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January 10, 2019

On 10 January 2019, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) will award the renowned Swiss "Watt d'Or" energy prize for the twelfth time. Among the five winners is the NEST research and innovation building by Empa and Eawag. In its decision, the jury put a particular emphasis on the "Solar Fitness & Wellness" unit. Read more

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December 19, 2018

Making environment-related decisions can be a complex business. A wide range of stakeholders need to be co-opted, different options need to be assessed and the impacts and consequences estimated. In order to also include the opinions of the wider public, Eawag has developed a new app that features elements of gaming. Read more

Jeder Rappen zählt
December 14, 2018

Eawag is taking part in the SRF and Swiss Solidarity’s (Glückskette) fundraising campaign “Jeder Rappen zählt”. The Water Wall – a self-sufficient handwashing unit and part of Eawag’s Blue Diversion Autarky project, will be stationed in the grounds of the University of Lucerne (HSLU) between 16 and 21 December. Read more

December 13, 2018

Michael Berg, Stephan Hug, Annette Johnson (in memoriam), Andreas Voegelin and Lenny Winkel from the Department of Water Resources and Drinking Water (W +T) at Eawag have been selected for the “Sandmeyer Award” from the Swiss Chemical Society (SCG) for their many years of work researching contamination of drinking water resources with geogenic elements. Read more

While wastewater treatment essentially represents a barrier to the spread of antibiotic resistance genes, these genes are enriched in relative terms at WWTPs. (Photo: Werdhölzli WWTP)
December 12, 2018

Antibiotic resistance genes are not completely eliminated by wastewater treatment. While some resistance genes are present in the influent, many others are found in activated sludge bacteria. A recent Eawag study shows that, rather than merely passing through, resistance genes are active and evolve within treatment plants. Read more

The amphipod crustacean Gammarus pulex chewing up fallen leaves in autumn. Nicole Munz’s samples contained mostly Gammarus fossarum as well as Gammarus pulex. (Photo: Eawag)
December 3, 2018

Amphipods in Swiss waters are exposed to insecticides, pharmaceutical residues and other trace substances, and accumulate these in their bodies. However, when water-treatment plants are upgraded, practically no trace substances are found in these organisms according to a new study carried out by Eawag researchers. Read more

Reconstruction of the city of Aventicum on Lake Murten, former capital of Roman Switzerland. The picture is taken from the book “Aventicum — A Roman Capital City” by Daniel Castella et al (2015).
November 26, 2018

When a population grows quickly and farms intensively, the environment often suffers. This is not only true today, but was also the case as early as Roman times. Evidence of this has been found by Eawag researchers in sediments in Lake Murten. Read more

Wenfeng Liu received the Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize 2018 at the official ceremony on 17 November 2018.
November 21, 2018

Once again, an Eawag doctoral candidate is awarded the Otto-Jaag Water Protection Prize: Wenfeng Liu was honoured for his dissertation "Modelling Global Water-Food-Environment-Trade Nexus in the Context of Agricultural Intensification". The Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize honours outstanding dissertations and master's theses at ETH Zurich in the field of water protection and hydrology. Read more

Philipp Dermond carries out a muscle and scale test and implants a chip in the stomach cavity of an anaesthetised sea trout. The researchers will then be able to track whether the fish from the stream migrate to the sea or whether they ... (Photo: FIBER)
November 20, 2018

There’s a new face at the fishing advisory office (FIBER) in Kastanienbaum: Philip Dermond is taking over from Sébastien Nusslé and is thus the new co-director with Corinne Schmid. Philip Dermond transferred in October from the Fish Ecology and Evolution department at Eawag to FIBER. Read more

When a herd of wildebeest cross a river, not all the animals will make it to the other side. (Photo: iStock.com / Jannie_nikola)
November 16, 2018

Scientists at Eawag and Zurich University have synthesised for the first time the amounts of carbon transported between many different ecosystems. According to this global synthesis, spatial flows of carbon can be very large – and their significance has previously been underestimated. Read more