This event gathers experts from academia and industry working to understand the diverse aspects of how biofilm impacts drinking water including water safety, microbial monitoring and applied biofilm research.

We welcome you to join the Nordic Drinking Water Biofilm Symposium 2019 in Horsens, Denmark! The focus will be on having time to meet others for deep discussions: to generate new ideas and solidify our vast base of existing knowledge in order push the boundaries of research in drinking water biofilms. And we want to have a relaxed and enjoyable time while we do this, so there will be dynamic poster sessions, exciting prizes and fun social activities!

Scope of the symposium

This symposium is focused on the science and practices surrounding wanted and unwanted biofilms and biological growth in drinking water, from treatment to the tap. Biofilms can significantly influence the quality of drinking water that is delivered to consumers both due to processes in the treatment plant and interaction with the water in distribution systems and in household plumbing. This can include changes in biological treatment, the role of biofilms in harboring and releasing microorganisms and impacts on chemical aspects of water quality.

Technical program (being updated)

Our confirmed Key Note speakers for the symposium are:

Dr. Isabel Douterelo, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Dr. Frederik Hammes, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

In addition, 15 high profile invited speakers has also accepted their attendance in the event.Our current list of speakers come from Norway, Finland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Netherlands and Denmark.

Please find the Draft Symposium Program here:

Call for poster abstracts

At this time, we highly encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session. Submission opens November 15th 2018 to February 28th 2019 decision: early march. Please send your abstract as a word file to containing title, list of authors, institutions and describing your methods, results and conclusions. Between 300 - 400 words in total.

Find the template abstract document here:

Logistics and practical matter (being updated)

Airport: Closest airport (30 min bus drive) is Billund Airport

Accommodation: Closer to the event we will list a selection of recommended hotels on the webpage.

Symposium Dinner: For delegates (participants and members) the dinner is included in the registration fee of 2750 DKK. Students can book separate dinner tickets for 600 DKK per person by contacting us via email: (the latest date for booking separate dinner tickets is March 22). Only registered students can sign up for the dinner. Payment will be cash onsite in DKK. An invoice will be provided during the symposium.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities: Contact Torben Lund Skovhus directly or +45 8755 4296.

Event flyer for sharing:

Early bird conference fee:

The price listed on the web page will apply from November 15 2018 to March 22 2019 as an early bird rate. Hereafter all prices will increase by 50%.Seats at the symposium dinner can be guaranteed before March 22.

Message from the organizers:

Our general observation is that there is too many meetings and conferences right now with too packed programs and not enough time for interactions among scientists, industry staff and students. We therefore came up with the idea of this event that will follow these few simple principles:

  • The first part of the symposium will start with some basics for students to capture the idea of the topic
  • There will be enough time for networking and discussions around posters
  • We will discuss real problems from the field with the staff working with the plants/assets everyday
  • The focus will be on pros and cons of biofilms in the drinking water system from the well to the tap
  • It will be relatively cheap for both students and senior staff to participate
  • The event will have a social aspect that will make an informal atmosphere

Therefore: “Let’s set aside some time to focus on the details, discuss our latest scientific findings, meet old friends, and make some new ones in a casual academic atmosphere”

We are looking forward receiving your abstract and seeing you at this event – save the date already now!

Kind regards,

Dr Torben Lund Skovhus, VIA University College

Dr Catherine J. Paul, Lund University

NDWBS 2019 Organizers

Symposium partners:

Danish Water Forum


IWA YWP Denmark



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  • When

    From: 25. apr. 2019 - 08:00 To: 26. apr. 2019 - 17:00
  • Where

    VIA University College, Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4, 8700 Horsens

  • Registration Deadline

    12. apr. 2019 - 23:55

  • Organizer

    Kurser for studerende

  • Available Seats


  • Event Number


  • Students, not a member of IDA

    kr. 750

  • Student member

    kr. 750

  • Participant, not a member of IDA

    kr. 2.750

  • Member

    kr. 2.750

  • Senior member

    kr. 2.750