International researchers discuss the microbiological safety of water in Vienna

The world's largest international water hygiene conference is being held in Vienna
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VIENNA - Sept. 12, 2019 - PRLog -- The quality of the water used as drinking water, irrigation, aquaculture, food processing or recreational activities has significant public health implications worldwide. Pollution from fecal pathogens continues to be a major concern for health in the environment, water and food. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals therefore include providing the entire world population with safe drinking water by 2030.

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 ( of the MedUni Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology and the Karl Landsteiner University Krems (KL) and supported by the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (OGHMP). The IWA HRWM Specialist Group addresses all aspects of human and public health where water plays the role of a vector or reservoir of pathogens.

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.

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Press contact:

Prof. Andreas Farnleitner (conference president)
Karl Landsteiner University Krems

Department Pharmacology, Physiologie and Microbiology
T: +43-2732-72090390

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


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