Annual Conference Online 2021 – a view from Twitter
Posted on May 13, 2021 by Alexandra Kubiakowska-Welch
On 26–30 April 2021, we hosted Annual Conference Online 2021. This was the first time that the Society has delivered a digital version of our flagship event and here, we take a look back at the event including some key highlights as shared on Twitter.
There was much anticipation in the lead up to Annual Conference Online 2021. With five days of symposia, workshops, forums, offered oral presentations, Prize Lectures from eminent microbiologists, socials and online networking opportunities, there was plenty to look forward to.
Looking forward to a virtual @MicrobioSoc #microbio21 next week. It was to happen in Birmingham so I've put together a mock-up of Microbe One ✈️ about to land at BHX. The world's favourite microbiology society. pic.twitter.com/yOc6qo97oo— 𝙀. 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙩 (@ecoligist) April 19, 2021
We were excited to welcome members and non-members to join us at the Conference. For some, it was their first time attending!
The online format of this year’s Conference allowed participants to joined from all over the UK and across the world. Many took the chance to familiarise themselves with the digital events platform ahead of the start of the event.
Logged onto my first ever @MicrobioSoc conference while zooming through Somerset, so excited for a week of the coolest science 🧫 and (virtually) meeting all you wonderful scientists 🧑🔬 (thanks to @GWRHelp for hosting at 125 mph)#Microbio21 pic.twitter.com/HUzRI4PML6— Callum Portman Ross (@CallumR2017) April 26, 2021
President of the Society, Professor Judith Armitage, kicked off Annual Conference Online 2021 by welcoming delegates with an opening address and we shared our video in which members share their thoughts on why microbiology matters.
We were delighted to host several Prize Lecture talks that took place throughout the week, featuring the significant scientific contributions of eminent microbiologists from across the world.
@bkoskella ending the first day with a fabulous presentation on the role of microbiomes on plants and an equally fabulous reminder on the importance of diversity not just in microbes but also in the scientists that study them #Microbio21— Lisa Lamberte (@LisaLamberte) April 26, 2021
What a fantastic talk by Julian Parkhill at #Microbio21 on the importance of data exploration in science, relevant not just for genomics research! Thought-provoking, not overloaded with information and generally humbling.— Rafal Mostowy (@RafalMostowy) April 27, 2021
Absolutely fascinating talk by Prof Lewandowsky @STWorg at @MicrobioSoc #Microbio21 . Nice for experienced and young scientist to have the chance to think about how to communicate science to the public.— LauraCutugno (@CutugnoLaura) April 28, 2021
Wonderful to see Elisabeth Bik pointing out that if you’re interested in #PublishingfortheCommunity you can submit your science to a @MicrobioSoc journal #MicrobioJ #JGenVirol #JMedMicro #MGen #IJSEM #AccessMicro and directly support brilliant conferences like #Microbio21— Peter Cotgreave (@PeterCotgreave) April 28, 2021
A brilliant Prize Medal lecture by Martin Blaser looking at effects on the microbiome of the use of antibiotics in early age and links it to conditions such obesity and Type 1 diabetes. #Microbio21— Michael P Ryan (@DrMichaelRyanUL) April 29, 2021
Great to see ECR @Fatimaaa_U interviewing the fantastic @azraghani this morning at #Microbio21. Fatima nominated Prof Ghani for the Colworth Prize, it's so good to see them in conversation! #ECMForum pic.twitter.com/50prL3PqE5— Maria (@ria_fernandes) April 29, 2021
From symposia, workshops, forums including both invited speakers and offered oral presentations, our scientific sessions at Annual Conference provide multiple opportunities to showcase research from both early career and established microbiologists. Here are some highlights.
