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Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge

Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge

Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Institute of Natural Resource Sciences
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 59 22

Personal profile

Management role

Head, Head Centre Ecological Engineering

Position at the ZHAW

Head of Research Group Ecotechnology, Institute Natural Resource Sciences

Professional development teaching

CAS Süsswasserfische Europas – Ökologie & Management

Expertise and research interests

- Aquaponic (Aquaculture and Hydroponic)
- Macrophyte based wastewater treatment (constructed wetlands)
- Wastewater-fed Aquaculture
- Urban agriculture
- Zero-Emission-Buildings (ZEB)
- Languages: German, Slovenian, English, Italian, Serbo-croatian, French

Educational background

Dr. rer.nat. (limnology and environmental microbiology) (1990, University Konstanz, Germany)
Diploma (biology, plant physiology) (1979, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Professional milestones

since 2007 Professor ZFH, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Waedenswil
2000 – 2007 Dozent, University of Applied Sciences Waedenswil (HSW/ZFH)
1997 - 2000 Senior Scientist, University of applied sciences Waedenswil
1996 – 1999 Research Assistant, University Basel, Natur-, Landschaft-, und Umweltschutz
1993 – 1996 Postdoctoral researcher, University Basel, Zool. Institute

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed Book parts, peer-reviewed Conference contributions, peer-reviewed Other publications Oral conference contributions and abstracts
  • Junge, Ranka; Wilhelm, Sandra; Hofstetter, Urs; Graber, Andreas,


    Aquaponics in classrooms as a tool to promote system thinking.


    2nd SCIENTIX Conference, SCIENTIX: The Community for Science education in Europe, European Schoolnet, Brussels, Belgium, October 24-26, 2014.

  • Junge, Ranka; ; Graber, Andreas,


    Building integrated food production.


    The 1st Symposium on Green Infrastructure for Future City & the 4th International Symposium ZEBISTIS Zero Emission Building, Korean scientific cooperation network with the European Research Area (KORANET), Bundang, Republic of Korea, 8 April 2014.

  • Graber, Andreas; Durno, Mark; Gaus, Roman; ; Junge, Ranka,


    UF001 LokDepot, Basel : the first commercial rooftop aquaponic farm in Switzerland.


    2014 International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture (VFUA 2014), Nottingham, United Kingdom, 9–10 September 2014.

  • Junge, Ranka,


    Development of aquaponic technology in Switzerland.


    Zero Emission Building – Integrating Sustainable Technologies and Infrastructure Systems (ZEBISTIS), 1st International Symposium, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Republik of Korea, 15 January 2013.

  • Junge, Ranka,


    Integrating aquaponic technology into the cities.


    3rd International ZEBISTIS Symposium: Theoretical and practical concepts for sustainable buildings and interactions, ZEBISTIS – Zero Emission Building-Integrating Sustainable Technologies and Infrastructure Systems, Environment and Cleaner Production Institute, Marmara Research Center, TUBITAK, Istanbul, Turkey, 24 October 2013.

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Junge-Berberović, R. (1996) Effect of thermal environment on life-histories of free-living Drosophila melanogaster and D. subobscura. Oecologia 108:262-272.
Geller, W., R. Berberović, U. Gaedke, H. Müller, H.-R. Pauli, M.M. Tilzer, and T. Weisse (1991) Relations among the components of autotrophic and heterotrophic plankton during the seasonal cycle 1987 in Lake Constance. Verh. Int. Ver. Limnol. 24:
Berberović-Junge, R. (1991) Starvation resistance of two coexisting Daphnia species under temperature conditions simulating vertical migration behaviour. Verh. Int. Ver. Limnol. 24: 2794.
Berberović, R. (1990) Elemental composition of two coexisting Daphnia species during the seasonal course of population development in Lake Constance. Oecologia 84: 340-350. DOI: 10.1007/BF00329757
Berberović, R., K. Bikar, and W. Geller (1990) Seasonal variability of the embryonic development time of three planktonic crustaceans: Dependence on temperature, adult size, and egg weight. Hydrobiologia 203: 127-136. DOI: 10.1007/BF00005681.
Berberovic R., and Pinto-Coelho, R. (1989) Dry first, measure later: A new procedure to preserve and to measure zooplankton for ecophysiological studies. Journal of Plankton Research 11: 1109-1116. DOI: 10.1093/plankt/11.5.1109.