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

The Friday Conference Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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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.

Immediately preceding this year’s conference is a special full-day Pre-Conference AMR Workshop. Be sure to mark your calendar and make arrangements that include the Monday, May 13 AMR Workshop.


Submit an abstract!

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Submit a side event proposal!

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All abstract and proposal submissions due by 11:59 PM ET, January 15, 2019.

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)

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