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The genome of 100,000 African species will be decoded

Africa is home to a large part of the world's biodiversity. Many species are native only to this continent. So far, the genome of only a tiny proportion of them has been decoded, but this is an important prerequisite for their protection. The large-scale African BioGenome Project, in which Eawag researchers are also involved, now aims to change this. To the interview with Pooja Singh from Botswana, who is working on the project and is a postdoc in the Fish Ecology and Evolution department.

Foto: Andri Bryner

Climate change: Carefully weigh up the consequences for water bodies

Foto: Joulia SA

It is no secret that climate change has a serious impact on the quality and ecology of aquatic environments. Researchers at Eawag have revealed that human responses to climate change are just as impactful on our water systems. Read more

Water treatment plants would be ready for the removal of nanoplastics

Foto: Nico Mölg, Eawag

The biologically active, slow-flow sand filters of lake water treatment would remove nanoplastics from the raw water very efficiently. This was shown both in the laboratory and in larger, realistic tests and modelling. Read more

Less animal testing thanks to machine learning

Foto: Natacha Tofield-Pasche, EPFL

Eawag researchers are using computer algorithms to predict the toxicity of chemicals to fish. Machine learning can help set priorities for experiments and, in the longer term, enable a tremendous reduction of animal testing. Read more

App helps with difficult decisions

Foto: Colette vom Berg, Eawag

What is the best way to replace an old wastewater treatment plant? Which early warning system is most successful in protecting against flooding? Thanks to a method developed by Eawag, experts can analyse complex decision-making problems in a simple way. Read more

Eawag’s experimental pond facility
A facility with experimental ponds for field trials is located on the Eawag site in Dübendorf. The current experiment is investigating how the water lily aphid - a herbivore that lives both on land and on water - influences the development of the biocoenosis in water bodies. Click here for the video or the news article.

Foto: Christian Dinkel

Martin Ackermann becomes new Eawag Director
The 51-year-old succeeds Janet Hering, who is reaching retirement age. Martin Ackermann is group leader at Eawag and Professor of the Ecology of Microbial Systems at the ETH Zurich. He will take up his new post on 01 January 2023. Read more

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Peter Reichert retires
Professor Peter Reichert’s 37 years of research were characterised by his mathematical view of water and bodies of water, combined with his interest in environmental practice. He bridged the gap between theory and practice, enabling approaches to solutions that are used for surface water management in some places today. Read more

Foto: Christian Dinkel

Karin Ingold is the new president of ProClim
The Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT appoints Karin Ingold as President of ProClim. Karin Ingold, group leader at Eawag, professor at the University of Bern and vice president of the Oeschger Center, has been involved in the dialogue on climate policy for many years.Read more

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Two new professors at Eawag
Oliver Schilling, head of Eawag's Tracer Hydrogeology group, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Basel, and Nathalie Dubois, head of Eawag's Sedimentology group, has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Palaeolimnology at ETH Zurich.

Foto: Christoph Vorburger, Eawag

Step by step to net zero
Dominik Scheibler has been Eawag’s Environmental representative since 2021. He tells us where Eawag stands in the field of the environment and energy, what the coronavirus could change and what the next milestones are, for example in the context of renewable heat supply. Read more

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New head for fisheries advisory service
As of 1 May 2022, Andrin Krähenbühl will head the FIBER fisheries advisory service at Eawag in Kastanienbaum. The biologist and angler brings with him experience from research and association work. And he is convinced that it serves everyone if the institutions work well together: fisheries, research and biodiversity. Read more

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Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecture
Eawag Dübendorf & Online

15 September 2022
Swiss Tech Convention Center Lausanne

In our Agenda you will find further events of Eawag.

Oekotoxzentrum News
The booklet gives information on latest projects, findings and events  and also background knowledge in ecotoxicology (in German and French).

Report from the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN (in German and French).

Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies for der Wider Caribbean Region
A Guide for Implementing the RSAP in the Sanitation Sector

Scientific publications from Eawag can be found on DORA Eawag.

Cover picture: Daniel Odermatt, head of Eawag's Remote Sensing Group,  has been working with researchers from Eawag, the Federal Office for the  Environment and the University of Zurich to survey all the glacial  lakes that have formed in the Swiss Alps over the last 170 years and to  record various indicators. Photo: Tobias Ryser. Read more

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