In August-September 2023, an international team of researchers together with the AquaSale lab studies the effect of low and moderate salt additions to freshwater pelagic communities in a mesocosm experiment. This is the last experiment funded by the EU project AQUACOSM-plus. As in previous years, thanks to Lunz Fireworkers for logistic support.
The Mollusc Research Association Austria (MoFA), which has been in existence since 2016, held its 3rd meeting at WasserCluster Lunz from 18-19 August. After the exciting scientific exchange on Friday, a malacological excursion around the area of Lake Lunz completed the programme on the following day.
At the Symposium for European Freshwater Siences (SEFS13) held in Newcastle in June, Samuel Kämmer's poster was honoured as the second-place presentation. The topic: Assessing the depth of zooplankton foraging using a Bayesian fatty acid-specific stable isotope mixture model.
Katrin Attermeyer and Benjamin Misteli represented WCL at the 2nd general assembly meeting of the RESTORE4Cs project. The meeting was held in Klaipėda, Lithuania, on 4-6 July 2023 and hosted by Klaipėda University – Marine Research Institute. During the 3-day meeting, representatives from all project partners have reunited in person, to discuss the different Work Packages progress, exchange ideas, and consider future project activities.
The current newsletter of our institute with the focus on long-term ecological research on the Lunz water bodies and their catchment area presents the FuturAqua project as a forward-looking initiative for qualitative data collection and analysis.
On June 6th 2023, WasserCluster Lunz has signed a practical arrangement with the International Atomic Energy Agency on cooperations in the area of isotpoe research and methods development in freshwater environments. Thanks to Len Wassenaar and Martin Kainz, we are looking forward to an exciting collaboration.
From May 10-12, members of the DCNAustria association held a training event at the Biological Station Lunz at the invitation of the consulting company IRIS as part of the EU disaster exercise FORMATEX23. In the talk with WCL-GF Gabriele Weigelhofer, among other things, the long-term effects on ecosystems after flood disasters due to input and accumulation of pollutants - such as from pesticides, medical products, fertilizers or microplastics - were discussed. Photo: ©IRIS
On May 2, we welcomed a team of the GFF NÖ at the WasserCluster Lunz. The group around managing director Barbara Schwarz got an impression of the research work at the institute from the working group leaders and could get a picture of the infrastructure and current projects.
Photo: © GFF NÖ