UNESCO Chair in Integrated River Research and Engineering,
BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria


World Hydropower Congress  |  14-16 May 2019  |  Paris


Speaker biography

Helmut Habersack is currently a UNESCO Chair on ‘Integrated River Research and Management’ coordinating the World´s Large Rivers Initiative. Helmut is also a full Professor of hydraulic engineering and modelling at the department of water, atmosphere and environment at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria (BOKU).

In 2019 he became head of the Institute of hydraulic engineering and river research, previously having been the head of the Christian Doppler laboratory for advanced methods in river monitoring, modelling and engineering. He has over 25 years of experience in sediment transport, hydropower, river engineering, morphology, restoration, flood risk management, ecohydraulics and navigation.

Helmut is the author of over 80 Science Citation Index (SCI) journal publications, 10 monographs and over 100 proceedings. He has also given over 150 national and international keynote lectures.

Furthermore, Helmut organised the international conferences on the status and future of the world´s large rivers which were held in 2011 in Vienna, 2015 in Manaus/Amazon and 2017 in New Delhi. He also won the ‘Science2Business’ Award in 2015.