The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) Americas Conference, held in late September in Cincinnati, Ohio, presented advancements in technology, research and applications to improve public health and the environment. The event targeted engagement from a wide range of stakeholders. More than 260 people from over 15 countries were in attendance.
“The IUVA Conference aimed to foster collaboration between government, academia and industry, as we develop technology solutions to address some of our most pressing global concerns in water safety, and ongoing pandemic and public health issues,” said Jennifer Osgood, senior vice president at CDM Smith and president of IUVA.
The event offered a workshop on process validation, efficiency, performance and safety of UV applications. Conference presentations included sessions on the emergence and increasing use of UV light emitting diodes (LEDs), case studies on UV implementation and a special gathering of the IUVA United Nations Clean Water Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Task Force. The event concluded with the IUVA Healthcare Task Force leading a discussion on the latest trends in germicidal ultraviolet irradiation technologies (GUVI) for healthcare. This discussion featured representatives from the federal government, NGOs, academia and industry – with updates on infectious diseases, and a dialogue on GUVI in the context of looking ahead to the next 10 years. The GUVI discussion targeted the need for business to connect with NGOs and government agencies for advice and assistance.
In addition, IUVA presented the Americas Jim Bolton Student Award to Nathan Moore, University of Toronto; Karlye Wong, University of Toronto; and Anthony Pimentel, University of Colorado Boulder.
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