The Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2022 took place between Monday 4 April–Thursday 7 April 2022 and was held in Belfast, at its International Convention Centre.

Highlights from the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2022



COVID-19 mitigations FAQs

What are you doing to make the event as safe as possible?

As part of the preparations for Annual Conference 2022 in Belfast, the Microbiology Society has planned a set of mitigations against COVID-19 at our in-person event. Council members and members of the Virus Division, including Paul Kellam (former Council Member), Gill Elliott (Council member), Stephen Griffin (former Chair of Virus Division), Jo Parish (Chair of Virus Division), Matthew Reeves (Chair Elect of Virus Division) and Elly Gaunt (Virus Division member), have worked with Society staff to develop a framework of mitigations for the Society to apply to all of its events throughout 2022, in order to ensure that these are as COVID-secure as possible.

Implementation of this framework is a shared responsibility; shared between the Society, the venues we use for our events, and all potential attendees. Attendance at any of our events is a personal choice, but it will be incumbent on all of us to deliver these mitigations in order for us to keep our delegates, members, and staff as safe as we can.

The framework covers the following five areas.

  1. Vaccines
  2. Ventilation
  3. Masks
  4. Testing
  5. Spacing, particularly during communal activities such as lunch and poster sessions

The following mitigations will be implemented for all those attending Annual Conference 2022 at the ICC Belfast. In the run up to Annual Conference 2022, these mitigations have been reviewed by the Society’s Council to ensure they remain appropriate.

Mitigation area



All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated to attend Annual Conference. For many individuals, this will mean a primary course and booster vaccine, and with the booster administered at least 14 days before Conference. By attending Conference, you confirm that you are fully vaccinated, or have a valid exemption from the Society’s Conferences team and approved by the General Secretary.


Real-time monitoring of CO2 levels will take place throughout the venue, with regular review and necessary rapid action.


FFP3 masks will be provided to all individuals in delegate bags on arrival at Conference, and everyone will be expected to wear them inside the conference venue, except when eating or drinking, at which time attendees are reminded to socially distance. If you require additional masks, please ask at the registration desks.

We are mindful that some delegates have legitimate reasons for not wearing a mask or are exempt. In recognition of exemptions which may or may not be evident, no-one will be challenged regarding mask wearing within the venue. 


Attendees will be provided with LFT devices in delegate bags on arrival at Conference and will be expected to test themselves daily at their accommodation before attending the conference venue. It is the responsibility of the attendee to secure a LFT device and test themself before their first arrival at Conference. If you require additional LFT devices, please ask at the registration desks.

If you test positive during Conference, please do not come to the Conference venue. Please follow the Northern Ireland guidelines regarding self-isolation. If you need any help, please contact us at [email protected].


All attendees are reminded of social distancing, particularly during communal activities such as lunch and poster sessions.

Registration FAQs

Is there a deadline for registration?

Registration for the conference will close at 17:00 BST on 28 March.

Is this event taking place in-person?

Yes - Annual Conference 2022 is taking place as an in-person meeting. The Microbiology Society will continue to monitor changes in regulations and will regularly update its FAQs here.

Are there any group discounts?

Yes – A group discount of 10% can be applied for groups of 4 or more if requested before registering the group members. Please email [email protected] to facilitate this. Once registered, group discounts will not be able to be applied.

Am I entitled to a refund?

We are aware of ongoing uncertainty around event attendance as the pandemic continues. In order to give delegates the most confidence and flexibility, we will refund all registration fees in full if you cancel your booking, for whatever reason, at any time in the lead up to the event. If you wish to cancel your booking and request a refund before the event, please email [email protected].

Abstracts and posters FAQs

Do I have to deliver my offered oral in-person?

Yes, offered orals will all be in-person.

Do I have to deliver my poster presentation in-person?

Yes, poster presentations will all be in-person.

Can I include my poster in the e-poster directory?

