On 29.11.2022 we presented the WasserCluster Lunz at the career day in the HLUW Yspertal. Since our research institute is to be chosen as a desired internship place, the personal acquaintance of interested students was very useful for the selection of future interns. Every year we have interns (compulsory and voluntary) from schools in the area who assist with laboratory and field work at the WCL on a monthly basis. Apply now for internships in 2023:
A lot happened again in 2022 in our institute. Read about the following topics in our current newsletter - unfortunately only in German.
Frieren für die Forschung
Neues Projekt DIRT
PhD Porträt und Pilot Projekt
Events, Ausschreibungen und Gratulationen
The Austrian Climate and Energy Fund is funding the project of the BIGER working group for 3 years at the WCL called DIRT. It aims at assessing the importance of mobilization of nutrients in water bodies compared to external inputs. Based on laboratory experiments, the remobilization potential of nutrients along river systems will be examined. The experiments can be used to determine which sediments have a particularly high mobilization potential during warmer periods.
Canadian scientist Len Wassenaar of the Liptox working group has started a new 2 year FWF project titled "non-EX-HYDRO: HydroEco" at WasserCluster Lunz as of November 22. This worldwide project involves scientific partners from Germany, Belgium, Canada, Italy and the USA to find out if the generated H-isotope data from new organic hydrogen isotope reference materials such as wood, keratin, hair, cotton, flour, honey, amino acids, collagen etc. are traceable and comparable between international laboratories. In doing so, hydrogen isotope biogeochemistry will be advanced to further the science of aquatic and terrestrial ecology, paleoecology, environmental crime, and food traceability.
Augustinus Liechtenstein successfully defended his Master thesis "Phosphorus adsorption capacities of stream sediments in Lower Austria with relation to land use and riparian vegetation" under the supervision of Gabriele Weigelhofer at BOKU on Nov 16, 2022. His work was conducted at WasserCluster Lunz and studied the effects of riparian forests on the phosphorus uptake potential of stream sediments. We congratulate warmly.
Anna-Lisa Dittrich was awarded the prize for the "Best Master Student of BOKU 2022" on Nov 15. Her Master thesis took place at WasserCluster Lunz and dealt with the use of bioreactors made of wood chips or activated carbon for the removal of dissolved phosphorus and nitrogen from agriculturally polluted waters. We congratulate her warmly.
Gabriele Weigelhofer, head of the working group BIGER, represented the WasserCluster Lunz at the annual general meeting of the Austrian Alpine Club, section Waidhofen/Ybbs, on 22. 10. 22 with a lecture on sustainable water protection. She informed about the many services streams provide (including biodiversity, water self-purification, recreation/tourism, flood protection). According to the motto: water protection is human protection. More information can be found here.
In 2022, we collected 27 kg of used PE and PP laboratory disposables at WasserCluster. The proceeds from the recycling will benefit children with special needs. We would also like to make special mention of the great care that was taken in collecting. There were virtually no misplaced items!
The picture shows the handover to Peter Machek from the association "Helping instead of throwing away”
You can find more details about the initiative here News - Helfen statt wegwerfen