Annual Conference 2022 - a view from Twitter
Posted on April 20, 2022 by Priya Gurung
On 4–7 April 2022, we hosted Annual Conference 2022. This was the first time in three years that the Society returned to an in-person event! We’ve turned to Twitter to take a look back at some of the highlights!
In anticipation to #Microbio22, our delegates were looking forward to four days of symposia, workshops, forums, offered oral presentations, Prize Lectures from eminent microbiologists, socials and networking opportunities!
We had delegates who were excited to attend their first in-person conference!
Some delegates took the opportunity of being in Belfast to explore attractions such as the Giant's Causeway pre-Conference.
I my job! Being able to explore places where you are sent to work is something I have missed throughout Covid. So pleased #Belfast was the first destination back to some normality. Had an awesome explore of #giantscauseway & a night with the locals. Next stop #Microbio22 pic.twitter.com/MAFlZwf57G— Emma Waters (@EmmaBeansworth) April 2, 2022
We were delighted to welcome our members who, despite some travel mishaps, were able to join us for a fantastic four days of science!
Great to be in Belfast getting ready to welcome everyone to @MicrobioSoc #Microbio22 from tonight, hoping that staff and delegates stranded by airport chaos will get here and luggage will turn up for those of us who arrived yesterday to be told our bags are lost!! pic.twitter.com/8FxFh0Ydbs— Peter Cotgreave (@PeterCotgreave) April 3, 2022
Many delegates were looking forward to the multiple social events taking place in person for the first time in three years!
For the first time, delegates were also looking forward to a LGBTQ+ Networking Event at #Microbio22.
Make sure to register for the LGBTQ+ mixer at #MicroBio22 if you want to network with other LGBTQ+ members and discuss how @MicrobioSoc can support us. The other organised socials booked up fast so register now to avoid disappointment. #LGBTscience #LGBTSTEM #diversity #inclusion https://t.co/WzbxKlSmtM— Kevin Maringer (he/him)(@MaringerLab) March 9, 2022
Delegates shared and promoted their talks pre-Conference using the virtual event platform.
What's more exciting than Microbiology or Forensics? Forensic Microbiology!! Pretty excited for the first in-person conference (courtesy @MicrobioSoc) of my PhD, where I'd be showing two posters! #AcademicTwitter #Microbio22 pic.twitter.com/2FSdzsPLkh— Nengi Ogbanga (@nengi_gigi) April 1, 2022
As Annual Conference 2022 commenced, our President Del Besra and Chief Executive Peter Cotgreave welcomed over 1,300 microbiologists to #Microbio22!
President Del Besra welcomes 1,300 microbiologists to #Microbio22 for the first time in three years, and even behind the masks, it’s obvious everyone has a massive smile on their faces!! @MicrobioSoc pic.twitter.com/tY350tFCT9— Peter Cotgreave (@PeterCotgreave) April 4, 2022
We were delighted to host several Prize Lectures throughout the week. The talks featured the significant scientific contributions of eminent microbiologists from across the world. This included both in-person and pre-recorded talks. Here are some highlights below.
