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  • Joep Appels

    Location: microLAN, Waalwijk, the Netherlands
    Profile: Joep Appels has a degree in analytical chemistry (HBO-A) and a degree in marketing (NIMA-B). He has 30+ years of experience in the field of (on-line) water and environmental instruments and worked for several major US instrument companies including Thermo Instruments (one of the largest instrument manufacturers in the world) and New Brunswick Scientific (a leading company in the development if biotech instruments). He worked on the development and implementation of AOX and (on-line) TOC analyzers with Euroglas, based in Delft (which was acquired by Thermo).In 2003 he started his own company microLAN BV which is nowadays the world market leader for online toxicity monitoring instruments (using Vibrio fischeri or luminescent bacteria). microLAN focuses on the development and sales of online optical sensors for bio-indicator monitoring being the detection of algae, bacteria and (toxic)chemicals in water. microLAN holds the patent EP2165193 (“Device for monitoring water for microbial germs”). It’s the first company in the world with a commercially successful online bacteria monitoring sensor capable of detecting enzymatic activity of E.coli, coliform and total bacteria in water. microLAN is in the EU Aquavalens project (Protecting the health of Europeans by improving methods for the detection of pathogens in drinking water and water used in food preparation) with 42 participants and 8.9 million € budget. The BACTcontrol 2.0 is currently released and a new application for detection of Enterococci will be added in 2016.
  • Dr Lisa Avery

    Location: James Hutton Institute UK
    Profile: Dr Lisa Avery is an Environmental Microbiologist with 11 years + research experience, focussed primarily on the interactions of enteric pathogens and environmental matrices including waters. She also has significant expertise in microbiological aspects of water and waste treatment, in particular water reuse. Her main research focus is currently the survival of water-borne pathogens and their transport through catchments. Developing a research centre on environmental transmission of enterics, she has experience in field and laboratory with water-borne pathogens and FIOs, including standard and molecular methods. She has a strong publication record in the field and current projects include a NERC-CASE award on pathogen transport through catchments.
  • Dr. Dang Duong Bang

    Location: Technical University of Denmark (Food)
    Profile: Dr. Dang Duong Bang is senior scientist, Ph.D. and Head of Laboratory of Applied Micro and Nanotechnology (LAMINATE), DE, with two Ph.D. students and 1 post-doc. His research focuses on applied micro-nanotechnology for rapid detection and identification of pathogens (virus and bacteria). He has worked on several EU and national funded projects to develop Lab-on-a-chip systems for nucleic acid analysis. His inclusion increases expertise in senstor technologies.
  • Claudia Beimfohr

    Location: Vermicon, Germany
    Profile: Claudia has a PhD in microbiology and is the CTO at Vermicon. She is responsible for research, development and production of Vermicon`s product portfolio. She has extensive experience working in EU projects as a work package leader and project partner.
  • Prof. Sándor Belák

    Location: The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    Profile: Professor Belak is based at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, SLU, Uppsala. He has 40 years experience in virology, expert of OIE (director), FAO, IAEA and president of the European Society for Veterinary Virology (ESVV). Coordinated EU projects FAIR- CT98-4123, QLK2CT-2000-00486 and LAB-ONSITE (SSP3-513 645).
  • Professor Anicet R. Blanch

    Location: University of Barcelona, Spain
    Profile: Professor Anicet R. Blanch's work is focused on development and application in the environment of selective and specific methods for the detection of bacterial species. He also works on the epidemiology and ecology of different bacterial populations, having a consolidate expertise on Microbial Source Tracking studies.
  • Professor Albert Bosch

    Location: University of Barcelona, Spain
    Profile: Professor Albert Bosch has published more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles on enteric viruses in scientific journals as well as complete books. He is a member of numerous scientific committees, notably the scientific committee of the Spanish Food Safety Authority, and acts as Chairman of the Astrovirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. He is a member of the steering committee of the Health-Related Water Microbiology group of the International Water Association.
  • Dr Maha Bouzid

