In a fortnight, on 20 May 22, the time has come. You can experience the research of WasserCluster Lunz at three locations in Lower Austria at hands-on stations and workshops during the Lange Nacht der Forschung. Follow the links to get exciting impressions of what will await you!

Hands-on station: What lives in the water? -   BAW, Petzenkirchen

Hands-on station Who exhales methane? -  ISTA Austria, Klosterneuburg

Workshop: Do fats from carp ponds increase biodiversity on land? - Universität für Weiterbildung Krems

As we currently focus  on the SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being for our sustainable focal points at the WasserCluster Lunz, three of our most athletic employees got involved in the Lower Austrian company run on April 23, 2022 in Waidhofen/Ybbs. Romana Gschwandegger, Libor Zavorka and Sonja Brunner are happy about the 2nd place for two city rounds of 3 km. In the Lower Austrian Company Challenge - where we are now ranked 22nd in our company size - more of our employees are also taking part in running, walking, cycling, inline skating and cross-country skiing until May 31, 2022 to stay fit and healthy.

In cooperation with the nature park Hochmoor Schrems, our research center developed a special exhibition about the importance of Waldviertel’s ponds and bogs as ecosystems for the preservation of biodiversity. Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can explore questions around the topic 'Why ponds are hotspots of biodiversity' at the Nature Park Center UnterWasserReich in Schrems in an interactive way.

Dr. Katrin Attermeyer, head of the CARBOCROBE working group at WasserCluster Lunz, will give a lecture at the Planetarium Wien on April 25, 2022 from 19:00 to 20:30 on the topic: Bacteria - the invisible actors of our waters. For 6 € (free with science card) and a reservation at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., her findings at the interface of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in streams, rivers and lakes can be followed online or in person on site. Micro but mighty.

We are committed to equality, tolerance and anti-discrimination in our research institute. Find more information regarding our framework for appreciative interaction in our Gender Equality Plan of WasserCluster Lunz - Biologische Station GmbH.

The Registration for the “Hybrid"IsoEcol 2022 meeting on June 6-10, 2022 in Gaming Austria is possible three more days – until March 30 -

Participation options:

  • Mo-Fr (maximum 100 attendees) – in person attendance in Gaming, Austria – oral poster sessions – Fee 470 €
  • Thu-Fr– virtual attendance – presentations via Zoom, Fee 100 €

At the WasserCluster Lunz we are hiring

a PhD student, Starting date: 01.10.2022

For information on job responsibilities and hiring requirements, please visit:

Application deadline: 15.6.2022

4FatQs: The importance of dietary omega-3 fatty acids for development of cognitive skills in wild fishes

The aim of the project is to use the framework of Tinbergen’s four essential questions to understand the mechanism through which dietary intake and internal synthesis n-3 LC-PUFA affects biochemical and cellular quality of brain and cognitive traits of brown trout. The necessary laboratory and experimental work will be accompanied by sampling of wild populations of brown trout and the assessment of their behaviour and fitness in their natural river environment (e.g., by using radio telemetry). Primary investigator of the project is Dr. Libor Závorka from WasserCluster Lunz and Dr. Martin Kainz (WasserCluster Lunz). Dr. Pavel Němec (Charles Univesity in Prague), and Prof. Shaun Killen (University of Glasgow) are project collaborators.


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