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Risks of COVID-19 in wastewater

Nature Sustainability has published a review article on possible risks that COVID-19 viruses could cause in wastewater. Prof Eberhard Morgenroth (Head of the Eawag Department of Process Engineering) is a co-author of the review. We asked him five questions. Read more

Foto: Andri Bryner

“Do microplastics belong in our environment? No!”

Adriano Joss and Ralf Kägi have compiled the current status of knowledge on microplastics. In an interview, Joss presents the most important findings. Detailed information can be found on the website Microplastics in the environment.

Pollutants in Soils and Sediments

Researchers from Agroscope, Eawag and ETH have developed a method for the detection of organic pollutant residues in soils and sediments. The results: in addition to known substances, there are also substances detected for the first time. Read more

Planning aid for filters with granulated activated carbon

In addition to ozonation, filters using granulated activated carbon (GAC) are increasingly being deployed to eliminate trace substances from municipal wastewater. Working in conjunction with authorities and representatives from the field, Eawag has developed a planning aid. Read more

Questions on blue-green algae and pesticides

Due to numerous enquiries, Eawag has published two new "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) online:
•   Cyanobacteria / blue-green algae
•   Pesticides in water

Amphipods: a miraculous increase in biodiversity
Until recently, researchers assumed that Switzerland had around 20 native species of amphipods. Now, a project by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and the University of Zurich has revealed that there are actually more than 40. It is always worth taking a closer look, because we can only protect the things that we know exist.
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Martin Ackermann new head of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force
Martin Ackermann, head of Eawag’s Environmental Microbiology Division and ETH Professor of Ecology of Microbial Systems, took over as head of the national scientific advisory body from 1 August 2020. Read more

Foto: Raoul Schaffner

Thanks to the SNFS grant out into the world
Four young researchers from the department SWW received an “Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowship” from the SNSF to broaden their scientific profile abroad: Mariane Schneider, Lena Mutzner, Omar Wani and Matthews Moy de Vitry. Read more

Foto: Aldo Todaro

Piet Spaak elected as research representative   VSG
The Verband zum Schutz des Greifensees (VSG) (Association for the Preservation of Lake Greifensee) elected its new Council of Delegates. For the first time, the committee also includes a research representative: Eawag’s Piet Spaak as an aquatic ecologist. Read more

Virtual, Switzerland

In our Agenda you will find further events of Eawag.

The Schweizerische Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches SVGW shows possible protection measures and adaptation strategies as well as zoological information about the mussel (in German only).

Complex Processes at Work in Tile Drain Losses of Plant Protection Products
Agroscope analysed the influencing factors and evaluated measures against PPP loss.

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