Sustainable sanitation for the reduction of the spread of antimicrobial resistance through wastewater
UK coordinator: Dr Lena Ciric, University College London
Partner Country coordinator: Dr Parag R. Nemade, Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai
Discipline: Chemistry, microbiology and engineering
Dates and venue: 5th to 9th February, 2017, Mumbai
This workshop aims to increase the awareness about the importance of sanitation and the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) due to the presence of antibiotics in human excreta, water bodies and the environment. In order to tackle this issue effectively, it is necessary to work bilaterally through cooperation between the two nations.
This workshop aims to stimulate research collaborations between the UK and India by exploring how sustainable sanitation technologies can be employed in the reduction of the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Due to the presence of antibiotics in human excreta, water bodies and the environment, in order to tackle this issue effectively it is necessary to work bilaterally through cooperation between the two nations. The expected outcome would be increase in awareness about wastewater treatment technologies, sanitation and AMR; generating a better understanding of mechanisms of the spread of AMR through wastewater, which has been a neglected area. In the long term, the knowledge gained and the networks generated through this workshop will have a direct positive impact on health policy of India, which would also be translatable worldwide.
The workshop aims to kick-start interdisciplinary dialogue(s) between the researchers for further scientific collaborations looking at this highly complex, real world problem with multiple ramifications. The workshop brings together a diverse, yet highly experienced interdisciplinary team of expert microbiologists, chemical and environmental engineers in working together to tackle these disparate, yet deeply interconnected issues. The team is ably and wholeheartedly supported by their institutions, which when taken together represent the best in terms of science, public health and engineering.
Our target audience is early-career researchers working in sanitation, water treatment, AMR, public health and related disciplines. The researchers should include chemists, chemical engineers, microbiologists, civil and environmental engineers, and industry personnel working in allied areas. This workshop will be limited to participants primarily from India and UK. We will recruit equal numbers of participants from both the UK and India totaling 30 researchers. Participants from other countries are invited. Their attendance will not be funded by the present application.