Brunner, Philip

I have been Professor of Hydrogeology at the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics in Neuchâtel since 2012. Groundwater constitutes 98% of the global freshwater resources, and plays a critical role in the hydrological cycle. However, traditional hydrogeology focused mainly on flow and transport phenomena in the subsurface. The interactions between groundwater, surface water, the role of vegetation or soil remain poorly understood. These interactions and feedback mechanisms have to be explored and quantified in order to protect our water resources and the ecosystems that depend on them. New and innovative measurement and modelling techniques developed and employed in my research group play a pivotal role in this exciting field.


  • Master in Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich
  • PhD at ETHZ
  • Postdoc in Adelaide, Australia

Positions held

  • Since 2012: Full Professor, CHYN, University of Neuchâtel
  • 2010-2012: SNF Ambizione Researcher, University of Neuchâtel
  • 2009-2010: Research Fellow, Flinders University and CSIRO
  • 2007 - 2009: PostDoc, Flinders University
  • 2005-2006: Research fellow, ETHZ
  • 2001-2005: PhD student, ETHZ

Publications list




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Prof. Philip Brunner
Phone: + 41 (0) 32 718 26 74



7th - 11th of October 2013

PEST Parameter ESTimation, Calibration and Quantification of Predictive Uncertainty

PEST, complementary information


3rd - 5th of April 2013

3rd International HydroGeoSphere User Conference

HydroGeoSphere, complementary information


13th of September 2012

IMP Collaboration between UniNE and NCGRT Australia

IMP, complementary information