More than 300 researchers from more than 30 countries met in Vienna to discuss their latest research on microbial biofilms. The „Biofilms 6“ Conference was hosted by Tom J. Battin, limnologist at the university of Vienna and group leader at WCL, and also served to launch the new journal "npj Biofilms and Microbiomes" of the „Nature“ Publishing Group. The organizer acknowledges support from Land NÖ and MA 31.
With support of the Austrian Army the boat hut of WasserCluster Lunz was renovated. The old, brittle piles were removed an new ones were placed – up to seven meters deep. For this reason the whole hut was lifted and brought ashore. Together with the team of the WasserCluster Lunz the sappers of Melk were on duty.
In summer 2013 Sarah Baumgartner did her internship at the WasserCluster Lunz. Now she was awarded by FFG (Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft) and the BMVIT (Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie) for her excellent report about the internship at WasserCluster Lunz. The ceremony took place in the Urania, Vienna.
WasserCluster Lunz presented research at the Long Night of Research on April 4th at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg and at the Danube University Krems. The visitors could see expereriments, how scientists simulate processes of nature in laboratorys. Kids tried to catch small plankton organisms and analysed water chemistry.
There is a new face in the office of WasserCluster Lunz. Eva Lugbauer is our new secretary. She studied German Literature at the University of Viennna, worked at the local newspaper NÖN , at the broadcasting company ORF and since march she is a member of our Team. You can reach her at
From 12th to 14th February the SIL Austria meeting 2014 took place at WasscerCluster Lunz. The aim of this meeting was to connect limnological research conducted in Austria with research pursued in neighboring countries, in particular with research centers/stations located in the Alps and close to aquatic ecosystems of scientific interest. Particularly young limnologists from Austria, Germany (Munich and Constance), Switzerland (EAWAG Dübendorf), France (Thonon-les-Bains), and Italy (Pallanza) participated at this meeting, presented their research, and most importantly decided to forge a common scientific future for limnology in the Alps. This and future meetings will strengthen our scientific research and aim for common future research strategies.
In the new 3 year FWF / NSC project "ECATA" – a joint project between Austria and Taiwan - soil scientists and aquatic ecologist from BOKU Vienna and WasserCluster Lunz cooperate with scientists from Taiwan to analyse the effects of extreme events on carbon cycling along the terrestrial – aquatic continuum in Taiwanese river systems.
The Austrian Broadcasting Company ORF was reported on some of findings of the project "FISK" (effects of sustainable fish feeds on somatic growth and polyunsaturated fatty acids in Arctic charr) that aims to reduce marine fish oil in modern, sustainable fish feeding.