Fabian Hruska (GRG 10, Vienna) has received the "Dr. Hans Riegel Award" for his scholarly paper (Fachbereichsarbeit) about "Methane production of floodplain sediments in the Lobau".

Fabian Hruska is a 13th grade student of the "Laaer Berg Gymnasium GRG 10". For his scholarly paper, he investigated the methane and carbon dioxide emissions of different floodplain sediments in the Lobau near Vienna. The study was conducted at the WasserCluster Lunz within the course of the Sparkling Science project WESPe (financed by the Ministry of Environment). His supervisor at school was Mag.a Veronika Walenta-Draxler.

The ceremony takes splace at the University of Vienna on 21th September 2012.

We congratulate.

In the frame of the EU FP7 project WETWIN and based on the results of the BMwf ProVision project Optima Lobau experts from IHE Delft and WasserCluster Lunz published a paper on ecosystem tradeoffs in the urban floodplain Lobau


New article published in Oecologia about temperature and species richness effects in phytoplankton communities:

In this study, we investigated the combined effects of temperature and diversity on phytoplankton growth. In a controlled laboratory experiment, monocultures of different freshwater phytoplankton taxa (green algae, cyanobacteria, and diatoms) as well as mixed communities of different species richness (2–12 species) and taxa composition were exposed to different temperatures (12, 18, and 24 °C).

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The national newspaper KRONEN ZEITUNG reported about scientific projects at WasserCluster Lunz and about how basic research can be applied from Finland to Australia.

(See full article in german language...."Kronen Zeitung")

We welcome Dr. Robert Ptacnik at WasserCluster Lunz as the new group leader of the 4th working group "AQUASCALE".

I am aquatic ecologist, interested in general ecological processes... read more

Iris Schönbrunner published a paper about the effects of changing hydrology on phosphor dynamics in the Journal Science of the Total Environment.



As water is becoming one of the key resources in future, an improved understanding of aquatic ecosystem is an important aspect for the future development. In an article in the Austrian weekly magazine “Format” we presented our core topics in aquatic ecosystem research and highlighted examples how our research results are contributing to global and regional issues of concern and how they will provide also new insights in future.


Supported by the provincial government of Lower Austria, we report about research on water quality and fish from aquaculture as well as rivers of pre-Alpine Austria. Our research clearly shows that cold pre-alpine water, rich in oxygen and low in nutrients provides an excellent basis for local aquaculture. Current research investigates how to maintain high quality of water and fish by partly replacing marine-based feeds with locally grown substitutes.