Water and Health Conference: Research, Policy and Practice

October 4-8, 2021


The 2021 UNC Water and Health Conference will explore drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis.

Applications for abstract, side events, and plenary proposals are now open!



Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Climate


The “Nexus” approach focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions. (Stockholm Environment Institute, 2017)

There have been two Nexus Conferences 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. The second in 2018.


Water Microbiology Conference


The Water Microbiology Conference creates a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health issues to come together around the intersection of the two.

This year’s keynote speakers include Lance Price (Professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health), Krista Wigginton (Assistant Professor at University of Michigan), and Elisenda Balleste (Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Barcelona).

Immediately preceding this year’s conference is a full-day workshop titled Antimicrobial Resistance in a One Health World, featuring keynote speakers Antoine Andremont (Emeritus Professor at the Paris Diderot University Medical School) and Laura Marin (Head of the Secretariat of JPIAMR). Learn more

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