UNC Water Microbiology Conference 2019, May 14-16
Special AMR Workshop, May 13

The Friday Conference Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The Water Microbiology Conference 2019 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 conference blends interactive workshops with scientific symposia and poster socials. It focuses on water microbiology from watershed to human exposure including current concerns in recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, emerging technologies and quantitative tools. Participants will have a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas, debate challenging topics and explore potential collaborations. Management of The Water Microbiology Conference is led by Drs. Mark Sobsey, Jamie Bartram, Rachel Noble, and Jill Stewart, and is guided by an international panel of experts.

This year’s keynote speakers are 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).

This year’s side event topics include coliphages, irrigation, water reuse, bioinformatics, microbial hazards, and more. Please click here to view the conference schedule.

AMR Pre-conference Workshop

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).

The purpose of this workshop is to assemble international experts in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to develop and advance a one health framework towards combating the spread of AMR and protecting human, animal, and environmental health. Four interrelated sessions on Surveillance, Sources, Disaster Resilience and Sustainability, and Risk will feature invited panel speakers, group discussion, and break-out groups. Key knowledge and research gaps and opportunities to improve and advance policy towards preventing the spread of AMR in a one health framework will be identified. Lead organizers: Mark Sobsey (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) and Amy Pruden (Global Change Center at Virginia Tech).

Verbal and Poster Abstract Presenter Guidelines

Photo by Tom Fuldner

2019 Themes

  1. 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; and, Disasters and extreme events
  2. Exposure: 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; and Emerging pathogens and exposures
  3. Methods: 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; and, Modeling and prediction
  4. 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; and, Post-treatment microbial dynamics
  5. One Health (New this year!): AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance); Disease Transmission/Pathogen Dynamics; Extreme Events; and, One Water (reuse, wastewater, irrigation)