Max Maurer

Professor for Urban Water Systems and Director of the Institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich, and Head of the Urban Water Management Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology

Data driven urban water management: What is the potential of knowing more?




2 Sept 2019


The technologies to acquire data is developing fast. We currently operate a real live living lab with a low power sensor network where every node is considerably less than 500 euro and has a battery lifespan of minimally 2 years. Novel transfer protocols (e.g. LoRaMesh) and measurements (e.g. low power conductivity; SQUID) are being developed. Parallel to this we are trying to replace the battery with in-situ energy production. However, the challenge does not end there, as all this data also need to be made useful and productive. Can digitalisation proof itself as a game changer in this highly conservative industry?

Max Maurer is a scientist with a current research focus on infrastructure transition management, smart urban water management and modular urban water management. As professor for Urban Water Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) he is the director of the institute for Environmental Engineering and is also heading the department Urban Water Management at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag). With a background in chemical engineering he worked since 1992 at ETH, Northwestern University and Eawag on biological and chemical processes in wastewater treatment and novel concepts for urban water management. Current research projects are focusing on guiding existing water infrastructures into a sustainable future, develop technology and concepts for the digitalization of urban drainage systems and to investigate the large scale applicability of modular (decentralized) wastewater treatment. As a board director of the Swiss Water Pollution Control Association (VSA) and professor at ETH he is playing an important role in disseminating and transferring scientific results into practice. This dedication is also reflected in his publication record, newspaper articles, public apperances and expert activities for federal and local authorities.