Conferences

 

Water Microbiology Conference

May 15-19, 2017

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The 19th International Symposium on Health-Related Water Microbiology is organized by the International Water Society (IWA) Specialist Group on Health-Related Water Microbiology (HRWM) biennially. In 2017, the Symposium will run concurrently with our annual Water Microbiology Conference to create a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health to come together around the intersection of the two. The Conference will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from May 15 – 19, 2017.

The Conference will blend interactive workshops with scientific symposia and poster socials, offering participants a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas, debate challenging topics and explore potential collaborations. The focus will be on water microbiology from watershed to human exposure including current concerns in recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, emerging technologies and quantitative tools.

IWA members will be able to participate in all Water Microbiology Conference sessions as well as several exclusive to members of the IWA Specialist Group on Health-related Water Microbiology.

Management of the Water Microbiology Conference is led by Drs. Mark Sobsey, Jamie Bartram, Rachel Noble, and Jill Stewart and is guided by an international panel of experts. You can learn more about the Water Microbiology Conference here.

Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy

October 16-20, 2017

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The Water and Health Conference considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis.

Main Themes

  • Climate resilience
  • WaSH and gender
  • Drinking water safety
  • Addressing disparities in WaSH: Rural, peri-urban, and indigenous populations
  • WaSH in non-household settings
  • From evidence to action

More information about the 2017 conference is coming soon.

Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Climate

April 16-18, 2018

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The “Nexus” approach is the one that focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions.

(Stockholm Environment Institute, 2017)

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce our intention to reconvene our Nexus conference addressing Water-Energy-Food and Climate in spring of 2018.

This will be the second Nexus Conference that The Water Institute has organized. The first in 2014 made a significant input to the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the Chapel Hill Declaration.

Abstract submissions and conference registration will open June 15, 2017.

These should focus on the interface between some of the these Nexus areas:

  • Water;
  • Energy;
  • Food;
  • Climate Change;
  • Health;
  • Urban development;
  • Migration and mobility.

We are looking for examples of different mythological approaches, indicators being used, comparative studies, solutions, toolkits, successful partnerships, gaps to be addressed, and reviews of the implementation of the relevant SDGs that address Nexus issues.

Past Conference Archives

2016

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Water Microbiology 2016

2015