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Hannes Schritt


Hannes Schritt

MSc (Environmental Engineering)



Hannes Schritt is a Researcher for Ecologic Institute and works mainly in the fields of ecosystems, nutrient cycles and agriculture. His research activities include plastics in the environment, circular economy, water management, evaluation of regulations in agriculture and their impact on ecosystems and climate change adaptation. Hannes Schritt works in German and English, is conversational in Spanish and has basic knowledge of Portuguese and French.

For Ecologic Institute, he works mainly in the project PlastikNet on plastic in the environment – sources, sinks, solutions and in the project WADKlim on adaptation to drought in Germany. He advises the European Environment Agency on issues related to the continuity of European rivers and the establishment of monitoring systems for air pollutants. Recently he evaluated agricultural consultancy systems in Schleswig-Holstein and North-Rhein Westphalia and their impact on ecosystems.

Plastics in the Environment – scientific coordination & transdisciplinary knowledge network (PlastikNet): This four-year project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) aims at supporting the political and societal impact of the funded research projects, most of which focus on microplastics in the hydrologic cycle. Hannes Schritt works here primarily in the fields of analytics, ecotoxicology and modeling.

The KlimaWAD project is investigating the impacts of climate change on water availability, particularly with respect to groundwater recharge and groundwater availability during drought, criteria for dealing with water use conflicts, and water reuse in metropolitan areas. Hannes Schritt will work mainly on the last two topics.

Before arriving at Ecologic Institute, Hannes Schritt contributed to work on the climate mitigation concept EKaKorn at the company Kornkraft Naturkost GmbH in cooperation with Jülich Project Management. Prior to studying, he worked as a human rights observer in Chiapas (Mexico).

Hannes Schritt received his Master's degree in environmental engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin (Germany). His thesis focused on innovative approaches to closing nutrient cycles in the agroecosystem of an indigenous community in the Amazon. He presented the results of his thesis to local farmers in Sarayaku (Ecuador) in the form of comics and integrated his concept in school teaching. In 2013, he spent a semester abroad at the Universidade de Pernambuco in Recife (Brasil).

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Selected projects by Hannes Schritt
| Fotolia © Christian Schulz
In the framework of the scientific accompanying research (PlastikNet) of the research focus "Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions" (Plastik in der Umwelt – Quellen • Senken • Lösungsansätze) Ecologic Institute coordinates 20 joint research projects,... Read more

© Katho Menden |

The drought in the summer months of 2018 and 2019 has made it clear that water use conflicts may increase in Germany in the future. Restrictions on water withdrawals from surface waters, bottlenecks in agricultural irrigation and impairment of goods traffic via... Read more

Drought and Water Use Conflicts in Germany (WADKlim)


A farmer advisor and an Ecologic Institute staff member inspect a field planted with catch crops in the Lower Rhine region.


© Rodrigo Vidaurre

About a quarter of German groundwater exceeds the nitrate limit of the European Union for drinking water. A substantial reduction of inputs can only be achieved through measures in agriculture. The study examines existing drinking water cooperations between farmers and... Read more
Selected publications by Hannes Schritt
UBA TEXTE 62/2018
This final report presents the results of the research project "Internet of services and things and compliance with environmental standards of technical infrastructures – a concept study for Schwerin and its surroundings". The report is available for download. ... Read more

Buhl, Oliver et. al. 2018: Internet der Dienste und Dinge und Erfüllung von Umweltstandards technischer Infrastrukturen – am Beispiel der Landeshauptstadt Schwerin und Umland. Umweltbundesamt: Dessau-Roßlau.