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“I find the sound of water to be very calming”

The motto of today’s World Water Day is “Valuing water – What means water to you?”. With this motto, the United Nations wants to raise awareness of the vital importance of water and call on people to think about the value of water. In an interview, Eawag Director Janet Hering explains the importance of water for the aquatic research institute Eawag and also her personally. To the interview

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Rare earth elements in wastewater

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Rare earth metals such as cerium and gadolinium are increasingly entering wastewater from industry, but also from hospitals. This is shown by Eawag’s investigations at 63 wastewater treatment plants in Switzerland. Read more

Climate change and Swiss lakes

Foto: Martin Koebke, istock

Climate change risks significantly altering water temperature, ice cover and mixing of many Swiss lakes. Mid altitude lakes are running the risk of  no longer fully mixing twice per year. Read more

New form of symbiosis discovered

Foto: MPI für Marine Mikrobiologie, S. Ahmerkamp

Researchers have discovered a unique bacterium that lives inside a unicellular eukaryote and provides it with energy. Unlike mitochondria, this so-called endosymbiont derives energy from the respiration of nitrate, not oxygen.
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Copepods can find mates even in turbulent conditions

Foto: Markus Holzner

Copepods can differentiate between disturbances in water generated by nearby organisms and turbulence caused by wind or waves – an ability which helps them to find mates. Read more

Early warning systems with potential
Online biomonitoring systems offer the possibility of real-time monitoring of wastewater with organisms and enable wastewater treatment plant operators to react immediately to acute pollution in wastewater. So far, however, very little information is available on the suitability of online biomonitoring systems for such monitoring. An applied project by Eawag, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and the Oekotoxzentrum is now set to change this. Watch the video 

Foto: Esther Michel

Pre-order the Annual Report 2020  
In the annual report, we look back on the year 2020 and report on what has moved Eawag. You can already reserve your copy now. It will be sent out at the beginning of May. To the subscription

Foto: Andri Bryner

Coronavirus wastewater monitoring expanded  
Monitoring of wastewater samples has the potential to provide a further indicator – alongside the number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths – to track the course of the pandemic. With support from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), an existing research project is now being expanded from two to six wastewater treatment plants. Read more

Foto: Tim Reckmann, CC-BY 2.0

Pharmaceutical drugs in the environment: greater prospects of early warning
The large-scale EU project PREMIER in which Eawag is also participating is now trying to help ensure that possible environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals are recognised by the pharmaceutical industry and the relevant approval bodies in the early stages of a drug’s development. Read more

Foto: Jonas Steiner

Women in Science – Women at Eawag
11 February was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Eawag has long attached great importance to the engagement of women and the promotion of female careers. Read more

In our Agenda you will find further events of Eawag.

A new Eawag fact sheet highlights the opportunities and challenges associated with greywater.

Hydro-CH2018-Synthesis Report
Report "Effects of climate change on Swiss waters" of the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

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