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Join us in exploring a vast new world of opportunity
September 29th 2017, Shedd Aquarium – Chicago

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The purpose of the 2017 Microbiome Water Summit is to bring together leaders across diverse backgrounds who share a common interest – The Water Microbiome. We hope to foster new conversations and professional networks, and accelerate the global advancement of water quality, human and animal health, and renewable resource recovery. All water tech innovators, scientists, investors and leaders are welcome. If you can not attend in person, please register to view remotely via live video streaming.

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Microbiome Water Summit 2017

  • Learn from leaders in this ground-breaking field
  • Network with a new community of innovators
  • View live streaming on the Internet

Presentations and panel discussions

  • Problems Worth Solving
  • Invisible Influence: The Microbiome in Health
  • Microbial Challenges and Monitoring in Water
  • Metagenomic Applications in Wastewater
  • Key Findings & Insights:
    • Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Study
    • Biogas Anaerobic Digester Study
  • Water Tech Innovation Discussion
  • Tour the Shedd Aquarium Microbiome Lab

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“If you care about microbiology in water or wastewater, resource recovery or water-related health, this is a must attend event” –Dean Amhaus, CEO of The Water Council

steve frenkel“Advances in understanding the microbiome are happening in Chicago where researchers are sequencing the DNA of micro-organisms in the Chicago river to both protect public health and the health of the river. We’re thrilled to welcome this important summit to Chicago, a city that is developing next-generation water technologies to solve local, national and global water challenges.” —Steve Frenkel, Executive Director of Current, Chicago’s water technology accelerator.

jeremy cramer“I am really looking forward to learning the results of the Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) and Anaerobic Digester studies. With specialized DNA sequencing such as what is being applied in these studies, the resource recovery industry finally has the opportunity to measure the microbiology much more comprehensively than what has been previously possible. The studies will help the industry interpret results and use this new insight to optimize systems. I believe this will be a game-changer for the industry.”
Jeremy Cramer, Donohue & Associates.

bill van bonn“With intensive surveillance of viral, archaeal, bacterial and fungal communities in our multiple systems, Shedd Aquarium Microbiome Project is generating one of the most comprehensive known evaluations of the complex interrelationships between microbes in the built aquatic environment and their responses to environmental change. We look forward to sharing our story at the Summit and having the same opportunity to learn from others.” —Dr. Van Bonn, Shedd Aquarium.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Professor Jack A Gilbert earned his Ph.D. from Unilever and Nottingham University, UK in 2002, and received his postdoctoral training at Queens University, Canada. He subsequently returned to the UK in 2005 to Plymouth Marine Laboratory at a senior scientist until his move to Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago in 2010. Currently, Professor Gilbert is the Director of the Microbiome Center and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago. He is also Group Leader for Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, Scientific Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Yeoh Ghim Seng Visiting Professorship in Surgery at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Gilbert uses molecular analysis to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He has authored more than 250 peer reviewed publications and book chapters on metagenomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology. He is the founding Editor in Chief of mSystems journal. In 2014 he was recognized on Crain’s Business Chicago’s 40 Under 40 List, and in 2015 he was listed as one of the 50 most influential scientists by Business Insider, and in the Brilliant Ten by Popular Scientist. In 2016 he won the Altemeier Prize from the Surgical Infection Society, and the WH Pierce Prize from the Society for Applied Microbiology for research excellence.

JACK GILBERT

Professor Jack A Gilbert

GUEST SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

Dr. Sara Arabi

Lead Process Engineer
Donohue & Associates

john baker

John Baker

Sr Director BD & Commercialization, Intrexon

Jeremy Cramer

Senior Process Engineer
Donohue & Associates

Dr. Leon Downing

Senior Technologist
CH2M

Autumn Fisher

Superintendent
City of Fond du Lac

Dr. Trevor Ghylin

Founder and CTO
Microbe Detectives

Douglas Hwang

President,
PRO-Equipment and Corncob

matthew jalbert

Matthew Jalbert

Engineering Manager,
Trinity River Authority

Bryan Johnson

President,
Energy Tech Innovations

Rick Latella

President
DMR International

Chris Lefebvre

Wastewater Superintendent
City of Stevens Point

Dr. Alison Ling

Environmental Engineer
Barr Engineering

Timothy Marth

Vice President,
MetaMateria Technologies

Kamlesh Patel

Sr. Envir. Research Scientist, MWRD of Greater Chicago

John Robinson

Managing Principal
Mazarine Partners

Linda Robertson

President, International Microbial Associates

Dr. Bill Van Bonn

VP of Animal Health and
Shedd Microbiome Project

Dr. George Wells

Asst. Prof. Civil/Envir. Eng.
Northwestern University

Pat Whalen

President & CEO
LuminUltra Technologies

Dr. Sara Arabi

Lead Process Engineer Donohue & Associates

john baker

John Baker

Sr Director BD & Commercialization, Intrexon

Jeremy Cramer

Senior Process Engineer Donohue & Associates

Dr. Leon Downing

Senior Technologist
CH2M

Autumn Fisher

Superintendent
City of Fond du Lac

Dr. Trevor Ghylin

Founder and CTO
Microbe Detectives

matthew jalbert

Matthew Jalbert

Engineering Manager,
Trinity River Authority

Bryan Johnson, P.E.

President, Energy Tech Innovations

Rick Latella

President
DMR International

Douglas Hwang

President, PRO-Equipment and Corncob

Chris Lefebvre

Wastewater Superintendent
City of Stevens Point

Dr. Alison Ling

Environmental Engineer
Barr Engineering

Timothy Marth

Vice President, MetaMateria Technologies

Kamlesh K. Patel, P.E.

Senior Environmental Research Scientist, MWRD of Greater Chicago

John Robinson

Managing Principal
Mazarine Partners

Linda Robertson

President, International Microbial Associates

Dr. Bill Van Bonn

VP of Animal Health and
Shedd Microbiome Project

Dr. George Wells

Asst. Prof. Civil/Envir. Eng.
Northwestern University

Pat Whalen

President & CEO
LuminUltra Technologies