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Antibiotikaresistenzen in der Umwelt – speziell auch im Abwasser – werden zunehmend als eine ernstzunehmende Umweltbelastung eingestuft. (Foto: Eawag, Nadine Czekalski)
July 29, 2015

Antibiotic resistance genes, in particular in freshwater systems and sewers, are increasingly seen as emerging environmental contaminants. An Eawag factsheet provides an overview. Read more

Harvey M. Rosen Memorial Award for Lisa Salhi and Urs von Gunten
July 9, 2015

Elisabeth Salhi and Urs von Gunten from the department of Water Resources and Drinking Water received the Harvey M. Rosen Memorial Award for their publication "Process Control for Ozonation Systems: A Novel Real-Time Approach" in the journal Ozone: Science & Engineering. Read more

Catherine Wagner awarded the Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize
June 30, 2015

The Society for the Study of Evolution has awarded the Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize to Catherine Wagner, from the Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution. Read more

June 25, 2015

When recreational boats are transported overland, they are often accompanied by zebra mussels, attached to the hull. This alien species, which first appeared in Switzerland in 1960, can thus invade other natural waters. Read more

June 25, 2015

The use of fracking for gas extraction is widely opposed in Switzerland. Despite the almost complete lack of concrete projects, certain cantons have already imposed bans. Read more

June 25, 2015

Chlorination of water in swimming pools leads to the formation of trichloramine, a potentially harmful compound. Read more

June 23, 2015

The creation of gravel islands can contribute to the success of river restoration projects, as these structures have positive effects on exchanges between groundwater and surface water. Read more

May 22, 2015

At its meeting on 20 and 21 May  2015, the ETH Board appointed Eawag-scientist Professor Martin Ackermann as Full Professor of Molecular Microbial Ecology. At Eawag, Martin Ackermann is head of department Environmental Microbiology. Read more

May 22, 2015

At the proposal of the Director of Eawag, Prof. Janet Hering, the ETH Board has appointed Dr  Christian Zurbrügg (*1962) as a new member of the Directorate. As of 1 August 2015 Christian Zurbrügg will succeed Prof. Peter Reichert, who is stepping down at the end of July 2015. Read more

Data collection in small worlds: Video microscopy and automated analysis was used to track individual organisms in artificial landscapes. Left: Florian Altermatt, right: Emanuel Fronhofer. (Photo: Eawag, Peter Penicka)
April 22, 2015

Today, invasive animals and plants spread all around the globe. Predicting the dynamics of these invasions is of great ecological and socio-economical interest. Yet studying them is fundamentally challenging because of the large spatial and temporal scales involved. Scientists at Eawag and University of Zurich are now using computer simulations and small artificial laboratory worlds, to study how rapid evolution makes invaders spread even faster. Read more

Continuing decline in biodiversity
April 21, 2015

Biodiversity in Switzerland has continued to decline sharply in recent decades, and this trend is persisting. This is the result of an analysis by 35 scientific institutions all over Switzerland. Experts spoke today at the Zurich Zoo and the Neuchâtel Natural History Museum about their findings. Read more

Major Commendation for Urs von Gunten
April 9, 2015

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has honoured Urs von Gunten, from the Water Resources and Drinking Water department, with a professorship as part of the President’s International Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists initiative. Read more

Abb. 1 Sicheres Trinkwasser: Der Grundwasserbrunnen in Wayo Gabriel (Äthiopien) ist mit einem Fluoridfilter ausgestattet. Foto: Eawag
March 18, 2015

In many regions of Asia, Africa and South America, consumption of groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride causes severe health problems. Read more

Fig. 1: At the Eawag pilot plant in Dübendorf, urine collected from staff toilets is processed into fertilizers. Photo: Peter Penicka
March 18, 2015

With an innovative recycling method, valuable nutrients recovered from urine can be sold as fertilizers. As well as conserving natural resources, this reduces water pollution and makes sanitation systems in developing countries economically more attractive. Read more

Probenahmen auf dem Silsersee. Foto: Eawag, Michael Goguilly
March 18, 2015

An international research team led by Eawag, Bern University and the Bern Natural History Museum has shed light on the depths of alpine and prealpine lakes. Read more

Sampling was performed from a platform on Lake Cadagno in Canton Ticino (southern Switzerland). Photo: Jana Milucka, MPI-Bremen
March 3, 2015

Methane emissions are strongly reduced in lakes with anoxic bottom waters. But here – contrary to what has previously been assumed – methane removal is not due to archaea or anaerobic bacteria. A new study on Lake Cadagno in Canton Ticino shows that the microorganisms responsible are aerobic proteobacteria. The oxygen they require is produced in situ by photosynthetic algae. Read more

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, Eawag Director Janet Hering and Swiss Consul General in Capetown, Bernadette Hunkeler Brown (from left).
February 13, 2015

From 2 to 5 February a Swiss delegation with Eawag Director Janet Hering was four days on the road with Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard in South Africa. The working visit was focussed on energy and climate policy. Five questions to Janet Hering after her return.  Read more

February 6, 2015

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 67 new members and 12 foreign members, announced NAE President Dan Mote Jr. Thursday, February 5th. Read more

Research for the energy turnaround (Photo: Alma Derungs/BAFU)
January 15, 2015

Mandated by the Federal Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is launching two National Research Programmes (NRPs) to explore the scientific and technological as well as the social and economic aspects of implementing Energy Strategy 2050. Read more