The Competence Centre for Drinking Water is involved in various activities and projects. Some selected activities are described below. For more information on current and completed projects, please contact Prof. Urs von Gunten.

Conferences and workshops

  • PEAK-SVGW Symposium "Oxidation and Disinfection Processes in Drinking Water" (30. August 2013, Eawag)

On August 30th, against 130 participants, by the majority experts from practice attended the Symposium „Oxidation and Disinfection Processes in Drinking Water“. This symposium was jointly organized by Eawag and SVGW (Swiss Gas and Water Association). In different lectures, the basics of oxidation and disinfection processes in drinking water as well as new developments in the analytical chemistry and toxicological assessment of micropollutants and transformation products were presented. In addition to the presentation of new knowledge with regard to chemical and UV-based disinfection, practical examples of oxidation of micropollutants as well as current disinfection processes were discussed.

  • Korean-Swiss Science Days: Water for the Future (9-10. November 2011, ETH Zurich)

In parallel with the launch of the third call for proposals for the bilateral Korean-Swiss Science and Technology Program (, the National Research Foundation in Korea (NRF), ETH Zurich and the Competence Centre for Drinking Water at Eawag (CCDW) jointly organized a small conference with a focus on water management. The conference brought together 6 Korean and 7 Swiss expert speakers (Eawag, University of Basel, University of Neuchatel) covering a broad range of scientific expertise in water resource management, microbial screening and disinfection, oxidation and photocatalysis, filtration processes and real time information and system control with respect to flood and stream management. The conference was concluded with a presentation and guided tour at the lake water purification facility Lengg (Zurich).

The presentations were followed by vivid discussions and a strong interest in increased cooperation with EAWAG was evident. At the end of the conference it became clear that at least two joint proposals to the bilateral program were going to be submitted by participants of the workshop.

workshop program [pdf]