Annual Conference 2016: the Twitter story

Posted on April 4, 2016   by Yufan Chen

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The Microbiology Society’s 2016 Annual Conference took place from 21–24 March at the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool, UK. This year was our biggest, and arguably best, yet – the feedback we’ve received so far, and the fact that the event hashtag #Microbio16 was trending on Twitter for four days, certainly suggests so! We’ve collected some highlights from the thousands of tweets sent out during the Conference.

We started with a very successful pre-Conference networking workshop on Sunday.


This year, we debuted our new lunchtime sessions, which were very well attended.






Our new social programme seemed to hit the spot too.




Research being presented was praised for being current and cutting edge.



We even hit the newspaper headlines for a second year running.




The sheer number of live tweets meant those who could not attend could still be involved.





As usual, the fantastic Hot Topic and Prize Lectures were all very well received.





And it was good to see a virology session dedicated to the much-loved Richard Elliott.



We were pleased to welcome students and teachers who took part in the Small World Initiative – they were very popular!



People presenting posters took initiative by tweeting pictures with their research.



The 2015 iGEM teams also had some great stuff on show.




It was a tiring few days, but the positive feedback made it all worthwhile.





Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Conference, both physically and digitally – you all are what made #Microbio16 great. We have our work cut out for us to make the 2017 event in Edinburgh even better. See you in Scotland!