THE UNIVERSITY of NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL
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The UNC Water & Health Conference

Week of October 24-28, 2022  •  Friday Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
13
YEARS RUNNING
3,700+
CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS
122
COUNTRIES REPRESENTED
258+
UNIVERSITIES REPRESENTED
789+
organizationsREPRESENTED
5
languages offered
(Numbers based on our 2021 conference.)

Where WaSH professionals of the world come together.

The annual UNC Water and Health Conference reflects Water Institute's commitment to improving public health by achieving universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services that are safe, affordable and sustainable. The conference provides a curated space where policymakers, practitioners and researchers can gather to review the evidence, interrogate the science and improve old and develop new approaches to expanding WaSH access and services. 

The 2022 Conference returns to an in-person format in Chapel Hill, North Carolina after two years of virtual conferences. Join us to engage with global stakeholders on critical and emerging WaSH issues this year. 

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Conference sponsors

LATTER-DAY SAINT CHARITIES  •  OSPREY FOUNDATION  •  P&G  •  BIO RAD  •  CLEAN WATER HERE FOUNDATION  •  DT GLOBAL  •  EASY WATER FOR EVERYONE  •  RGHI  •  RTI INTERNATIONAL  •  DEVWORKS INTERNATIONAL  •  INTERNATIONAL WATER AND HEALTH ALLIANCES  •  LIMPOPO RESILIENCE LAB  •  NSF  •  IAPMO  •  SATO  •  TETRA TECH  •  USAID  •  FLUSH
(These sponsors are from our 2021 conference)
“This was my first time attending a conference like this. Information was provided from different perspectives and backgrounds, which was extremely insightful.”
— 2021 conference participant
“The level of engagement and quality of questions from the other participants was honestly one of the most impressive of any conference.”
— 2021 conference participant
“Very relevant session topics. This conference is a frontier of new events, research and models for sustainable and safe water.”
— 2021 conference participant
“The best part is catching up with old friends who've been around the block: They help me see old problems with fresh eyes & new problems informed by the hard-earned lessons of the past!”
TWEETED BY JOE BROWN
“Fun and informative #UNCWaterandHealth session with great audience engagement and challenging questions!!”
TWEETED BY MWA Water
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Featured presentations of 2021: “Every last drop!”
day 1 plenary
Getting our sh*t together

How do we “safely manage” human excreta? What do safe disposal and management systems look like and can we ensure that they are resilient and sustainable? How do we measure success?

day 1 SIDE EVENT
Developing and implementing sanitation policy

This event is being organized to share experiences on how enabling policy environments can contribute to sanitation transformation and increased political support for universal access to basic sanitation.

day 2 PLENARY
Evolution of Rural Water Supply

Rural water supply is increasingly managed through new models, some similar to those of utilities, and in some cases with private sector involvement.  However, there is still a role for communities in these new arrangements, holding water authorities to account.

day 3 plenary
Is there a future for WaSH?

The global WASH sector is faced with quickly shifting research priorities, a complex policy environment, and new challenges that require adaptable and resilient approaches to service provision. This discussion grapples with some of the most challenging issues facing WASH today, where there are no easy answers.

day 4 LUNCH
Assessing empowerment, equality, and inclusion in WaSH

This discussion looks at five novel approaches to exploring gender equity, diversity, and social inclusion in WASH programs.

Featured conference photos

An assortment of photos taken from our last in-person conference in 2019. See all photos. 

Conference updates

Feb 2, 2022
Abstract portal opens
Apr 12, 2022
Drop-in Abstract Workshop 1
Apr 26, 2022
Drop-in Abstract Workshop 2
May 2, 2022
Abstract portal closes
June 8, 2022
Registration opens

FAQs

Who can I contact if I am interested in becoming a sponsor?

Our Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator Serja Goram at sgoram@unc.edu

Is there a different registration rate for abstract presenters?

No, there is not a separate rate for those who have been selected to present their abstract at the conference.

Will the event be hybrid? How do I sign up if I want to participate online?

We are currently working on making this year’s conference accessible to our colleagues across the globe who are not able to attend the conference in person. We plan to offer the morning’s events in a live virtual format, and we will record and provide the whole program online. Please stay tuned for details on how we will engage virtual participants. 

To register as an online participant, you will fill out a different registration form. Stay tuned for more information.

Are there travel scholarships available? What if I need a visa letter?

If you need a visa letter or would like to apply for a travel scholarship, please note that you must first register for the conference.

Before filling out either form below, be prepared to upload a copy of your passport bio-page (the page with your photo and personal information) and a copy of your registration confirmation. Look for this confirmation message in your email inbox after registering.  

After you register and have these documents ready, you can fill out the following forms. Please allow three to five business days for a response.

*As a reminder, independent consultants, unsponsored practitioners, or students from LMICs will be considered for travel scholarships. Please note that we are unable to cover anyone's full travel costs, but can help with conference registration, airfare, and/or accommodations.

Are accommodations included in registration?

No, accommodations are not included in the cost of registration. We have blocked off a limited number of rooms at the following hotels. Conference participants should reach out directly to these hotels for information about special rates for the 2022 UNC Water and Health Conference. 

You are not required to stay at these hotels. Some participants use online vacation rental sites like Airbnb or Vrbo to book their accommodations.

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