The latest news from Eawag

Eawag researcher Sheena Conforti determining the bacteria in the analysed wastewater samples (Photo: Eawag, Melissa Pitton).
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater
June 6, 2024

Researchers at Eawag have analysed wastewater for antibiotic-resistant coliform bacteria. Monitoring wastewater can help to observe trends and regional differences, independent of the actual cases of illness.

The Aquascope is anchored to its buoy in Lake Zug (Photo: Eawag).
Underwater camera explores microcosms in Lake Zug
June 5, 2024

The Aquascope underwater camera has been installed in Lake Zug. It is the second permanent measuring station for plankton in Swiss water bodies.

Barbara Jozef was awarded the Young Researcher Prize at last week's award ceremony in London (Photo: Agneza Janovic).
Barbara Jozef wins the Lush Young Researcher Prize
May 27, 2024

The Lush Young Researcher Prize promotes research for a future free of animal testing. This year, the award goes to Eawag researcher Barbara Jozef.

Cornelia Twining (left, photo: Eawag) and Barbora Trubenová (right, photo: IST Austria)
Cornelia Twining and Barbora Trubenová appointed ...
May 23, 2024

Cornelia Twining and Barbora Trubenová have been appointed assistant professors at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich by the ETH Board. This involves a position as group leader at Eawag for both of them.

Lémanscope is a citizen-science initiative to monitor the health of Lake Geneva (Photo, 2024 EPFL/Jamani Caillet - CC-BY-SA 4.0)
500 volunteers needed to give Lake Geneva a check-up
May 21, 2024

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.

With the Global WASH Cluster Meeting and the Emergency Environmental Health Forum, two international conferences are held at Eawag (Photo: Eawag, Peter Penicka).
Eawag at the centre of international WASH efforts
May 17, 2024

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.

Amphibian pond near Bremgarten. (Photo: Thomas Reich, WSL)
Four ponds, 100 square metres, diverse and fluctuating: ...
May 16, 2024

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. 

Christian Stamm (Member of the Eawag Directorate), Benjamin Lüthi (Member of the Management Board of Hunziker Betatech AG HBT) and VSA Director Stefan Hasler receive the Blue Community certificate (from left, Photo: VSA).
Three important water stakeholders become a Blue ...
May 15, 2024

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.

Floodplains, like the Sense River near Plaffeien shown here, are some of the most diverse habitats in Switzerland. (Photo: Florian Altermatt, Eawag)
New book: Biodiversität zwischen Wasser und Land
May 7, 2024

This collaborative book from Eawag and WSL presents excursions through eight Swiss blue-green habitats. 

Not all Swiss streams are in a near-natural state like the Orbe in the Canton of Vaud (Photo: Adobe Stock).
Deficits in the ecological state of small Swiss streams
May 6, 2024

A survey of 99 small Swiss streams reveals that the majority of the studied streams have significant deficits in their ecological condition and can only fulfil their function as a habitat for animals to a limited extent. Insect larvae and other small animals that react sensitively to pesticides are missing in over 70% of the streams examined. Statistical analyses indicate that these aquatic organisms are particularly impacted when the structure and morphology of the stream bed has been altered or if the proportion of agricultural land in the catchment area is high.

Changing habitats increases risks for lake trout. (Photo: Michel Roggo)
The risky life of a lake trout
April 22, 2024

Lake trout migrate between different habitats many times over their lives. This helps them grow larger and have more offspring than sedentary trout. However, it also exposes them to dangers – both natural risks and from human intervention in their habitats. To be able to protect them better, researchers from Eawag are investigating the variety and ecological differences of lake trout as part of a nationwide research project in Switzerland.

Photo: Eawag, Peter Penicka
Innosuisse visits Eawag and Empa
April 16, 2024

Last Thursday, Eawag Director Martin Ackermann and Empa Director Tanja Zimmermann welcomed Innosuisse to the joint campus in Dübendorf. The Swiss Innovation Agency supports several projects, some of which our researchers presented.

The Himalayan Balsam is a widespread invasive species in Switzerland that can also affect neighbouring aquatic ecosystems. (Photo: Florian Altermatt, Eawag)
Impacts of invasive species transcend ecosystem ...
April 4, 2024

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.

Revision of the Plant Protection Products Ordinance: ...
April 3, 2024

Eawag and the Ecotox Centre welcome a total revision of the Plant Protection Products Ordinance (PPPO). However, the two institutes are calling for improvements on important points, such as the adoption of EU authorisations or the precautionary principle. The ordinance must ensure that other regulations such as the Water Protection or the Environmental Protection Act are not undermined.

on the left: Joaquín Jiménez-Martínez (Photo: Andres Valencia); right: João P. Leitão (Photo: zvg)
Joaquín Jiménez-Martínez and João P. Leitão become ...
March 25, 2024

As of April 1, 2024, Eawag will have two new adjunct professors among its researchers: Joaquín Jiménez-Martínez and João P. Leitão have been appointed by the ETH Board at the request of ETH Zurich, both in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.

Frozen wastewater samples for analysis for SARS-CoV-2 virus material. (Photo: Keystone, Gaetan Bally)
Eawag welcomes revision of the Epidemics Act
March 22, 2024

Eawag welcomes the planned revision of the Epidemics Act as part of the public consultation process. The amendments will improve cooperation between all stakeholders in order to protect the population even better against transmissible diseases and antibiotic resistance. The opinion of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology particularly emphasises the holistic approach, which includes human, animal and environmental health.

The two new Swiss postage stamps, which will be available in May, depict endangered species from Lake Thun and the River Doubs. (Image: Post CH Netz AG)
Endangered underwater world in postage stamp format
March 21, 2024

Two new Swiss postage stamps, created with the support of Eawag, focus attention on the endangered biodiversity in Swiss water bodies.

View from Varen Church of the Pfynwald floodplain with the Rhone (looking downstream), gravel banks and dry gravel terraces with a pine forest. (Photo: Jan Ryser/FOEN)
The impact of climate change on life in freshwater and ...
March 14, 2024

Communities in water and on land are responding similarly to climate change. One surprising exception may be the plankton.