The latest news from Eawag

Cornelia Twining (left, photo: Eawag) and Barbora Trubenová (right, photo: IST Austria)
Institutional
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)
News
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.

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).
News
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.

Consultations
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)
Institutional
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)
Consultations
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.

Leading global decision makers from politics and practice came together to discuss urgent questions about the environment and air quality at the Climate and Clean Air Conference, which took place in Nairobi from 21 to 23 February 2024 within the framework of the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly. (Photo: CCAC)
Institutional
Eawag joins the UNEP’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition
February 29, 2024

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is including Eawag as a non-state partner of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

The President of the Dübendorf Municipal Council, Patrick Schärli, unveils the plaque with which the SCNAT Academies of Sciences honour Eawag as a Chemical Landmark, a place where the history of chemistry has been and continues to be written. Eawag Director Martin Ackermann on the right, SCNAT President Philippe Moreillon on the left. (Photo: Andres Jordi, SCNAT)
Institutional
Eawag has been singled out for the Chemical Landmark ...
February 27, 2024

The Swiss Academy of Sciences has honoured the water research institute in Dübendorf as a significant historic site for chemistry. Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, revolutionised chemistry under its director, Werner Stumm, through its launching of environmental chemistry. It has contributed significantly to a better understanding of complex processes in nature and to clean bodies of water in Switzerland.

Urs von Gunten has always combined research with practice. (© Alain Herzog / 2024 EPFL)
Interview
Urs von Gunten, the unsung hero of water treatment
February 16, 2024

For a scientist who’s won numerous international honors for his research, Urs von Gunten, a professor at EPFL and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), is disarmingly modest. Urs von Gunten will retire in one year: Time to look back at his career.