    Location: University of East Anglia, UK
    Profile: Post-doctoral researcher with expertise in parasite genetics. Maha is currently a Senior Research Associate at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. Her broad research interests are bacterial and parasitic zoonotic diseases. Her primary interests are the molecular biology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of waterborne parasites, namely, Cryptosporidium and Giardia. She has a master's in microbiology and a Ph.D. awarded from the University of East Anglia, investigating mechanisms of virulence in Cryptosporidium species using the parasite's genomics. Her research interest has recently expanded to account for the effect of climate change, mainly on vector-borne and waterborne diseases.
  • Dr Helen Bridle

    Location: Heriot Watt University, UK
    Profile: Dr Helen Bridle is a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellow, investigating methods for the detection of waterborne pathogens. This is prestigious 5 year Fellowship worth nearly £600k. She has secured over £125k of additional funding, including a BBSRC Industrial Case Award with Scottish Water for a PhD student studying microfluidic systems for Cryptosporidium separation and detection. Within the first 1.5 years of this Fellowship, 4 papers have been submitted, with 2 more manuscripts in preparation and 1 patent, in the area of waterborne pathogen concentration, to be filed December 1st 2011. Dr Bridle was awarded her PhD entitled "Techniques to manipulate the environment around and inside single cells" in 2008 at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. The PhD involved the development of a microfluidic system, to create a patterned laminar flow, for rapid solution exchange around biological probes and resulted in 5 publications in top-class journals. She was invited to organise a symposium entitled "Applications of Patterned Laminar Flow" at the Pittsburgh Conference, an important international conference attracting over 20,000 attendees, in 2006. She also gave a presentation at this conference. Additionally, her work has been presented at the The 49th and 50th Annual Meetings of the Biophysical Society in 2005 and 2006, BioNano 3, An International Conference on Bionanotechnology Research 2005, the 5th International Conference on Biological Physics 2004.
  • Dr Kaye Burgess

    Location: Teagasc, Ireland
    Profile: Dr Kaye Burgess is a molecular microbiologist and her research focuses on understanding the behaviour and virulence of microbial pathogens, in particular the stress response of gram negative pathogens along the farm to fork chain. She has also worked on the development of novel rapid detection tools for foodborne pathogens. She participated in the FP5 project NutraCells and is a participant in the FP6 project ProSafeBeef. Dr Burgess has extensive experience in project management and is presently involved in the management of a number of national funded projects and is coordinator of a nationally funded project focused on biocide resistance.
  • Miriam Byrne


    Location: City Analysts, Ireland
    Profile: Miriam Byrne is the Managing Director of City Analysts Ltd. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Oxford Brookes University. She has worked within the water /wastewater /environmental industry for the last 20 years. As a founder member of the company, she set up the first commercial laboratory for Cryptosporidium testing in Ireland.
  • Dr Rachel Chalmers:

    Location: Public Health Wales, United Kingdom (PHL
    Profile: Dr Chalmers is a Consultant Clinical Scientist qualified in Microbiology and has particular interest and experience in the diagnosis, management, epidemiology and environmental detection of pathogens. Her main research interests are in the area of protozoan parasites and environmental transmission. She has experience of conducting microbiological and epidemiological studies in outbreak settings and in the investigation of sporadic disease. She has run cohort and surveillance studies, serological, and environmental surveys. She also has experience of field research in the UK, Europe and elsewhere. She has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and contributed to five books. In addition, Dr Chalmers has sat on several UK and International advisory committees.
  • Professor Marc Desmulliez

    Location: Heriot Watt University, UK
    Profile: Professor Marc Desmulliez is a professor in microsystems engineering and Founder/Director of MISEC. He holds four degrees in Electrical Engineering, Theoretical Physics, Opto-electronics and Microwave Engineering from UCL, Paris, Cambridge and Heriot-Watt Universities. Particular recent interest and experience is in Bio-MEMS and advanced manufacturing technologies. Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist, he has co-authored over 300 publications, and holds 7 patents in the field of microsystems and optoelectronics. He sits in many international Conferences committees and is the member of the Editorial Board of two Periodicals. He is a visiting Professor of four Universities in France, Norway, Hong Kong and China.
  • Dr Andreas Farnleitner

