EAWAG, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

EAWAG, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

EAWAG, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology   link
Überland Str. 133, 8600 Dübendorf

Category: Environment

Eawag is a Swiss-based and internationally linked aquatic research institute committed to an ecological, economical and socially responsible management of water - the primary source of all life. It carries out research, teaching and consulting and forms a link between science and practical application.


Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater

Health - Environment

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a threat to health worldwide. This makes it all the more important not only to track their spread, but also to recognise trends. Over the course of a year, researchers have analysed wastewater from six wastewater treatment plants in Switzerland for the spread of antibiotic-resistant coliform bacteria. The study shows that monitoring wastewater can help to observe trends and regional differences, regardless of the actual cases of illness. It also provides a basis for informing efficacy of preventive measures.

Underwater camera explores microcosms in Lake Zug

Environment - Life Sciences

The Aquascope underwater camera has been installed in Lake Zug. It is the second permanent measuring station for plankton in Swiss water bodies. The underwater camera delivers high-resolution images and is able to analyse them automatically. This will provide important insights into the water quality and aquatic biodiversity of Lake Zug in the future.

Environment - May 21

500 volunteers needed to give Lake Geneva a check-up


EPFL has teamed up with three organizations - the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Association for the Safeguard of Lake Geneva (ASL) - to develop Lémanscope, a citizen-science initiative to monitor the health of Lake Geneva. Today the researchers are calling on volunteers to help collect essential data.

Four ponds, 100 square metres, diverse and fluctuating: where amphibians feel at home

Environment - Earth Sciences

Number, size, surroundings and water level: for the first time, there are quantitative scientific recommendations when it comes to the development of new ecological infrastructures for amphibian conservation. A team of researchers from Eawag, WSL and info fauna karch has analysed the optimal conditions for life between water and land.

Environment - Apr 4

Impacts of invasive species transcend ecosystem boundaries


Invasive species influence biodiversity across larger spatial extents than previously thought. In a recently published study, researchers from Eawag and the University of Zurich show that the impacts of invasive species extend far beyond the ecosystems they invade and that three mechanisms are primarily responsible for this. These findings are of great importance for the management of ecosystems.

Environment - Mar 11

Cutting-edge research underground


In Fehraltorf in Zurich Oberland, Eawag and the ETH Zurich have set up a globally unique field laboratory for wastewater research. Numerous measurement instruments and sensors continuously supply data on the quantity and composition of the wastewater.

Urs von Gunten, the unsung hero of water treatment

Environment - Chemistry

For a scientist who's won numerous international honors for his research, Urs von Gunten, a professor at EPFL and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), is disarmingly modest. Urs von Gunten will retire in one year: Time to look back at his career.

The CO2-binding society as a goal

Tanja Zimmermann and Martin Ackermann want to provide answers to the current climate crisis with new initiatives and ambitious goals. In this interview, Eawag Director Ackermann and Empa Director Zimmermann explain why this is primarily a water crisis, what is needed to tackle it and what can be produced from the greenhouse gas CO2.

Barbara Jozef wins the Lush Young Researcher Prize

Environment - Life Sciences

Experiments on animals are widespread in research, as there is still a lack of alternatives. Researchers at Eawag are working to develop such alternatives - including biochemist Barbara Jozef. Last week, she was honoured with the Young Researcher Prize from the cosmetics company Lush.

Environment - May 17

Eawag at the centre of international WASH efforts


Two international conferences are currently being held at Eawag in Dübendorf: the Global WASH Cluster Meeting and the Emergency Environmental Health Forum. Both are aimed at strengthening and focusing collaboration and international efforts on the topics of water, sanitation and hygiene in a humanitarian context.

Environment - May 15

Three important water stakeholders become a Blue Community

The Swiss Water Association (VSA), Eawag and Hunziker Betatech AG HBT recognise water as a public good and a human right, commit to tap water and become a Blue Community. At the same time, Blue Community Switzerland is joining forces with the Solidarit'eau Suisse network and utilising synergies. The VSA now runs the Blue Community Switzerland office together with partners.

Environment - Mar 21

Endangered underwater world in postage stamp format


Two new Swiss postage stamps focus attention on endangered biodiversity in Swiss water bodies. Two researchers with a long-standing interest in aquatic biodiversity provided scientific advice to the Swiss Post on the selection and design of the animal and plant species depicted.

More targeted treatment of industrial wastewater thanks to aquatic research

Environment - Pharmacology

In Switzerland, wastewater treatment has traditionally focused on domestic wastewater - in particular, removal of the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus.

How gases travel laterally through a lake

Environment - Earth Sciences

At night or during cold winter days, lake water cools faster near the shore than in the middle of the lake. This creates a current that connects the shallow shore region with the deeper part of the lake. An international team led by researchers were able to show for the first time that this horizontal circulation transports gases such as oxygen and methane.

Eawag presents one of its success stories on the sidelines of the WEF 2024

Environment - Politics

To coincide with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the ETH Domain invited 50 dignitaries from the political, research and business spheres, to Davos and presented highlights from its current research. Eawag demonstrated how its work has successfully paved the way for advanced wastewater treatment.

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