Annual Conference 2018 – a view from Twitter
Posted on April 18, 2018 by Kaisa Berg
The Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018 took place in Birmingham April 10-13, and welcomed over 1,500 delegates from around the world. We’ve turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the Conference.
There were almost 500 posters on display this year, of impressive variety and high quality.
Actually so chuffed to win a poster prize at @MicrobioSoc #Microbio18 !!— Imogen Johnston-Menzies (@imogenrena) April 13, 2018
Thanks to my supervisors Jo and @DrPrernaVohra for all their help and to @ClaireJenkins2 and @PaulHoskisson for nominating me! pic.twitter.com/Hl9NZL8TkC
And the students participating in Antibiotics Unearthed impressed many delegates.
Flash poster presentations proved to be a popular addition to the sessions.
The flash poster presentations at #Microbio18 are excellent. ECRs setting very good examples of concise storytelling.— Freya Harrison (@friendlymicrobe) April 11, 2018
Excellent to have Flash Poster presentations in the metal homeostasis session. Let's have more of these! #Microbio18— Nigel Brown (@nl_brown) April 11, 2018
The Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum played an active part in the conference, with many members presenting posters, holding talks and co-chairing sessions.
Heading home after a wonderful @MicrobioSoc #Microbio18 conference. Great talks all round. I'm especially inspired by the early careers talks #ECMForum. Wishing you all great success in your research and see you all at the #ECMForum Summer conference in June.— Linda Oyama (@LindaOyama) April 13, 2018
An ECM Forum member who participated in the Annual Conference 2017 provided a reminder of the opportunities attending the Conference can offer.
Good luck to all early career microbiologists giving talks at #microbio18 this week!! I am in my second week as a postdoc at @harvardmed as a direct consequence of speaking in the genetics and genomics forum at #microbiol17. Amazing things happen at @microbiosoc confs ! #ECMforum— Siân Owen (@Implosian) April 9, 2018
This year, the five Prize Lectures and two Hot Topic Lectures proved to be very popular.
Jillian Banfield's Prize Medal Lecture showing how studying very small things reveals answers to very big questions about life - whole groups of life forms out there we never knew existed #Microbio18 @MicrobioSoc pic.twitter.com/WFAvwHrfH4— Peter Cotgreave (@PeterCotgreave) April 11, 2018
Geoff Smith gives the 17th Marjory Stephenson lecture #Microbio18 on how smallpox shaped human history and how this virus has taught us about virus- immune interactions. Also explaining how vaccine biology has profited from studies of this devastating pathogen. @HubWTSA @MRCcmm pic.twitter.com/34aUII6vYk— Neil Gow (@neil_gow) April 12, 2018
Sharon Peacock, winner of the Micro Soc Unilever Colworth prize 2018, explains how next Gen’ sequencing can be used to investigate and prevent spread of bacterial pathogens in hospitals. #microbio18 pic.twitter.com/jQQ55V76NG— Neil Gow (@neil_gow) April 12, 2018
Several professional development sessions were also held, including sessions on EMBL-EBI resources, engaging in science policy, and a funders roundtable.
We even saw some science performed in the free crèche.
‘All from tuppence, prudently— Nipperbout (@NipperboutLtd) April 13, 2018
Fruitfully, frugally invested’
‘Feed the birds?’
Whichever, our tuppence should be shiny. What’s the best cleaning method? #tuppence #science #marypoppins @MicrobioSoc pic.twitter.com/wQgu2KNjBe
And launched a new pop up journal.
The social programme included a games and quiz night, and a Bavarian themed night that finished the Conference off in style.
On my final day of @MicrobioSoc #microbio18 I nearly didn’t go to the social event out of personal awkwardness. I booked to force myself to turn up and meet people. 100% the right decision. The Macarena is a distinctly powerful tool.— Jamie Orr (@BioJNO) April 12, 2018
A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped out at the Conference this year, we couldn’t have done it without you. We’ve already begun preparing for the Annual Conference 2019 in Belfast – hope to see you again there!