Partners of the INTERFACES project

The Interfaces project consists of 12 full partners, including universities, research institutes and 3 small/medium enterpises. We also have 9 associated partners bringing additional expertise and training opportunities to the project.

Full Partners

University of Birmingham, UK

The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives.

Photo of Stefan KrauseDr Stefan Krause (Principal Investigator)

Dr Stefan Krause is a Reader in Water Sciences. His research investigating the impacts of global environmental change on hydrological fluxes, biogeochemical cycling and ecohydrological feedback functions in complex landscapes with coupled groundwater-surface water systems.

View Stefan Krause's full profile.

Photo of David HannahProf David Hannah (Co-Investigator, Director of Training)

Prof David Hannah is a physical geographer with interdisciplinary research interests focusing on complementary themes within hydroclimatology (interface between hydrology-climatology). He is Head of School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

View David Hannah's full profile.

Photo of Mike RivettDr Mike Rivett

Dr Michael Rivett is a Senior Lecturer in Contaminant Hydrogeology in the Water Sciences research group with a specialist field-scale research interest in the transport and remediation of organic contaminants in groundwater and contaminated land systems.

View Mike Rivett's full profile.


Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization and the largest fundamental research organization in Europe. CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the university thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs.

Photo of Gilles PinayDr Gilles Pinay (Director of Research)

Gilles Pinay is the Director of the Environment Observatory of Rennes, France and Director of Research at CNRS. His research interests are related to soil and sediment biogeochemistry and more specifically to the quantification nitrogen cycling in wetlands and streams and their role in mitigating nitrogen diffuse pollution at the landscape scale.

 Zahra-ThomasDr Zahra Thomas

Dr Zahra Thomas is a lecturer in hydraulic engineering at AGROCAMPUS OUEST. She is currently involved in hydrological research. She is active in development of methods for groundwater and flood modelling. Zahra Thomas is concerned with research focused on the effect of hedgerow network on water balance and solute transfer at hillslope and catchment scales. Established for 180 years in the heart of Europe’s leading agricultural and agri-food area, AGROCAMPUS OUEST is a Grande école, or ‘elite public university-level college’, for life and environmental sciences and technologies.


Nacionalni Institut za Biologijo (National Institute of Biology), Slovenia

The National Institute of Biology has been operating and developing since 1960. It is a public research institution with the mission of creating new knowledge in the field of biology and enabling higher quality of life on Earth on the basis of findings from performed research.

Photo of Valentina TurkProf Valentina Turk

Prof Valentina Turk is experienced in marine microbiology and involved in many national and international studies. The focus of her research is the role of microorganisms in the marine environment and the cycling of organic matter in the Adriatic sea.

View Valentina Turk's full profile.


Photo of Maja RavnikarProf Maja Ravnikar

Prof Maja Ravnikar has been  employed at the National Institute of Biology since 1984. She is the head of the Department of Biotechnology and Systems Biology since 2001 and scientific leader of the Instrumental Centre Planta since 1994. Together with the research team she has established the research work on plant biotechnology and pathology and developed many modern molecular methods and systems biology tools.

View Maja Ravnikar's full profile.


University of Barcelona

The University of Barcelona is Spain's leading research university.

Photo of Francesc SabaterProf Francesc Sabater

 More info coming soon

View Francesc Sabater's full profile.


Photo of Alba ArgerichDr Alba Argerich

Dr. Alba Argerich got her PhD from University of Barcelona on 2010 working on the interactions between stream morphology and hydrology and nutrient cycling. She is currently an Assistant Professor Senior Research at Oregon State University (USA) where she works on the interactions between forests and stream functional processes.

View Alba Argerich's full profile.


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig (UFZ), Germany

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ is an internationally operating research institution as part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. Scientists at UFZ conduct interdisciplinary environmental research in close collaboration with the academic sector (universities, other research institutes), government agencies and private stakeholders to provide solutions to pressing environmental problems facing modern societies.

Photo of Christian SchmidtDr Christian Schmidt

More info coming soon

View Christian Schmidt's full profile .