Yes. In addition to presenting your poster on-site, all authors will be invited to include a pdf copy of their poster in the e-poster directory on the event platform. This will allow you to organise additional opportunities to informally present your work throughout the week. The deadline for e-posters is 14 March 2022.

When will I be presenting my poster?

All posters will be divided into two blocks and will remain up for two days.

Sessions taking place on the first two days of the meeting will be given posters in Block A. Poster presentation for Block A sessions take place on Monday 4 April 2022.

All sessions taking place on the final two days of the meeting will have their posters in Block B. Poster presentations for Block B sessions take place on Wednesday 6 April 2022.

If your abstract has been awarded a poster, please book your attendance based on the date that the main session is taking place. Please see the online programme for this information.

Speaker FAQs

I have received an accommodation link from E-Hotels Services. Is this legitimate?

No. Please be aware that third-party companies (such a E-Hotel Services) are deceptively acting as venue agents or travel agents to solicit you with fraudulent links. Please only register your accommodation through links to the hotels provided by the Microbiology Society, in the emails that come directly from us. For any issues or queries regarding this, please contact [email protected].


Technology FAQs

What is the ‘enhanced digital experience'?

Following the popularity of the Society’s virtual events over the past 18 months, we will be retaining some of the best online elements as part of our ‘enhanced digital experience’ for our in-person events including Conference. This will include an e-poster directory, an event app and a virtual event platform for legacy content from Conference.


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Session View

Monday 04 April, Morning

Phylogenomics - deed poll for bacteria?

Meeting Room 2

This session is sponsored by International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. Rapid and economical DNA sequencing has resulted in a revolution in phylogenomics. The impact of such rapid changes in nomenclature on practical aspects of microbiology is inconvenient in the least and, in relation to infectious disease diagnosis, potentially dangerous. Since the first discovery of microbes, bacterial classification has been a work in progress. Initially based on multiple metabolic, physiological, biochemical and descriptive characteristics combined with the environmental source, sequence data has now transformed our ability to determine evolutionary relationships. In addition, metagenomic and metataxonomic sequencing has resulted in the discovery of novel microbes, many yet to be cultured. As a result, occasional name changes and additional bacterial discovery have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. The five large volumes of the second edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology (inclusive of Archaea) took from 2001 to 2012 to complete, It remains the key reference source for bacterial description and taxonomy but the current rate of change requires consideration of how to maintain an up-to date globally agreed reference source. In this session we will: discuss the impact of nomenclature change on practical microbiology, including infectious disease; consider the future for pragmatic name change with wider consultation on change; overview the intricate and highly necessary rules of bacterial nomenclature, which sometimes appear unfathomable to the non-specialist and; explore the future of globally agreed referencing systems for bacterial phylogeny.

The session will include a speaker panel discussion of questions submitted by delegates in advance of the conference. Submit your question via our submission form.


Sheila Patrick (Queen's University Belfast, UK); Nick Tucker (University of Strathclyde, UK)

Therapies and vaccines for eukaryotic pathogens

Meeting Room 1

This session is sponsored by Journal of Medical Microbiology. Eukaryotic pathogens pose a challenge for drug therapies and for vaccines. Given the global health burden of these pathogens, there needs to be a concerted challenge in understanding the complex relationships between host immune response, in parallel with microbe mechanisms of evasion and invasion.

In this session, we will review the most recent advances (and challenges) in the fight to treat and vaccinate against eukaryotic pathogens.


