Around 140 researchers from 35 countrys came to the Kartause Gaming and to WasserCluster Lunz to the 18th Meeting of the international lake observatory network GLEON, which took place for the first time in Austria. The researchers discussed the changing of lakes all over the world in times of climate change.

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In July started the cross-border coordination of ecological monitoring activities in the NATURA 2000 areas Neusiedler See and Hanság. In the course of this Interreg-EU-project WCL researcher Zsófia Horváth investigates soda pans.

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Martin Kvarda wrote his master thesis under the title "Effect of floodplain restoration measures controlling hydrological connectivity on water quality and nutrient retention" under the supervision of Thomas Hein. In July he successfully finished his studies.

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A new 3-year FWF project of Martin Kainz started in June under the title "Trophic pathways of omega-3 fatty acids in stream food". Results of this project will shed considerable light on the long-standing question of how consumers in headwater streams, but also in lowland streams, manage or fail to obtain essential nutrients and high quality forms of energy.

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With her project "Competition and top-down control as potential factors controlling microbial diversity in aquatic networks" Katharina Besemer got the first PostDoc Fellowship of WasserCluster Lunz. In June she started with her work in our research center, where she will do research for two years.

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In our new project Wasser:KRAFT scientists from WasserCluster and Bioenergy 2020+, EVN and Hydro-Connect work togehter with children end students from kindergarten to secondary school, to give them an understanding of how important the resource water is.

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We are very sad that our friend, colleague, and supporter, Professor Brian Moss, former president of the International Society for Limnology, passed away on May 27. We would like to send our deepest sympathy to his wife Joyce and their daughter Angharad. We remember Brian as a very thoughtful and passionate limnologist, writer, thinker, and above all a person of encouragement who, always together with his friends and colleagues, supported our research station. Thank you very much, Brian, for your support that we appreciate a lot!

The team of WasserCluster Lunz, Austria

From May 9th to 16th WasserCluster working group leader Martin Kainz was as guest lecturer at Tongji University, Shanghai. The objective of his intensive course was aquatic food webs and ecotoxicology, topics which were very appreciated by the chinese students.