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Overview

Preparation is now well underway for our Annual Conference 2021, which will see the Society return to Birmingham for its flagship event.

Annual Conference 2021 takes place between 12–16 April 2021 at Birmingham International Convention Centre.

Following the cancellation of last year’s Annual Conference 2020 in Edinburgh due to the continued spread of SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, the Scientific Conference Committee is looking to re-schedule and incorporate many of these cancelled sessions into Annual Conference 2021.

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.

Programme

Session

Session View

Monday 12 April, Morning

Fleming Showcase

In celebration of the Society’s 75th anniversary last year, Annual Conference 2020 was originally scheduled to include an additional Fleming Showcase day at the start of Annual Conference week. Due to the continued spread of SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID 19, the Council of the Society had to take the difficult decision of cancelling the meeting, which included this Fleming Showcase. Subsequently, the Fleming Committee have confirmed that they would like this to be rescheduled again at the start of Annual Conference week 2021. The Microbiology Society’s Fleming Prize is awarded each year to an early career researcher who has achieved an outstanding research record within 12 years of being awarded their PhD. These rescheduled Fleming lectures will be used as an opportunity to formally observe the legacy of past Fleming Prize winners and to examine some of the most exciting science from around the globe. The day is organised by a Committee of Past Fleming Prize Winners, which is Chaired by Sir Paul Nurse. This will run on Monday 12 April 2021 and will be followed by the standard 4-days of scientific sessions.

Organisers

Paul Nurse (Francis Crick Institute, UK); Tracy Palmer (University of Newcastle, UK); Andrew Davidson (University of Glasgow, UK); Neil Gow (University of Exeter, UK); Sarah Coulthurst (University of Dundee, UK) and David Grainger (University of Birmingham, UK)

Monday 12 April, Afternoon

Fleming Showcase

In celebration of the Society’s 75th anniversary last year, Annual Conference 2020 was originally scheduled to include an additional Fleming Showcase day at the start of Annual Conference week. Due to the continued spread of SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID 19, the Council of the Society had to take the difficult decision of cancelling the meeting, which included this Fleming Showcase. Subsequently, the Fleming Committee have confirmed that they would like this to be rescheduled again at the start of Annual Conference week 2021. The Microbiology Society’s Fleming Prize is awarded each year to an early career researcher who has achieved an outstanding research record within 12 years of being awarded their PhD. These rescheduled Fleming lectures will be used as an opportunity to formally observe the legacy of past Fleming Prize winners and to examine some of the most exciting science from around the globe. The day is organised by a Committee of Past Fleming Prize Winners, which is Chaired by Sir Paul Nurse. This will run on Monday 12 April 2021 and will be followed by the standard 4-days of scientific sessions.

Organisers

Paul Nurse (Francis Crick Institute, UK); Tracy Palmer (University of Newcastle, UK); Andrew Davidson (University of Glasgow, UK); Neil Gow (University of Exeter, UK); Sarah Coulthurst (University of Dundee, UK) and David Grainger (University of Birmingham, UK)

Tuesday 13 April, Morning

AMR

The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.” Since Alexander Fleming's prophetic warning in 1945, antimicrobial resistance has rapidly developed into a critically important global health threat. How bad is AMR, and what can we do about it? This session will start by looking the global scale of the AMR problem, then delve into the causes of AMR, and finally address some of the potential solutions. The session aims to bring together scientists with interests in AMR, across the fields of epidemiology, global public health, mechanisms of AMR development and spread, antimicrobial stewardship and discovery of novel therapeutics. "

Organisers

Jody Winter (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Meera Unnikrishnan (Warwick University, UK), Jennifer Ritchie (University of Surrey, UK)

Back to the future

This session looks at the past history of microbiology and how drawing from lessons of the past informs our research today. It will explore technologies today that are making use of techniques established decades ago, research that is delving into microbial archaeology to better understand pathogens of today and tomorrow, and investigations that are rediscovering and repurposing pharmaceuticals and treatments from previous eras. Offered reflections on microbial practice in a specific area, application or technique are encouraged with a view to adoption of ‘historic’ ideas, or to highlight novel developments.

