4. Lecturing


Rationale: All my lecturing is dedicated to the thematic issues of the UNESCO Chair River Culture. It is based on a > 20 year long experience of lecturing in tropical countries. There is a mutual enhancement between lecturing and the development of the Chair activities, as students often ask very relevant questions. The audience of my lecturing is very international in our International Master Course on Urban Planning and sustainiblity, in which I teach with some colleagues a one-week unit on „tropical stream restauration in the urban context“, which I consider a specifically pressing issue. In all fast developping cities, riversides and streams are litterally marginalized: Poor people are settling on their borders in a kind of „no mans land“, losing the long-standing traditions (see publication Wantzen et al., River Culture, 2015), such as the „ribeirinhos“ (english river border dwellers) in Latin America, or the very skillful homegardeners in African cities. As soon as the city grows and real estate costs rise, these people are driven to slums in the outskirts of the cities, and the river banks get covered by concrete. We need a new culture of restoring intraurban streams and rivers, reconciling the needs of nature and of human beings. These can become an excellent place to learn from nature, in the center of the city.  

My french students (from the Engineering course in Management and Environment, and for the Sustainability lecture, all third year students of PolyTech Tours) are becoming messengers of the River Culture philosophy, as we have an excellent international student exchange via the Erasmus, Mundus and other programs. Many of our graduates find jobs abroad, including Southern Countries.





Lectures and courses by Karl M. Wantzen: 

Course“Quality assessment in Riverine Ecosystems (10hs)”
Course“Engineering in Riverine Ecosystems (10hs)”
Course“Sustainability: Global responsibilities for future engineers (10 hs)”
“River restoration in the peri-urban context: European case studies (10 hs)” – this course is shared with the International MSc. in Urban Planning and Sustainability
Lecture             “Introduction to Tropical Aquatic Ecology (Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems)” (18 hrs)
Course“Bioindication with benthic invertebrates” (10hrs)
Course and Excursion“Ecological Management of Rivers: European Examples” (50hrs) to Germany (2014), and Spain (2015)
Course“Restoration of Wetlands – European context” (8hrs)
Course“Bioindication of water quality using benthic invertebrates – Harmonization of the European System” (8hrs)
Course“Ecological continuity – from population biology to fishpasses” (4hrs)
Lecture         “Ecology of Running Waters” (20hrs)