The Water Institute at UNC Invites You to Join Us, May 5 – 7, 2014

The 2014 Water Microbiology Conference creates a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health issues to come together around the intersection of the two.

The Conference will blend interactive workshops with scientific symposia and poster socials. 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.

Agenda Available

The Agenda is now available in addition to a description of side events.  Be sure to check back as this information will be regularly updated.

Main Conference Themes

  • Sources
  • Exposure
  • Analytical Methods
  • Management and Treatment

While the 2014 Water Microbiology Conference has four main themes, a wide range of topics will be covered throughout the conference. The table below provides an example of topics that would fall under the various themes.  This list is not exhaustive and there may be many other suitable topics that fit under the main themes.



Analytical Methods

Management and Treatment

Human and animal fecal sources Survival and transport Molecular and enzymatic methods and biosensors Water and wastewater treatment and disinfection
Effluents, discharges and stormwaters Hazards (growth) (antimicrobial resistant microorganism) (zoonotic organisms) Metagenomics and community analysis Monitoring, criteria and standards
Drinking, reclaimed, recreational and irrigation waters Shellfish, produce, irrigation Testing technology  and performance evaluation Preventative management and safety plans
Rural and disaster water supplies and sanitation Health risk and Epidemiology Indicators and predictive modeling QMRA, decision analysis and surveillance
Aerosols and fomites Microbial source tracking Stormwater best management practices


The Conference will offer participants a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas, debate challenging topics and explore potential collaborations. This is the first of what is expected to become an annual event for the water microbiology community.

The 2014 Water Microbiology Conference is under the direction of an International Advisory Committee led by Dr. Al Dufour, Senior Research Microbiologist at US EPA, and an Internal Management Committee led by Dr. Mark Sobsey, Kenan Distinguished Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health.