Organisers

Edward Louis (University of Leicester, UK); Elinor Thompson (University of Greenwich, UK); and Lori Snyder (Kingston University, UK)

Bacteroidetes: the microbiota and beyond

The Bacteroidetes are abundant colonisers of humans where they are one of the two dominant phyla. This session will focus on the many and varied interactions of the anaerobic Bacteroidetes with the human host, both as members of the normal resident microbiota and as opportunistic pathogens. Aspects of the physiology, metabolism and molecular genetics of Bacteroidetes, such as Bacteroides, Prevotella and Porphyromonas will be addressed along with potential cancer, Alzheimer’s and other disease associations. In addition to being of interest to researchers working on specific members of the Bacteroidetes, researchers studying oral, gastrointestinal tract and female genital system microbiomes will gain key insights into these important members of the microbiota. Offered papers relating to all aspects of the Bacteroidetes will be considered for presentation within the symposium.

Organisers

Sheila Patrick (Queen's University Belfast, UK); Garry Blakely (Edinburgh University, UK)

Epigenetic phenomena in micro-organisms

Over the last decade there have been an increasing number of reports of phenotypic changes in micro-organisms that cannot be explained by changes in DNA sequence or genome rearrangements. These so-called epigenetic phenomena represent a number of different underlying mechanisms ranging from DNA modification and chromatin remodelling to inherited conformational changes in cellular proteins. These reversible molecular processes can impact on the expression of large numbers of genes and thus represent a means of rapidly changing the transcriptional programme of a microorganism without genome modification. This session will cover the wide range of epigenetic phenomena in bacteria, fungi and protozoa

Organisers

Mick Tuite (University of Kent, UK); Alessia Buscaino (University of Kent, UK)

Marine microbiology

Microbial life dominates the marine environment. Collectively their biomass greatly exceeds that of all other life forms in the oceans. Marine microbes have thrived in the world’s seas for billions of years and their diversity outweighs all non-microbial marine life combined. Microbes make the oceans work. They form and sustain global biogeochemical cycles, underpin food webs and maintain (or sometimes perturb) ecosystem health. Marine microbes are also a valuable source of biomolecules and enzymes, with great biotechnological potential. The session will bring together microbiologists from a range of fields with a collective interest in Marine Microbiology. The session will broadly cover three overarching themes; ‘marine microbial biogeochemistry’, ‘microbial symbiosis and interaction’, and ‘harnessing the potential of marine microbes’. As well as presentations from established research leaders in the field, the session will also showcase early career researchers.

Organisers

Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association, UK); Katherine Duncan (University of Strathclyde, UK)

Microbial toxins as weapons of warfare?

Microbes produce a fascinating range of chemicals, from simple molecules to complex proteins, many of which are well understood virulence factors playing a pivotal role in pathogenesis. In the environment production of toxins by bacteria, algae and fungi are less well understood despite advances in the tools available for their study. This exciting session will be focus on toxins as virulence factors in the morning and the ecological role of toxins in the environment.

Organisers

Christine Edwards (Robert Gordon University, UK)

Tuesday 13 April, Afternoon

AMR

The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.” Since Alexander Fleming's prophetic warning in 1945, antimicrobial resistance has rapidly developed into a critically important global health threat. How bad is AMR, and what can we do about it? This session will start by looking the global scale of the AMR problem, then delve into the causes of AMR, and finally address some of the potential solutions. The session aims to bring together scientists with interests in AMR, across the fields of epidemiology, global public health, mechanisms of AMR development and spread, antimicrobial stewardship and discovery of novel therapeutics. "

Organisers

Jody Winter (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Meera Unnikrishnan (Warwick University, UK), Jennifer Ritchie (University of Surrey, UK)

Back to the future

This session looks at the past history of microbiology and how drawing from lessons of the past informs our research today. It will explore technologies today that are making use of techniques established decades ago, research that is delving into microbial archaeology to better understand pathogens of today and tomorrow, and investigations that are rediscovering and repurposing pharmaceuticals and treatments from previous eras. Offered reflections on microbial practice in a specific area, application or technique are encouraged with a view to adoption of ‘historic’ ideas, or to highlight novel developments.

