On September 11th, 2020 the opening Event of the Finde Lunzi treasure hunt path was celebrated at the WasserCluster Lunz. The project team Astrid Harjung, Laura Coulson, Romana Hödl and Katrin Attermeyer presented the concept of the BioGeocaching Path to interested parties and participants and offered insights into idea generation and implementation. Strengthened after snacks and beverages the visitors could exlore for the first time the treasure hunt path around lake lunz.
Further information can be found in the press reports.
In August 2020 Tania Sosa finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "The effects of different DOM sources on stream microbial activity" under Supervision from Thomas Hein and Co-Supervision from Gabriele Weigelhofer (AG BIGER).
In May 2020 Paul Plank finished successfully his MSc-thesis with the title "Makrophytenvegetation, ihre Standortfaktoren und Monitoring im Lunzer See" under Supervision from Georg Bernhardt (BOKU) and Co-Supervision from Robert Ptacnik (AG AQUASCALE).
Researchers from the WasserCluster Lunz and the University of Vienna have investigated which organic substances are introduced to the Traisen River in Austria by the approximate 100.000 visitors of the FM4-Frequency Festival every year and how these substances influence river metabolism. The study now published in the scientific journal "Environmental Science & Technology", shows for the first time the possible consequences of intense recreational use of running waters on the river carbon cycle.
Until Tuesday 11.08.2020 there is still the possibility to listen to the report "Forschung am Lunzersee" in the series "Sommertour" on the Radio NÖ website.
Learn more about the work at the WasserCluster Lunz, how the temperature of the Lunzer See is developing and which further effects this has on the ecosystem.
Here you find the report: https://radiothek.orf.at/noe/20200803/NNA/1596460639000
In July 2020 Michael Kolmar finished successfully his MSc-thesis with the title "Effects of an anaerobic filter module on water quality in koi ponds and recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS)" under Supervision from Thomas Hein and Gabriele Weigelhofer (AG BIGER).
On Friday 31st July 2020 the Memorial of the artist Florian Pumhösl was opened. The five meter wide and three meter high work of art was created against the background of the history of the building of today's WasserCluster Lunz and features a part of the ballot for the election of the Greater German Reichstag and for the Refer-endum on the Reunification of Austria with the German Reich on the 10th of April 1938. It points to the danger of undermining democratic principles in a society. "The memorial is intended to raise our awareness of the importance of fundamental democratic values and the responsibility we carry as a society to guarantee open-mindedness and solidarity", says Thomas Hein (Managing Director of WasserCluster Lunz).
In June 2020 we are happy to announce that two MSc-students of WasserCluster Lunz (AG BIGER) successfully finished their theses:
Gaibinger Anna with her MSc-Thesis “The influence of different terrestrial DOM sources on benthic respiration in stream sediments", BOKU Vienna, under supervision from Gabriele Weigelhofer and Thomas Hein.
Stefan Lötsch with his MSc-Thesis "Effects of macrophytes on nutrient cycling and metabolism in lowland rivers of Lower Austria", BOKU Vienna, under supervision from Stefan Preiner and Thomas Hein.