FIS 2019 – a view from Twitter
Posted on November 25, 2019 by Ellen Hinkley
The Federation of Infection Societies Conference 2019 (FIS 2019) took place at the EICC, Edinburgh, UK on 11–14 November. We've turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the conference.
As delegates, speakers, exhibitors and staff travelled to and arrived in Edinburgh, they took to Twitter to share their excitement about the upcoming event. Even those who couldn't attend in person were keen to take part!
On my way to #FIS19 looking forward to spending time in Edinburgh. Even managed to nab a seat with legroom!— Hilary (@tallscientist) November 11, 2019
Absolutely delighted to attend this year's conference .... via Twitter #FIS19— Lilian Chiwera (@lilian_chiwera) November 12, 2019
FIS 2019 started with Collaboration Catalyst, a session aimed at trainee and early career scientists which gave delelgates the chance to share their experiences working in different areas of infection prevention and hear about practices to help inform better collaboration.
November 11, 2019
There were a wide range of talks held throughout the conference which drew delegates from various disciplines (and ages!).
The FIS 2019 programme included four plenary lectures, the first of which was the Healthcare Infection Society Lowbury Lecture, presented by Professor Petra Gastmeier from the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Berlin.
Next, Dr Robin Patel, from the Mayo Clinic in the USA, presented the Microbiology Society plenary lecture on the topic of prosthetic joint infection.
Shotgun metagenomic sequencing for prosthetic joint infection diagnostics! I know what to ask for Xmas! Fascinating findings from sonicate fluid and tissue analysis results by Robin Patel at @MayoClinicINFD #FIS19 @MicrobioSoc— The Iron Mic (@theirondave82) November 12, 2019
Professor Paul Griffiths (University College London, UK) started off the penultimate day of the conference with his plenary lecture on cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.
Great start to day 2 of #FIS19 . Beautifully crafted narrative on CMV from Paul Griffiths. Starting with the the current impact of CMV on children, the impact on adults (immunosenescence and atherosclerosis)and the likely impact of a vaccine given at birth. @bpaiig @cmvactionuk pic.twitter.com/c116UaCD0n— Sanjay Patel (@doctorsanjay) November 13, 2019
The final plenary session, the British Infection Association's Barnett Christie Lecture, was 'Genetics, complement and immunoglobulin genes, and why people get group A streptococcal disease' presented by Dr Tom Parks.
Honoured to be giving the @biainfection Barnett Christie Lecture this morning at #FIS2019. Wonderful opportunity to talk about the global public health importance of group A strep and #RHD, and some of the work colleagues and I have done to better understand these diseases.— Tom Parks (@parks_tom) November 14, 2019
There were numerous poster presentation sessions throughout the conference, with research on a range of areas on display.
Poster 184 up and ready. Funky design complete with QR code for extra info. #EcoliCancerCollaborative #FIS19 session tomorrow at 1:30 in Moorfoot room with Dr Frances Davies. @IPS_Infection @royalmarsdenNHS @TheChristieNHS @prchadwick pic.twitter.com/EkD2ZMYyZb— Pat Cattini (@patcp66) November 12, 2019
There were also plenty of opportunities to network and socialise.
Great catch up and networking with AMS colleagues #FIS19 @MicrobioSoc @h_kandil1 @Micro_tweeter @RakheePatel81 @DrRyanHamilton @AmxPharmNLAG @UKCPAPIN @UKCPA @DhunganaDrishya pic.twitter.com/tud0b3ZlFM— Tejal Vaghela (@tejalvaghela15) November 12, 2019
On the last day, delegates danced the night away at the traditional Scottish cèilidh.
We hope you enjoyed the conference and hope to see you at FIS/HIS 2020!
The #antimicrobialstewardship, @NICEComms and aminoglycoside sessions were my favourites.— Chris Little PhD (@drcjlittle) November 14, 2019
Thanks for delivering such a great meeting.#FIS19 #FIS2019 #AntibioticGuardian #IDtwitter #KeepAntibioticsWorking #ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/ICQOCqF0ru
As the last day of #FIS19 draws to a close, we look forward to welcoming the @MicrobioSoc back to #Edinburgh for their 75th Anniversary next year and to continuing our long standing partnership for many years to come.— EICC (@eicc) November 14, 2019
Safe onward travels to all delegates, see you in April 2020. pic.twitter.com/u4Qb3lUZOc