Carolina Coelho (University of Exeter, UK)

Thriving under stress: viral manipulation of the cell


This session is sponsored by Journal of General Virology. Viruses exist in a hostile world. As obligate parasites the synthesis of viral proteins and genome is dependent on usurping host cell replication and translation machinery, imposing major stress on the host. In response to this stress, infected cells can induce several defence mechanisms to promote cell survival, pathogen elimination or to restrict the use/availability of energy and nutrients. This session will bring together scientists interested in the multiple cellular stress responses triggered, and subsequently manipulated, by viruses. These responses include metabolic stress, pathogen sensing, autophagy, protein quality control, the DNA damage response, inflammation and stress granules. Many of these pathways are pivotal for cellular homeostasis and are intimately linked to antiviral defences. Therefore, this session will illustrate novel and elegant interactions viruses have evolved to manipulate these stress responses by hijacking, co-opting or inactivating their individual components. Through understanding of these interactions fundamental new insight into key biological processes is revealed. Furthermore, it has the potential to identify new opportunities for the development of novel therapeutic antiviral strategies. We anticipate that this session will be of broad appeal to virologists interested in a particular pathogen and the general process of pathogenesis, but also cell biologists or microbiologists with interest in specific cellular stress responses.

This session will be recorded and made available on-demand after the conference.


Matt Reeves (University College London, UK); Ed Hutchinson (University of Glasgow, UK); Gerald Barry (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Tuesday 05 April, Afternoon

Manipulating microbiomes across systems

Hall 2A

This session is sponsored by Journal of Medical Microbiology. Technological and conceptual advances in microbiome science are transforming our understanding of the principles that underpin microbiome assembly, dynamics and function. Consequently, microbiome engineering is a rapidly growing area of microbiome science that harnesses microbiota to perform desired functions that can address grand challenges in agriculture, environment, medicine and industrial processes. Future progress in microbiome engineering is reliant upon integrated approaches that enable discovery of the scientific principles that underly microbiome composition and function through the design, modification and testing of engineered microbiomes. This session will bring together scientists working on diverse model systems and areas of microbiome engineering, highlighting fundamental and applied research on engineered microbiomes, including systems biology, computational approaches and network modelling for microbiome design, synthetic microbiome assembly, microbiota transplants, directed evolution and genome engineering across environmental, industrial, plant, animal and human systems.

This session will be recorded and made available on-demand after the conference.


James McDonald (Bangor University, UK); Sinead Corr (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland); Kalai Mathee (Florida International University, USA); Sheila Patrick (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

Lecture View

Monday 04 April, Morning

Speakers & Posters
Annual Conference 2022 Poster Abstract Book



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. Notification of acceptance: from Monday 7 February 2022.

Abstracts for the event are now closed.


Invited speakers and offered orals

If you are an invited speaker or have been awarded an offered oral presentation, please ensure that you visit the online programme to see the latest programme updates.

All speakers are requested to check their presentation date, time and duration. Please note, individual presentation times within a session are subject to change. Do check that your title and abstract are correctly displayed.

Speakers are required to upload a copy of their PowerPoint slides at least two hours prior to their presentation time from the Speaker Preview Room. This will be situated in Boardroom 1. Dedicated AV technicians will be available in the room to assist you during the opening hours. 

Please use widescreen (16:9) format for PowerPoint presentations, and ensure you have the presentation saved on a USB flash drive, or accessible from cloud storage.

Joining instructions for speakers

Speaker Preview Room opening hours

Sunday 3 April


Monday 4 April


Tuesday 5 April


Wednesday 6 April


Thursday 7 April


Time allocation for presentations

All presenters with a talk at our Annual Conference should allow time for questions and answers within their allocated time slot. This can be determined by the presenter, however, below is a guide which may be of help:

30 minute talk: 25 minute presentation with 5 minutes for Q&A 
15 minute talk: 12 minute presentation with 3 minutes for Q&A 
12 minute talk: 10 minute presentation with 2 minutes for Q&A

Flash poster presenters

Flash poster presenters should prepare a five-minute PowerPoint presentation, with a maximum of 3 slides to be presented in the main scientific session, as well as their poster to be presented in the poster sessions.

Presenters are required to upload a copy of their PowerPoint slides at least two hours prior to their presentation time from the Speaker Preview Room. This will be situated in Boardroom 1.

Please use widescreen (16:9) format for PowerPoint presentations, and ensure you have the presentation saved on a USB flash drive, or accessible from cloud storage.


