Location: University of Sheffield The Edge, 34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield S10 3ED

Join us at this one-day conference for students, health researchers and water professionals to share the latest advances in health-related water topics and network with others in the field.

We will hear from a range of expert speakers, as well as a selection of chosen presentations from submitted abstracts covering current research and new information regarding water and public health.

Topics will cover microbiology, chemical contamination, and engineering measures, and will include a mix of keynote sessions, abstract sessions and poster sessions. 

All delegates will receive 5 CPD credits.

Prices start from only £25.

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All student places include RSPH Student membership. The membership team will be in touch to organise this after the conference.

Cheques must be made payable to RSPH. Please note, places are guaranteed only upon receipt of payment.

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09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Opening remarks Dr Susanne Lee, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director, Leegionella Ltd

09:40 Microbial standards for recreational waters: is it time for a new approach to regulation for public health protection? Professor David Kay, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University

10:10 Cryptosporidium – the perfect waterborne pathogen? Professor Rachel Chalmers, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Cryptosporidium research Head of the Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales

10:40 Refreshment break and poster viewing

Abstract Session 1 

11.10 Regulations and Risk assesments - Jo Herschan, Student Speaker

11.30 Chlorine occurences and operational implications in drinking water treatment - Pablo Briones, Student Speaker

11.50 Prevalence of Acanthamoeba spp. in water treatment works in England - Vydeki Shan, Student Speaker

12.10 Source tracking of antimicrobial resistance in emerging countries - Amelia Ott, Student Speaker

12:30 Lunch and networking
Afternoon session Chaired by Dr Vanessa Speight, Senior Research Fellow, Managing Director of TWENTY65, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield

13:30 Drinking water quality – an update Marcus Rink, Chief Executive, Drinking Water Inspectorate

14:00 Water safety challenges in the healthcare Dr Susanne Lee, Consultant Clinical Scientist and environment Director, Leegionella Ltd

Abstract session 2 

14.50 Field testing of a prototype mechanical dry toilet flush - Jan Hennigs, Student Speaker

15.10 Urban groundwater resources management and its implications of water quality and public health in low-income countries - Emmanuel Maiyanga, Student Speaker 

15.30 Refreshment break and poster viewing

16:00 Poster session

16:30 Chair closing remarks Dr Susanne Lee, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director, Leegionella Ltd

16:40 Prize giving ceremony

16.50 Conference finish