A Message from the IUVA President
Spring 2017Happy spring! And thanks to all of our organizers and members for a very successful America’s Regional Conference held Feb. 5-7 in Austin, Texas. This meeting hosted two special workshops, one on UV-LED technologies and one on UV-AOP. With a strong technical program, including a special session on UV applications for preventing hospital-acquired infections, we had great attendance and several new exhibitors. So, thank you all for participating in this event, and a special thanks to Dr. Ron Hofmann, who has served as the technical program chair for the last two major IUVA events!
Other activities coming up this year include a drinking water workshop being planned by our EMEA co-chairs in the UK, in conjunction with CIWEM. The event is scheduled to be held May 4, 2017, at the CIWEM Venue, 106-109 Saffron Hill, Farringdon, UK. And, we are well into organizing the World Congress set for Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sept. 17-20, at the Valamar Hotel, where we look forward to a big crowd in a beautiful location. The call for abstracts for the 2017 World Congress has been released, and we are looking forward to an excellent program chaired by Dr. Regina Sommer.
There have been a few questions regarding the timing of World Congresses with one having occurred in 2016 and now another in 2017, and we wanted to be sure to explain that we will only have one World Congress every two years. In 2015 we had some scheduling issues with the venue that required us to push the 2015 event to early 2016 in Vancouver – which was an incredibly successful event! This year we are back on track, and we will continue to hold the World Congress events on odd years.
In addition to the World Congress, we are planning for an Asian workshop in Singapore on Nov. 6, 2017. These and other IUVA events continue to be opportunities for education and networking. There are always technical issues and regulatory challenges and our organization is critically important for providing an opportunity to address issues that potentially have significant impact on the application of UV. Our committees are actively in collaborating to address these issues, and one recent example is the IUVA collaboration with the EPA to conduct a peer-review of their “Innovative Approaches for Validation of Ultraviolet Disinfection Reactors for Drinking Water Systems” prior to its release.
If you are interested in volunteering to help increase IUVA’s visibility as a committee member or, like Dr. Josh Goldman and Daniela Castaneda who have been working to update our website, please contact Gary Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact information,
and we can look for the best opportunity to connect you with IUVA. Happy New Year – and please remember to thank our support staff, in particular Jim Bolton, Gary Cohen, Mickey Fortune and James Kerich, who help IUVA deliver significant benefits to our members.
Kati Bell, IUVA president
Water Reuse Practice Leader at MWH Global