    Location: Vienna Technical University, Austria
    Profile: Andreas H. Farnleitner is Associate Professor for Environmental Microbiology at the Technische Univ Vienna. He has been working in the field of health-related water microbiology and microbial ecology for 12 years and published over 90 contributions in peer reviewed journals, books and proceedings. He coordinates the recently established ICC Water and Health.
  • Professor Paolo Favaro

    Location: University of Bern, Switzerland
    Profile: Paolo Favaro received the Laurea degree (BSc+MSc) from Università di Padova, Italy in 1999, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 and 2003 respectively. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the computer science department of the University of California, Los Angeles and subsequently in Cambridge University, UK. Between 2004 and 2006 he worked in medical imaging at Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, USA. From 2006 to 2011 he was Lecturer and then Reader at Heriot-Watt University and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK. In 2012 he became full professor at Universität Bern, Switzerland. His research interests are in computer vision, computational photography, machine learning, signal and image processing, estimation theory, inverse problems and variational techniques. He is also a member of the IEEE Society
  • Professor Maria José Figueras

    Location: Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
    Profile: Professor Maria José Figueras has considerable experience in monitoring indicator organisms in water and in the potential epidemiological threaten of pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, Arcobacter, Legionella and Aeromonas in waters. She is expert adviser of the ISO Committee for Water Microbiological Methods; the European Union on amendments to the Bathing Water Directive; the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP); and has been involved in the development of WHO Guidelines for Waters. Maria is a member of the pool of scientific advisors of the Committee of Health and Environmental Risks (2009/146/EC) and author of more than 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 5 books and 9 book chapters. She has participated in over 120 national and international congresses, and director of 7 PhD theses
  • Professor Sigurdur M Gardarsson

    Location: University of Iceland
    Profile: Dr. Sigurdur M. Gardarsson is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Iceland. He has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Washington. He worked at WEST Consultants in Seattle, USA, 1997-2000, at VST Consulting Engineers Ltd. 2000-2003 in Iceland, as an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Iceland in 2003, and was appointed Professor in 2007. He served as Head of Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2008-2014 and is currently the Vice Head of the Faculty. He has published extensively, advised numerous MS and PhD students and worked on various consulting projects in the field of environmental Engineering, both in USA and Iceland.
  • Dr Maria Gunnarsdottir

    Location: University of Iceland
    Profile: Dr. Maria J. Gunnarsdottir is currently at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Iceland. Her research field is water safety plans (WSP) and how to safeguard drinking water. She holds an MSc degree in Environmental Science and a BSc degree in Civil Engineering. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Water Regulation & Management from University of Surrey UK. She has a long experience working with water utilities as a division manager for water supply at Samorka the association of utilities in Iceland and had a leading role in implementing WSP in water utilities in Iceland. She has participated in international cooperation such as the International Network on Small Community Water Supply Management guided by the World Health Organization (WHO). This network accomplishment is among others a manual for small water utilities on water safety plan that is to be published early 2012 by WHO. She has also participated in Nordic Water Supply Associations forum as a representative for Icelandic water supply and holds the Johns Snow Society Scandinavian Pump-handle Award 2002 for work to further safety of drinking water with HACCP and WSP
  • Dr. Beate Hambsch

    Location: Water Technology Centre, Karlsruhe, Germany
    Profile: Head of the department microbiology at the DVGW did her Master's degree in Food Technology at the University of Munich, and her Ph.D. in chemical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. Besides the joint research projects with utilities in the field of drinking water microbiology and bacteriological monitoring programmes she was responsible for various national research projects especially in the field of regrowth, coliform bacteria and other hygienic relevant bacteria as well as in material testing and coal tar coated pipes. At DVGW she was also responsible for various EU funded projects such as EMG, MICRORISK or WEKNOW.
  • Professor Dr Manfred Höfle

