Dr. Manfred van Afferden

Contact/ Address

Department: Center for Environmental Biotechnology (UBZ)

Head of working group: „Decentralized Wastewater Management" and

Deputy of Head of Department

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 341 235-1848


Manfred van Afferden

Professional background

Since 2008

Head of the working group "Decentralized Wastewater Management", Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department: Center for Environmental and Biotechnology (UBZ), Leipzig


Senior scientist and coordinator for research and development, Training and Demonstration Centre for Decentralized Sewage Treatment – BDZ e.V, Leipzig


Integrated CIM / GTZ expert and group leader, Mexican Water Technology Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico


Shareholder and Deputy Managing Director, Umweltagentur GmbH in Bochum


Scientist and Laboratory Manager, DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Essen


Dr. rer. nat. in Environmental Biotechnology, Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn


Study of Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum

Awards, committees, memberships


German Environmental Award 2018 of the German Federal Environmental Foundation for the Development and Political Implementation of a System Solution for a Decentralized Wastewater Management in Jordan, with Roland A. Müller,  Mi-Yong Becker (née Mi-Yong Lee) and Wolf-Michael Hirschfeld.


UFZ Knowledge Transfer Award for “Excellent Contributions to Developing and Implementing the first intersectoral Framework for Effective Decentralized Wastewater Management in Jordan", with Roland Müller and Mi-Yong Lee


Hugo Junkers Prize for “Vertical filter system for resource-efficient and natural groundwater remediation.” Hugo Junkers Prize for Research and Innovation of Saxony Anhalt, 2nd Prize Category: Most Innovative Projects in Basic Research, with Khaja Z Rahman, Peter Mosig and Roland Müller


UFZ Technology Transfer Award for “Development and Scientific Monitoring of the Implementation of a Vertical Filter System for the Purification of Groundwater Contaminated with Benzene and MTBE, with Khaja Z Rahman, Peter Mosig and Roland Müller


IQ Innovation Award Central Germany: "From HighTech to EcoTech: Vertical Filter System for Resource Efficient and Natural Groundwater Treatment", 2nd Prize: Cluster Energy / Environment, with Khaja Z Rahman, Peter Mosig and Roland Müller

since 2012

Member of the technical NICE working groups in Jordan: "Technology Selection" and "Standards and Monitoring" and "Certification"

since 2014

Member of the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) Working Group for the revision of the worksheet "Worksheet DWA-A 262 Principles for design, construction and operation of constructed wetlands with planted soil filters for biological treatment of municipal wastewater"

since 1990

Member of the "German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology e.V." (Dechema), Frankfurt

Research interests

  • Integrated wastewater treatment and management
  • Soil and groundwater remediation
  • Integrated urban drainage
  • Development of green technologies for water management
  • Development of GIS-based decision support systems
  • Research on the implementation of new technologies and management systems (implementation research)