The Water Institute at UNC Thanks You for Joining Us, May 18 – 21, 2015

The Water Microbiology Conference 2015 creates a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health issues to come together around the intersection of the two.

The Conference will blend interactive workshops with scientific symposia and poster socials. 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.

The Conference will offer participants a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas, debate challenging topics and explore potential collaborations.

CEUs Available During Conference

For those interested in earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs), we will be able to offer 2.7 CEUs for participation in the the Water Microbiology Conference. Sign up forms will be available during the Conference at the registration table.


Detailed schedules and descriptions of sessions can be found on the program page of the site.

Ronald Atlas to Give Keynote Address

Dr. Ronald Atlas, a leading voice of the One Health approach, will give a keynote address at this year’s Water Microbiology conference. Dr. Atlas is a professor of biology at the University of Louisville and a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. He has served as president of the American Society for Microbiology and now serves as the chair of its Public and Scientific Affairs Board.

Ronald Atlas

Water Microbiology 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