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Eawag is one of the world’s leading aquatic research institutes. Its strength and success are based on 75 years of combining research, teaching and continuing education, as well as on consulting and knowledge transfer. The combination of natural sciences, engineering and social sciences allows comprehensive aquatic research, ranging from relatively untouched natural waterbodies, through to fully engineered wastewater management systems. Eawag focuses its research activities (which cover a wide range of subjects) on how to balance people’s need to use water with the necessity of maintaining the function and durability of the aquatic ecosystem.
The 24 professors, approximately 170 scientific personnel and 160 doctoral students find a unique research environment at Eawag. This enables them to seek answers to questions which bring new scientific findings and cover fundamental social requirements. The interdisciplinarity and the incorporation of interest groups from industry and society play an important role in this regard.
In 2012, Eawag is to actively continue its activities with regard to the 2010 amendment to the Swiss Water Protection Act. Once again in 2012, its research concentrates on methods of integrated water management, the effect of environmental changes on aquatic ecosystems and the development of new methods for wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery.