Water Microbiology 2017

Save the Date: May 15-19, 2017

Concurrent with the 2017 Water Microbiology Conference will be the 2017 IWA Health Related Water Microbiology Conference, also hosted by The Water Institute at UNC. IWA participants will be able to participate in all Water Microbiology Conference sessions as well as several IWA only sessions.

Water Microbiology Conference 2016: May 17-19, 2016

The Water Microbiology Conference 2016 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.

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CEUs Available During Conference

For those interested in earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs), we will be able to offer 2.3 CEUs for participation in the the conference. You can sign up in advance using our CEU registration form.

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


  • Survival, persistence, transport, fate and occurrence
  • 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
  • Alternative indicators including coliphages and bacterial spores
  • Metagenome, resistome and community analysis
  • Method comparison, validation and performance
  • Microbial source tracking
  • Modeling and prediction

Management & Treatment

  • Water and wastewater treatment and disinfection technologies including onsite wastewater systems
  • Criteria, standards, surveillance and monitoring
  • Stormwater including BMPs
  • QMRA, decision analysis, water safety plans and surveillance
  • Post-treatment microbial dynamics