Organisers

Edward Louis (University of Leicester, UK); Elinor Thompson (University of Greenwich, UK); and Lori Snyder (Kingston University, UK)

Bacteroidetes: the microbiota and beyond

The Bacteroidetes are abundant colonisers of humans where they are one of the two dominant phyla. This session will focus on the many and varied interactions of the anaerobic Bacteroidetes with the human host, both as members of the normal resident microbiota and as opportunistic pathogens. Aspects of the physiology, metabolism and molecular genetics of Bacteroidetes, such as Bacteroides, Prevotella and Porphyromonas will be addressed along with potential cancer, Alzheimer’s and other disease associations. In addition to being of interest to researchers working on specific members of the Bacteroidetes, researchers studying oral, gastrointestinal tract and female genital system microbiomes will gain key insights into these important members of the microbiota. Offered papers relating to all aspects of the Bacteroidetes will be considered for presentation within the symposium.

Organisers

Sheila Patrick (Queen's University Belfast, UK); Garry Blakely (Edinburgh University, UK)

Epigenetic phenomena in micro-organisms

Over the last decade there have been an increasing number of reports of phenotypic changes in micro-organisms that cannot be explained by changes in DNA sequence or genome rearrangements. These so-called epigenetic phenomena represent a number of different underlying mechanisms ranging from DNA modification and chromatin remodelling to inherited conformational changes in cellular proteins. These reversible molecular processes can impact on the expression of large numbers of genes and thus represent a means of rapidly changing the transcriptional programme of a microorganism without genome modification. This session will cover the wide range of epigenetic phenomena in bacteria, fungi and protozoa

Organisers

Mick Tuite (University of Kent, UK); Alessia Buscaino (University of Kent, UK)

Marine microbiology

Microbial life dominates the marine environment. Collectively their biomass greatly exceeds that of all other life forms in the oceans. Marine microbes have thrived in the world’s seas for billions of years and their diversity outweighs all non-microbial marine life combined. Microbes make the oceans work. They form and sustain global biogeochemical cycles, underpin food webs and maintain (or sometimes perturb) ecosystem health. Marine microbes are also a valuable source of biomolecules and enzymes, with great biotechnological potential. The session will bring together microbiologists from a range of fields with a collective interest in Marine Microbiology. The session will broadly cover three overarching themes; ‘marine microbial biogeochemistry’, ‘microbial symbiosis and interaction’, and ‘harnessing the potential of marine microbes’. As well as presentations from established research leaders in the field, the session will also showcase early career researchers.

Organisers

Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association, UK); Katherine Duncan (University of Strathclyde, UK)

Microbial toxins as weapons of warfare?

Microbes produce a fascinating range of chemicals, from simple molecules to complex proteins, many of which are well understood virulence factors playing a pivotal role in pathogenesis. In the environment production of toxins by bacteria, algae and fungi are less well understood despite advances in the tools available for their study. This exciting session will be focus on toxins as virulence factors in the morning and the ecological role of toxins in the environment.

Organisers

Christine Edwards (Robert Gordon University, UK)

Wednesday 14 April, Morning

AMR

The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.” Since Alexander Fleming's prophetic warning in 1945, antimicrobial resistance has rapidly developed into a critically important global health threat. How bad is AMR, and what can we do about it? This session will start by looking the global scale of the AMR problem, then delve into the causes of AMR, and finally address some of the potential solutions. The session aims to bring together scientists with interests in AMR, across the fields of epidemiology, global public health, mechanisms of AMR development and spread, antimicrobial stewardship and discovery of novel therapeutics. "

Organisers

Jody Winter (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Meera Unnikrishnan (Warwick University, UK), Jennifer Ritchie (University of Surrey, UK)

Marine microbiology

Microbial life dominates the marine environment. Collectively their biomass greatly exceeds that of all other life forms in the oceans. Marine microbes have thrived in the world’s seas for billions of years and their diversity outweighs all non-microbial marine life combined. Microbes make the oceans work. They form and sustain global biogeochemical cycles, underpin food webs and maintain (or sometimes perturb) ecosystem health. Marine microbes are also a valuable source of biomolecules and enzymes, with great biotechnological potential. The session will bring together microbiologists from a range of fields with a collective interest in Marine Microbiology. The session will broadly cover three overarching themes; ‘marine microbial biogeochemistry’, ‘microbial symbiosis and interaction’, and ‘harnessing the potential of marine microbes’. As well as presentations from established research leaders in the field, the session will also showcase early career researchers.