Posters for Annual Conference 2022 will be rotated halfway through this year's event to reflect the content of the meeting's live programme sessions.

If your abstract has been awarded a poster, please book your attendance based on the poster block you have been allocated. Further information will be sent to you by email once you have formally registered.

Joining instructions for poster presenters
Physical posters

All posters will be divided into two blocks:

Poster blocks

Block A

Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 April 2022


Block A poster presentations take place on Monday 4 April 18:30–20:00

  • Bacterial second messengers
  • Celebrating 75 years of Microbiology: Bacterial and fungal pathogens
  • Celebrating 75 years of Microbiology: Biofilms and surface adhesion
  • Celebrating 75 years of Microbiology: CRISPR and defence mechanisms
  • Celebrating 75 years of Microbiology: Quorum sensing
  • Cell surface and cross-kingdom interactions
  • Environmental and applied microbiology forum
  • Genetics and genomics forum
  • Genome dynamics in microbial defense (CRISPR) and invasion (HGT)
  • Manipulating microbiomes across systems
  • Microbial cell surfaces
  • Phylogenomics - Deed poll for bacteria?
  • Symbiosis
  • Teaching microbiology in higher education symposium
  • Therapies and vaccines for eukaryotic pathogens
  • Virus workshop: Assembly, egress and entry
  • Virus workshop: Pathogenesis

Block B

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 April 2022


Block B poster presentations take place on Wednesday 6 April 18:30–20:00

  • Applied diagnostics; a sensitive issue
  • Environmental microbiology: Our sustainable future
  • Infection forum
  • Microbial physiology, metabolism and molecular biology forum
  • Multiomics data integration, health and society
  • Polymicrobial infections: Mixed messages, interspecies strife, and renegade actors in the host-microbiome interaction
  • Virus workshop: Antiviral immunity
  • Virus workshop: Antivirals and vaccines
  • Virus workshop: Clinical virology
  • Virus workshop: Gene expression and replication
  • Virus workshop: SARS-CoV-2/COVID

Further information on physical poster sessions

Posters will all remain up for two days.

Programme sessions taking place on the first two days of the meeting will be given posters in Block A. All sessions taking place on the final two days of the meeting will have their posters in Block B.

*Please note, the ‘Symbiosis’ and ‘Celebrating 75 years of microbiology’ sessions will take place in Block A. 

Poster numbers will be provided one month before Conference and a poster registration desk will be onsite for support throughout the event.

Those who are presenting a poster must ensure the work is presented as below. Incorrectly formatted posters will not be displayed.

  • Poster size: A0 size 841mm(w) x 1189mm(h) - your poster must not exceed these measurements. 
  • Poster layout: MUST BE portrait orientation. 
  • Posters will be displayed on poster boards measuring 1m(w) x 2m(h), one to a side. 
  • Posters can ONLY be fixed by Velcro (provided at conference). 
  • Posters should be printed and brought to Conference by presenters.
  • Your viewing time and details on setting up and taking down will be advised prior to the Conference.

We have produced a guide on how to give a poster presentation, which can be downloaded below:

How to...give a poster presentation

Electronic posters

In addition to presenting your poster on site, all presenters are requested to submit a PDF version of their poster for the e-poster directory on the virtual event platform. The directory will be available to registered attendees and will give poster presenters additional opportunities to informally present their work throughout the event, outside of the scheduled presentation slots. Poster PDFs must be submitted by email to [email protected]  by 23:59 GMT on Monday 14 March 2022.


Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition 

Each year, the Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition recognises and rewards excellence in science communication by a Microbiology Society member who is a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher, having gained their PhD in the last two years.

During the Annual Conference, judges will be viewing posters and listening to offered orals presented by early career members who have entered the competition via abstract submission. Finalists will be notified in early summer if they have been selected and will be invited to give a 10-minute oral presentation (plus five minutes for questions) at the final at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in Autumn 2022.

People’s Choice Poster Prize

All poster presenters will be entered into the People's Choice Poster Prize, which will identify the three most popular posters presented during the Annual Conference. All delegates will be asked to choose their favourite posters that they visited.

