The research activities at the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems cover a wide range of fundamental research, research and development projects (R&D) and scientific questions arising from practical applications. Fundamental research projects are funded in particular by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and are supported by various organizations (the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the EU, the State of Baden-Württemberg). Applied research projects are mainly commissioned by public organizations, associations, construction companies and engineering consultants. These include, among others, numerical or experimental model investigations, which focus on the planning, design and operation of hydraulic installations, and field measurement campaigns.
The Institute aims to achieve a balance and lively exchange between fundamental and applied research.
The institute is an cooperative member of the International Association for Hydraulic Research IAHR),, of the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA), as well as of the German Commission on Large Dams (DTK), the National Commission of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD). The scientific staff of the Institute is furthermore active in numerous national and international committees e.g. DWA-boards, DWA-working groups, the DFG-office for water research and the Altlastenforum. The Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems was cofounder of the Water Research Center Stuttgart.