Knowledge and technology transfer

Interaction with professionals

Eawag promotes the transfer of research findings to practice. Eawag scientists collaborate with water professionals in numerous projects. They feed their experise into the work of national and international committees, and maintain an extensive network of contacts. Through service contracts, the latest knowledge and new technologies from Eawag find their way into practice.

Water is a public good and should be accessible to everyone, since water is of vital importance for health, welfare and intact ecosystems. The Eawag research centre is a strong partner for governments, associations and national and international organisations, and thus also for industry and the economy. It actively looks for solution-oriented partnerships with various actors and stakeholders and relies on strategic alliances.

Do not hesitate to consult us if you require a collaboration.

Principles of cooperation

  • The task is defined and the work carried out through a collaborative partnership.
  • The task requires the particular competencies of Eawag and cannot equally be performed by private-sector service providers.
  • The task involves implementation-oriented research aspects and makes it possible to gain new insights of general relevance for water and environmental protection.

Services and consulting

Services are provided mainly in the training and consulting areas. Fees are generally charged so as to cover costs. However, Eawag only provides services in a scientific context. Requests for routine analysis of drinking water, etc. are forwarded to private laboratories.

Examples of collaboration and consulting

The page "Partners and Projects in Switzerland" shows consulting and scientific collaboration in various Swiss cantons.

Technology transfer

Eawag and Empa support knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) to the economy and society with a jointly run technology transfer office. The technology transfer office is responsible for writing agreements with partners, especially in connection with contract closings, licenses, patents and spinoffs. It supports the researchers in the contract negotiations and also in protecting and marketing research results.


Prof. Dr. Rik EggenDeputy DirectorTel. +41 58 765 5320Send Mail

Empa-Eawag Technology Transfer

Head: Marlen Müller