The Water Research Foundation to Host Wastewater Surveillance Global Update Symposium

Mar 29, 2021
Press Release

On April 26, The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will host an online symposium to share updates on wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) activities from around the world, with a focus on how this information is being used to support health agencies in their COVID-19 response.

“We are excited to once again convene global experts on this crucial topic,” said Dr. Peter Grevatt, WRF CEO. “Over the past 12 months, wastewater surveillance practitioners have made significant advances in this work, and we are eager to bring the water sector together to share the latest lessons learned.”

This event is a follow-up to WRF’s April 2020 International Water Research Summit on COVID-19, which convened global leaders to identify best practices and high-priority research needs around WBE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thesymposium will also include a panel discussion and audience Q&A.The agenda for the symposium is as follows:


Peter Grevatt, PhD, CEO, The Water Research Foundation

Global Updates:

A Selection of 5-Minute Wastewater Surveillance Updates from global leaders

Keynote Presentations:

Amy Kirby, PhD, MPH, Senior Service Fellow, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

Gertjan Medema, PhD, Principal Microbiologist, KWR Water Research Institute, The Netherlands

Question and Answer Session:

Christobel Ferguson, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, The Water Research Foundation

About WRF

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the world’s leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. WRF is a nonprofit, educational organization that funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems—all in pursuit of ensuring water quality and improving water services to the public.