    Location: Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
    Profile: Manfred Höfle (PhD, DSc, senior scientist) is head of Molecular Diagnostics Group and holds a honorary lectureship in microbiology at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles about aquatic microbiology and waterborne pathogens. He has coordinated 4 and participated in 2 EC Projects in the area of microbial biodiversity and waterborne pathogens
  • Dr. Michael Hügler

    Location: Location: Water Technology Center, Karlsruhe, Germany
    Profile: Michael Hügler is a senior scientist in the microbiology department at the DVGW-TZW. He holds a diploma in biology and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Freiburg. After postdoctoral stays in Woods Hole (USA) and Kiel (Germany) he joined DVGW-TZW in 2008. He has a broad expertise in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbial ecology, drinking water and health-related water microbiology. He is member of the International Water Association (IWA), the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and the German Association of Applied and Basic Microbiology (VAAM).
  • Professor Elizabeth Innes

    Location: Moredun Research Institute, UK
    Profile: Professor Elisabeth A. Innes has 25 years experience of working with protozoan parasites causing disease in livestock and people. She currently manages a multidisciplinary research team and has extensive experience of managing and delivering research programmes involved in control of protozoan parasites. In her additional role as Communications Director for Moredun she is also involved in developing innovative programmes to improve science policy connectivity and the impact of scientific research into practice.
  • Karin Jacobsson

    Location: National Food Agency, Sweden
    Profile: Dr Karin Jacobsson is employed as a senior microbiologist at NFA since January 2011. She obtained her PhD at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences where she was employed for 15 years during which she gained experience of working with pathogenic bacteria as wells as biopreservation bacteria and yeasts. She is currently project leader for a project aiming at establishing techniques for detection of low amounts of pathogens in water.
  • Greta Jakobsen

    Location: HOJMARKLABORATORIET AS - Denmark
    Profile: Greta has a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and is the founder of Hlab. Her main responsibilities are management and innovation.
  • Ulla Jensen

    Location: HOJMARKLABORATORIET AS - Denmark
    Profile: Ulla is a Chemist at Højmarklaboratoriet since 1987. Her main responsibilities are Quality Control, method development, and implementation
  • Dr Melanie Jimenez

    Location: Heriot-Watt University, UK
    Profile: Melanie Jimenez is a post-doctoral research associate in the institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at the Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland). She is currently developing new microfluidic tools for sorting protozoa, bacteria and viruses from drinking water. She received an Eng. Degree and M.Sc. degree in Process Engineering and Environment in 2010 from the University of Toulouse (France) and a Ph.D in 2013 after three years within the Transfer Interface Mixing Group of the LISBP Laboratory (France). Her research interests include microfluidics, visualization techniques (colorimetry, PLIF, PIV) and multiphase systems.
  • Dr Frank Katzer

    Location: Moredun Research Institute, UK
    Profile: Dr Frank Katzer is a Principal Investigator whose main research focus is in the molecular detection of a range of different protozoan pathogens and the application of molecular based tools to examine transmission routes, genetic diversity ad virulence markers. His research has led to the development of several novel diagnostic markers in protozoan pathogens.
  • Dr Abdelfateh Kerrouche

    Location: Heriot-Watt University, UK
    Profile: PhD, post-doctoral research associate. Abdelfateh Kerrouche received his PhD degree "Measurement and Instrumentation" from City University London in 2009. He was awarded the degrees of Master of philosophy in Electronics from Pierre & Marie Curie Paris VI University (France) and a Master of Electronics from Marne-La-Vallee University, France. In 2009, he worked as research associate at Oxford Brookes University in electronic design automation. In 2010, he worked as researcher in the Smart Energy Laboratory at Glasgow Caledonian University. He joined the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER) at Heriot Watt University in Nov 2010; he developed 3D Ray-tracing Modelling of Luminescent Solar Concentrators. Since Nov 2013 he is working as research associate at Microsystems Engineering Centre (MISEC)
  • Alexander Kirschner

    Location: Medical University of Vienna
    Profile: Alexander Kirschner is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology, MUW. He has been working in the field of microbial ecology and health related water microbiology for 16 years and published over 40 contributions in peer reviewed journals, over 30 in proceedings and books. He is co-coordinator of the recently established ICC Water and Health.
  • Bo Lindhardt

