Eawag is one of the world's leading water research institutes. Its success is based on the combination of research, teaching and continuous education and advice that it
has provided for over 80 years. The combination of natural sciences, engineering and social sciences enables comprehensive research of water in relatively untouched rivers and lakes, right through to fully automated waste water management systems.

The research activities are focused on how to strike a balance between humanity’s use of water and the preservation of robust aquatic ecosystems. 30 professors, some 200 scientists and more than 140 doctoral students meet at Eawag in a unique research environment to investigate questions that lead to new scientific findings and solutions for the basic challenges facing society. Its interdisciplinary nature and knowledge transfer with authorities and interest groups from business and society play an important role in this. The 4,000-plus teaching hours at Swiss universities and the supervision of 175 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree theses every year are contributing towards the education of young specialists in the Swiss water sector.

Teaching at Eawag goes beyond the ETH Domain and is based on research conducted in-house. It covers special topic areas and considers various uses of water and their impact on ecosystems. In addition to academic teaching, Eawag is committed to the continuing education of practitioners and vocational training.