On Thursday 13th December, Dr Lee Bryant and 3 of her students, Mahan Amani, Zaharatu Babika and Olivia Cooke, attended the Royal Society for Public Health conference on “What is the Future of Water and Public Health?” at Sheffield University. The one-day conference had a variety of attendees from students to health and water professionals from industry and academia, with some fantastic guest speakers and student presentations. The talks covered a range of interesting topics from the challenges of drinking water to health risks in hospitals and care homes to hydro-epidemiological modelling.
All 4 representatives from the University of Bath contributed to the poster session and we were delighted that Mahan Amani won the prize for the best poster of the RSPH conference. The title of Mahan’s poster was “Biogeochemical controls on Manganese cycling in drinking water reservoir” and was given her prize by the key guest speaker Dr Jamie Bartram (Director of the Water Institute at UNC and Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). The RSPH conference was a chance for us to showcase our research from the WEIR research group, and to discuss the research going on in the Future of Water and Public Health with researchers and professionals who were in attendance. The whole day was very interesting and informative and we were very pleased to have attended the Royal Society for Public Health conference.