Fantastic talk by @HannahRSampson showing air pollution causes an imbalance in the bee gut microbiome and may have adverse effects on bee health and pollinator populations #Microbio21 pic.twitter.com/pfTbJAuBp9— Charlie Durant (@CharlieDurant_) April 26, 2021
The valley of despair in #antibiotic development - if it takes an estimated 23 years for a successful preclinical candidate to become a profitable drug, how can we incentivise R&D and prolong product lifetime? @PaulHoskisson kicking off his talk at #MicroBio21 pic.twitter.com/HfBBGkdSDR— Freya Harrison (@friendlymicrobe) April 26, 2021
Great overview of what's happening with GARDP from @LauraPiddock in the #AMR session this morning at the @MicrobioSoc Online conference #Microbio21. Big messages about everyone working together and coordinating in the fight against pathogenic bacteria.— Lori Snyder (@DrLoriSnyder) April 26, 2021
#Microbio21 session on Brexit impact on research- UK are eligible for EU funding schemes but it's costing a lot of money. So, use it or lose it! Success rates need to improve to show it is value for money and avoid triggering questions over our paid in membership.— Dr Justine Rudkin (@ScouseMicrobe) April 29, 2021
#Microbio21 thanks a lot @drchloejames for chairing such an interesting and timely session on how Brexit will impact our future participation in EU science. Sooooo glad to know we can still work with our European friends and lead and participate in Horizon Europe consortia 🙂...— Martha Clokie (@MarthaClokie) April 29, 2021
Fascinating insight into vertical farming & public health microbiology by @Elliot_Erskine at #Microbio21. What are the main plant pathogens found in these systems and how are they controlled? #plantpath #plantsci— Anna Tiley (@tileyanna) April 29, 2021
Really interesting talk by Lone Brondsted in the Phage Biology Session of #Microbio21 @MicrobioSoc Fascinating interplay between phages and Campylobacter showing ability to affect variation in each others populations.... a paper to watch out for...— Tadhg O Croinin (@TadhgOCroinin) April 29, 2021
We’re seeing less STEC O157 and more non-O157 STEC clonal complexes in the UK @rodwell_ella is looking at their virulence and AMR profiles using short and long read sequencing @HPRUgi #Microbio21 @nanopore pic.twitter.com/tSdLzXq4rr— Claire Jenkins (@ClaireJenkins2) April 29, 2021
Sessions featured a lot of excellent science, but also some great scientific Zoom backgrounds…
Great Education session this morn @MicrobioSoc #Microbio21 chaired by @ucdscience @TadhgOCroinin. Trying to replicate that conference feel by using my @MicrobioSoc notepad but looking forward to meeting everyone in person next year! pic.twitter.com/6yzRNM0rv7— Evelyn Doyle (@EMD51) April 30, 2021
Being a visual learner, tools like Graphia are super useful for helping me navigate the complexity of microbial datasets. Defo going to check this out, thanks to @JDHarlingLee for a great talk! #Microbio21 pic.twitter.com/yBzJf0FGgA— Claire Elek 💙 (@Clarika84) April 27, 2021
Honored to be giving a Plenary Lecture for the RNA Viruses session of the @MicrobioSoc #Microbio21.— Hyser Lab (@HyserLab) April 28, 2021
Excited to show lots of #calciumsignaling movies during virus infections 💥💥
Thanks to @SGriffin_Lab for the invite. pic.twitter.com/JlTSaLM8FX
Fascinating talk today by Yana Eglit #Microbio21 #protists - "Phylogenomic analyses place Meteora, a protist with incredible cell architecture, as a sister to Hemimastigophora”. Neither a flagellate nor a typical amoeba. Look how it moves: https://t.co/UwJzdlkS61— Eva Gluenz (@Gluenzlab) April 28, 2021
Being the ECM co-chair of the Marine Microbiology symposium was an amazing experience at the @MicrobioSoc Annual Conference 2021. Special thanks to the best chairs @sea_bugs, @jamesemcdonald, @KEHelliwell, @kate_duncan, and all invited and offered speakers 🦠🍄🌊🔬 #Microbio21 pic.twitter.com/RBg9KhkW8b— Bruno Francesco (@bfrancescol) April 27, 2021
Excited for my talk in @MicrobioSoc Secret Life of MGE session at 12! Some awesome research shared in this session already & plenty more exciting talks to come after me, too. #Microbio21 pic.twitter.com/hBzcuK8NeR— David Walker-Sünderhauf (@davvi36) April 30, 2021
Had a lovely time talking about chimeric viruses at #Microbio21 and felt very official in my massive headset. Really fab talks and beautiful imaging from everyone so far! @MicrobioSoc @CVRinfo pic.twitter.com/3O2FDMcqO9— Jo Haney (@jo__haney) April 30, 2021
Very glad to present my PhD work at #Microbio21 during the RNA virus session. "A genome-wide CRISPR Cas9 knock-out screen identifies the DEAD-box RNA helicase DDX42 as a broad antiviral inhibitor"— Boris Bonaventure (@BorisBonave) April 28, 2021
Very nice talks presented this morning so I'm looking forward to participate 💥
Nice mention by @lehorsfall in the Biotech session of her group's paper in #MicrobioJ in 2019 on nanoparticle-synthesizing Desulfovibrio alaskensis https://t.co/XaGZ1E2WaO #Publishing4thecommunity #Microbio21— Gavin H Thomas (@GavinHThomas) April 28, 2021
It was great to also hear positive feedback from those that had attended sessions throughout the Conference.
