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European Sturgeon Conference

In the frame of the Austrian EU Presidency, the European Sturgeon Conference, hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) took place in Vienna on the 9th and 10th of July. Its aim is to contribute to the protection of the sturgeon species in the Danube River basin as well as on a pan-European level. Three experts of the Institute for Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management of BOKU (Thomas FriedrichThomas Hein & Stefan Schmutz) shared their expertise on restoration of riverine habitat and sturgeon stocks in their keynotes. A visit to the hatchery station operated by BOKU took also place on the evening of the first day.

Cooperation agreement between Egerton University (Kenya), IHE-Delft (the Netherlands) and BOKU

On 27th of June, the Vice Rectors of the three partners Egerton University, IHE-Delft and BOKU ceremoniously signed the cooperation agreement which forms the foundation of the international Joint Degree Masterprogramme Limnology and Wetlandmanagement.


LWM - Limnology and Wetland Management has been the 1st Joint Degree MSc programme established at BOKU in October 2012 – and the 1st Joint Degree programme at the partner universities IHE Delft, Netherlands and Egerton University, Kenya as well. Still it is the one and only joint degree programme with an African university at BOKU!

LWM is a truly international programme attended by students from Africa, Asia, America and Europe – however, Austrian students are very much attracted as well! Up to now we have had six Austrian students attending the whole LWM programme in Austria, Kenya and The Netherlands, plus 21 BOKU students attending LWM modules in Kenya. Hence, LWM contributes to the implementation of the BOKU internationalisation strategy – via the international joint degree set-up, “internationalisation at home”, student & teacher mobility and international networking. Remarkable is the average study duration of 20 months, which may be BOKU-wide the shortest for a Master’s programme. We are proud to announce that LWM generated 49 graduates so far and we are confident that with this cooperation many more will follow.

Lunz Courses 2018

Max Zauner produced a short film about the courses in Lunz 2018.


Faunistic-systematic research for the Austrian Limnofauna - the latest version and third edition of the FAA is available since 1 December 2017!

First published in 1995 under the aegis of Otto Moog, and reprinted in an updated version in 2002 and 2003, the FAA has now been released in a new edition 2017 with Anne Hartmann as co-publisher.
The FAUNA AQUATICA AUSTRIACA - short FAA - contains the inventory of the currently known macroinvertebrate species of the Austrian rivers and streams and provides a data collection of ecological information on these aquatic organisms.
The faunistic research achievements of 64 taxonomists have made the 3rd edition of the species catalog possible and resulted in the listing of a total of 3287 macroinvertebrate and 650 ciliate species.
The FAA standardizes the ecological classifications for macroinvertebrates and thus forms the basic prerequisite for comparability of test results and quality assurance measures within the framework of the national quality control of running waters.
The FAA was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and is regularly updated.