Organisers

Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association, UK); Katherine Duncan (University of Strathclyde, UK)

Microbial Physiology, Metabolism and Molecular Biology Forum

This forum will consider offered papers on all aspects of microbial (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) metabolism and physiology, including fundamental research on the biochemistry and structure of cells, cell growth and division, cell architecture and differentiation, synthesis and transport of macromolecules, ions and small molecules and the cell cycle; but also on the role of physiology in microbial engineering, signalling and communication, sensing and cellular responses, the molecular mechanisms behind these phenomena and their potential applications

Organisers

Martin Welch (University of Cambridge, UK) and Gillian Fraser (University of Cambridge, UK)

Microbiology careers fair

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore different career options available to microbiologists within fields such as industry, clinical and communications. Selected companies will exhibit their current job and career opportunities and provide insight into career prospects for microbiology students and researchers.

In addition, company ‘spotlight sessions’ will showcase select employers and companies and delegates will have the opportunity to hear key information such as being a successful candidate in the employment selection process, career development in different roles and the suitability of specific microbiology related skills.

Early career researchers wanting to explore their next career options, and mid career microbiologists considering a career change are invited to attend.

Organisers

Organisers: Rachel Asiedu (Microbiology Society, UK)

Wednesday 14 April, Afternoon

Genetics and Genomics Forum

Offered papers on all aspects of the genes and genomes of microbes (prokaryotes and eukaryotes) and their mobile elements will be considered, including their sequencing, transcription, translation, regulation, chromosome dynamics, gene transfer, population genetics and evolution, taxonomy and systematics, comparative genomics, metagenomics, bioinformatics, and synthetic biology.

Organisers

Andrew Preston (University of Bath, UK); Sarah Maddocks (Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK) and Ed Louis (University of Leicester, UK)

Microbiology careers fair

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore different career options available to microbiologists within fields such as industry, clinical and communications. Selected companies will exhibit their current job and career opportunities and provide insight into career prospects for microbiology students and researchers.

In addition, company ‘spotlight sessions’ will showcase select employers and companies and delegates will have the opportunity to hear key information such as being a successful candidate in the employment selection process, career development in different roles and the suitability of specific microbiology related skills.

Early career researchers wanting to explore their next career options, and mid career microbiologists considering a career change are invited to attend.

Organisers

Organisers: Rachel Asiedu (Microbiology Society, UK)

Thursday 15 April, Morning

Microbes and their metabolites: metabolic networks underpinning microbe-host interactions

Microbes are versatile metabolic factories that have the potential to produce a wide range of metabolites, including small bioactive compounds. Many microbes also have specific symbiotic interactions with multicellular organisms, including insects and other animals. There is now an increasing body of work showing that some microbial metabolites have important roles in controlling the development and/or behaviour of these multicellular organisms. In this symposium the role of metabolites produced by complex microbial communities, such as the gut microbiota, in animal health and development will be explored. This symposium will also discuss the role of specific signalling molecules that are produced by microbes and have been shown to have key roles in regulating the life-cycles of their animal hosts. Finally, in addition to making metabolites, the symposium will hear how microbes can transform one type of molecule into another with potentially serious implications on the health of the host.

Organisers

Organisers: David Clarke (University College Cork, Ireland); Gunnar Schroeder (Queen's University, Belfast); Conor Feehily (Teagasc Moorepark, Republic of Ireland)

Outer layers of microbiology

This session comprises current research on the microbial cell surface which is relevant to wider microbiology and indeed biology in general. As broad a range of topics as possible will be included, to encompass microbial outer layers and their roles in communication with neighbours and the environment, signal generation, receptors and sensing, evolutionary aspects, and the function of transporters and enzymes in the membrane or cell wall. We hope these will appeal to all interests, from basic science to biomedicine and biotechnology.

