In 1865 professor L. A. Colding gave the first lecture at DTU on water management in Copenhagen. This was the beginning of what now is DTU Environment, Department of Environmental Engineering.
The Department's activities in research, teaching and innovation are focused within six scientific sections:
- Atmospheric Environment
- Environmental Chemistry
- Residual Resource Engineering
- Urban Water Systems
- Water Resources Engineering
- Water Technology
The academic width and the multidisciplinary approach on solving complex environmental problems are reflected in the profile of the scientific staff. DTU Environment employs engineers, chemists, biologists, geologists, and physicists who collaborate with a broad group of Danish and international partners.
DTU Environment has around 180 employees of more than 30 nationalities. The permanent research staff includes 35 professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and senior researches, 40 postdoctoral researchers and research assistants, and 75 PhD students. The administration has 15 employees, and the laboratory function is manned by 16 technicians.
The department has modern and well-equipped research laboratories, which also are used in many teaching-related activities.
The vast majority of student projects carried out at DTU Environment are based on independent, research-based laboratory and/or field work.
In addition to the laboratory facilities DTU Environment has field facilities and advanced equipment for field work as well as IT facilities for complex modelling tasks.