ETH-EPFL Summer School 2017 – Catchment Transport Processes

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Einsiedeln, Switzerland | 2–7 July 2017

Summer School 2017 - Catchment Transport Processes

Water transports solutes, such as nutrients, toxins and contaminants, as well as a wide range of organisms and gas substances. Their impact on water quality is often critical, as in the case of eutrophication due to high nutrient concentration. A comprehensive water resources management requires a proper understanding and modeling of runoff generation combined with processes of solute transport at the hillslope and catchment scale.

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ETH Zurich and EPFL offer a 5-day summer school on transport processes in hydrology. Participants will learn about physical and chemical processes occurring in the generation and transport of nutrients, data analysis, and modelling techniques.

Lectures will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to transport processes and hydrological models;
  2. Water fluxes and transit time in catchments;
  3. Carbon and nutrients cycle in soil and rivers;
  4. Circulation in lakes.

The summer school includes a workshop with case studies and a 1-day field trip to an experimental catchment in Switzerland.

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Overview & Lecturers

See the programme HERE (PDF, 10.1 MB)

List of Lecturers (confirmed):

  • Prof. Dr. James W. Kirchner, ETH Zurich and WSL
  • Dr. Laurent Pfister, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Simone Fatichi, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Seibert, University of Zurich
  • Dr. Ilja van Meerveld, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Gianluca Botter, University of Padova
  • Dr. Paolo Benettin, EPFL
  • Dr. Manfred Stähli, WSL
  • Dr. Jana von Freyberg, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Benjamin Fischer, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wehrli, ETH Zurich and EAWAG
  • Prof. Dr. Pierre A.G. Regnier, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Krause, University of Birmingham
  • Prof. A.J. Wüest, EPFL
  • Prof. Dr. Marco Toffolon, University of Trento
  • Dr. Christoph Munz, Arcadis
  • Dr. Martin Rauber, EBP Schweiz AG
  • Dr. Irene Wittmer, Platform Wasserqualität VSA

Eligibility and selection criteria

The Catchment Transport Processes Summer School is open to 30 PhD and Master students with background in hydrology, transport processes and biogeochemistry from ETH Zurich, EPFL and any institution around the world.

Applicants need to have strong interest in the topic and basic knowledge of catchment scale hydrology. Active participation throughout the programme is expected.


Students can acquire up to 2 ECTS credits.

  1. One credit is acquired with active participation to the discussions following the lectures and by the preparation of a poster about the participant's current research. 
  2. A second credit will be acquired if the participant wants to elaborate on problems presented during the workshop in the different groups. The submission of a report that includes a review of suggested literature and the analysis of a case study is required.


The contribution fee for the school is 250 CHF per participant. The cost covers all the expenses during the Summer School (accommodation and full board for the entire week, except for one dinner). Participants are expected to self-organize:

  • the dinner of Tuesday 4th July;
  • the travel to and from the venue;
  • health/travel insurance;

and check their requirements for Visa.

Date and venue

The Summer School starts on Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 6 pm CET with an introduction and ice-breaker dinner and ends on Friday 7th July 2017 at 4 pm CET. Students are kindly requested to arrange the travel accordingly to this schedule.

The School will be held at Allegro seminar hotel in Einsiedeln (Canton Schwyz, Switzerland), about 50 minutes by train from Zurich. Students will be hosted in fully equipped 2- 3- and 4-bed rooms.

Organizing team


Applicants are requested to submit a brief CV (PDF format) and a short motivation statement (5-10 sentences).

Deadline for application: 14 May 2017.
Notification of selected participants: 21 May 2017.


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