Organisers

Elinor Thompson (University of Greenwich, UK)

Starve the livestock pathogen, feed the world

With the United Nation's resolution to eliminate world hunger by 2030, and the globe's population heading toward 9 billion, the agriculture industry will need to increase livestock production from the same, or less, land. Livestock is using most of the agricultural land (80% including grazing land and cropland for feed). Africa and Asia are the continents with the largest share of the world's uncultivated land but attempts to develop and expand current capacity in order to meet the growing food demand is halted by deadly killers in the form of viruses, bacterial and protozoan parasites. This session focuses on neglected livestock diseases that have a large economic impact on poor livestock keepers in Africa and South Asia. We will showcaswe the latest develoments in basic and applied biology research in swine fever (V), animal trypanosomiasis (E), Brucellosis (P), pleuropneumonia (P), East Coast fever (E), fowlpox (V), Newcastle disease (V), pestes des petits ruminants (V), pocine cysticercosis (E), coccidiosis (E), Rift Valley fever (V), and sheep and goat pox (V). V=Virology; P=Prokaryotic; E=Eukaryotic.

Organisers

Catarina Gadelha (University of Nottingham, UK)

The secret life of mobile genetic elements

Bacteria host a diverse range of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) — including plasmids, transposons, integrative-conjugative elements, and prophages — that make a significant impact on the lives of the bacteria they inhabit, and beyond. As vehicles of horizontal gene transfer, MGEs facilitate rapid adaptation, allowing microbes to colonize new environments, exemplified by the alarming spread of resistance genes between lineages. Changes in MGE copy number can alter gene dosage, enhancing evolution through increased mutational supply, while changes to genome architecture or gene expression caused by MGE activity can result in large-scale phenotypic change. MGEs interact with one another in multifarious ways both competitive and collaborative, affecting the success of the microbes that host them. Meanwhile, the functions encoded by MGEs represent a powerful molecular toolkit which has been repurposed by microbes for various services including gene regulation and antagonising neighbours. In this session we will consider the far-reaching contribution that these ubiquitous, diverse, and versatile elements make to microbial life.

Organisers

Robert Fagan (University of Sheffield, UK); James Hall (University of Liverpool, UK)

Thursday 15 April, Afternoon

Microbes and their metabolites: metabolic networks underpinning microbe-host interactions

Microbes are versatile metabolic factories that have the potential to produce a wide range of metabolites, including small bioactive compounds. Many microbes also have specific symbiotic interactions with multicellular organisms, including insects and other animals. There is now an increasing body of work showing that some microbial metabolites have important roles in controlling the development and/or behaviour of these multicellular organisms. In this symposium the role of metabolites produced by complex microbial communities, such as the gut microbiota, in animal health and development will be explored. This symposium will also discuss the role of specific signalling molecules that are produced by microbes and have been shown to have key roles in regulating the life-cycles of their animal hosts. Finally, in addition to making metabolites, the symposium will hear how microbes can transform one type of molecule into another with potentially serious implications on the health of the host.

Organisers

Organisers: David Clarke (University College Cork, Ireland); Gunnar Schroeder (Queen's University, Belfast); Conor Feehily (Teagasc Moorepark, Republic of Ireland)

Outer layers of microbiology

This session comprises current research on the microbial cell surface which is relevant to wider microbiology and indeed biology in general. As broad a range of topics as possible will be included, to encompass microbial outer layers and their roles in communication with neighbours and the environment, signal generation, receptors and sensing, evolutionary aspects, and the function of transporters and enzymes in the membrane or cell wall. We hope these will appeal to all interests, from basic science to biomedicine and biotechnology.