Photo_Fleckenstein_300dpiDr Jan Fleckenstein

Dr Jan Fleckenstein is the head of the Department of Hydrogeology at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ. He holds a PhD in Hydrologic Sciences from the University of California, Davis and has specific expertise in hydrologic modeling and linking hydrology with biogeochemistry. His research interests are in the fields of groundwater-surface water interactions, hydrologic controls of biogeochemical turnover, and water and solute flux dynamics in catchments.

View Jan Fleckenstein's full profile.


University of Vienna, Austria

The University of Vienna is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. A strong focus on research, combining basic with application-oriented research, renders this University highly attractive for the sharpest minds.

Photo of Tom BattinProf Tom Battin

More info coming soon

View Tom Battin's full profile.


Jakob SchelkerDr Jakob Schelker 

Dr. Jakob Schelker is a junior research group leader heading the ‘Stream Biofilm and Biogeochemistry Lab’ at the University of Vienna, Austria. His research interest lies in fluvial ecosystem research, specifically in hydrology and stream biogeochemistry. His recent work covers a broad range of spatio-temporal scales reaching from studies of diurnal solute variation in single stream reaches to multi-decadal, landscape scale assessments.

View Jakob Schelker's full profile.

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries , IGB, is an independent and interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about freshwater ecosystems. Working in close partnership with the scientific community (universities, research institutes), government agencies, as well as the private sector, guarantees the development of innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing freshwater ecosystems and human societies.

Photo of Joerg LewandowskiDr Jörg Lewandowski

Dr Jörg Lewandowski is Senior Scientist in the Department Ecohydrology at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fischeries. He is head of the research group Groundwater-Surface Water Interfaces. His research focuses on the close coupling of hydrodynamic transport and biogeochemical turnover processes at interfaces.

View Jörg Lewandowski's full profile.

Photo of Gunnar NuetzmannProf Gunnar Nuetzmann

Prof Gunnar Nuetzmann is Head of the Department of Ecohydrology at the Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and holds a Professorship of Hydrology at the Geographical Institute of Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany.

View Gunnar Nuetzmann's full profile.


Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

The CRP - Gabriel Lippmann is a public establishment devoted to applied scientific research and technological development, as well as technology transfer and permanent high-level training. Its activities aim to reinforce the economic fabric of the country through the creation of new technological skills within the CRP - Gabriel Lippmann and by transferring this know-how to companies.

Photo of Laurent Pfister  Dr Laurent Pfister

Dr Laurent Pfister is Head of the Geo-hydrosystems and land use management unit (GEOSAT) at the department ‘Environment and agro-biotechnologies (EVA)’ of the Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann.

View Laurent Pfister's full profile on LinkedIn.

Photo of Julian KlausDr Julian Klaus

Dr Julian Klaus is a senior researcher in hydrology at the GEOSAT research unit. He has a strong background in the use of hydrological tracers and physically based model approaches to understand catchment processes. He has a strong expertise in the use of stable isotopes and good knowledge of catchment transit time evaluation.

Photo of Carlos WetzelDr Carlos Wetzel

Dr Carlos Wetzel is a senior researcher specialized in taxonomy, ecology and systematic of diatoms (Bacillariophycae) focusing their use as bioindicators and related subjects. He is currently involved in projects aiming the study of the hydrological processes linking terrestrial and aquatic environments using diatoms as tracers.


Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. CSIC plays an important role in scientific and technological policy, since it encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector.

Dr Eugènia Marti

More info coming soon

View Eugènia Marti's profile.


Silixa, UK

Silixa Ltd is the world leading provider of distributed fibre optic sensing solutions for the energy and industrial sectors. Their intelligent distributed acoustic sensor, iDAS measures the true acoustic field by revealing the amplitude, frequency and phase along many kilometres of fibre. iDAS is a new tool for advancing the frontiers of dynamic acoustic sensing and imaging.

Photo of Athena ChalariDr Athena Chalari

Dr Athena Chalari joined Silixa as an Environmental Engineer. She has considerable expertise in geological interpretation of marine seismic data, optical fibre sensing systems and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), along with field experience in environmental applications using Fibre Optic Distributed Temperature (DTS) and Acoustic Sensors (DAS). She holds a Masters in Environmental Oceanography and a PhD on Marine Geosciences from University of Patras, Geology Department. She has worked for research institutes and private companies as a researcher and consultant respectively.  During the last years she has been responsible for developing marine and hydrogeological monitoring applications in collaboration with research institutes and academia.


