Plenary Speakers

David Kay

David Kay

Professor of Environment and Health at the University of Wales
David Kay is Professor of Environment and Health at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Director of the Centre for Research into Environment and Health. He has acted as consultants and/or advisers on water quality and standards for recreational and drinking water to WHO, EU, USEPA, UK Governments, regulators and the water industry. He recently acted as: specialist adviser to the House of Lords, European Communities Select Committeeenquiry into the revision of the EU Bathing Water Directive: theme leader to UK Natural Environment Research Council on research priorities in microbiology and human health; technical adviser to WHO on regulation and management of bathing and shellfish waters and on standards harmonisation across water sectors. Current projects have addressed: linked modelling of catchment and near-shore microbial flux impacting on bathing and shellfish harvesting waters (NERC-C2C project); real-time prediction of bathing water quality for implementation of the ‘Advisory’ provision of the EU rBWD (2006) (EU- Smart Coasts); modelling virus pollution in catchment systems (EU FP7-Virobathe); climate change effects on catchment microbial flux and recreational disease burden (ECDC-Stockholm; EUFP7-Viroclime); modelling and remediation of diffuse microbial pollution flux from agriculture (DEFRA-SEPA); the health effects if flooding in the UK and the health risk from sustainable water resource design options (EPSRC and UKWIR).

John F. Griffith

John F. Griffith

Principal Scientist of the Microbiology Department and Coordinator of Molecular Technology at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Dr. John F. Griffith is Principal Scientist of the Microbiology Department and Coordinator of Molecular Technology at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. He received his Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography from the University of Southern California. Dr. Griffith has been at the forefront of research to develop, evaluate and implement methods for rapid assessment of beach water quality and microbial source identification. Griffith is the author of over 50 articles on use of Foraminifera as bio-indicators, prokaryotic and viral diversity in marine plankton, microbial source tracking, and relationships between water quality indicators and swimming-related illness.

Joan B. Rose

Joan B. Rose

Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Michigan State University
Joan joined MSU in 2003 as the Homer Nowlin Chair and is co-director of both the Center for Water Sciences and the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment. She is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety publishing more than 300 manuscripts. She has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks world-wide. Her work addresses the use of new molecular tools for surveying and mapping water pollution for recreational and drinking water; assessment of innovative water treatment technology for the developed and developing world and use of quantitative microbial risk assessment.

  • Bachelor’s (1976) and Ph.D. (1985), microbiology, University of Arizona
  • Master’s (1980) microbiology, University of Wyoming
  • Public Service Medal, Singapore Ministry of Environment and Water Resources
  • First female recipient, Clarke Water Prize (international award for water science and technology contributions)
  • Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.