Organisers

Elinor Thompson (University of Greenwich, UK)

Starve the livestock pathogen, feed the world

With the United Nation's resolution to eliminate world hunger by 2030, and the globe's population heading toward 9 billion, the agriculture industry will need to increase livestock production from the same, or less, land. Livestock is using most of the agricultural land (80% including grazing land and cropland for feed). Africa and Asia are the continents with the largest share of the world's uncultivated land but attempts to develop and expand current capacity in order to meet the growing food demand is halted by deadly killers in the form of viruses, bacterial and protozoan parasites. This session focuses on neglected livestock diseases that have a large economic impact on poor livestock keepers in Africa and South Asia. We will showcaswe the latest develoments in basic and applied biology research in swine fever (V), animal trypanosomiasis (E), Brucellosis (P), pleuropneumonia (P), East Coast fever (E), fowlpox (V), Newcastle disease (V), pestes des petits ruminants (V), pocine cysticercosis (E), coccidiosis (E), Rift Valley fever (V), and sheep and goat pox (V). V=Virology; P=Prokaryotic; E=Eukaryotic.

Organisers

Catarina Gadelha (University of Nottingham, UK)

The secret life of mobile genetic elements

Bacteria host a diverse range of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) — including plasmids, transposons, integrative-conjugative elements, and prophages — that make a significant impact on the lives of the bacteria they inhabit, and beyond. As vehicles of horizontal gene transfer, MGEs facilitate rapid adaptation, allowing microbes to colonize new environments, exemplified by the alarming spread of resistance genes between lineages. Changes in MGE copy number can alter gene dosage, enhancing evolution through increased mutational supply, while changes to genome architecture or gene expression caused by MGE activity can result in large-scale phenotypic change. MGEs interact with one another in multifarious ways both competitive and collaborative, affecting the success of the microbes that host them. Meanwhile, the functions encoded by MGEs represent a powerful molecular toolkit which has been repurposed by microbes for various services including gene regulation and antagonising neighbours. In this session we will consider the far-reaching contribution that these ubiquitous, diverse, and versatile elements make to microbial life.

Organisers

Robert Fagan (University of Sheffield, UK); James Hall (University of Liverpool, UK)

Friday 16 April, Morning

Environmental & Applied Microbiology Forum

This forum includes offered papers on any area and any organism relevant to environmental, ecological, applied and industrial microbiology, including (non-human) host–microbe communities and interactions, marine and freshwater microbiology, soil and geomicrobiology, air-, cryo- and extremophile microbiology, climate change, biotechnology, bio-processing and bio-engineering, food microbiology, and other applied and industrial microbial processes, including microbe-mediated biodegradation and bioremediation.

Organisers

Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association, UK); Kate Duncan (University of Strathclyde, UK); James MacDonald (Bangor University, UK) and Kate Helliwell (Marine Biological Association, UK)

Infection Forum

Offered papers will be presented in areas related to infections caused by prokaryote and eukaryote pathogens of human, veterinary or botanical significance including epidemiology, diagnosis, identification, typing, pathogenesis, treatment, antimicrobial agents and resistance, prevention, virulence factors, host responses and immunity, transmission, and models of infection at the cell, tissue or whole organism level.

Organisers

Andrew Edwards (Imperial College London, UK); Duncan Wilson (University of Exeter, UK); Carolina Coelho (University of Exeter, UK) and Helen Brown (Cardiff University, UK)

The dynamic (parasite) cell

Protozoa, like many eukaryotic cells, organise their molecules, structures and organelles into specialised microenvironments to accomplish particular cellular functions like energy production, cell division, nutrient update and secretion of communication signals. Protozoan parasites, however, have an extra level of constraint: they must perform these vital eukaryotic functions while the organism avoids elimination by the host immune system. The dynamic parasite cell session will provide a showcase for the latest cell biology research done in parasites, illustrate the use of dynamic methods to interrogate cellular function, and explore mechanisms of parasite cell motility, endocytosis, DNA replication, metabolism, host interactions and all things cellular.

Organisers

Catarina Gadelha (University of Nottingham, UK)

Phage biology

Bacteriophages have come to the forefront in recent years, in particular due to their exciting applications in treatment of resilient bacterial infections. This session with bring together various topics on phage biology ranging from fascinating fundamental biology to phage genetic engineering and novel therapeutic applications.