This was without question the best talk I've ever attended. How can anyone be that engaging on a pre-recorded talk?! Fantastic https://t.co/338iavqWEu— Alice Moorey (@ARMoorey) April 4, 2022
Such a privilege to speak live on stage with #my_hero Bonnie Bassler. She is an inspiration: fantastically elegant research, communicated beautifully with exuberant enthusiasm & humility. Brilliant advice for us all on working together & the importance of talking. #Microbio22 https://t.co/yT18MihHxv— Chloe James (@drchloejames) April 5, 2022
What an amazing role model @DrDianeAshiru is for early career scientists who want to make a difference to people’s lives. And the only person in history to report crying when getting a letter from me, on winning the Peter Wildy Award @MicrobioSoc #Microbio22 pic.twitter.com/qroe0ASFhB— Peter Cotgreave (@PeterCotgreave) April 5, 2022
Paul Griffiths in his Unilever Colworth lecture shows the importance of persistence as he tells the 40 year story of understanding the clinical importance of Cytomegalovirus, perhaps one of the most significant viruses most people have never heard of #Microbio22 @MicrobioSoc pic.twitter.com/K8MWtlrJr1— Peter Cotgreave (@PeterCotgreave) April 6, 2022
The Unilever Colworth Prize Lecture, presented by Professor Paul Griffiths @iit_ucl starts in 15 minutes at #Microbio22. Join us to learn more about ‘Cytomegalovirus: direct and indirect clinical effects and prospects for control by immunisation’ https://t.co/qZf4Huihrv pic.twitter.com/buSGESIwPY— Microbiology Society (@MicrobioSoc) April 6, 2022
Brilliant @MicrobioSoc Fleming Prize Lecture 2022 by the winner @CJStewart7 incredible work! Microbiology can change lives and save lives #microbiology #microbiome #microbio22 pic.twitter.com/NyfDwSEJEy— Chris Richardson (@ChrisRi1992) April 6, 2022
If anyone wants to know why microbiology matters, in his @MicrobioSoc Fleming Award lecture, @CJStewart7 points out that 99 per cent of the genes in your body are from microbes #Microbio22 pic.twitter.com/Ou6pjKA8bz— Peter Cotgreave (@PeterCotgreave) April 6, 2022
The 2022 Fleming Prize Lecture begins at 17:40. Prize winner Dr Christopher Stewart @CJStewart7 will give a talk on ‘Diet–microbe–host interaction in early life’. #Microbio22 @UniofNewcastle https://t.co/G6Qu6PRRba pic.twitter.com/jyOktjJdS9— Microbiology Society (@MicrobioSoc) April 6, 2022
Fascinating insights into biomineralisation from Geoff Gadd @GeoMBiol in his @MicrobioSoc Marjory Stephenson lecture, including ways of using microbes to remediate uranium and lead in the environment #Microbio22 pic.twitter.com/GRFtpi56s4— Peter Cotgreave (@PeterCotgreave) April 7, 2022
We start today with 2022 Marjory Stephenson Prize winner Professor Geoffrey Michael Gadd @UoDLifeSciences presenting his research on fungal biomineralization and its applications in bioremediation, biorecovery and nanobiotechnology. https://t.co/14CnaNnOlg— Microbiology Society (@MicrobioSoc) April 7, 2022
Our scientific sessions at #Microbio22 included symposia, workshops, forums for both invited speakers and offered oral presentations. This provided multiple opportunities to showcase research from both early career and established microbiologists. Here are some highlights below:
Excited to hear the fabulous @MBlokesch tell us about her latest data on Vibrio cholerae and why pandemic strains have fewer plasmids that environmental isolates at #microbio22 pic.twitter.com/crojTbhptH— Paul Hoskisson 😷🔬🧫🧬🐸🐍🦎 (@PaulHoskisson) April 7, 2022
We were happy to see first-time Conference attendees enjoying the sessions!
As we returned to poster presentations in person, our presenters were able to share their work, and discuss and exchange ideas with their peers face to face! Here are some happy faces below!
Poster’s up. Come to hear about my research funded by @CharityDEBRA on “Alteration of the cutaneous microbiome in Epidemolysis Bullosa and its potential role in wound healing” at the #Microbio22 (Poster B191)@MicrobioSoc pic.twitter.com/ybS1LuuTnA— Dario Balacco (@DarioBalacco) April 6, 2022
We were delighted to host in-person social sessions again to create a space for delegates to engage with their peers outside of the main scientific programme. All four of our social events were sold out!
A suitably sumptuous venue to celebrate 75 years of the Microbiology journal at #Microbio22 Left me sentimental and proud to be part of such a great community. Congratulations to all at the journal @GavinHThomas @proftracypalmer and @MicrobioSoc pic.twitter.com/6qoTHk2JX0— Nicola Holden (@NicolaJHolden) April 5, 2022
It was amazing ! Thanks @MicrobioSoc for the opportunity to attend this event. @SDScotty74 @NJTemperton @ewrightlab from VPU Kent and VPU Sussex got #75years pins for our jackets pic.twitter.com/9sMVW4HDit— ViralPseudotypeUnit (@ViralPseudotype) April 6, 2022
Our delegates also enjoyed socialising outside of the planned social programmes for the first time in three years!
