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Preparation is now well underway for our Annual Conference 2021, which will see the Society return to Birmingham International Convention Centre.

The agenda is currently in production with our scientific Committees who work across the broad range of microbiology topics and its various disciplines to deliver an exciting and cutting-edge programme.


The Microbiology Society Annual Conference is the organisation’s flagship event and is the UK’s largest annual gathering of microbiologists.

As always, Annual Conference is designed to cover the breadth of microbiology research and its comprehensive scientific programme has over 30 sessions taking place over four days in a range of formats, including symposia, Virology workshops, Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic forums and professional development sessions.


Registration opens for Annual Conference from August 2021.

Ticket prices are heavily subsidised by the Society to ensure that the meeting remains of value to our broad microbiology community.

The following items are included in your registration fee:

  • access to the Annual Conference 2021 app
  • admission to all scientific sessions
  • full access to the trade exhibition
  • full access to scientific poster sessions
  • hot buffet lunch
  • tea and coffee breaks
  • two drinks during the drinks receptions each evening
  • a delegate bag and conference material
  • a hard-copy conference programme guide
  • access to an electronic abstracts book
  • certificate of attendance
  • access to CPD points
Abstracts & Posters

Annual Conference provides an excellent platform to showcase emerging scientific research, so make sure you submit your microbiological work.

Abstract submission opens from the week of 17 August 2020.

Submissions deadline is 14 December 2020.

Notifications of acceptance will be made 11 January 2021.


The Society’s Annual Conference will be returning to the Birmingham International Conference Centre for 2021.


The International Convention Centre
Broad Street
B1 2EA

General enquiries: +44(0)121 644 5025
Email: info@theicc.co.uk


Birmingham ICC is passionate about sustainability.

It holds the ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for environment management systems and has rolled out several different initiatives across the business to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability:

  • All food suppliers operate to either BRC Grade A or SALSA accreditation.
  • Energy-saving sensors are fitted throughout the venue and it uses reduced energy LED lighting wherever possible.
  • The ICC separates and recycle glass, cardboard and paper waste and incinerate all other waste to create electricity for local homes and business through Birmingham City Council’s Waste to Energy scheme.
  • The venue works with event organisers to achieve ‘carbon neutral’ status for their events.

Destination Birmingham

With one of the youngest populations in Europe, Birmingham is a dynamic, creative city that is constantly evolving. As the UK’s natural meeting place, Birmingham is also a crossroads for culture and diverse cultural influences are easy to spot everywhere in the city.

With a compelling and varied arts scene, Birmingham is home to inspirational organisations and venues right across the cultural spectrum. Its growing reputation as a foodie haven, critically acclaimed independent festivals and a year-round calendar of world-class sporting events it offers a unique visitor experience.

For future information see Visit Birmingham.

Travel & accommodation

The ICC Birmingham is easily accessible from around the UK and abroad and has plenty of hotels and restaurants in walking distance.


By foot

To make the journey to the ICC as easy-to-navigate as possible, you can watch the Quick Route video that shows you how to get the main venue from Birmingham New Street station.

By car

The ICC is located centrally in Birmingham city centre and is easily accessible by road from all over the UK. Visitors from any direction can travel in to Birmingham using many different routes connected to the following motorways: M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42.

There is abundant, secure multi-storey parking available located within the National Indoor Arena (NIA), which is just a short walk away from the ICC. Both the ICC and NIA are signposted on motorways and major roads and are marked on most road maps.

By air

Birmingham International Airport is one of the best-connected airports in Europe. Over 50 airlines operate scheduled and charter services to more than 100 destinations including Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent. The airport is just 8 miles from the city centre and is directly linked to Birmingham International Railway Station via an Airlink Shuttle.

The smaller East Midlands Airport is 42 miles away. The closest London airport is London Luton, which is 92 miles away, and London Heathrow is 107 miles.

By rail

The ICC is served by the UK’s largest interchange rail station, Birmingham New Street and the smaller Five Ways Station. Both stations are a short walk from the ICC and taxi ranks are situated close by. Birmingham New Street has direct and regular services to Birmingham International railway station which directly links to Birmingham International Airport and The NEC. It also has many direct services to London Euston, including a service that takes just 80 minutes and runs every 20 minutes.

Birmingham’s two other city centre train stations, Moor St and Snow Hill, are also within quick and easy access of the ICC and directly connected to London Marylebone or London Paddington via an hourly service.

Virgin Trains

Virgin trains offer discounted group travel for groups of between 3 and 9 passengers travelling together. This currently stand at a 20% discount off Advance Fares booked through their website – for more information visit the group page of their website.


For information about travel by coach please visit the National Express website.


To support you in securing your accommodation, our booking agent – First Choice Conference and Events have secure negotiated rates at local hotels to suit a range of budgets.

Links will go live closer to the event.