Call for Papers

Call for Late-breaking Abstracts

We are announcing a call for late-breaking abstracts for poster presentations for the Water Microbiology Conference 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The abstracts must align with the conference themes and, if accepted, will be offered a poster presentation at the Conference May 18-21. Submissions are accepted through April 13th.

Instructions for Submission

To create a new abstract submission, or to edit an existing submission, please use the Submit or Edit an Abstract link. You will be asked to log in with a conference account in order to submit an abstract. You may either create a new user account by providing the requested information, or use an account you’ve already created. There is no limit to the number of submissions you may make, and you may return later to edit previously-created submissions. You will be asked to copy your abstract text into a text field as part of your submission. Please limit your abstract text to 5000 characters or less (roughly 500 words). If possible, your abstract should relate to one or more of the conference themes, listed below.


Conference Themes

Sources & Reservoirs

  • One Health, including human and animal wastes
  • Effluents, discharges, biosolids, biofilms and stormwaters
  • Drinking, reclaimed, recreational and irrigation waters
  • Rural water supply and sanitation
  • Disasters and extreme events


  • Persistence, transport and fate
  • Hazards (including antimicrobial resistance, water based and zoonotic organisms)
  • Shellfish, produce, irrigation, water reuse
  • Health risks, epidemiology and one health issues
  • Emerging pathogens and exposures


  • Rapid molecular and enzymatic methods
  • Metagenome, resistome and community analysis
  • Method comparison, validation and performance
  • Microbial source tracking
  • Modeling and prediction

Management & Treatment

  • Water and wastewater treatment and disinfection including balancing risks from disinfection byproducts
  • Monitoring, criteria and standards
  • BMPs and water safety plans including stormwater
  • QMRA, decision analysis and surveillance
  • Post-treatment microbial dynamics

Presenter Guidelines

Registration and set up

Please arrive as early as possible on the day of your presentation. We will be uploading PowerPoint presentations and arranging posters beginning at 7:30am. All posters and PowerPoints for verbal presentations must be arranged prior to 8:00am the day of your presentation. Inform the staffers at the registration table that you are a presenter.

Verbal presenters, please bring your powerpoint slides (if you are using them) to the room where you will be presenting. A staff person will help you load your slides onto the room’s computer in preparation for your presentation.

Poster presenters, please bring your poster on the day of your presentation to the main atrium where a staff person will help you locate the kiosk to hang your poster. All posters must be organized and hung prior to the opening of main registration at 8 a.m.

Verbal presentation guidelines

Authors selected for verbal presentations will present their research during conference sessions through a brief talk followed by an open discussion. Presenters will be assigned a presentation time slot based upon their research topic.

  • Presenters will have 15 minutes to present their work, followed by a 5-minute question and answer session. A session moderator will make sure presenters strictly adhere to the time limits so all presenters will receive their allotted time.
  • Presenters are required to develop and supply their own Powerpoint slides for their presentations. LCD projectors and computers will be provided in the session rooms.
  • Presenters will supply their slides in electronic form (USB flash drives are the preferred format) to conference organizers at registration in order to ensure they are preloaded on the computers. Presenters are encouraged to email their PowerPoint slides to prior to the conference as a backup.
  • A microphone and podium will be provided for presenters.
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring handouts about their research to provide to interested attendees. Presenters should be sure to highlight their name and contact information.

Poster presentation guidelines

Authors selected for poster presentations will present their research by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams and appropriate text on poster kiosks. A designated poster session will be held each day of the conference, when registrants can visit with presenting authors and discuss their work.

  • Presenters are required to bring their own posters to the conference. Presenters are advised to bring electronic copies of their posters on CDs or flash drives as a backup in case their posters are damaged or lost in travel. There are stores in Chapel Hill that can provide printing services in an emergency situation.
  • The conference kiosks will accommodate posters up to 5.5 feet wide by 3.5 feet tall (1.68 meters wide by 1.07 meters tall). It is suggested that presenters’ posters fill the entire space, although smaller posters are allowed.
  • Thumbtacks will be provided onsite for mounting posters.
  • Presenters must remain by his/her poster kiosk for the duration of the poster session, which will last one hour.
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring handouts about their research to provide to interested visitors. Presenters should be sure to highlight their name and contact information.
  • No audiovisual equipment is permitted for poster presentations.
  • Materials should include the title of the presentation and the list of authors. Letters in the title should be at least 1 inch high. Bring all illustrations needed — figures, tables, color photographs, charts. It may be helpful to consult an artist about the display.
  • The material should be well labeled and legible from a distance of 2 yards. Lettering should be bold. If you will be posting typed material, use a large font size (20 to 24 point font) on white, pale yellow or cream-colored non-glossy paper. Use 1-inch margins. Avoid use of fancy fonts. Use upper and lowercase letters. Simple serif fonts such as “Times New Roman” are easier to read than sans (without) serif fonts such as “Geneva”.
  • Presenters can collect their posters from their assigned kiosk at the end of the conference day.