• Chairs: Dr Susanne Lee, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director, Leegionella Ltd and Prof Rachel Chalmers, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Head of the Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales.

This one-day conference from RSPH and the Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, will not only provide the background but also new information from Cryptosporidiosis outbreaks, and ongoing research in both recreational waters and drinking water and food. 

The organisers are delighted to announce that Dr Michael Beach from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the leading expert in recreational water infections, will be giving the keynote address for this conference. Professor Rachel Chalmers from the Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales will also provide an essential update on the influences of Cryptosporidium in leisure pools, Cryptosporidiosis risks from foods, and the EU cost action on foodborne parasites.

This conference is a “must attend” for those involved with responsibilities for recreational waters including swimming pools and interactive water features, Local Authorities, Public Health, the hotel and leisure industry and those involved in food regulation and production, and testing laboratories.

Water Special Interest Group members who attend this conference are invited to a SIG meeting on 14th March 2018, from 4.30pm – 6pm at the conference venue 28 Portland Place. SIG members can then join the conference speakers at a dinner, included in the conference fee. If you would like to book to attend the SIG meeting and dinner, please confirm your place by contacting Joely Campbell or call 020 7265 7378

5 CPD credits available for attendees. 

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9:00 – 9:30 Registration and refreshments 

9:30 – 9:40 Chair’s introduction Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd

9:40 - 10:25 Cryptosporidiosis and recreational water in the USA: outbreaks and lessons learnt Dr Michael Beach, Deputy Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases Associate Director for Healthy Water National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

10:25 – 11:00 UK recreational water outbreaks Rob Johnston, Food Water and Environmental Scientist, Specialist Microbiology Services, Food, Water and Environmental Microbiology Laboratories, National Infection Service, Public Health England

11:00 – 11:20 Refreshments

11:20 - 11:50 What influences Cryptosporidium in leisure pools? Information from the first UK survey Professor Rachel Chalmers, Head of the Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales                                                                        

11:50 - 12:10 Views on hygienic swimming behaviours Hannah Jones, PhD Student, Swansea University

12:10 – 12:40 Case studies and lessons learned from recreational water outbreaks Jatinder Paul, Associate Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell LLP

12:40-13:00 – Questions and answers All morning session speakers led by Dr Susanne Lee

13:00 - 13:50 Lunch

13:50 – 14:00 Chair’s introduction Prof Rachel Chalmers, Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales

14:00 -14:30 Managing a public supply outbreak - the Alderney investigation - water treatment practices and cryptosporidiosis in the community Marcus Rink, Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate

14:30 – 15:00 Water for drinking – the outcome of research on use of UV in PWS Marcus Rink, Chief Executive, Drinking Water Inspectorate

15:00 – 15:30 Refreshments

15:30 – 16:15 EU COST action on foodborne parasites: evaluating methods and identifying what needs to be done Prof. Rachel Chalmers, Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales

16:15 – 16:45 Questions and Answers Panel session all afternoon speakers led by Prof Rachel Chalmers

All sessions subject to change

Booking Information
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Book by 26th January to get early bird prices on all fees 

RSPH member and Water SIG members: £79 (early bird) £109 (standard) 
Public sector and charity: £109 (early bird) £140 (standard) 
Private sector: £140 (early bird) £179 (standard) 

All fees include one year Associate membership with RSPH. If you are already a member of RSPH, £40 will be discounted for your next renewal. Our membership team will contact you after the conference with more information. You can find out about the benefits of Associate membership here

Cheques must be made payable to RSPH. Please note, places are guaranteed only upon receipt of payment and payments must be received by RSPH 4 weeks prior to the conference.

Cancellation: Substitutions can be made at any time. If notification is received 8 weeks prior to the course, a full refund will be made minus an administration charge of £40. Cancellations received after this time will receive no refund. Please note that notification of cancellation must be made in writing. The organisers reserve the right to change the timings
and/or identity of the speakers.