The scientific content for the Society's conference and events programme is planned by the members of the four Divisions:

The Divisions meet twice each year and each one works independently to plan some conference sessions, whilst some symposia are developed with a cross-cutting theme in mind. Each Division is headed by a Chair and Chair-Elect, who sit on the Scientific Conferences Committee responsible for making decisions on policy and meetings content. The Scientific Conferences Chair reports to Council.

Committee members serve for three to four years and in February each year there is call for nominations for new members to serve on the Divisions.

Society members can also make proposals for sessions to the Scientific Conferences Committee. Outline proposals for consideration by Scientific Conferences Committee should be emailed to the Head of Conferences and Events.


The Eukaryotic Division aims to promote eukaryotic microbiology in its widest context in fundamental, medical, applied and environmental aspects. It provides a scientific focus for a subject that has often been fragmented over a range of different subject areas, scientific groups and societies. All major eukaryotic systems (fungi, protozoa, algae, slime moulds) are included as well as their interactions with the bacteria and viruses.

Elinor Thompson. Email: te30@gre.ac.uk

Edward Louis. Email: ejl21@leicester.ac.uk

Members of division and area of expertise
Gareth Bloomfield (Fundamental), Michael Cunliffe (Microbial diversity and evolution), Sue Crosthwaite (Infectious disease), Daniela Delneri (Microbial diversity and evolution), Catarina Gadelha (Microbial diversity and evolution), Matt Goddard (Population and Evolutionary Biology), Rebecca Hall (Fundamental), Richard Harrison (Translational microbiology), Mat Goddard (Population and Evolutionary Biology), Alison Smith (Translational), Anastasios Tsaousis (Infectious disease), Robin Williams (Translational), Duncan Wilson (Fundamental).

Eukaryotic Division ECM Forum Representative: Tom Williams


The Prokaryotic Division (ProkD) comprises scientists working in the major areas of bacterial and archaeal microbiology. The main ProkD role is to develop symposia for future Society conferences to exchange knowledge and advance understanding of prokaryotes. The ProkD operates on behalf of Microbiology Society members and welcomes proposals for symposia.

Geertje van Keulen. Email: g.van.keulen@swansea.ac.uk

Chair-Elect and FIS Representative Chair
Sheila Patrick. Email: S.Patrick@qub.ac.uk

Members of the division and area of expertise
Christine Edwards (Biotechnology), Robert Fagan (Prokaryote Genetics), Gillian Fraser (Prokaryote Cell Biology), Nicola Holden (Environmental Microbiology), Sarah Kuehne (Prokaryote Cell Biology), Sarah Maddocks (Prokaryote Infection), Alan McNally (Prokaryote Genetics), Angela Nobbs (Prokaryote Infection), Karen Olsson-Francis (Environmental Microbiology), Gillian Frased (Prokaryote Cell Biology), Joanne Santini (Environmental Microbiology), Jonathan Shaw (Prokaryote Infection), Samuel Sheppard (Prokaryote Genetics), Stefania Spano (Food Microbiology), Sabine Totemeyer (Veterinary Microbiology), Meera Unnikrishnan (Prokaryote Cell Biology), Nick Waterfield (Biotechnology), Martin Welch (Plant Microbiology), Jody Winter (Clinical Microbiology)

Prokaryotic Division ECM Forum Representative: Meg Booth


The Virology Division promotes fundamental studies of the natural history, cellular and molecular biology, immunology and molecular pathogenesis of viruses of all kinds. The laboratory, clinical and field study of viruses and virus infection in the context of human, veterinary and plant disease.

Gill Elliott. Email: g.elliott@surrey.ac.uk

Stephen Griffin. Email: S.D.C.Griffin@leeds.ac.uk

Members of division and area of expertise
Philippa Beard (General), Kate Bishop (RNA), Colin Crump (DNA), Maruthi Gowda (Plant), Tamyo Mbisa (CVN Clinical (Co-opt)), Chris McCormick (General), Nicolas Locker (Translational/drugs/vaccines), Martina Scallan (Emerging /arboviruses), Silke Schepelmann (Translational/drugs/vaccines), Claire Shannon-Lowe (Clinical), Holly Shelton (RNA), Stephen Winchester (CVN Clinical (Co-opt))

Virology Division ECM Forum Representative: Andrew Bosworth


The Irish Division seeks to promote all aspects of microbiology on the island of Ireland.The division organises biannual symposia on diverse topics at a variety of locations across the island. We passionately believe in the advancement of younger scientists, thus the symposia provide a forum for these researchers to present at.

David Clarke. Email: david.clarke@ucc.ie

Joan Geoghegan. Email: geoghegj@tcd.ie

Members of division
Florence Abram (Galway), Gerald Barry (Dublin), Jose Bengoechea (Open), Fiona Brennan (Teagasc co-opted end of 2018), Marguerite Clyne (Dublin), Fiona Walsh (Maynooth) 

Irish Division ECM Representative: Justine Rudkin