Call for Abstracts - 2017 Water Microbiology Conference and International Symposium on Health-Related Water Microbiology (May 15 – 19th at UNC)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Water Institute at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the International Water Society Specialist Group on Health-Related Water Microbiology (IWA HRWM) are working together to run two concurrent conferences focused on the intersection of microbiology and public health:

The 2017 UNC Water Microbiology Conference (May 15 – 17th)
The 19th International Symposium on Health-Related Water (May 15th – 19th)

The Conferences will blend interactive workshops with scientific symposia and poster socials, offering participants a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas, debate challenging topics and explore potential collaborations. 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.

Conference Themes include:

Sources & Reservoirs


  •  Drinking, reclaimed, recreational and irrigation waters
  •   Rural water supply and sanitation
  •  Disasters and extreme events
  • One Health, including human and animal wastes
  • Effluents, discharges, biosolids, biofilms and stormwaters



  • 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


 Registration and Abstract Submission Is Now Open

Registration – IWA, lab group, and student packages are available and early bird pricing runs until (date). IWA members will be able to participate in all Water Microbiology Conference sessions as well a dedicated track each day for members of the IWA Specialist Group on Health-Related Water Microbiology. Questions? Email: