Keynote Speakers

dr katie willis

Dr Katie Willis
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Dr Katie Willis has a 25-year career, working across government and academic sectors, mainly within the criminal justice system. She is currently National Manager Strategic Intelligence Capability at the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), oversighting a range of operational and strategic intelligence functions, including the ACIC’s National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program.

Dr Mariana Matus
Biobot Analytics

Mariana is CEO and Cofounder at Biobot Analytics where she leads the development of a wastewater epidemiology data platform to make public health more proactive and equitable. Dr. Matus analyzes sewage, our collective microbiome, to chart population health and tackle the challenge of infectious disease and drug abuse epidemics. Dr. Matus aims to expand Biobot’s wastewater epidemiology platform across the globe to serve all of the world’s cities. She values her accurate and privacy-protected data as an invaluable tool for public health and public safety officials. 

Dr Sara Castiglioni

Dr Sara Castiglioni
Istituto di Ricerche Farmacoloiche Mario Negri IRCCS

Sara Castiglioni, Biologist and PhD in Environmental Chemistry, pioneer in the development of wastewater- based epidemiology she is working on novel applications related to human health, she also studies emerging contaminants in the environment.  

Amy Pruden

Professor Amy Pruden
Virginia Tech

Amy Pruden is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, USA. Her research focuses on converging microbial ecology and environmental engineering in identifying strategies to mitigate the spread of pathogens and antibiotic resistance in the environment.

Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern

Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
University of Bath

Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern is a Professor in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath and a co-director of Water Innovation and Research Centre @ Bath. Her principal research interests fall into the three interrelated research areas of environmental, analytical and water sciences.  Barbara leads Environmental Chemistry and Public Health Research Group @ Bath. The group is currently focusing on the development of wastewater-based epidemiology tools for environmental and public health assessment.

Paul Bertsch

Science Director Paul Bertsch
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Dr Paul Bertsch is the Science Director of the Land and Water Business Unit at CSIRO. From February, 2019 until June 30, 2020 Paul served as the Interim Queensland Chief Scientist. Dr. Bertsch has championed inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches that integrate land, water, ecosystems, cities, social and economic sciences, environmental contamination and toxicology, earth observation, and climate adaptation to address the grand challenges facing Australia and the global community.