Preparation is now well underway for our Annual Conference 2022, which will see the Society return to its in-person annual meeting format following a two-year hiatus due to the global health crisis.

The Society is delighted to be going back to Belfast and its International Convention Centre that will host the organisation’s flagship meeting. The event will be running 4–7 April 2022.

Annual Conference is designed to cover the breadth of microbiology research and its comprehensive scientific programme had over 30 sessions taking place across four days in a range of formats, including:


  • Viruses and cellular stress
  • Viral determinants of acute versus persistent infection
  • Genome dynamics in microbial defense (CRISPR) and invasion (HGT)
  • Manipulating microbiomes across systems
  • Multi ‘omics approaches for microbial discovery
  • The remarkable ribosome
  • Bacterial second messengers
  • Environmental Microbiology: Our Sustainable Future
  • Phylogenomics - Deed poll for bacteria?
  • Applied diagnostics; a sensitive Issue
  • Microbial cell surfaces
  • CLIMB workshop
  • Polymicrobial infections and communities
  • Eukaryome
  • Symbiosis
  • Extracellular Frontiers
  • Anti-eukaryotic vaccines

Virus workshops

  • Pathogenesis
  • Gene expression and replication
  • Antiviral immunity
  • Antivirals and vaccines
  • Assembly, egress and entry
  • Clinical virology 

Eukaryotic and prokaryotic fora

  • Environmental and applied microbiology forum
  • Genetics and genomics forum
  • Infection forum
  • Microbial physiology, metabolism and molecular biology forum

Microbiology Society

  • Celebrating 75 years of Microbiology
  • Careers fair
  • Teaching microbiology in higher education symposium
  • Publishing fundamentals

Image credit: ICC Belfast

Abstracts & Posters


Annual Conference regularly attracts over 1,600 attendees for the UK’s largest annual gathering of microbiologists. It is designed to cover the breadth of microbiology research and its oral abstracts and posters reflect this comprehensive scientific programme.

The key abstract deadlines for Annual Conference 2022 are as follows:

Abstracts open: w/c 20 September 2021

Abstracts close: 17 December 2021

Notification of acceptance: from 14 January 2022

Grants & Professional Development


Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to attend the Annual Conference 2022. Further details will be made available shortly.

Please contact [email protected] for any questions.