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The new Christian Doppler Laboratory at BOKU Vienna is a unique public-private partnership model in the Danube Region. Its aim is to investigate all processes within and around the river and to balance the arising conflicts of interest

The sixth (active) Christian Doppler Laboratory (CD Laboratory) of the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) was founded to resolve the growing conflicts among watercourse users, in particular those in the Danube Region.

The new research facility therefore caters to one of BOKU’s key issues, natural resource management. The new Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Watercourse Monitoring, Modelling and River Engineering (“Christian Doppler Labor für Innovative Methoden in Fließgewässermonitoring, Modellierung und Flussbau”) will engage in applied basic research studies, assist politicians in making qualified decisions and help to balance conflicting interests where needed.

Funding for the new research facility has been granted for a seven-year period and will be made available through the Christian Doppler Research Association (CDG). Around 47 percent of the funds come from the Austrian waterways association “via donau”, a business undertaking run by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT).

Two percent are contributed by Salzburg-based UWITEC, which is one of today’s leading global suppliers of environmental and scientific technologies. The remaining money is provided by the Austrian Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ), also via CDG. Through their engagement, via donau and UWITEC have become members of the Christian Doppler Research Association, whose watercourse laboratory is breaking new ground.

(Source: aqua press Int. 3/2010, Mag. Christof Hahn)

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