Microbial Transport and Survival in the Subsurface: First International Conference

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sponsoring Organizations: 



Canadian Water Network
Centre for Water Resources Network
National Water Research Institute (USA)


Microbial Transport and Survival in the Subsurface: First International Conference
Sunday, May 10, 2009 - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

White Oaks Conference Resport & Spa
253 Taylor Rd. SS4
Ontario, L0S1J0

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Many outbreaks of waterborne illness caused by viral and bacterial agents, such as E. coli, Campylobacter, hepatitis A, and Noroviruses, can be attributed to subsurface contamination. However, satisfactory mitigation strategies to reduce the likelihood of subsurface contamination by pathogens are still lacking in part because their transport and survival must be better understood.

The Canadian Water Network and National Water Research Institute (U.S.) developed the First International Conference on Microbial Transport and Survival in Porous Media to advance our understanding of the transport and survival of microorganisms and, particularly, pathogens in subsurface environments and the associated risk of pathogen contamination in groundwater.

This conference is designed to bring together international experts and stakeholders interested in the broader area of microbial transport and fate in porous media so that state-of-the-art knowledge from various disciplines and application areas can be synthesized and applied to the issue of pathogens in subsurface environments. Fate and transport application areas may include pathogens in groundwater, riverbank filtration, engineered (conventional) filtration, bioremediation, aquifer storage and recovery, and others.

The conference will include technical presentations, as well as awards for best student presentation and poster. In addition, the conference will include roundtable discussions and an international panel discussion addressing research needs.

CONFERENCE FEES (All fees are in U.S. dollars)
**On-site registration fees will be $625.  Deadline to register on-line is Friday, May 8, 2009.

Early Registration ends April 17, 2009.
Early On-line Registration:                           
Full Conference Registration                       $525
Student Registration                                  $375
Single-day Registration                              $250

Hillebrand Winery Dinner and Tour:
Full Conference and Student Registration    Price is included in fees.
Day Registrants and Guests                      $100

Registration after April 17, 2009.
Regular On-line Registration:
Full Conference Registration                       $625
Student Registration                                  $375
Single-day Registration                              $250

To register please click on the "Register Now" button located on the top right hand corner of the page.

JUST ADDED  To view the preliminary conference program, click on the "Agenda" tab located on the navigation bar at the top of the page. 

Special Issue of Water Research


Individuals interested in the conference topics are encouraged to submit a paper to a special issue of Water Research dedicated to the topic of “Transport and Fate of Colloids and Microbes in Granular Aqueous Environments,” which will be guest edited by Drs. Monica Emelko and Nathalie Tufenkji.  Manuscripts that comprise the basis for presentations at the conference are also welcome. 



Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • The National Water Research Institute accepts payment by Visa and MasterCard, 

    For payments by check,  send payments to:

    National Water Research Institute
    PO Box 8096
    Fountain Valley, CA 92728-8096

    We can accept payment via wire transfer.  Please call Tammy Russo at NWRI for wire transfer instructions at 714-378-3278.

    If you have any questions regarding the payment information, please contact NWRI at 714-378-3278 or  at TRusso@nwri-usa.org .

    Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be made by April 28, 2009 to recieve a refund.  Cancellations will be assessed a nonrefundable $50.00 processing fee.

Organizing Committee:

     University of Waterloo         McGill University       University of Calgary       U.S. EPA           

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