Hearing about @drchloejames's virtual reality #biofilm game in the teaching session of #MicroBio21 - fab #SciComm tool where you can explore a biofilm in 3D. More info here: https://t.co/1xFNAgDgUM pic.twitter.com/uO8UbtXMb3— Freya Harrison (@friendlymicrobe) April 30, 2021
Huge thanks to all the speakers and poster presenters from the Secret Life of Mobile Genetic Elements session! It's been an amazing two days of science. Thanks also to @jpjhall for pulling this great programme together#Microbio21— Rob Fagan 🇪🇺🇮🇪 (@RobFagan) April 30, 2021
We were thrilled to see that early career microbiologists presenting at the Conference received such positive feedback after their talks!
I really enjoyed giving my first ever conference talk today at #Microbio21, despite the nerves! The talks in the genetics and genomic session were incredible, so excited to have been included!— Ellie Pursey (@ElliePursey) April 27, 2021
Amazing feeling to get such nice comments after a talk. Any ECRs out there feeling unsure about presenting their science, go for it! You won't find a more supportive community than @microbiosoc. Thanks to @gunnar_ns, @sligomicrobe and @cleverflick for organising! #Microbio21— Nicky O'Boyle (@pogonogo) April 28, 2021
As ever, the Society wanted to create a space for delegates to spend time engaging with others outside of the main scientific programme. Despite the conference taking place virtually this year, we still had a number of social sessions that delegates could partake in.
Nick Stolerman hosted a kick starter session, which comprised of a series of easy-to-follow exercises, enabling delegates to feel both relaxed and energised, ready for the busy day ahead.
Delegates also had the opportunity to attend the ‘Fold a Virus & Vaccine Workshop’ hosted by Dr Lizzie Burns.
Great comedy talk by @ColmanOC to break up the day with @MicrobioSoc Looking forward to the rest of the days talks! Do pop by to see my poster in the RNA viruses session later today if you interested in flu or innate immunity! Would love to chat #Microbio21— Ben Bone (@BenBone95) April 27, 2021
Fun interlude at #Microbio21 this afternoon with a little origami workshop from @DrLizzieBurns... This is my terrible attempt at an origami syringe... And a slightly more successful attempt at a virus particle! I'll stick to the science I think!! pic.twitter.com/oWkwuRIZt3— Caroline Chilton (@CHChilton) April 27, 2021
We hosted two networking sessions, giving delegates the opportunity to discuss their research in more depth after poster sessions...