    Location: Nordvand, Denmark
    Profile: Bo Lindhardt, PhD, is one of the managers at Nordvand. He is responsible for three divisions in Nordvand: Department of drinking water production, Department of the distribution of drinking water and Department of Planning and Projects. He has worked with drinking water production during the past 10 years. Prior to this employed at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS, as a researcher for 7 years. Bo previously worked with the transport of pesticides in soil and groundwater. He was project manager on "The Danish Pesticide Leaching Assessment Programme," a full scale monitoring project where transport of pesticides was mapped from surface down to the upper part of the groundwater. During the past couple of years he has participated in a number of smaller research projects together with DTU ENV on water quality in drinking water systems.
  • Dr Alma López-Avilés

    Research Fellow

    Location: University of Surrey, UK
    Profile: Dr López-Avilés has recently joined the AQUAVALENS project at the University of Surrey, UK. Alma has over 15 years of work experience in research, consultancy, and policy having worked in academia, the private and public sectors in the UK and Africa. She has a 5-year degree in Geography (Universidad Complutense Madrid) and a PhD in Hydrology /Geomorphology (University of Leeds, 1998). Her PhD focused on the reconstruction of flood events in Northeast Spain looking at historic climate data and field evidence to estimate flood frequency and magnitude that can help plan and adapt to future flooding. Following a career in environmental consultancy and the Environment Agency (EA) in the UK, where Alma managed and carried out research and policy projects on water resources, flood & coastal erosion risk management and climate change adaptation, Alma lived in Ethiopia and was a full-time Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University. In Ethiopia she also worked as an independent consultant for UNICEF leading a team documenting and evaluating climate change adaptation projects. For the last 3 and a half years, Alma has worked for the University of Surrey as a Research Fellow in the EU-funded project SPREE looking at resource efficiency policies in the water sector, and in a Water-Energy-Food Nexus project funded by EPSRC&ESRC which investigated the energy and water implications of localising food manufacturing in the UK.
  • Ms Annika Lindholm

    Location: Nordvand, Denmark
    Profile: Chemical engineer. Responsible for water control in the Nordvand, has worked in controlling drinking water for more than 10 years.
  • Professor Francisco Lucena

    Location: University of Barcelona, Spain
    Profile: Professor Lucena works on phages as model micro-organisms and in developing methods for the detection of human viruses and protozoa in the environment.
  • Dr Antonio Martínez-Murcia


    Location: Genetic PCR Solutions (GPS), Spain
    Profile: Dr. Antonio Martínez-Murcia (B.Sc. Biochemist/Molecular Biologist, Valencia University 1987; Ph.D. Microbiology, Reading University, UK, 1993), promoter and director of GENETIC ANALYSIS STRATEGIES SL, developing qPCR assays for > 200 pathogens, which entrepreneur activities were awarded in 2002, 2012, and 2015. He counts with >25 years’ experience in genetic analysis applied to bacterial phylogeny, evolution, taxonomy, typing, identification and molecular microbial ecology. He has participated in > 30 national and international financed projects, including "C.L.E.A.N." Coastal Lagoon Eutrophication and Anaerobic Processes, European Community Environment Research Program (1992-1995), AQUACHIP FP5 (2001-2003), CLINICALAIR EUREKA 3350/F1172 2005-2006, HEALTHY-WATER FP6 (2006-2009), and AQUAVALENS-FP7 (2013-2018). He is co-author of ca. 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, a patented PCR method (1994), co-director of 8 doctoral theses, and has described 15 new bacterial species. He is an active member of the “Aeromonas Working-group” of the “International Sub-Committee on Vibrionaceae, Aeromonadaceae,..” (International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes). He is a professor of microbiology (Molecular Pathogenicity and Vaccines) at the University “Miguel Hernandez”, Orihuela, Alicante.
  • Dr Leena Maunula

