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Monday – May 16, 2022
10:00-14:00 Registration - (Faculty of Biology)
11:00-13:00 Satellite Workshop RISEGAL (in Spanish)

Workshop organized with the collaboration of the Galician
Network for Emerging Risks in Food Safety (RISEGAL)
Welcome. Marta López Cabo (Spain)
Results from an exploratory study developed by RISEGAL in
different Galician Rías

Jesús L. Romalde (Spain)
Hepatitis E virus, an emerging food pathogen?
David Rodríguez Lázaro
African swine fever: an unprecedent global threat in animal

Carmina Gallardo
General discussion
16:30-17:00 Opening Ceremony - (Fonseca Palace)
17:00-18:00 Opening Lecture
Miniguts: avatars for cultivating human noroviruses for Food and
Environmental Virology Applications
Mary K. Estes (USA)
18:30–20:00 Reception at the University (Cloister of Fonseca Palace)
Tuesday – May 17, 2022
Session 1

Viral structure, stability, fate and transport


Impact of amino acid changes in capsid protein on disinfection
susceptibility of coxsackievirus B5

Shotaro Torii (Japan)
Chloride enhances viral genome and virus chlorination at
conditions relevant to water treatment

Aleksandra Szczuka (USA)
Inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 by heat and alkaline pH treatments
can be validated using somatic coliphages

Isabelle Bertrand (France)
Thermal Inactivation of Hepatitis E virus (HEV) from varying

Liam O’Connor (UK)
Inactivation mechanisms of influenza A virus within the micro-
environment of expiratory bioaerosols

Shannon David (Switzerland)
Strong impact of aerosol pH on airborne influenza- and
coronaviruses persistence

Aline Schaub (Switzerland)
Shifts in Enterovirus population composition during activated
sludge treatment

Odile Larivé (Switzerland)
Experimental evaluation of the ratio infectivity/genome of Human
Adenovirus 5 in water for a possible QMRA application

Marco Verani (Italy)
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:15 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS - Viral structure, stability, fate and transport (Cont.)

Mechanisms of inactivation of non-enveloped viruses in
natural ecosystems: bacterial proteolytic enzymes as biological
scissors in the fate of enteroviruses.

Marie-Hélène Corre (Switzerland)
Mechanisms of Waterborne Viruses Removal by Ciliates:Toward
Biocontrol of Viral Pathogens?

Margot Olive (Switzerland)
Characterisation of bacteriophage communities in forest and
grasslands in Luxembourg

Perrine Florent (Luxembourg)
Reducing emergency shellfish growing area closures through
hydrographic and microbial source tracking studies

Carlos J.A. Campos (New Zealand)
Characterisation of glycans involved in human enteric viruses and
oyster interactions

Gabriel Euller (France)
Interaction between norovirus and histo-blood group antigens: is
there a protective effect against pH and proteolytic enzymes?

Manon Chassaing (France)
Use of the enteroid model for assessing the persistence of infectious
human noroviruses in natural seawater

Marion Desdouits (France)
13:15-15:00 Lunch
Session 2

Viral disinfection and treatment


Study on antiviral activity of essential oils and extracts
Chrysoula Androutsopoulou (Greece)
Chloride and non-chloride sanitizers in vegetable post-harvest
wash water to control viral contamination

Irene Falcó (Spain)
Implication of cell culture media in UVC inactivation of viruses
Morteza Abbaszadegan (USA)
Measures for high-touch surfaces against SARS-CoV-2
Sophie Butot (Switzerland)
17:00-17:30 Coffee Break
17:30-18:30 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS - Viral disinfection and treatment (Cont.)

