Research environment

Eawag offers a remarkable environment for research in aquatic science and technology. Researchers enjoy an academic environment in which much of the research is driven "bottom-up" by the interests of the researchers themselves.

Eawag has a 5-year tenure-track process in which successful tenure-track researchers are granted a permanent position after an evaluation based on their professional accomplishments. Students at all levels, including doctoral students and postdocs, are engaged in many projects.

Eawag is supported by the Swiss federal government which allows for long-term continuity in research, excellent technical and administrative support and world-class instrumentation and facilities. Approximately 25 per cent of Eawag's total budget is provided by external funding which is primarily used for research projects.

Find more detailed information in the brochure Eawag’s Research Environment - A Guide for New and Prospective Tenure-Track and Tenured Researchers (DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5707833, Dec. 2021)

Scientific Integrity

The capacity of our society to place its trust in the research community depends to a large degree on the willingness of the researchers at Eawag themselves to assume responsibility for their actions. In order to maintain sustainable high-quality research, it is the responsibility of all staff to implement and follow the Research Integrity Guidelines at Eawag.

Open Science

Eawag is committed to the principle of Open Science. It makes a growing proportion of its research data available publicly and free of charge on ERIC (Open Research Data) and its scientific publications on DORA (Open Access).

Research facilities

Eawag provides researchers with a broad range of instruments. A facility with 36 identical experimental ponds enables experiments to be conducted under natural environmental conditions all year round in Eawag’s grounds. Aquatikum, the experiment hall, provides a space for implementing elaborate projects. The Sensor Lab serves as a contact point for matters relating to sensor technology, automation and electronics. The Tracer Lab provides advanced methods and techniques utilizing environmental tracers to examine and quantify the dynamics within aquatic systems. Moreover, Eawag opened the new research and training building FLUX in 2021.

Further links

National Academies Press: On being a scientist - A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition (2009)