Loving the blend of science and art at #Microbio21 this afternoon. First, the beautiful Muller plot art of @GreenAngharad and then a creative origami workshop from @DrLizzieBurns. I'm flattering myself that my first ever attempt looks just about recognisable as a syringe! pic.twitter.com/N0gF16GUYX— Vivien Price (@VivMicro) April 27, 2021
We also ran a virtual quiz night, hosted by QuizQuizQuiz…
So glad @MicrobioSoc are hosting a surviving COVID session this evening. It shows their thoughts and feelings for ECR wellbeing. Hats off to the society for this! Hopefully others take note #Microbio21— Kasia Maria (@KasiaMParfitt) April 28, 2021
The posters at Annual Conference provide an excellent platform to showcase emerging scientific research related to the talks programmed during the day. Although this year was slightly different, microbiologists from across the world were given the chance to share and discuss their research with others.
Brill first #AMR poster session - got to catch up with some former colleagues & friends from @CMBI_Imperial & chat about some great science! Some fab data out of @bugsinblood lab by Akshay Sabnis & Amber Sefton. Nice to see my old friend IMP-1700 again too! #Microbio21— Claire Elek 💙 (@Clarika84) April 26, 2021
Study presented in our Microbial Biotechnology poster session at #Microbio21@MicrobioSoc in the #science news today!— Geertje van Keulen (@DrGvanK) April 28, 2021
With independent comments from session chair @Tucker303 and @JoSadler10 https://t.co/c0z5uQqM3I
…and were very pleased to provide a platform for researchers to share their work with others in the community...
Really excited to present my poster at #Microbio21 @MicrobioSoc this evening examining the role of extracellular DNA in oral biofilm formation.— Hannah Serrage (@HSerrage) April 29, 2021
Come check it out in the infection forum (P404) to see some pretty cosmic images of extracellular DNA in biofilm 💫@BristolIandI pic.twitter.com/uRllvFRPVs
Thank you to @MicrobioSoc for giving me the opportunity and platform to present my work and supporting my attendance through the conference grant. A big thanks to everyone who attended my poster session and gave me valuable feedback. #Microbio21— Rama Bhatia (@RamaBhatia17) April 27, 2021
…with some delegates recreating the Conference experience again and posing by their poster!
Really enjoyed talking about my work at the poster session this evening. And really good to see a few familiar faces #Microbio21— Maya Kamat (@MtKamat) April 28, 2021
Presenting my poster at the @MicrobioSoc annual conference online, but couldn’t resist recreating my classic conference poster pose... #microbio21 poster number P392 presenting in the Infection Forum today! pic.twitter.com/VbtYPZcwVR— Jemma May Franklin (@jemma_franklin) April 29, 2021
Aspiring microbiologists, break times and feedback post-ConferenceWe were honoured to welcome aspiring microbiologists who joined in the Conference to learn about all things microbes!
And enjoyed seeing that some took matters into their own hands when it came to creating their own Conference atmosphere between talks and breaks!
It was a pleasure to listen to three former colleagues present this morning @lucygthorne @edemmott @Gui_Pap at #Microbio21. My little co-workers also enjoyed the session, thanks everyone! pic.twitter.com/cO7otcvZ1U— Sarah Caddy (@DrSarahCaddy) April 26, 2021
So incredibly impressed by the entire @MicrobioSoc #Microbio21 conference team and staff. A fantastic program of scientific talks, posters and discussions - in particular, the Early Career Microbiologists have been nothing short of amazing 🤩- and it’s only the end of day 1! pic.twitter.com/DYUMOWGrBo— Katherine R. Duncan (@kate_duncan) April 26, 2021
Never going to be the same but I thoroughly enjoyed day 1 of #Microbio21. A day just listening to cool science from brilliant young people has really lifted me. Much better than I was expecting. Professional feel of platform also a big plus— Alan McNally (@alanmcn1) April 26, 2021
On behalf of everyone at the Microbiology Society, thank you to all who attended, presented and helped Chair and co-Chair sessions at Annual Conference Online 2021. We hope that you enjoyed the event as much as we did and look forward to welcoming you to Annual Conference 2022 in Belfast!
It's been scarily many years since I last been to the @MicrobioSoc Annual Meeting, but today's the day I got a one day pass, so I'm popping in to see what people been up to in the microbial biotech world.— Adam Ostrowski (@AdamOstr) April 28, 2021
Enjoy the meeting, everyone!#Microbio21