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Water Quality & Health


The Division Water Quality and Health under the direction of Prof. Dr. Andreas Farnleitner was founded in 2017 and is part of the Inter-University Cooperation Centre Water and Health (ICC Water & Health). The activities of the research area focus on the development and application of new diagnostic methods for the detection, hazard and risk analysis of health-relevant microorganisms and pathogens in natural and technical water systems (e.g. drinking water supply, bathing water, wastewater). On the one hand, projects in the field of basic research and on the other hand, applied projects are carried out as a service for the public sector (e.g. health authorities) and water supply companies. The research work is carried out in close cooperation/coordination with ICC Water & Health.

Research Interests

Development and evaluation of the diagnostics of health-relevant microorganisms

  • Microbiological indicators and genetic (faecal) biomarkers for water quality analysis
  • Selected water transferable/own water pathogens (including their antimicrobial resistance)

Occurrence and biology of health-relevant microorganisms

  • Microbial ecology of indicators and pathogens
  • Water microorganisms and biostability of water

Analysis and management of safe water use (in special implementation with Medical University of Vienna & TU Wien)

  • Concentrations, spread and reduction of indicators and pathogens in water resources (incl. model development)
  • Disinfection procedures (incl. inspection with special consideration of UV technology)
  • Risk modelling (infection & disease risks, defined health goals)


  1. 13 Sep

    KL Symposium - "20 Years of Bologna-Process"

    13. September 2019, 15:00 - 20:00
    Karl Landsteiner University, Trakt Y, Hall
  2. 14 Sep

    Academic Celebration - BACHELOR HEALTH SCIENCES

    14. September 2019, 11:00 - 15:00
    Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität, Trakt Y, Festsaal
  3. 16 Sep

    Academic Celebration - MASTER HUMAN MEDICINE

    16. September 2019, 10:00 - 13:00
    Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität, Trakt Y, Festsaal