Eawag is one of the world’s leading water research institutes. Its strength and success are based on the combination of research, teaching and higher education that it has provided for 80 years, along with consultancy and the transfer of knowledge. The combination of natural sciences, engineering and social sciences enables a comprehensive research into water in relatively untouched natural bodies of water, right through to fully automated waste water management systems.

Here the research activity focuses on how to secure a balance between humanity’s use of water and the preservation and strengthening of the aquatic ecosystem. 26 professors, some 200 scientists and more than 140 doctoral students meet at Eawag in a unique research environment to investigate questions that lead to new scientific findings and that serve the basic requirements of society.

Its interdisciplinary nature and the way it includes stakeholders from business and society play an important role in this. The 4,400-plus teaching hours at Swiss universities and the supervision of 140 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree theses (every year) are making an important contribution to the education of young professionals in the Swiss water sector.

In order to transfer and apply findings from fundamental research to natural bodies of water, Eawag has built an installation with 36 test pools on its grounds in Dübendorf, unique in Europe. The installation started operating in 2016. It allows researchers to investigate questions about the way ecosystems work and how biodiversity is changing, under controlled environmental conditions.