Photo of Michael MondanosDr Michael Mondanos

Dr Michael Mondanos is Vice President of Sales – Industrial Applications at Silixa. He joined Silixa as a Business Development Manager for industrial monitoring applications. Michael worked a number of years in the field as a senior engineer and project manager.He holds a Masters in Communications & Radio Engineering from King’s College and a PhD in Optical Fibre Instrumentation from Imperial College London. He has worked within both university and industrial organizations in the development of optical fiber components for communications and sensing systems. In the last couple of years Michael has been involved in developing distributed sensing applications for the environment in collaboration with major research institutions and academia.


Naturalea, Spain

Naturalea is a company specializing in the restoration of the landscape and pioneer in the implementation of bioengineering techniques in Spain, with over 17 years of experience in the industry and more than 500 projects developed.

Albert-SorollaDr Albert Sorolla

Dr Albert Sorolla Edo is Technical Director at Naturalea. He is a specialist in habitat conservation, especially rivers, with expertise in soil bioengineering techniques and author of more than 600 projects, including design and execution. Since 1998 he has devoted himself to making an active dissemination of these techniques in lectures throughout Spain (Barcelona, Tarragona, Girona, Lleida, Pamplona, Valencia, Madrid, Huelva, Orense, Bilbao ...) and other countries like the USA (Florida), France (Paris), UK (Newcastle), Germany (Bremen), Italy (Roca di Mezzo, Napoles ...), Portugal (Lisbon) ... He also give lectures in several masters about nature management and landscaping.  He is also Vice President of AEIP Asociación Española de Ingeniería del Paisaje; member of the managing board of Esweg: European Soil & Water Engineering Group.  

BioSistemika, Slovenia

BioSistemika LLC is a BIO-IT company developing cutting-edge software solutions for lab automation, suitable for research and regulated molecular laboratories on a global scale. Laboratories working with real-time PCR appreciate our GENEIO® Electronic Lab Notebook and PlatR Smart Pipetting tool as easy-to-use solutions.

Photo of Matjaz HrenDr Matjaz Hren

Dr Matjaz Hren is Head of Research and Development in BioSistemika. He has a strong background in molecular biology techniques such as PCR, real-time PCR, DNA-microarrays and related bioinformatics which he implemented in various research fields including plant-pathogen interactions, human stem cell research, system biology approach to cancer biomarker discovery, and biosensorics. For the past few years leading research and development of easy-to-use BIO-IT solutions for molecular biology labs in BioSistemika.

View Matjaz Hren's full profile.



Associated Partners

River Restoration Centre, UK

The River Restoration Centre (RRC) exists to promote, facilitate and support best practice in river, watercourse and floodplain management across the UK. It aims to provide a focal point for the exchange and dissemination of information and expertise relating to river restoration and enhancement. The Centre also provides advice on site-specific technical issues through a network of experienced river restoration practitioners.


UNESCO is known as the "intellectual" agency of the United Nations. At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to innovate, expand their horizons and sustain the hope of a new humanism. UNESCO exists to bring this creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built.

Environment Agency, UK

The Environment Agency for England work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

Arizona State University, USA

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand

NIWA 's mission is to conduct leading environmental science to enable the sustainable management of natural resources for New Zealand and the planet.

Oregon State University, USA

Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose — making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.

University of Notre Dame, USA

The University of Notre Dame provides a distinctive voice in higher education that is at once rigorously intellectual, unapologetically moral in orientation, and firmly embracing of a service ethos.

Utah State University, USA

The mission of Utah State University is to be one of the nation's premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant universities by fostering the principle that academics come first, by cultivating diversity of thought and culture and by serving the public through learning, discovery and engagement.

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

The University of Saskatchewan celebrated 100 years of discovery in 2007, building on a dynamic research culture that enriches the academic experience for our students, creates new knowledge across a broad array of disciplines, and helps improve the economic, social and cultural vitality of our region and beyond.

Wageningen University, Netherlands

Wageningen University is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’, by working closely together with governments and the business community. Its research and education are based on a fundamental scientific approach and accordingly strongly geared toward application in practice.

Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors and staff from over 120 nations. A dynamic environment, open to Switzerland and the world, EPFL is centered on its three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer. EPFL works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and colleges, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society.