Practically all research projects at Eawag are interdisciplinary or even transdisciplinary oriented. Therefore, exchange not only occurs among biologists, engineers and social scientists, but intensive contacts are also maintained with specialists and decision-makers of the private and public sector as well as professional associations.
Water is at the focus of all research as it is the primary source of life and key to development and prosperity. Its availability as a resource is, however, limited worldwide and qualitatively poor in many areas. Without sustainable solutions, the struggle for water also increasingly threatens peaceful coexistence.
The main focuses of Eawag's aquatic research can be summerised as «Water as habitat and resource» (Aquatic Ecosystems), «Water in urban areas» (Urban Water Management) and «Pollutants in the water» (Chemicals and Effects).