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Interview on World Water Day on 22 March 2020

The theme to this year’s UNESCO World Water Day is “Water and  Climate Change”. Environmental scientist Martin Schmid, who is Head of  the Eawag Group Applied System Analysis in the Surface Waters  Department, talks about how climate change is impacting on waterbodies  in Switzerland. 

Foto: Andri Bryner

On the hunt for the
super wasp

Host and parasites are often engaged in an evolutionary arms race. Researchers at Eawag have intervened in this warring relationship and demonstrated how it can be used to improve biological pest control.

"The Legionella problem is multidimensional"

In the project LeCo "Legionella control in buildings", a number of research groups have joined to tackle the legionella issue in a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary research project.

Climate change affects stormwater systems

Precipitation varies substantially in terms of location and time. With climate change increasing this variability, urban stormwater systems are also affected – not least in Switzerland. How exactly their performance may change has been investigated by  Lauren Cook.

Legacy effects of persistent organic pollutants

Although use of the fungicide hexachlorobenzene has been banned since 2004, this compound is chemically stable – and accumulates in the polar regions. Cell line studies have now shown that it can cause damage to DNA in humpback whale cells.

Contaminated wastewater often flows into rivers and streams after heavy rains. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria thus also enter the waters. Eawag is researching exactly which ones and in what amounts as part of a national research programme. Click here for the video

Foto: Peter Penicka

Blue-Green Biodiversity: a new research initiative of Eawag and WSL
The ETH Board is strengthening the interdisciplinary biodiversity research of WSL and Eawag in order to find answers to the urgent social challenges of species loss as quickly as possible.

Video CWIS

Legionella control efforts intensified in Switzerland – new “LeCo” project launched
Inhalation of legionella bacteria – which thrive in warm water – can cause illness: in a new project, an Eawag-led multidisciplinary research team is investigating how the risks associated with these bacteria can best be managed.

Foto: Raoul Schaffner

«It takes courage to be successful in science»
Geochemist Denise Mitrano received this year’s SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship. This fellowship enables her to establish her own research group at the ETH Zurich as an assistant professor.

Foto: Aldo Todaro

Our employees from around the world
We are proud of the international composition of our employees. Dübendorf and Kastanienbaum are home to researchers, technicians, administrators and apprentices from over 40 different nations.

Due to the coronavirus, no Eawag events will take place until the end of April. 
A decision on the events in May will be made at a later date.

Chlorothalonil metabolites: A challenge for the water supply
The fact sheet describes the current state of knowledge on the occurrence of chlorothalonil metabolites in groundwater and surface water and the drinking water obtained from them, and on the possibility of removing them in treatment processes. (in German and French only)

Annual Report 2019
Our Annual Report will be published in mid-April with articles on the mobile mass spectrometer MS2Field, the underwater microscope Aquascope and the drinking water compendium for the establishment of sustainable drinking water supplies. Here you can pre-order it today: subscription.

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