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Tuebingen in 2011. Afterward, he worked as a Post-Doc at the University of Trento (2011-2013) and the University of Tuebingen (2013-2014). He obtained his habilitation in hydrology in 2019 at TUM. His research focus is on Integrated Water Resources Management, Groundwater Modeling, and Groundwater Remediation Strategies. He leads several national and international research projects funded by different agencies (DFG, BMBF, and European Commission).

Mohammad Alqadi

Mr. Mohammad Alqadi is a Ph.D. candidate at the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management at the Technical University of Munich. His Doctoral research focus is on Integrated Water Resources Management, Wellfield Management, and Governmental Strategies for the water sector in Jordan. He is also an experienced Hydrogeologist with a demonstrated history of working in the groundwater management sector with the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Jordan. Mr. Alqadi holds a master’s degree focused on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) from Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Ala Al Dwairi

Ms. Ala Al Dwairi works as a Research Assistant at the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management at the Technical University of Munich. Before joining TUM, she interned at the World Green Building Council as technical support for the Sustainable Reconstruction and Urban Regeneration project. Ms. Al Dwairi holds a Joint Master Degree in Urban Climate and Sustainability from the United Kingdom, Finland, Spain, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Jordan. She previously worked in engineering consultancy companies focusing on infrastructure networks design and development in Jordan and the wider Middle East (2014-2018). Her research focus is on sustainable resources management.

Fabian Merk

Mr.Fabian Merk is a Ph.D. candidate at the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management at the Technical University of Munich. Mr Merk graduated with a B.Sc and an M.Sc in environmental engineering from TU Munich in 2014 and 2017, respectively. His topics of focus were water resource management and flood risk management. In 2018, he joined the research team at the university’s Chair of Hydrology to support the ProNaHo project, which investigated the potential of ecosystem-based flood mitigation measures in Bavaria, and in 2021, he joined the WaterD2D project to build up the Soil & Water Assessment Tool for Mujib basin.

Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe

Prof Dr Lars Ribbe is the dean of the Faculty of Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems, and professor for Integrated Land and Water Resources Management at ITT/TH Köln. He is a leading expert and authority on the water-energy-food-security nexus and it’s functionality. Prof Dr Ribbe’s research projects range around the world on subjects as varied as drought, the food-water-energy nexus, ecosystem management, tracking groundwater with gravimetric shifts, and advanced watershed management systems. Prof Dr Ribbe has a PhD in Hydroinformatics, from the Institute of Geography, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences at the University of Jena, a Masters of Engineering on “Technology in the Tropics” from TH Köln, and did postgraduate studies on Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science (visiting postgraduate student) at the University of Maryland, along with a Chemistry (Dipl.Chem) degree from the University Bremen. His research focus is currently on integrated river basin monitoring, modeling, and management, along with strategies to cope with water scarcity, rainwater harvesting, drought management, the efficient use and reuse of water, access to water, flood management, and pollution from salt water intrusion, and diffuse sources.

Dr. Sudeh Dehnavi

Dr Sudeh Dehnavi is a researcher, lecturer and project coordinator at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Sub-tropics (ITT) at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) in Germany. She is currently the coordinator of the IWRM MENA program and the “Water Security in Jordan from Data to Decision” project at ITT. She is an expert in sustainable development of food and water systems especially in the fields of natural resources and agricultural economics and Governance, and food and water security and sustainability entrepreneurship. Her experience is focused on strategic planning and scientific coordination of international development projects and networks, and the design and implementation of international scientific conferences, science-policy dialogue workshops, and educational programs and excursions.

Dr. Marwan Alraggad

Dr Alraggad is an expert in advanced water management aspects focusing on water use modeling and management with applied research experience in the domain of water management and research for development. He is an expert/specialist in hydrological, topological modeling and water management, as well as in geographic information systems. He furthermore possesses solid and applied experience in groundwater investigations, monitoring and management as well as excellent field and in class training capacity skills. With more than 13 years of research and applied activities in hydrological, topological modelling and water management he is highly experienced and has published several scientific papers, such as “Water Resources of Jordan: Political, Social and Economic Implications of Scarce Water Resources” (Springer International Publishing, 2018). He has solid consultancy experience working at the Ministry of Water and on USAID projects. He has led the USAID funded project MAR TWW during 2012 – 2015 in partnership with Oman and USA which aimed to maximize the benefit of excess surface water flows for Managed Aquifer Recharge. Most recently he led 5 international projects in the domain sustainable management of water resources with a special focus on treated waste water reuse to increase agricultural productivity.