    Location: University of Helsinki, Finland
    Profile: Dr Maunula (senior scientist) is a microbiologist specialized in viruses, especially enteric viruses regarding both clinical and environmental samples. She and Carl-Henrik von Bonsdorff have participated in several EU-projects (FP6, FBVE, EVENT, SEAFOODplus, FP7 VITAL) and have been working as specialists in many working groups (CEN/TC275/WG6/TAG4, Microbiology of food and animal feeding stuffs - Horizontal method for detection of noroviruses and hepatitis A virus in food by RT-PCR, Codex Guidelines of food hygiene for control of viruses in food, COST 929, A European network for environmental and food virology, ENVIRONET) at the international level
  • Biljana Milenković

    Location: DESING Fruit Preparation Co., Serbia
    Profile: Biljana Milenković (chemist) is technical director and she leads all the production processes in the company. She controls production plans, suggests corrective and preventive actions for improvement of the production facility and is responsible for the laboratory. She controls and coordinates sampling in order to assure quality of products, and compliance with all standards.
  • Dr Sílvia Monteiro

    Location: Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal
    Profile: PhD researcher and an expert in enteric viruses, viral surrogates, and Microbial Source Tracking. Silvia has participated in national and international cooperation projects and in the development of several qPCR and PCR methods.
  • Dr Jakob Ottoson

    Location: The Swedish University of Agricultural Science
    Profile: Dr Jakob Ottoson is an associate professor in infection biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Jakob has ten years experience in health related environmental microbiology working with molecular and classical diagnostics, source tracking and quantitative microbial risk assessment. He has experience from leading work package in EU projects Fluresist and VISK (Viruses in water, Scandinavian Knowledge) and was a Swedish committee member in COST929 Environet.
  • Dr Jörg Peplies

    Profile: Dr Peplies is co-founder, CEO, and technical head of Ribocon with a strong 12 year background in molecular environmental microbiology (PhD in 2003) and a technological focus on microbial (meta)genomics and especially marker gene (rRNA) analysis for the identification and phylogeny of microorganisms. He is heading the company on a full-time level since 2006 and has continuously published in peer-reviewed journals, documenting the close involvement of Ribocon into research-related activities. He is also part of the management team of the SILVA rRNA gene database project.
  • Dr Ana Pereira

    Location: Enkrott, Portugal
    Profile: Ana Pereira (PhD) is the responsible of the research and development department of Enkrott. She was involved in the European project related with drinking water safety (SAFER Project), to develop a monitoring device for biofilm formation.
  • Dr Steve Pedley

    Location: University of Surrey, UK
    Profile: Dr Pedley is a public-health microbiologist with over 25 years experience of research and consultancy work in water quality, pollution control and public health. He has extensive experience in bacteriological and virological techniques, and public health microbiology related to water quality. He is the PI for the University of Surrey component of the AQUATEST project, a 13 million dollar BMGF project led by the University of Bristol. He has worked on major international development projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Qatar, The Gambia, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Palestine (Gaza and the West Bank), Mauritius and Costa Rica. He is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for the Protection of Water Quality and Human Health.
  • Robert Pitchers

    Location: Water Research Centre, UK
    Profile: Robert Pitchers joined WRC in 1989 and specialises in the public health microbiology of water. He currently manages the independent advisory service on the health significance of micro-organisms in drinking water for UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) and the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI). He has carried out many investigations on the microbiological quality of drinking water from source to tap, and represented WRC-NSF as a partner in the EU Microrisk project. Most of these projects have been based in the UK, but studies have involved working with partners in Europe and North America. His recent work is focused on developing disinfection policies for water companies that takes account of the actual pathogen risks in sources of drinking water. He was convenor of European standards group developing new methods for testing the impact of materials on water quality, and has been an active membership of Working Groups of the Department of the Environment Standing Committee of Analysts.
  • Professor Carla Pruzzo

    Location: University of Genoa, Italy
    Profile: Carla Pruzzo (Full Professor of Microbiology) has been working for several years on bacterial pathogenicity properties and ecology of environmental pathogenic bacteria. Central to her work is the study of the strategies adopted by pathogenic vibrios (V. cholerae, in particular) to survive and spread in the aquatic environment and to infect humans, focusing on the interactions occurring with their environmental reservoirs. She will have the overall responsibility for the work carried out by UNIGE team.
  • Claudia Puigdomenech Serra

