AHF and his research group is focusing on the development, evaluation and application of new concepts and methods for microbial water quality investigations, monitoring and management of water resources (e.g., drinking, bathing, irrigation). AHF holds a full professorship at the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in close cooperation with the TU Wien, leading the Research Division Water Quality and Health. He is an active and well known member of many national and international organisations and specialist groups in the field. He is also Co-Lead of the ICC Water & Health.
AHF holds master diplomas in microbiology and ecology from the University of Vienna, a doctorate in molecular microbial diagnostics and a professorial qualification in environmental microbiology (Habilitation) from TU Wien, and a postdoctoral master diploma in toxicology from the Medical University of Vienna.
He has been principal investigator of more than 50 research projects, collaborating with scientific partners as well as the water management sector. AHF is a frequent speaker at conferences and has published more than 200 scientific articles.
Expert Activities (selected)
2009–dato Faculty member of the “Vienna Doctoral Program of Water Resource Systems”.
2011–2021 Editor of “Water Science and Technology”, IWA, London, UK.
2015–dato Editor of the “Global Water Pathogens Project” in cooperation with UNESCO, WHO, and J. Rose, Michigan State University, USA.
2015–2019 Expert member of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Water Quality and Health, Technical Advisory Group (WQTAG), Geneva, Switzerland.
2016–dato Expert member of the Technical Advisory Group “Drinking Water Quality and Treatment” of the Austrian Association for Gas and Water (ÖVGW).
2012–dato Co-head of the Expert Group “Microbiology and Water”, Austrian Water and Waste Management Association (ÖWAV).
2019–dato Heading the Specialist Group “Water Quality and Hygiene” of the Austrian Water and Waste Management Association (ÖWAV).
2017–dato Executive Board Member of the Health-Related Water Microbiology Group (HRWM) of the International Water Association (IWA).
2013–dato Vice-head of the Expert Group “Microbiology & Hygiene”, International Association for Danube Research (IAD), Vienna, Austria.
2010–2022 Executive Board member of the “Willie Grabow” International Young Investigator Award, Health-Related-Water-Quality-Group, IWA, London, UK.