An international Workshop with Topic "Historical Ecology of Rivereine Fish in Europe" is taking place at WasserCluster Lunz from September 23rd to 26th.

A dedicated Group of international experts will meet to discuss recent issues in historical ecology of riverine fish and prepare a series of articles for a scientific Journal.

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Andrea Funk successfully defended her PhD Thesis "Community structure, diversity and indication potential of aquatic molluscs in floodplains" at Vienna University.


We are glad that this summer we had a lot of young people again at WasserCluster Lunz who did their practical in research. These young people produced a Video which shows their work at WasserCluster Lunz. ...


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Reduction of indigenous Arctic Charr populations in Lake Lunz - Research funded by the provincial government of Lower Austria allows the team of Dr. Martin Kainz to investigate effects of introduced pike on the food web structure of Lake Lunz.

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Iris Baart defended successfully her PhD thesis with the title „Historical and potential development of macrophytes in the Lobau due to hydrological and morphological conditions” at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna on March 15th. Major parts of her PhD thesis have been published in 2 articles (Baart et al. 2010 and Baart et al. 2012).

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The 3rd international meeting "Fresh Blood for Freshwater 2013" took place at the WasserCluster Lunz from 27th February to 1st March. More than 95 young limnologists from 11 European countries attended the conference to share ideas, establish contacts, and present ongoing or finalized research. Key-lectures informed about perspectives in fundamental and applied limnology and European research programs and funding possibilities. In addition, workshops were offered which encompassed public outreach activities, life balance with a work in science, successful proposal writing, and modern data presentation and illustration. The meeting was organized by WasserCluster Lunz and SIL Austria.

LIMNOTIP – Can climate change cause lakes to tip? Together with researchers from Sweden, Norway, and Germany, the research group of Martin Kainz at WasserCluster Lunz examines how changes of temperature and organic matter input to lakes affect biodiversity and biochemical composition of the planktonic lake food webs.

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Iris Schönbrunner was awarded the “Wissenschaftlicher Förderpreis 2012 der Umweltschutzabteilung der Stadt Wien“ for her diploma thesis conducted at the WasserCluster Lunz. In her thesis she investigated the phosphorus-release behaviour of sediments of isolated water bodies in the floodplain Lower Lobau with respect to different cycles of drying and re-wetting simulated in a laboratory experiment.