International researchers discuss the microbiological safety of water in Vienna
The world's largest international water hygiene conference is being held in Vienna
Water experts from more than 40 nations in Vienna
As part of the world's largest water hygiene congress in Vienna, 300 international scientists from more than 40 nations present their research on the campus of the University of Vienna. The symposium will bring together researchers, policymakers, science, industry, water suppliers, national authorities and administrations, as well as experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), to share the latest scientific knowledge, experience and expertise.
The symposium, organized by the International Water Association's (IWA) Health-Related Water Microbiology (HRWM) Specialist Group, is run by the Inter-University Cooperation Center ICC Water and Health (www.waterandhealth.at)
Research on microbial contamination of water
Among the main topics of the symposium are the research on pathogens transmitted by water, i.e. pathogenic bacteria, parasites and viruses. Particular attention is paid to the development and application of microbiological indicators, diagnostical tools for determining the origin of fecal sources, and the modeling of microbiological water quality and the associated risks to human health. Further important topics are water treatment and -disinfection, water reuse, bathing water and water for recreational activities, and infection control in health facilities. Five workshops such as WHO workshops on antimicrobial resistance and bacteriophages as well as on quantitative microbial risk assessment (QRMA) are organized. Three technical excursions are offered, to the waste water treatment plant Vienna ebs, to the flood control management Danube Island and to the alpine springs and catchments of the First Vienna water supply.
Conference Website: www.hrwm.eu
Prof. Andreas Farnleitner (conference president)
Karl Landsteiner University Krems
Department Pharmacology, Physiologie and Microbiology
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Regina Sommer (conference president)
Medical University Vienna
Zentrum für Pathophysiologie, Infektiologie und Immunologie
Institut für Hygiene und Angewandte Immunologie
T: +431-40160-33051 (Sekr.-33050)