    Location: CETaqua, Spain
    Profile: Clàudia Puigdomènech, chemical engineer, works as project manager and researcher in Cetaqua. She has been involved in different projects related to water quality from both technical and management perspectives during 7 years. Her professional background includes management of European projects (Framework Programme, Eco-Innovation and national funding) and national projects about Implementation, maintenance and operation of automatic water quality information systems. Specifically, design hydraulic distribution in water quality stations, on-line instrumentation needed, analysis of the data, performing vertical profiles in the water column of dams, decision support for the reservoir management, etc. Her main topic of research in Cetaqua concerns the validation of on-line instruments for the real time monitoring of water quality, working with several technologies.
  • Professor Andreja Rajkovic

    Location: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia
    Profile: Professor Andreja Rajkovic graduated in the field of food technology and obtained his PhD in the field of food microbiology/food safety. His main expertise is: decontamination (organic acids, intense UV light pulses, chlorine dioxide), modified atmosphere packaging, mild processing, sub-lethal injury, bacterial toxins, molecular and microbiological methods. He has published more than 35 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has worked with a number of pathogens such as: L. monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7, C. jejuni, B. cereus, C. botulinum, S. aureus etc.
  • Dr Anette Alsted Rasmussen

    Location: IPU Technologies, Denmark
    Profile: Dr. Anette Alsted Rasmussen is Group manager, project manager and senior consultant at IPU Technology Development. Her main specialties and activities are within materials technology, surface technology, and electrochemistry often used in development project within both micro- nanotechnology and biotechnology.
  • David Reddick

    Head of Animal Health

    Location: Moredun Scientific, UK
    Profile: David Reddick is the Head of Animal Health at Moredun Scientific and holds degrees in Zoology (BSc) and Biotechnology (MSc) from the Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt. David has more than 14 years of experience working in a commercial contract research environment and during this time has been extensively involved in the production of Cryptosporidium oocysts.
  • Dr. Georg H. Reischer

    Location: Vienna Technical University, Austria
    Profile: Dr. Georg H. Reischer is in his fourth PostDoc year in the research group of Andreas Farnleitner. He has eight years of experience in the field of molecular biology and health-related water microbiology.
  • Dr Tim Ryan

    Location: EPIGEM, UK
    Profile: Tim is an inventor and entrepreneur, from idea to commercial manufacture and onto the market; as an employee for 18 years of a large company (ICI Materials) as a spin out company owner / director of a small company, Epigem Limited, since 1995 and until recently, within Epigem, as a contracted service provider to the EU "Europractice" microsystems service and the UK's Micro and Nanotechnology (MNT) Centre network. Currently he is focused on healthcare and large area microelectronics opportunities. Throughout his career Tim has been driven by a fundamental curiosity in the relationships between molecular structure and applications, methods / processes of controlling properties using morphology and microstructures and measurement and characterisation techniques. During his 35 years in industry, he has championed a diverse number of fields and established a worldwide scientific reputation (with more than150 patents comprising 15 basic inventions, over 50 publications and presentations including at least 20 international conference invited lectures) in biodegradable polymers, liquid crystal polymers, effect polymers, nanocomposites, replicated micro and nanostructure originated products including optoelectronic / micro-optical materials and components, microfluidics and large area microelectronics. He is a serial multidisciplinary project collaborator as his chosen route to customer focused product, technology and nature inspired innovation. Tim has served on the committees of professional bodies (RSC Industrial Physical Chemistry Gp. [Secretary 84/87], Institute of Mechanical Engineers [Chairman Microsystem Manufacturers Association 2004/5]) , Universities [Univ. Southern Mississippi, USA; Visiting Professor, University of Durham 1995-2010] and governmental advisory boards [DTI advisory boards member- Link Optical Systems for a Digital Age 2000; National Microsystems Centre advisory board member 2002 ; MNT Manufacturing Initiative 2004, BIS National Measurement System advisory board member since 2005; Non Exec Board member of Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology, Microsystems & Photonics (CENAMPS) 2003/8; overseas missionary to Japan, Korea, USA, Australia (optoelectronics, microfluidics, nanotechnology). He was educated at Sussex University as a chemist specialising in polymer science where he also obtained a D.Phil (ICI Case award) in polymer physical chemistry. He is an alumni of the ICI senior management training programme, an ex ICI Research Associate and alumni of the EU-Japan human resources training programme.
  • Dr Ricardo Santos

