Great success of the 20th symposium of the IWA Specialist Group Health-Related Water Microbiology in Vienna
The 20th symposium of the IWA Specialist Group Health-Related Water Microbiology, organized by ICC Water & Health and the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in Vienna (September 15–20, 2019, Campus University of Vienna), was a great success.
More than 400 colleagues from 45 countries actively participated in the high-quality scientific program, which consisted of 73 lectures, 260 posters, five workshops, two of them in cooperation with the WHO and three field trips.
The high number of young participants was particularly pleasing, namely 130 Young Water Professionals (YWP) aged up to 35.
Highlights included an excellent opening lecture by Prof. Erika Jensen-Jarolim (ONE HEALTH: understanding allergy or immune tolerance in humans and animals) and a prominently cast panel discussion on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Water and Sanitation), organized by the YWPs Austria. A welcome reception at the Universitätsbräu, an enjoyable evening at a Heurigen in Neustift, a YWP Pub-Quiz evening and a festive dinner at the Vienna City Hall rounded off the successful event.
We are happy about the numerous positive feedback we received about our event.
The program and the abstract book can be viewed on the congress website: www.hrwm.eu
Regina Sommer and Andreas Farnleitner (Conference Chairs)
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