Monday, May 15: Dr. Stephen A. Morse

“Emerging Pathogens and Water Safety Implications for National Security”

Stephen has more than 47 years of experience in various aspects of microbiology including: infectious diseases, microbial pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, microbial forensics and environmental microbiology. He recently retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after having served as the Director, STD Research Program; Associate Director for Science, Division of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response; and, Associate Director for Environmental Microbiology. He has published more than 325 peer reviewed articles, books and chapters. Stephen currently advises the CDC Select Agent Program and the Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.


Tuesday, May 16: Dr. Ana Maria de Roda Husman

“Towards a global perspective on Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and WaSH”

Ana Maria de Roda Husman is Professor in Global changes and environmental infectious diseases at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and Head of the Department of Environmental Infectious Diseases at the Dutch Centre for Infectious Disease Control at the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM). She is the Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Risk assessment of pathogens in food and water. She has contributed to the understanding of the fate and dissemination of pathogens in the environment and determining risks of pathogen exposure and subsequent infection and disease. In the past 10 years she has directed policy based research specifically towards the role of the environment in the spread of AMR and possible intervention measures. With IWA, WHO and UNC she has organised several workshops on AMR and the environment among which the workshop on ‘Developing a Research Agenda for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)’ at the 18th IWA International symposium on HRWM in September 2015 which has led to a peer reviewed article. She contributed on WaSH to the actions of the WHO Global Action Plan on Combating AMR. On the role of the environment in AMR, she presented several Key notes, e.g. at the Uppsala Health Summit 2015 A world without antibiotics, at the SIWW 2016 and several WHO CCs. She has contributed to the book on AMR control 2016 with a publication on Risk assessment and risk management of AMR in the environment presented at the World Health Assembly of May 2016 and at the Beijing G20. She recently joined the Scientific Advisory Board of JPI AMR. She leads several national, European as well as global research projects with respect to surveillance, health targets to limit severity, impact from exposure to AMR in the environment.


Wednesday, May 17: Dr. Rosina Girones

“The Study of Viral Contamination of Water in the Metagenomics Era”

Rosina Girones is professor of Microbiology at the University of Barcelona, Spain, specialized in viruses. Dr. Girones was a postdoctoral researcher at the Hepatitis Viruses Section, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIH, USA and has been invited researcher in laboratories in Sweden and USA. Rosina Girones has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Environmental Virology, has been the Head of the Microbiology Department of the University of Barcelona and is, at the present, Coordinator of the Section of Microbiology, Virology and Biotechnology in the UB and team leader of the Laboratory of Viruses Contaminants of Water and Food (Vircont). Rosina Girones is the secretary of the HRWM SG in the IWA and member of the Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) of the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA. The main area of interest is the study of classical and emerging viral pathogens and the development of new viral indicators and MST tools. Dr. Girones is at the present working on the improvement and control of the microbiological quality of water and food, including recycled water, irrigation water, superficial and ground water.

foto Rosina Girones

Thursday, May 18: Panel Discussion

Communicating Research and Evidence in the Clickbait Era

As the way in which we consume media continues to rapidly evolve, scientists are struggling to communicate evidence and help the public discern fact from fiction. Guest speakers will address steps our community can take to effectively impart scientific data and concepts to the masses.

Layla Dowdy, UNC Office of Research Communications

Brian Southwell, RTI International

Sarah Yelton, UNC Institute for the Environment