Click here to read the latest newsletter of the HRWM Specialist Group, with updates on Watermicro2017, the ISFEV2016 conference and IWA World Water Congress in Brisbane and several highlights on (activities of) HWRM group members.
The 19th International Symposium on Health-Related Water Microbiology is organized by the International Water Society (IWA) Specialist Group on Health-Related Water Microbiology (HRWM) biennially. In 2017, the Symposium will run concurrently with the annual Water Microbiology Conference to create a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health to come together around the intersection of the two. The Conference will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from May 15 – 19, 2017.
The Conference 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. IWA members will be able to participate in all Water Microbiology Conference sessions as well as several exclusive to members of the IWA Specialist Group on Health-related Water Microbiology.
Abstract Submissions due: January 1, 2017
Early-bird Registration due: January 1, 2017
Side Events submission due: January 1, 2017
Willie Grabow Young Investigator Award, application due: January 10, 2017
More information, including the call for abstracts, accommodation details, and registration will be available soon!
Call for nominations
Nominations are open to fill the following positions on the HRWM Management Committee:
- Secretary to serve for four years (2017 – 2021)
- Vice Chair - to serve for 6 consecutive years ; two years as Vice-chair, another two as Chair and finally two years as Immediate Past-Chair (2017 – 2023)
Nominations should be clearly marked and sent to Rosina: email@example.com and Gary: firstname.lastname@example.org Nominations close on 20 November 2016.
Nominees will be alerted and names of nominees will be published in the March 2017 Newsletter, together with a call for votes , two months prior to WaterMicro in May 2017.
Joan Rose receives Stockholm Water Price
Prof. Joan B. Rose, Ph.D. from Michigan State University was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize for her extended contribution to public health and water quality research. She is a true ambassador for the HRWM research field! The Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee said that “The nexus of water-related microbiology, water quality and public health is rife with uncertainty – in both theory and practice. The world is blessed with few individuals who can tackle the increasing and changing challenges to clean water and health, starting from state-of-the-art science through dedicated and original research, then moving to professional dissemination, effective lobbying of the legislative arena, influencing practitioners, and raising the general awareness. Joan Rose is the leading example of this extremely rare blend of talents.” She was awarded the prize by the King of Sweden at a special banquet during the Stockholm Water Week. Congratulations from the HRWM Specialist Group on this accomplishment!
Mark Sobsey receives Clarke Prize
The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) has announced that Prof. Mark D. Sobsey, Ph.D., will be the twenty-third recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. The 2016 NWRI Clarke Prize, consisting of a medallion and $50,000 award, will be handed over at a prestigious event held on 3 November 2016. Every year this award recognizes research accomplishments that solve real-world water problems and highlights the importance and need to continue funding this type of research. Professor Sobsey’s leadership and contributions to the fields of environmental health microbiology, virology, and water sanitation and hygiene were among the reasons cited for his selection as the 2016 recipient. Congratulations from the HRWM Specialist Group on this accomplishment!
New Editor-In-Chief Journal of Water and Health
Congratulations to Prof. Nicholas J. Ashbolt on his appointment as the new Editor-In-Chief for the Journal of Water and Health. Many thanks also to Prof. Paul R. Hunter for the years of hard work and the success he and his team achieved during his time as Editor for the Journal.
Global Water Pathogen Project
The Global Water Pathogen Project (GWPP) is an international network of over 140 scientists focused on translating the science on global water pathogens, sanitation, and health in order to protect global health. Led by Dr. Joan B. Rose of Michigan State University and Dr. Blanca Jimenez, Director of the Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO, the GWPP provides an online knowledge resource and hub on water pathogens, which will guide the goals for sanitation and achieving safe water around the world. The GWPP grew out of an interest to update the book “Sanitation and Disease: Health Aspects of Excreta and Wastewater Management” (Feachem et al.1983), which was published with a financial contribution from the World Bank. The GWPP will update and revise the original book, as well as target the risk based evaluation of sanitation technologies within the WHO water safety framework and contribute to the improvement of access to sanitation. See http://www.waterpathogens.org
Global Trends & Challenges in Water Science, Research and Management, Second Edition, Published by International Water Association (IWA), London , UK, ISBN 9781780408378.
Download it at : http://www.iwa-network.org/publications/global-trends-challenges-in-water-science-research-and-management/
HRWM SG Young Water Professionals (YWP)
Are you interested in playing a more active role as a young water professional, specifically in the IWA Health Related Water Microbiology Specialist Group? Well now is your chance. Please familiarise yourself with the rules of the game at: http://www.iwa-network.org/young-water-professionals.php
Please email your interest and specific ideas to email@example.com You will then be included in a mailing list specifically for HRWM SG YWP and you will then be contacted to form part of the forum to generate ideas towards WaterMicro 2017.
IWA General information: Connect and Contribute
As an IWA member we encourage you to connect and contribute to:
- Thematic Programmes – IWA is pleased to offer our YWPs the ability to get some work experience by contributing to the projects in the programmes. Please contact the programme coordinator in case you are willing to offer support.
- YWP Country Chapters – Find out if IWA is active in your country and whether they have specific YWP activities you can become involved in.
- YWP Events – Attend, participate and organise YWP dedicated events.
- Specialist Groups (SG) – Find the SG in your field and get in contact with its members, bring in new ideas and offer to organise other YWPs under the group.
Read about our YWPs previous experiences in the Newsletter.