Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Summer Conference 2018 – a view from Twitter
Posted on June 22, 2018 by Kaisa Berg
The Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Summer Conference 2018 took place on 14–15 June at the University of Birmingham. We’ve turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the Conference.
Anticipation was high in the days leading up to the Conference.
@MicrobioSoc’s #ECMconf18 begins today! I’m enroute & absolutely CAN’T WAIT to talk ‘Resilient Researchers’ tmrw. Got a fantastic tool based session lined up - to hopefully end the conference on a nice, feel good, holistic note! I’ll be at the networking this eve. Come say hi!— Tamsyn (@HealthPsychTam) June 14, 2018
@MicrobioSoc 's first dedicated ECR conference! A huge amount of effort has been put in by a fantastic committee, having seen the abstracts for posters, talks and the invited speakers I can safely say it'll be a big success #ECMConf18 https://t.co/0xjRLZWlrj— Colman O’Cathail (@ColmanOC) June 13, 2018
Once it kicked off, there were plenty of fascinating (and at times unexpected) insights, provided throughout the 13 invited speaker talks and offered oral presentations. Congratulations to Alex Roydon for winning Best Offered Presentation for her talk ‘Campylobacter contamination of UK-produced halal chicken meat at retail.'
Alex Royden did I hear correctly? ‘54% of chicken sold in uk retail contain campylobacter’ ? Interesting (if slightly worrying) talk at #ECMConf18— esther sweeney (@SweeneyEsther) June 14, 2018
Fascinating talk from Tara Vollmerhausen at #ECMConf18 glow in the dark catheters are the future!— esther sweeney (@SweeneyEsther) June 14, 2018
A great breadth of microbiology at #ECMConf18. Bacterial-host interactions, bacterial evolution, viral epidemics, and now fungal pathogens— Amy Claire Richards (@AmyC_Richards) June 14, 2018
There was even time for some humour.
The keynote lecture, presented by Dr Adam Roberts, provided valuable advice on how to succeed in a career in microbiology.
Advice to someone searching for a post doc from @GCAGATGCAATG: Network, publish early (but not to detriment to big paper if it’s coming). Be part of the academy- talks, posters and publishing in @biorxivpreprint helps show this. #ECMConf18 #ECMforum #ECRchat— Maria (@ria_fernandes) June 14, 2018
This was followed by a poster session and evening networking. Congratulations to Federica, who won the Poster Prize offered by the Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham!
Had a great time presenting my poster today at the #ECMconf18 ! So good to network with other early career microbiologists and talk about eachother’s research — Kim Alexandra Patel (@kimpatel94) June 14, 2018
Day two focused on professional development, with talks from Leah Fitzsimmons, Martin Turner, Ben Libberton and Tamsyn Hawken.
Judging from the comments at the end of the meeting, the inaugural Conference was a great success.
It’s incredibly satisfying to see so many #ECRs going away from @MicrobioSoc #ECMConf18 with positive experiences (as evidenced through tweets, check the hashtag). I can say that this will undoubtedly be returning year on year. To many more. pic.twitter.com/mcEWl2mOzE— Colman O’Cathail (@ColmanOC) June 15, 2018
Waiting for flight home after a hugely successful #ECMConf18. Thanks to all who came, we hope you enjoyed it and got lots out of it! A pleasure to work with the ECM team to put it together! Plans for next year are already underway. Spread the word and see you back next year!!!— Justine Rudkin (@ScouseMicrobe) June 15, 2018
Borrowed this from @KarlMicro .. @MicrobioSoc #ECMconf18 was the best conference/event iv been part of great fun, excellent science, inspiring speakers and amazing people! See ye guys at the next one pic.twitter.com/kIUbiQViJ7— Gerard Sheehan (@MicrobioGer) June 17, 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.