The new book „Wunderwelt Ötscher“ tells storys about the region around the so called „father mountain“. In the book you can also find an article about WasserCluster Lunz and the history of science at Lake Lunz. The book was presented recently at the ORF-studio of Lower Austria in St. Pölten.

Soda pans are one of the most important investigation areas of Zsófia Horváth und Csaba Vad. Under the title „Ecology and management of soda pans in the Carpathian Basin“ a book was published, with a contribution of the two researchers from the WCL team.

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The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) awarded the excellent report of Katharina Brenn from Waidhofen, who is a student of the HLUW Yspertal and did her internship in summer 2014 at WCL. Her report is among the 20 best all over Austria. Minister Alois Stöger is going to hand over the award at a ceremony in April.

Hydrological extremes are predicted to increase as climate change progresses and we may expect more frequent droughts and floods. The EXCARB project is a cooperation between three universities and based at the WCL. Starting in February, it investigates the implications of hydrological extremes on the carbon cycle of inland waters.

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The austrian association for longterm research LTER-Austria presented a new white paper for longterm ecosystem research in Austria.

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In cooperation with the University of Oldenburg Sandra Rovo, MSc student of the working group Bioframes, investigated biogeochemical cycles at the northern beach side of Spiekeroog Island in the Wadden Sea of Germany. She successfully finished her master studies in January.

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For the new WCL PostDoc Fellowship Program, that is going to start at WCL in 2015, we invite young scientists to apply. The PostDoc Fellowship Program supports high scientific quality and productivity with strong cooperation of the incoming PostDoc candidate with the working groups at WCL. Successful candidates need to link their research to core topics of at least two research areas established at WCL. Application deatline is February 9th 2015.

The Association of different regions of the province of Lower Austria (Regionalverband NÖ) awarded 2014 for the sixth time the „Sternengreifer“ award, an award that is annually given to people, who generated exceptional achievements for the region Mostviertel. This year group leader Martin Kainz was one of the awardees.

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