Side Events

Side Event
Proposals for side events, such as meetings, workshops, networking sessions, training courses or open forums, are now open for submission. Side events are an opportunity for individuals or groups to bring together a range of stakeholders to focus on one’s own specific area of interest in the format of their choice.

The content and format is entirely the responsibility of the event organizers, as well as recruiting presenters and marketing workshops. All side event speakers and attendees must register for the Conference and any additional expenses are the responsibility of the side event conveners. Meeting rooms and audio/visual equipment will be provided by the Conference organizers. Accepted events will be listed in the conference agenda and briefly described in conference materials, but not otherwise promoted by the conference hosts. While event themes are at the choosing of the organizers, they should be related to the conference themes.

Events will be held in conference rooms at the Friday Center. Two room sizes are available set up in a classroom format: small and large. Small has a capacity of 42 people and large has a capacity of 94. Rooms are equipped with a lectern, a computer, and LCD projector. Room availability is limited.

The duration of sessions may be quarter (1.5 hours) or half day (3 hours).

There is no cost to organize and host a side event, however because space is limited, proposals must include in addition to the proposed content, information about marketing the event, the anticipated audience, the event type and the expected outcome of the event.

The deadline to submit a side event proposal was February 25, 2015. The side event schedule is now available on the Program page. Please be aware that the side event schedule is subject to change.


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