A two-day conference from the Royal Society for Public Health and Institute of Cruise Ship Medicine

Chaired by Dr Susanne Lee Director, Leegionella Ltd and Steve Williams, Chair, Institute of Cruise Ship Medicine

Whether away from home on business or pleasure, travellers depend on the leisure industry to ensure that their holidays are safe and free from illness.

There have been many outbreaks of illness amongst travellers due to poor hygiene and lack of appropriate control measures to prevent food and waterborne illness.

Robust management systems need to be in place to prevent problems caused by potential pathogens and poor systems and procedures.

The sector needs to keep up-to-date on new and emerging trends which continue to challenge the cruise and leisure industry so that they can prioritise keeping their guests, crew and staff healthy and safe.

This conference brings together experts in their field to share with delegates the current thinking on pathogens of most potential risk, essential updates on the legislation and guidance, the threat of Norovirus and influenza, risk assessments, the legal consequences, current case studies, water safety hazards, systems and procedures and the views of the travel industry, with the aim to promote an enjoyable, healthy and stress-free experience for the traveller.

Who should attend?
This conference will provide an excellent learning opportunity for anyone working in the leisure or travel industries. Those working in health protection, communicable disease control, medical microbiology, environmental health, and travel-related infection control would benefit from attending this conference, as would water treatment companies, tour operators, travel insurers, hotel or cruise ship managers and engineers.

Dinner and drinks reception All attendees are invited to a networking dinner, taking place on Thursday 29 June after day one of the conference. 

CPD points
5 CPD points will be awarded per day of attendance


The first day of the conference will focus on the hotel and leisure industry, and includes a networking dinner and drinks reception. The second day of the conference will focus on the cruise industry. 

Day one

09:00 Registration
09:30 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd
09:40 Where are the hotspots - epidemiology of food and waterborne outbreaks Dr Birgitta de Jong, Senior Expert, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
10:20 New ESGLI technical guidelines for water safety Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd
11.00 Refreshments
11:30 Safety and health is no accident - the travel industry perspective Nikki White, Director of Destinations and Sustainability, ABTA
12:00 Risk Assessment of water systems in ships Dr Sebastian Crespi, President, Biolinea International and hotels Public Health Solutions Group
12.40 Questions and answers
13:10 Lunch
14:00 Are you sleeping comfortably? The increasing risk of bed bugs and international travel Clive Boase, The Pest Management Consultancy
14.30 Microbial stowaways Dr Sam Collins, Legionella Microbiologist, Public Health England
15:10 Travel health messages: strategies to protect against emerging disease hazards Hilary Simons, Senior Specialist Nurse (Travel Health), National Travel Health Network and Centre, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
15.40 Refreshments
16:00 Keeping pools safe: spa pools, hot tubs, swimming pool, whirlpool baths and training pool staff Dr John V Lee, Public Health Microbiologist, Director and Technical Advisor, Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group
16.15 Public Health, Tourism and Litigation Dr Esteban Delgado, Chairman and Technical Director, Preverisk Group
16.45 Questions and Closing Remarks Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd and Steve Williams, Chair, Institute of Cruise Ship Medicine

Delegate and speaker dinner

18.00 Drinks reception and dinner including pre dinner speaker Professor Rodney Cartwright, Honorary Fellow RSPH

Day two

09:00 Registration
09:30 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction Steve Williams, Chair, Institute of Cruise Ship Medicine
09:40 Emerging public health threats in a global business Professor David Heymann CBE, Chairman, Public Health England
10:10 EU SHIPSAN ACT guidelines update Jaret Ames, EU SHIPSAN ACT
10.40 Refreshments
11:00 Norovirus, an ever present threat - new tricks Mel Skip, Manager, Health Policy, Carnival UK
11.45 Influenza in the cruise industry - article review Steve Williams, Chair, Institute of Cruise Ship Medicine
12.00 Questions and answers
12:30 Lunch
13.15 LEGAL Hour/Litigation Trends Keeping Travelers Safe Maria Pitordis, Hill Dickinson, Elizabeth Tetzner, Irwin Mitchell
14.15 Implementing a water safety plan in the cruise industry Arthur L Diskin M.D. FACEP, President and CEO of Quality Medical Management Inc.
15:00 Refreshments
15.45 What alternatives are there to alcohol hand gels Robert Kenyon
16:15 Questions and Closing Remarks Steve Williams, Chair, Institute of Cruise Ship Medicine

Programme, talks and speakers are subject to change

Download the programme here


Booking Information
Download the booking form here

Book before 5 May 2017 to get early bird rates on all fees.

Fees (no VAT payable)
All fees Include a 3 course delegate dinner on Thursday 29th June

Two-day conference
RSPH members
: £200 / Early Bird: £180
Public Sector/Charities: £240 / Early Bird: £216
Private Sector: £280 / Early Bird: £252

One-day conference 
RSPH members: £150 / Early bird: £135
Public Sector/Charities: £190 / Early bird: £171
Private Sector: £220 / Early bird: £198

Take advantage of discounted member rates by joining RSPH. Find out more.

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.

Dinner and drinks reception booking

All attendees are invited to a networking dinner, taking place on Thursday 29th June after day one of the conference. 

To reserve your place at the dinner please email Joely Campbell or call 020 7265 7378.