Ultrafiltration efficacy to eliminate the Tulane virus from seawater
Joanna Ollivier (France)
Predictive models for the disinfection of nonculturable and
difficult-to-culture viruses

Krista Wigginton (USA)
Thermal inactivation of human coronavirus 229E and SARS-CoV- 2 on inanimate surfaces typically found within airplane flight decks
Luisa Ikner (USA)
Cold Atmospheric Plasma and Hydrodynamic Cavitation,
Novel Methods for Inactivation of Waterborne Viruses

Arijana Filipić (Slovenia)
Wednesday – May 18, 2022
09:00-09:30 “Genetic PCR Solutions” Sponsored lecture

Evolution of zoonotic SARS-CoV-2 database and its influence in
assigning the phylogenetic value of mutations for lineage-specific

Antonio Martínez-Murcia (Spain)
Session 3

Analytical Methods


A rigorous quantitative DNA virus metagenomic method and
its limitations

Kathryn Langenfeld (USA)
A portable viral concentration method based on ultrafiltration and
wet foam elution for studying viruses from groundwater samples

Marta Rusiñol (Spain)
Human intestinal enteroids for environmental monitoring of
infectious human noroviruses. Are we ready for routine

Kellogg Schwab (USA)
Feasibility of integrity assays and propagation in zebrafish to
investigate the persistency of norovirus and other viruses in the

Kata Farkas (UK)
Optimisation of detection of Hepatitis E virus (HEV) from pork
meat products

Liam O’Connor (UK)
Development of an ex-vivo infectivity assay for hepatitis E virus
Renate W. Hakze–van der Honing (The Netherlands)
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:30 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS - Analytical methods (Cont.)

Two years of SARS-CoV-2 monitoring in wastewater: main lessons
learnt and last advances implemented

Silvia Bofill-Mas (Spain)
Platinum chloride based viability RT-qPCR for the detection
of potentially infectious SARS-CoV-2

Enric Cuevas-Ferrando (Spain)
Interlaboratory trials and RT-qPCR inhibition investigations for
quality assurance in the United Kingdom’s monitoring of SARS- CoV-2 in wastewater

George Scott (UK)
Trapping SARS-CoV-2 running in sewer pipes using a fibrous

Syun-suke Kadoya (Japan)
Long-read sequencing for SARS-Cov-2 variants analysis in

Sandra Martínez-Puchol (Spain)
Determination of SARS-CoV-2 signature mutations and indels to
identify variants of concern and variants of interest: methods

Albert Carcereny (Spain)
13:30-15:00 Lunch
Session 4

Viruses in Food and Water


A plant virus tale: from wastewater to irrigation to crops
Olivera Maksimović Carvalho Ferreira (Slovenia)
Monitoring human viral pathogens reveals potential risk for
treated wastewater reuse

Walter Randazzo (Spain)
Are enteric viruses in Southern Chile a real concern on natural
and farmed bivalve mollusks which could increase the risk in
human consumers?

Viviana Cachicas (Chile)
Disease burden of consuming norovirus GII.2 and GII.17
bioaccumulated Crassostrea gigas oysters

Mohan Amarasiri (Japan)
Imported raspberries linked to Norovirus cruise ship outbreak
Jacquelina Williams-Woods (USA)
Virological analyses in collective catering outbreaks in France
between 2012 and 2017

Catherine Hennechart-Collette (France)
17:00-17:30 Coffee Break
17:30-19:30 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS - Viruses in Food and Water (Cont.)

Typing of group A rotaviruses identified from stool and water
samples to find out the possible source of contamination

Sarmila Tandukar (Japan)
Inactivation of hepatitis E virus (HEV) and its surrogate virus
murine norovirus (MNV) during industrial heat treatment of

Emil Loikkanen (Finland)
Exploring the possibility of human coronaviruses transmission
through food and food-contact surfaces

Neda Nasheri (Canada)
A study on the presence of SARS-CoV-2, rotavirus A, norovirus
and hepatitis E virus in Croatian environment

Dragan Brnić (Croatia)
19:30-20:30 Guided Tour: Cathedral and surroundings
Thursday – May 19, 2022
Session 5

