Early Career Microbiologists' Forum Summer Conference 2019 - a view from Twitter
Posted on June 28, 2019 by Ellen Hinkley
This year's Early Career Microbiologists' (ECM) Forum Summer Conference took place at the Moyne Institute, Trinity College Dublin on 20–21 June. We’ve turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the meeting.On the morning of the first day, many delegates started their journeys, whilst others that had already arrived explored the city, its many sights and food highlights it had to offer…
Had my coffee, now on my flight to Dublin. Really looking forward to visiting Dublin for the first time and attending my first @MicrobioSoc #ECMForum Summer Conference! See you all soon!#ECMConf19 pic.twitter.com/ldfMOUTJan— Alison MacFadyen (@Fads86) June 20, 2019
Nice wander down Temple Bar (didn’t stop for a pint!), now off to #ECMConf19 registration— David W. Cleary (@Bacterioskeptic) June 20, 2019
The conference was introduced by Elaine Waters, and went on to include talks from Daniel Morse, Danielle Pierce, Maya Holding, Jana Katharina Schniete (+1!) and Daniel Storey, before a coffee break.
Back to conference #Livetweeting. At the @MicrobioSoc #ECMConf19 first talk, by Elaine Waters from @nuigalway talking about preventing #biofilm formation on implanted #medical devices using purified saccharides pic.twitter.com/sWuI2zbd2x— Robert Will (@RobertCWill) June 20, 2019
Really grateful for the opportunity to present my PhD and postdoc work at #ECMConf19 in Dublin. Thank you to @microbiosoc for inviting me! Some great questions and food for thought later on! #PhD #Research #Microbiology #postdoc #science #phdchat— Dr Daniel Morse (@danieljmorse) June 20, 2019
Presented my PhD work in @PaulHoskisson's lab today at #ECMConf19 @MicrobioSoc in Dublin while #babywearing! Exciting day! #academicparent #ECRchat also briefly managed to present @HomewardBound16 #TeamHB4— Dr Jana K Schniete (@Janitensen) June 20, 2019
Session two was on microbial threats and opportunities, with talks from Conor Feehily, Sarah Lumley, Maya Kamat, David Clearly, James Hall and Charley McCarthy.
Great to be at this year’s #ECMConf19; lucky to get a seat at the back of the room to see talks from #ECMForum members! Here’s @sligomicrobe talking about his work on the vaginal microbiome. pic.twitter.com/myhrUr8GEd— Maria (@ria_fernandes) June 20, 2019
Thankfully, it seems British mosquitoes aren’t very good at transmitting Rift Valley fever virus. Now hearing from @MtKamat discussing her work on novel mediators of the gut-brain axis communication.#ECMConf19 #ECMForum pic.twitter.com/VD0kfcflDW— Alison MacFadyen (@Fads86) June 20, 2019
Loved the talk from David @Bacterioskeptic on a long term study of carriage of pneumococci and haemophilus in the Upper resp tract. Interesting relationships with the intro of vaccines, but wonder how that influences overall microbiota#ECMConf19— Dr Daniel Morse (@danieljmorse) June 20, 2019
The evening provided chance for networking and poster presentations, before pizza at the Pavilion Bar on the Trinity College cricket pitch.
The second day started with a keynote talk from Senga Robertson-Albertyn, winner of the Microbiology Society Outreach Prize 2019. Delegates were treated to a live demonstration of her outreach activity ‘Microbe Motels: How to make a healthy poo’, as well as information and advice about the value of outreach work.
#ECMConf19 Key note speaker @sengarella1 got into outreach because she thought it would be the easier option! Admits there was a lot more to it than she thought. Refreshingly honest. pic.twitter.com/YRCujyHgZj— Justine Rudkin (@ScouseMicrobe) June 21, 2019
We are learning all about "The poo protocol" #ECMConf19 @MicrobioSoc fantastic outreach activity! Weekend plans for the toddler sorted :-P #publicengagement Thank you @sengarella1 pic.twitter.com/UDoRxas4tG— Dr Jana K Schniete (@Janitensen) June 21, 2019
Next, there was a careers session, featuring talks from Ian Archer (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre), Kerrie Nic Aogain (Serosep Ltd), Beth O' Donoghue (European Directorate for Quality of Medicines and Healthcare), Kevin Egan (West Cork Distillers) and Ben Cochain (Pint of Science Ireland).
On the final afternoon, there was a session on Microbiology Society journals and how to get your work published. The conference concluded by announcing the winner of the ECM Forum Summer Conference Poster Prize.
We hope all delegates enjoyed the conference – thank you for joining us in Dublin and we hope to see you at another event soon!
The Early Career Microbiologists' Forum Summer Conference #ECMConf19 was held at the Moyne Institute @MicrobiologyTCD. Congratulations to all organisers and participants on a very successful conference @MicrobioSoc https://t.co/0hKy5kmc0H— MicrobiologyTCD (@MicrobiologyTCD) June 21, 2019
One of the great things about doing conferences like #ECMConf19 is seeing the positive impact it has on early career researchers. Just search the hashtag for evidence! Plans for next year are already underway....— Colman O’Cathail (@ColmanOC) June 21, 2019
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed #ECMConf19. The standard and variety of talks and posters was excellent, the sessions were ideal for ECMs and @MicrobioSoc couldn’t have been been kinder hosts. Thank you so much for having me and giving me the opportunity to share my love of outreach today— Senga Robertson-Albertyn (@sengarella1) June 21, 2019