ECM Forum Summer Conference 2021 – a view from Twitter
Posted on October 6, 2021 by Kimberley Ndungu
On 28–29 September 2021, the Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum hosted its flagship Summer Conference dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking. Here, we look back on the two-day online event with a view from Twitter.
With two scientific sessions covering a variety of topics to look forward to, we were excited to welcome both delegates and speakers to the first day of the conference.
Can't wait for an exciting two days! If you are attending, do consider coming to my talk at 2pm today...— Lisa Lamberte (@LisaLamberte) September 28, 2021
...or better yet come to all the talks and flash presentations by all the early career microbiologists! #ECMConf21 #ECMForum https://t.co/SJvrP6NfTt
The first session of the day, Translating Microbiology, was kicked off by keynote speaker, Matt Hutchings, who shared his career journey…
…whilst also reflecting on the challenges early career researchers have faced over the past couple of years.
Next, Jamie McGowan continued the session sharing his research with a talk focused on the diversity of Eukaryotes.
Diversity was also the theme on Twitter when discussing the range of talks that followed in the Translating Microbiology session.
Really enjoyed presenting at #ECMConf21. The talks so far have been incredibly interesting with such a friendly audience. I am loving the diversity of the talks and I look forward to the rest of the comference! @MicrobioSoc— Bhavik Barochia 👨🏽🔬 (@B_Barochia) September 28, 2021
Great to see such a diverse range of talks given by early career microbiologists today at #ECMConf21, very interesting stuff! I enjoyed the opportunity to present my research too! 🦠🔬🧫👩🏻🔬— Hayley (@haylzpea) September 28, 2021
To conclude the session, Liam Reynolds highlighted that though harmful, wastewater has real potential to be very helpful.
Amazing to hear about the national wastewater surveillance program to monitor SARS-Cov-2 in asymptomatic patients. Hugely correlative data which definitely should be a priority for future monitoring of geographical infection contagion #ECMConf21— Bhavik Barochia 👨🏽🔬 (@B_Barochia) September 28, 2021
Liam Reynolds’ project was also a perfect example of how early career researchers have had to adapt to the pandemic.
Liam Reynolds talking about using wastewater as a surveillance for fecal contamination and AMR genes in Dublin Bay. Project rerouted to study SARS-CoV-2- the pandemic providing research opportunities for some ECRs 💪🏼 #ECMConf21— Dr Justine Rudkin (@ScouseMicrobe) September 28, 2021
With day one off to a great start and the Translating Microbiology session done, it was time to get ready for the next session…
Enjoying all the brilliant talks at #ECMConf21 . Well done all the speakers and organisers— Linda Oyama (@LindaOyama) September 28, 2021
… right after the lunch break!
First up in the Harnessing Microbiology session was Lisa Lamberte, with her anticipated talk focusing on antimicrobial resistance genes and the gut microbiome.
Later in the session, Danielle Pierce presented her talk titled, ‘Control Of Hepatitis E Virus Polyprotein Processing By Cellular Proteases’
Really enjoyed presenting my work at the #ECMConf21 today! Good to see the talks from other early career microbiologists too 👩🏽🔬— Dani Pierce (@DaniPierce17) September 28, 2021
And the final talk of the day came from Claire Elek, who shared her research exploring how a virus might save your life.
After a series of great talks from early career researchers featuring a variety of topics, it was time for day one to come to an end.
Great talks today by ECM. Looking forward to tomorrow's session! https://t.co/3jyy2Yd8cq— Mimi Asogwa (@AsogwaMimi) September 28, 2021
We welcomed delegates back for the second day of the summer conference and many were excited for the upcoming sessions, Careers Focus and Finding Funding.
#ECMConf21 starts at 10am today, with talks from scientists at PepsiCo and Cancer Trial Ireland followed by a session on finding funding. Make sure you tune in! #ECMForum @MicrobioSoc @Winni_l08 @Fads86 @sligomicrobe— Rebecca J Hall (@DrRebeccaJHall) September 29, 2021
To kick off the Careers Focus session, Kevin Egan provided an insight into careers in industry…
...followed by Hannah McCarthy who focused on clinical careers…
… both receiving a great response from delegates!
A really great morning session today so far! Great engagement from the ECMs with questions for our speakers! Join us again at 11:15 where @Prokaryota and @ClaireWoodall talk about their funding stories! #ECMConf21 https://t.co/jpogpGF0SX— 🦠Winnie Lee🦠 (@Winni_l08) September 29, 2021
Finally, in the last session of the summer conference, Finding Funding, both Elisa Granato and Dr Claire Woodall shared their funding stories, which featured some unexpected guests…
Before the conference came to an end, there was an opportunity for delegates and speakers to network. It was great to see ECMs had a positive conference experience…
Networking has always been one of the biggest things I dread, but @MicrobioSoc has always provided a nice and friendly atmosphere for anyone to be themselves. Thank you to @sligomicrobe @Winni_l08 for hosting, as well as for organising this fantastic conference! #ECMConf21— Lisa Lamberte (@LisaLamberte) September 29, 2021
Thank you to all delegates, speakers and those who helped organise the successful ECM Forum Summer Conference; we hope you all enjoyed the event!
Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at the #ECMConf21. You all made it a fantastic event. Please check your emails and fill out the feedback survey so @MicrobioSoc can hear your thoughts. https://t.co/5vVTgDgq5S— Conor Feehily (@sligomicrobe) September 29, 2021