Workshop Logistics; Overview and Goals of the 2021 SWWS Workshop,Dr. Nancy Lin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Slides)
STANDARDS FOR WASTEWATER SURVEILLANCE (SWWS) 101: INTRODUCTION TO WASTEWATER SURVEILLANCE (WWS)
Opening Remarks, Dr. Michael Focazio, USGS
KEYNOTE – National Wastewater Surveillance System: Implementation for COVID and Beyond, Dr. Amy E. Kirby, CDC (Slides)
Australia's ColoSSoS Project: Inter-laboratory Study for SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater, Dr. Kate R. Griffiths, National Measurement Institute of Australia (Slides)
Singapore's National Wastewater Based Surveillance Programme for COVID-19: Analytical Standards, Controls and Reference Materials, Dr. Judith Wong, National Environment Agency, Singapore
Wastewater Based Epidemiology: Monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 and Related Markers in Singapore, Dr. Shane Snyder, Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Wastewater Infrastructure & Operations for an Enduring Public Health Partnership, Dr. Beverley Stinson, AECOM (Slides)
1:05 – 2:55 PM -- SWWS 201: SAMPLING
Opening Remarks, Ms. Renee Stevens, DHS
Utilities Perspectives and Needs, Mr. Claudio Ternieden, Water Environment Federation
USGS Experience in Wastewater Sampling: 3 Issues to Guide Wastewater Surveillance for Public Health, Mr. Patrick Phillips, US Geological Survey
CASE STUDY – Wastewater monitoring for COVID-19 in Louisville, Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, University of Louisville (Slides)
RAPID FIRE – Wastewater sampling for WBE surveillance, Mr. Kaushal Trivedi, Teledyne ISCO (Slides)
RAPID FIRE – Building-level Wastewater Monitoring for COVID-19 Using Tampon Swabs and RT-LAMP for Rapid SARS-CoV-2 RNA Detection, Dr. Aaron Bivins, University of Notre Dame
PANEL DISCUSSION: Need for Standards to Support Wastewater Sampling
Important Juneteenth Holiday Schedule Adjustments to Day 3 of the SWWS Workshop
Out of respect for the recently enacted Juneteenth Federal Holiday that will be observed this Friday, June 18, 2021, many individuals will not be able to attend the DHS/NIST Standards for Wastewater Surveillance Workshop tomorrow. Therefore, we will be transitioning Day 3 of the workshop from a live, virtual meeting to an asynchronous version of the day’s originally planned activities.
The speakers and panelists will transition to recorded talks and comments to be made available on the workshop website. In lieu of the breakout sessions, online polls will be provided to collect your input on focused standards needs. This modified format will still meet our Day 3 objectives and ensure your valuable feedback is heard and included in the workshop report.
More information and guidance will be provided early next week.
Wastewater surveillance is a promising approach to monitor biological and chemical contaminants on a community level, and has recently been shown effective for the early detection of SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks. While much has been learned in the past year, much work remains to establish an enduring capability for wastewater surveillance poised to address new targets as they emerge. The goal of this workshop is to identify and prioritize standards needs and technology/measurement gaps and propose a potential path forward to develop standards that help enable a robust, comparable wastewater surveillance capability. Topics to be discussed include lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic response, the state of the art in measurement science and technology for the entire wastewater surveillance workflow, and challenges in achieving comparable wastewater surveillance results across locations. Stakeholder input will inform future standards development activities, including consensus-based documentary standards focused on best practices as well as reference materials, and ensure that any standards developed are fit for purpose and aligned with the needs of the community. Ultimately, these standards will be designed to help provide a foundation for communities and organizations to have increased confidence in wastewater surveillance results to better inform public health and safety decisions across the nation. This free workshop is recommended for participants involved in all aspects of wastewater surveillance from sampling to results/reporting, including those from government, public health, testing and manufacturing, academia, and non-profit organizations.
Posters will remain online for 1 year following the workshop at the link provided to attendees.
Workshop attendees were encouraged to submit a poster to share their work. Benefits of a poster:
A great opportunity to share your work and perhaps the best way to have one-on-one interactions in the context of a large virtual workshop
All registrants can view your poster anytime throughout the workshop
Ability to chat asynchronously with attendees about your work
Ability to set up a virtual session to meet with attendees to discuss your work (6/15, 3-4 PM as well as other times of your choice, including on the break days 6/16 and 6/17)
Poster style/format is flexible – it can simply be a slide with your abstract and a key figure, all the way to a full, typical poster
Even presenters, panelists, and organizers can submit posters in addition to their other roles
Poster Session: Virtual Poster Session was used to host an interactive poster session on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 3 pm to 4 pm (ET) following the workshop sessions for that day.
Kent Prinn, Army Public Health Center
Mike Focazio, United States Geological Survey
Sally Gutierrez, EPA
Scott Jackson, NIST
Amy Kirby, CDC
Nancy Lin, NIST
Katrice Lippa, NIST
Mia Mattioli, CDC
Phil Mattson, DHS S&T
Yonas Nebiyeloul-Kifle, DHS S&T
Ted Smith, University of Louisville
Renee Stevens, DHS S&T
Paul Storella, AECOM
Sarah Wright, Association of Public Health Laboratories