Infection Science Award

The Infection Science Award is an exchange scheme that facilitates the most promising trainee and early career presenters from the Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) to present at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference Infection Forum, in an effort to improve the exchange of ideas and the career development of early career researchers and trainee scientists and doctors.

ECM Forum Poster Prize

All ECM Forum members presenting a poster at the Annual Conference will be automatically considered for the Poster Prize. The ECM Forum Executive Committee will arrange for all posters to be visited over the course of the conference to determine the top poster presenter. The winner(s) will be notified after the conference and be invited to present their poster again at the Society Showcase in Autumn 2022.

Microbiology Society Journals' 'Most Promising Science' Prize

All poster presenters will be considered for the Microbiology Society Journals' 'Most Promising Science’ poster prize. Prizes will be awarded to posters that present particularly compelling or novel research within the subject areas of the following Society journals: Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Microbial Genomics, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, and Access Microbiology. This prize will be judged by the Editors, with the winner receiving a cash prize and certificate. For more information on the journals, visit microbiologyresearch.org.




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What's included in your registration fee?
  • Access to the virtual event platform and e-poster directory (please note, this is an in-person meeting but some scientific content will be retained on an online platform)
  • An event app
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Admission to lunchtime events
  • 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 Conference programme guide
  • Access to an online abstracts book
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to CPD Points
Registration confirmation

Upon registration, you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact [email protected] if this has not been received within 24 hours.

Visa applications

If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment. To find out if you need a visa to visit the UK, please visit the UK visa and immigration website.

It is the policy of the Microbiology Society not to supply an invitation letter to any delegate without payment and we will not reply to any request from an unregistered delegate. When the delegate has paid, the Conference office will email back a confirmation/receipt letter and, upon request, a letter of invitation, which may be used to obtain the necessary visa.

Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the Microbiology Society will not take any responsibility for travel or visa problems.

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full before arrival at the conference. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the conference.


We are aware of ongoing uncertainty around event attendance as the pandemic continues. In order to give delegates the most confidence and flexibility, we will refund all registration fees in full if you cancel your booking, for whatever reason, at any time in the lead up to the event. If you wish to cancel your booking and request a refund before the event, please email [email protected]

Grants & Professional Development


Society Conference Grants are available to support eligible members wishing to present at the Annual Conference. Support is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance.

Applications for the Society Conference Grant to support attendance at the Annual Conference 2022 are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as possible before the end of February.

Members not eligible for a Society Conference Grant can apply to the Travel Grant scheme. This supports attendance at events taking place in the period 1 April–30 June, and also includes the full duration of the Annual Conference 2022. Applications for this scheme are now closed and applicants will be notified at the end of March.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions. We are aware of ongoing uncertainty around event attendance as the pandemic continues. While we plan for 2022 events to take place in-person (unless specified otherwise), should a) the Council of the Microbiology Society be forced to announce the cancellation of an event, or b) members cancel their attendance at any stage in the lead up to the event, conference attendance grant awardees will be expected to return their stated award sum to the Society in full. To find out more about our grant refund policies, please visit our Grant Rules page

In order to give delegates the most confidence and flexibility, we will refund all registration fees in full if you cancel your booking, for whatever reason, at any time. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum Co-chairing Scheme

The ECM Forum Co-chairing Scheme provides ECM Forum members with the opportunity to be involved in the chairing of scientific sessions at the Annual Conference. The Co-Chairs will not receive any monetary value in co-chairing and will not take the place of a session Chair but will receive a fantastic professional development opportunity to learn about being a session chair from more experienced colleagues.

ECM Forum members are eligible to apply. Applications should be made when submitting an abstract via Oxford Abstract. All applications will be reviewed by the Society's Divisions and successful Co-Chairs will be introduced to the relevant session Chair in February.