Organisers

Meera Unnikrishnan (University of Warwick, UK) and Robert Fagan (University of Sheffield, UK)

Friday 16 April, Afternoon

Essential skills - Bioinformatics

This session, under the umbrella of Protistology-UK, will complement the new UK initiative “Darwin Tree of Life Project”, which aims to sequence and annotate the genomes of 66,000 UK species of animals, plants protists and fungi. This initiative is part of the “Earth BioGenome Project”, which targets to sequence all 1.5 million known eukaryotic species on earth. Protists and fungi are the main contributors to this list and we will explore their vast diversity, not only within the UK, but globally. Speakers will provide hands on bioinformatics training on which software can be used to annotate genes/proteins, but also investigate the relationships and the evolutionary history of microbial eukaryotes.

Organisers

Anastasios Tsaousis (University of Kent, UK) and Sonja Rueckert (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)

The dynamic (parasite) cell

Protozoa, like many eukaryotic cells, organise their molecules, structures and organelles into specialised microenvironments to accomplish particular cellular functions like energy production, cell division, nutrient update and secretion of communication signals. Protozoan parasites, however, have an extra level of constraint: they must perform these vital eukaryotic functions while the organism avoids elimination by the host immune system. The dynamic parasite cell session will provide a showcase for the latest cell biology research done in parasites, illustrate the use of dynamic methods to interrogate cellular function, and explore mechanisms of parasite cell motility, endocytosis, DNA replication, metabolism, host interactions and all things cellular.

Organisers

Catarina Gadelha (University of Nottingham, UK)

Infection Forum

Offered papers will be presented in areas related to infections caused by prokaryote and eukaryote pathogens of human, veterinary or botanical significance including epidemiology, diagnosis, identification, typing, pathogenesis, treatment, antimicrobial agents and resistance, prevention, virulence factors, host responses and immunity, transmission, and models of infection at the cell, tissue or whole organism level.

Organisers

Andrew Edwards (Imperial College London, UK); Duncan Wilson (University of Exeter, UK); Carolina Coelho (University of Exeter, UK) and Helen Brown (Cardiff University, UK)

Phage biology

Bacteriophages have come to the forefront in recent years, in particular due to their exciting applications in treatment of resilient bacterial infections. This session with bring together various topics on phage biology ranging from fascinating fundamental biology to phage genetic engineering and novel therapeutic applications.

Organisers

Meera Unnikrishnan (University of Warwick, UK) and Robert Fagan (University of Sheffield, UK)

Lecture View
Registration

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.

Destination

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

Venue

The International Convention Centre
Broad Street
Birmingham
B1 2EA

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

Sustainability

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.

Travel

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 Street 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.

Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast offer discounted group travel for groups of between three and nine passengers travelling together. This currently stand at a 20% discount off Advance Fares booked through their website – visit the group page of their website for more information.

Coach

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

Accommodation

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.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Annual Conference provides the ultimate gathering location for over 1,600 microbiologists and other professionals of related fields from over 30 countries.

If you are interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the Annual Conference 2021 or have any questions on which package option best suits you, please email exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org today to discuss.

We also hold a number of other events throughout the year where you can exhibit or sponsor at. Full details can be found on our 'Exhibition and sponsorships' page .

Exhibition and sponsorship

We have Gold, Silver and Bronze packages, or Pick and Mix options that can be tailored to your needs and budget.

Detailed information about available exhibition packages can be found in the Exhibition and Sponsorship pack, which can be downloaded below.

Annual Conference 2021 Exhibitor Pack


Registration form

To book your exhibition or sponsorship place, please download the fillable registration form below and return to exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org with your logo and website link:

Annual Conference 2021 Exhibition and sponsorship form


Floorplan

Download the floorplan showing the available exhibition spaces or contact exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org

Annual Conference 2021 floorplan

 

Exhibitors

Microbiology Society logo Labtech International logo Apollo Scientific logo Electrolab Biotech logo