Last week we had the perfect conditions to check our antenna in the Traisen River, test the pit-tag sensitivity and go for an after-work swim 🙂


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CDL MERI Workshop

CDL MERI organised a workshop with international experts on 24 and 25 November 2022 to work on the meta-ecosystem concept for fluvial systems.
During the two-day workshop, new aspects and knowledge gaps were discussed and a basis for future international cooperation was established.

Christian Doppler Laboratory for Meta Ecosystem Dynamics in Riverine Landscapes

The CD Laboratory systematically and comprehensively investigates the complex meta-ecosystem of the Austrian Danube to understand the impact of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem services and to develop sustainable ecological measures for future management of the Austrian Danube.
The laboratory is funded by company partners and the public sector (50% each). The public funding bodies are the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development and the Christian Doppler Research Association.
Company partners are viadonau – österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH, Verbund Hydro Power GmbH and Österreichische Bundesforste AG.

Christian Doppler Research Association

The Christian Doppler Research Association promotes the cooperation between science and business. Specifically, this takes place in specially established research units with fixed terms, in which application-orientated basic research is pursued: Christian Doppler Laboratories at universities and non-university research institutions, Josef Ressel Centres at universities of applied sciences.

Under the direction of highly qualified scientists, research groups work in close contact with the commercial partners on innovative responses to business-related research issues.

Christian Doppler Laboratories

The CD model enables cooperations between science and business that are meaningful, useful and productive both for the participating partners and for society. The cooperations are generally structured in the following way: The research group elaborates fundamental knowledge that flows into the development of new products and processes at the commercial partner. A brisk exchange of knowledge, experience and questions between the partners prevails throughout the collaboration. This type of research cooperation therefore differs fundamentally from contract research.

CD Laboratories keep the companies up to date with new scientific developments through their integration into the scientific community. They therefore also perform a ‘radar function’ for the commercial partners. In order for this role to function optimally, the scientific freedom available in the CD Laboratories is of decisive importance: it enables the researchers to collaborate actively at the leading edge of research during the entire duration of the CD Laboratory.