Co-Chairs will receive a letter of thanks from the ECM Forum Executive Committee confirming that they participated in the Co-Chairing Scheme and will be recognised in the conference programme.

For questions about the ECM Forum Co-chairing Scheme, please contact [email protected].

Professional Development sessions

In addition to the scientific programme, the Society will be hosting a series of Professional Development sessions for all delegates.

Please arrive with plenty of time to secure your place.

Microbiology careers fair
Tuesday 5 April, 10:00–17:00

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore different career options available to microbiologists within fields such as industry, clinical, and communications. A variety of 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 how to be a successful candidate in the employment selection process, career development in different roles and the application 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.

Publishing fundamentals
Tuesday 5 April, 14:00 – 17:30

From learning about the lifecycle of research, to the role of Editors and reviewers, and publishing ethics, the Publishing Fundamentals session will provide delegates with an insight into publishing scientific research and how they can get more involved at the Microbiology Society. This session will contain talks from members of the Microbiology Society Publishing team as well as activities where delegates can learn more about how to peer review a manuscript and keeping an eye out for ethical issues. This session is aimed at early career researchers but open to anyone interested in learning more about publishing for the community. There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the Society’s Editors during this session.

Teaching microbiology in higher education symposium
Monday 4 April, 10:00–17:00

This symposium will deliver sessions dedicated to pertinent areas of interest for those involved in teaching in higher education. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn about diversifying teaching and how others have made microbiology more accessible, including good practice within a blended learning approach. We will also explore examples of outreach work, including remote outreach activities as many of us transition into a hybrid of online and in-person practices. Those involved in teaching and outreach, wanting to pursue a teaching focused role or keep up to date with new practices including post doc demonstrators, are encouraged to attend.

Continued Professional Development CPD Credits

The Annual Conference has been accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (category: Professional Activity), the Royal College of Pathologists (35 CPD points) and the Royal Society of Biology (35 CPD points).

Those wishing to claim CPD credits and certificates of attendance should contact [email protected] after the event.

Destination, Accommodation & Travel

About Belfast

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and home to the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2022.

Belfast is a city rich in culture and history, so whether you’re looking to visit its historic landmarks and attractions or experience new culinary delights, there’s a lot waiting to be discovered.

There are many things to see and do in the city’s Cathedral Quarter, which is packed full of interesting architecture and has a host of fabulous pubs, bars and restaurants.

If you’re planning on extending your stay after the Conference, there are plenty of attractions you could visit, such as the Titanic Museum, the Alexandra Graving Dock or Belfast City Hall, one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings. Learn more about this city and its attractions at: visitbelfast.com

Belfast is a popular destination city whose hotels fill up quickly. So, if you’re planning on joining us for Annual Conference here, we highly recommend you secure your accommodation and make your travel plans as early as possible.

Accommodation & Travel


To support you in securing your accommodation we provide links to our booking and accommodation services via First Choice.

First Choice have secured negotiated rates at hotels to suit a broad range of budgets.

Book Accommodation

If you require any further information for personal or group hotel bookings, please email [email protected] at any time.


Travel to Belfast is easy and fast. The city is well connected by road, rail and sea transport and with 2 local airports, the city is accessible by air from both Great Britain and overseas destinations.

ICC Belfast
2 Lanyon Place

ICC Belfast (formerly Belfast Waterfront) is conveniently located within a 10-minute walk of the city centre. 

Air: The city of Belfast is served by two airports, Belfast International Airport (BFS) and George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD), which are located 25km and 5km from ICC Belfast respectively.

From Belfast International, the journey to the city centre takes 30–45 minutes. Taxis can be hired outside the terminal building and a number of car hire firms are available with the terminal. There is no direct train service from the airport.

Scheduled flights out of George Best Belfast City Airport ( BHD ) operate to England, Scotland, the Isle or Man and the Republic Of Ireland. The main airlines operating out of the airport are British Airways, Aer Lingus, Flybe, KLM, Brussels Airlines and Citywing. The journey from the airport to the city centre takes 15–20 minutes.

