NSF Health Sciences and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) are now accepting proposals for expert speaker and research poster presentations for this year’s Legionella Conference to be held in Chicago, IL, August 19-21. Legionella Conference 2020: Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens in Health Care will focus on preventing deadly outbreaks in hospitals and health care settings. The conference is co-hosted by NSF Health Sciences (an NSF International company) and NEHA.
Public health leaders, policy makers, regulators, researchers, infection prevention practitioners and water management systems experts are invited to submit proposals. The deadline for oral presentations and poster presentations is April 1. Applications may be submitted online.
Discussions will focus on policies and strategies to prevent health care-associated waterborne disease outbreaks, including hazards related to medical devices, cleaning and disinfection in sterile settings, and water quality requirements in hospitals and health care facilities. Prioritized conference themes include:
- Preventing health care-associated waterborne disease outbreaks
- Microbiological contamination control in sterile processing
- Environmental sampling strategies
- Lessons from conducting outbreak investigations (surveillance, reporting and response)
- Reducing energy and water consumption while reducing infection risk
- Building design, construction and renovation
- Regulatory frameworks for reducing waterborne disease risks in building water systems
- State and local regulatory inspection of building water systems
- Updates on federal, state and local legislation and regulations
This will be the third annual Legionella Conference bringing together industry experts and policy makers to discuss solutions and prevention. It will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on Chicago’s downtown river walk. Visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Water Works Association
AWWA is accepting abstracts for the 2020 Water Quality Technology Conference in Schaumburg, IL. The conference is November 15-19. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts by 4:00 p.m. (MDT) March 5 for oral presentations and workshops that address a variety of water quality related topics. Topics of interest include:
- Corrosion Control
- Disinfection By-Products
- Distribution System Issues
- EDCs/Emerging Contaminants Issues
- Organic and Inorganic Contaminants
- Microbiology/Organisms in Water
- Optimizing Treatment and Operations
- Potable and Non-potable Reuse
- Regulatory and Policy Issues
- Residuals Management and Disposal
- Sensors, Monitoring, and Measurement
- Source Water Protection
- Taste and Odor Issues
- UV, AOP, Ozone
Abstracts should be submitted online by the March 5 deadline.