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“Water and Health” seminar: a place for dialogue and scientific cooperation on water safety


Every year, SUEZ supports the work of young Ph.D students on subjects related to the improvement of the sanitary quality of water, by organising the “Water and Health” conference. A look back at the eighth conference, which took place in Cannes, France between 27 and 29 June 2016.

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An international event that attracts young researchers, academics and industrial players

The “Water and Health” conference, organised by SUEZ and the Universities of Lorraine (France) and Bonn (Germany), aims to stimulate exchanges between Ph.D students, experts and industrial players on subjects related to water and health, such as emerging pollutants, epidemiology, microbiology, toxicology, water treatment, etc.
The eighth conference was attended by almost 40 people from 11 countries. Among them, 20 Ph.D students had the opportunity to present their work to a scientific committee made up of academics and experts from the SUEZ group.

The annual award

As part of the proceedings, every year the SUEZ Water and Health prize, worth €1,500, is awarded to the student who makes the best contribution to the improvement of the sanitary quality of water.
In 2014, the award went to Maryse Um, from the Toulouse Veterinary School, for her work on the transmission of resistance to antibiotics in water treatment plants receiving effluents from abattoirs.
In 2015, Blandine Fauvel, from the University of Lorraine, was rewarded for her thesis on the transport of viral particles in aquatic ecosystems, prepared in collaboration with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology.

This year’s scientific committee brought together:
• Pr Jamie Bartram, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
• Pr Martin Exner, Bonn University, Germany
• Pr Philippe Hartemann, University of Lorraine, France
• Pr Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
• Pr Michael Wilhelm, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
• Dr Jean-François Loret, SUEZ, France
• Dr Daniel Villessot, SUEZ, France

This year, the award went to Caroline Delaire, from Berkeley University in California, for her work on access to water in India: « From arsenic and bacteria removal to household behavior change: How to improve access to safe water in West Bengal, India ».

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