Translink provides bus services from both airports to the city centre.

Train: The nearest train station is Lanyon Place Station, which is in East Bridge Street, around five minutes’ walk from the venue. There is a regular train service from Dublin and the average journey time is approx. two hours.

Road: the venue is located in Lanyon Place, just off Oxford Street in the city centre. If you are travelling on a major road into the city, follow signs for the city centre and Belfast Waterfront via East Bridge Street or Oxford Street.


The Society is again teaming up with Nipperbout to provide a free crèche at the Annual Conference 2022. The crèche will be available to all children of delegates between the ages of 0 and 12 years.

All registered delegates will be offered the opportunity to make use of these free childcare services, which will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Creche will run as per following schedule:

  • 4 April, Monday morning 08:45–13:15
  • 4 April, Monday afternoon 13:45–18:30
  • 5 April, Tuesday morning 08:45–13:15
  • 5  April, Tuesday afternoon 13:45–18:30
  • 6 April, Wednesday morning 08:45–13:15
  • 6 April, Wednesday afternoon 13:45–18:30
  • 7 April, Thursday morning 08:45–13:15
  • 7 April, Thursday afternoon 13:45–17:30

Please note the crèche will be closed for lunch and parents are responsible for providing food for their children. Lunch is not provided by the Society or the crèche as part of this offer. It is imperative that you collect your child/children at lunchtime as the staff require a half hour break. Water and healthy snacks will be available during crèche hours.

How to register
How to register for a Creche place at Annual Conference 2022

In order to register, visit the Nipperbout portal.

Existing account holders who have already used the system can use their existing account to log in and register for the event using the event code: MSA040422 under Events and Sessions.

Members who have not used the system before and want to register for creche can use log in details below:

First registrant login: MSA040422

Once you entered details above, you will be able to create your own account to request a place for your children in the creche and create your password.

Booking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation of your booking will be sent prior to the conference.

Please note that you are entering into an agreement with Nipperbout and not the Microbiology Society.

Nipperbout is an award-winning event childcare company with over 25 years of experience. For more information, please visit the Nipperbout website. If you have any queries about this service, please contact: [email protected].

For further information, please contact: [email protected].


Nursing & Prayer rooms

The event will be providing a nursing room and prayer room to help support the attendance of our diverse microbiological community.

Please email [email protected] or ask a venue host on-site for further information.


The ICC Belfast considers the environmental impacts associated with the running of events. The ICC Belfast has also been awarded a Green Meetings Silver Award, reflecting their commitment to sustainability.

Find out more about the ICC Belfast’s sustainability ethos.

Carbon footprint offsetting

Delegate travel is the biggest contributor to the carbon emissions involved with Annual Conference, we would therefore like to encourage all delegates to offset their carbon footprint.

A carbon offset is a way to compensate for your emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere.

You can calculate and offset your carbon footprint from travelling to the conference by using this carbon calculator, this supports international projects and sustainable development worldwide.


Social Programme

Social Programme

The Microbiology Society Annual Conference is a key feature in the calendar of a microbiologist – from undergraduates to those more established in their career.

The scientific event is designed to provide ample opportunities for formal networking for both these groups at the meeting itself. Just as importantly however, the social programme offers informal opportunities for delegates to make new friends, forge future collaborations and have fun.

Below you can find out more about the social programme for Belfast. Please note, social activities take place in external venues, which are not subject to the Society's framework for mitigating against COVID-19.

We do however encourage attendees to take personal responsibility when attending the social events and continue to follow to the framework where possible.

ECM networking

Social 1: Early Career Microbiologists' pre-Conference networking (Sold out)

Sunday 3 April 2022
Location: Granny Annie’s, 81 Chichester Street, Belfast BT1 4JE

The Early Career Microbiologists' (ECM) Forum Executive Committee will be hosting an evening of interactive games and networking on the evening before the main event.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in games and get to know other delegates, including senior members of the Society and ECM Forum members. This event will be a great way to meet potential collaborators and scientists from the breadth of the microbiology discipline at different career levels.