Virus outbreaks, Epidemiology & Source tracking


Transmission dynamics modeling in indoor environments using
network analysis
P.R.C Sewwandi Bandara (Japan)
Estimating The Impact of Control Interventions on Transmission
of COVID-19

Paul Hunter (UK)
Time course of SARS-CoV-2 viral shedding in feces: a
modeling study

Fuminari Miura (Japan)
Estimating sewershed prevalence of SARS CoV 2, PMMoV, and
crAss phage fecal shedding using models informed by
measurements from COVID 19 patient samples and wastewater

Peter Arts (USA)
Review of a two-year monitoring period of SARS-CoV-2 in
wastewater in France: the “Obépine” network

Christopher Gantzer (France)
Preliminary data of SARS CoV2 surveillance in urban wastewater
in Tuscany - Italy

Annalaura Carducci (Italy)
SARS‐CoV‐2 in human sewage and river water from a remote
and vulnerable area as a surveillance tool in Brazil

David Rodríguez-Lázaro (Spain)
Wastewater surveillance as a tool to trace dynamics of SARS-CoV- 2 variants of concern (VOC) in the community
David García-Pedemonte (Spain)
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:30 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS - Virus outbreaks, epidemiology & source tracking (Cont.)

Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 diversity circulating in Spanish
Alba Pérez-Cataluña (Spain)
Building a wastewater surveillance-based weekly COVID-19 case
prediction model in Sendai, Japan

Yifan Zhu (Japan)
Wastewater surveillance in the management of the COVID-19
pandemic in Hungary

Eszter Róka (Hungary)
Wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in a medium-sized city in
NW Spain. A one-year follow-up study

David Polo (Spain)
Could the wastewater-based epidemiology be generalized to other
fecal shedding pathogens?

Sebastien Wurtzer (France)
Extension of SARS-CoV-2 environmental surveillance to include
selected enteric viruses: norovirus and hepatitis E virus

Janet Mans (South Africa)
Surveillance of enteric viruses in STEP Vidy using enterovirus
amplicon sequencing and (RT)qPCR

Xavier Fernandez-Cassi (Switzerland)
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) RNA in wastewater settled
solids reflects RSV clinical positivity rates

Alexandria Boehm (USA)
13:30-15:00 Lunch
Session 6

Risk Assessment & Viral Occurrence


Quantitative microbial risk assessment for municipal solid waste
workers exposed to human adenovirus through inadvertent
ingestion of truck leachate

Ileana Federigi (Italy)
Transfer data of SARS-CoV-2 from foods and packaging materials
to hands to face

Leen Baert (Switzerland)
SARS-CoV-2 fomite risks and mitigation strategies sssociated with
cold-chain food packaging.

Julia Sobolik (USA)
Risk estimation of SARS-CoV-2 fomite transmission through food
Leen Baert (Switzerland)
Risk assessment of waterborne virus infection in Lake Geneva
using water quality simulation coupled with quantitative microbial
risk assessment

Chaojie Li (Switzerland)
20:30-21:30 CONFERENCE BANQUET: Cloister of the Monastery of San Francisco.
Friday – May 20, 2022
Session 7

Emerging issues


Removal of viral human pathogens in urban stormwater by
vegetated biochar-amended biofilters

Katherine Graham (USA)
Use of polyphenols to improve virucidal effects of surgical face

Marco Verani (Italy)
Enteric viruses in beach sand: risks to public health
Silvia Monteiro (Portugal)
Metagenomic to describe human and animal enteric virus
diversity in environmental samples.

Françoise S. Le Guyader (France)
Lessons learned from monitoring of SARS-COV-2 in Slovenian

Ion Gutierrez-Aguirre (Slovenia)
10:30-11:15 Closing Lecture

Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 airborne transmission in indoor

Antonio Alcamí

11:15-11:30 Closing Ceremony

Optional tour to Ría de Arousa

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