    Location: Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal
    Profile: Full-time researcher qualified in microbiology, virology and molecular biology. He has expertise in environmental Microbiology and Virology, Microbial Source Tracking and microbial ecology. Ricardo has lead national and international projects and has several active international collaborations with leading laboratories in the field of water and food microbiology.
  • Gemma Saucedo

    Location: Aguas de Barcelona, Spain
    Profile: Gemma Saucedo from Aguas de Barcelona, biologist, has been working in the Microbiological Department of Aguas de Barcelona for many years both in routine analysis and research projects.
  • Dr Anna Charlotte Schultz

    Location: Technical University of Denmark (DTU) National Food Institute
    Profile: Anna Charlotte Schultz holds a M. Sc. and a permanent position as Microbiologist since 2000, leading the Virus Team in DE with two other Ph.D. students and 1 technician. She is enrolled until spring 2012 as a Ph.D. student at the University of Copenhagen with the focus of virus detection in raspberries. Her main activities are method development/evaluation for the extraction and quantitative detection and typing of viruses and indicators in food, water and aerosols. She conducts research based risk assessment to the authority, the analytical part during investigation of food-borne viral outbreaks, and is involved in bacterial/viral surveillance and sanitary evaluation of these areas.
  • Dr. Nada Smigic

    Location: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia
    Profile: Dr. Nada Smigic has obtained her PhD in the field of food microbiology with the core of the research being mild decontamination/preservation and measurements of sub-lethal injury.
  • Jiri Snaidr

    Location: Vermicon, Germany
    Profile: Jiri has a PhD in microbiology and is the MBA, CEO and founder of Vermicon. He is responsible for sales and marketing of Vermicon's product portfolio.
  • Regina Sommer

    Location: Medical University Vienna, Austria
    Profile: Regina Sommer is Associate Professor for Water Hygiene at the Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology, MUW. She is head of the Water Hygiene Unit. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of water hygiene and health related water microbiology (over 50 peer-reviewed publications and participation in > 25 national and international standards in the field of water hygiene and health related water microbiology). She is co-coordinator of the recently established ICC Water and Health.
  • Claudia Stange (née Stoll)

    Location: Water Technology Centre, Karlsruher, Germany
    Profile: Claudia graduated with diploma in engineering (main field: biotechnology) at the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, Germany, in 2005. Since that time she works in the department of environmental biotechnology at the DVGW as project scientist. She is particularly experienced in the application of molecular biological analysis of microorganisms (e.g. pathogenic and indicator organisms).
  • Dr Andreas Tiehm

    Location: Water Technology Centre, Karlsruher, Germany
    Profile: Dr Tiehm is Head of the Department Environmental Biotechnology at the DVGW with experience of health related environmental microbiology and wide knowledge of water diagnostic. Leader of research projects, member of – inter alia – the IWA (International Water Association), ATV (German Association for the Water Environment) and VAAM (German Association of Applied and Basic Microbiology)
  • Luigi Vezzulli

    Location: University of Genoa, Italy
    Profile: Luigi is a Researcher in Microbiology at the University of Genoa and has wide experience in the field of Vibrio ecology in the aquatic environment, and the use of molecular methods for the study of pathogens in different environmental matrices. Recent work has focused on bacterial diversity analysis in environmental samples based on pyrosequencing. He will oversee the studies related to WP3 tasks 3.1 and 3.3.
  • Dr. Hongyan Xia

    Location: The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
    Profile: Dr Xia is an expert in the development of diagnostic assays for infectious diseases, sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of viruses and production and purification recombinant proteins.