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Research on COVID-19 at Eawag

Can the detection of corona viruses in wastewater be used as an early warning system or as a reason to make recommendations to the authorities? What is the curve of the infections? How has the virus changed our behaviour? Since the outbreak of Covid-19, numerous Eawag researchers have been working on the consequences of the pandemic and how to combat it:
•   Frequently asked questions on the monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater
•   SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater: Measurements ARA Werdhölzli in Zurich
•   Why we follow or don’t follow the Coronavirus rules

Photo: Andri Bryner, Eawag

Is worm counting on the way out?

Photo: Elvira Mächler, Eawag

The analysis of DNA fragments is transforming biodiversity assessment. New guidelines define what has to be observed from sampling to data interpretation. Read more
Video: Measuring Biodiversity with Environmental DNA

Natural sewage treatment plants on the Zambezi River

Photo: ATEC-3D

Sprawling carpets of floating plants are the result of too many nutrients. However, they could become part of solution strategies. Read more

Two lakes, seven whitefish species

Drawing: Verena Kälin

A group of scientists from Eawag and Bern University have described seven whitefish species endemic to the Bernese Oberland lakes – including four not previously described scientifically, two of which have only been identified as distinct species in the last few years.
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New findings from lake research

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Lake Biel: The wind direction determines where the sediment from the Aare is deposited in the lake - an important finding for identifying risk areas for underwater landslides.
Lake Kivu: The risk of a gas eruption does not increase any further because the methane concentration is relatively stable.

MS2field: Complex analysis technology automated and packed on wheels
The mobile MS2field mass spectrometer allows measurements to be taken of harmful substances in surface waters with high temporal resolution. The initial measurements using the device are revealing the extent to which peak concentrations of pesticides have been underestimated by traditional methods. You can see more in our video MS2field and read in our webnews Short-term peak concentrations are severely underestimated.

Photo: Giulia Marthaler, ETH Zürich

Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize goes to  Moy de Vitry
Matthew Moy de Vitry has been awarded the ETH Zurich Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for his doctoral thesis “Public surveillance and the future of urban pluvial flood modelling”. Read more

Photo: Peter Penicka, Eawag

Fischer is titular professor at the University of Bern
The University of Bern has appoints the political scientist Manuel Fischer from the Department of Environmental Social Sciences as titular professor. Read more

Photo: Linda Strande, Eawag

World Toilet Day 2020
At Eawag, the aquatic research institute, numerous scientists are conducting research into toilets. In short videos, seven of them explain what fascinates them about the topic and what exactly their research is all about. To the videos

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Four Eawag researchers among the most-cited scientists
Researchers Juliane Hollender, Ole Seehausen, Bernhard Truffer and Urs von Gunten from the aquatic research institute Eawag are among the "highly cited researchers 2020". Read more

In our Agenda you will find further events of Eawag.
The PEAK programme 2021 offering a wide range of practice-oriented courses is online now!

Fact sheet of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (in German)

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Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development Sandec.

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