Had a great week at #Microbio22!— Dr Liam Rooney (@lmr_1994) April 7, 2022
So nice to see everyone back together in a safe space, showcasing some amazing research, and catching up with far flung friends.
Thanks @MicrobioSoc for putting on a great conference! pic.twitter.com/v1koD4eNkb
VPU finally got around to celebrating their 10th anniversary @MicrobioSoc #Microbio22 in the Crown Liquor Saloon Belfast with some very special guests @RTarlinton @stathisgiotis and Ashley Banyard. Brilliant night. Cheers to the next 10 years pic.twitter.com/olkAuG4goX— ViralPseudotypeUnit (@ViralPseudotype) April 6, 2022
Annual Conference 2022 bits and bobs, and feedback post-Conference
Our Chief Executive Peter Cotgreave met an adorable junior Peter thanks to the crèche service!
We are thrilled at how useful the crèche service was for parents at Conference, helping them attend and enjoy science!
I would like to thank the @MicrobioSoc for providing the free crèche during the #Microbio22. My son had an amazing time! This was a great service that allowed me to stay focus on the conference without being away from my family! Many many thanks @MicrobioSoc! https://t.co/bHybEZQXq5— Dr. Anastasios Tsaousis (@ADTsaousis) April 7, 2022
Members shared their thoughts at the Society stand on how we can continue to be more inclusive and representative by talking to those in our new Members’ Panel.
Are you at #Microbio22 and have any ideas to improve representation of underrepresented communities within the Microbiology Society? I’m on the society Member’s Panel, and we want to hear from you!— Jordan Murray (@jordanmurray_) April 5, 2022
I’m in Belfast all week, tweet me or come and find me for a chat about EDEI! pic.twitter.com/lBrXaGSk7M
Here we have our infamous COVID-19 ‘GIANTmicrobes’ keyrings, that were a favourite amongst our scientists!
We celebrated Publishing for the Community as part of our founding journal Microbiology’s 75th anniversary.
So we keep banging on about it, but publishing in the journals is so important to support events like this! Any questions about publishing? Find me (masked up and everything) and I will be happy to tell you how you can get involved! #microbio22 #PublishingForTheCommunity pic.twitter.com/K2PpZ1ZlWa— Alexander Mulhern (@AlexJMulhern) April 4, 2022
Feedback received from delegates was overwhelmingly positive, and we were thrilled to hear about their experiences at Conference!
Thanks @MicrobioSoc for organising an excellent conference! Thanks for the opportunity to co-chair and co-organise a few sessions! Great experience + loads of fantastic science! Also fab to meet up with old friends, colleagues and twitter buddies! Until next time! #Microbio22— Winnie Lee (@Winni_l08) April 7, 2022
Thank you #Belfast & @MicrobioSoc for hosting some inspiring science #Microbio22 & giving us the chance to show our passion we have for our science. The team feels stronger than ever We are ready to tackle the year ahead with new energy & enthusiasm so #watchthisspace. pic.twitter.com/hFovqocL0f— Langridge Lab (@LangridgeLab) April 7, 2022
Not only did we have human attendees, but we also had a very good dog named Chance attend the Conference!
I am sad and happy that #Microbio22 is over! Sad to see everyone leave, happy that my poor liver will have time to recover after 2 years away from conference! Even Chance is now a member of @MicrobioSoc pic.twitter.com/DJCX1ZSw3i— Helina Marshall (@Linaemar) April 7, 2022
After four days filled with exciting science, we hope delegates were able to control your happy feet!
On behalf of everyone at the Microbiology Society, we want to say a huge thank you to all who attended, presented and helped Chair and co-Chair sessions at Annual Conference 2022. We hope you enjoyed the in-person event as much as we did, and we look forward to welcoming you back for Annual Conference 2023 in Birmingham!