Oozing rustic charm and just five minutes’ walk from Belfast ICC; Granny Annie’s is the perfect venue to start your week at Conference.

Please note, only ticket holders will be able to attend this event. The ticket includes welcome drinks and some finger food.

© Belfast Hidden Tours

Social 2: 'The Belfast Story’ (Cultural Show; Sold out)

Monday 4 April 2022
Time: doors open from 19:45
–22:30 (show starts from 20:15)
Location: The Dark Horse, 30 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LB

No visit to Belfast is complete without a world class evening with a Belfast drink, some local delicacies and Belfast entertainment in the cities most exclusive venue The Dark Horse.

This social event will showcase the history of the great city with a cultural show 'The Belfast Story'. The storyteller, world class Irish dancers and musicians will make this an event to remember in the city of life, Belfast. The show will start at 20:15.

Please note, only ticket holders will be able to attend this event. The ticket includes includes a local welcome drink and some local delicacies.

© Belfast City Hall

Social 3: Microbiology 75th Anniversary drinks reception (Sold out)

Tuesday 5 April 2022
Time: 20:00
Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square S, Belfast, BT1 5GS

Please note, you will need to enter via Donegall Square S facing Linenhall Street where there will be an archway manned by security.

In 2022 Microbiology, the Microbiology Society’s first journal, celebrates its 75th anniversary and we would like to invite you to join us at the magnificent Belfast City Hall.

Here you will have the opportunity to meet the Editors of Microbiology as well as other delegates and members of the Microbiology Society, and ask any questions that you may have about publishing for the community.

Whether you have been involved with the journal before as an Editor, reviewer, or author, or are yet to get involved, we welcome you to join us for an evening of celebrating Microbiology and the community that has supported it for the past 75 years.

The ticket includes drinks and canapés. Please note: tickets for this event are now sold out. 

We thank Belfast City Council for their kind generosity for the use of City Hall.

The Belfast Empire
© The Belfast Empire

Social 4: Quiz night (Sold out)

Wednesday 6 April 2022
Time: doors open from 20:00
–23:00 (quiz starts from 20:30)
Location: The Belfast Empire, 42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JQ

The ever-popular Society annual quiz is back this year and will be taking place at the Belfast Empire which is at the heartbeat of Belfast’s live music scene.

Meet old and new friends and get together in teams of six+ to try to compete to secure the prized Society medal. If you are attending alone or in a smaller team, you will be able to join up with others to form a team on the night.

The quiz will be held in the private Music Hall starting at 20:30.

Please note, only ticket holders will be able to attend this event. The ticket includes a welcome drink and a small food buffet.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

All our exhibition stands have now sold out.

If you have missed out on exhibiting at Conference, there are still a number of sponsorship opportunities available. We would like to invite companies and organisations who are interested to please download our sponsorship pack or contact [email protected] to discuss packages. 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 exhibitor and sponsorships page.

The exhibition is located in a high-traffic area, where all conference meals, coffee breaks and drinks receptions will be held, offering an excellent opportunity to showcase your products, interact with conference delegates and generate leads.

There are packages to suit varying budgets and promotional requirements, including our new Careers Fair and ‘spotlight spot’. The careers fair offers you the opportunity to present in breakout sessions and is designed so you can engage with postdoctoral researchers looking to learn more about the industry, your company and potential job opportunities.

Annual Conference 2022 Exhibition and Sponsorship Pack


Floorplan – stand availability


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Actions to mitigate against COVID-19

We continue to plan to return to an in-person meeting at the ICC Belfast for our Annual Conference 2022. For more information on actions to mitigate against COVID-19, please see our venue safety FAQs within the overview tab. If you have specific queries about the exhibition please contact Vicky McCulloch, Head of Promotions and Marketing at [email protected].


Enhanced digital experience

Following the popularity of the Society’s virtual events over the past 18 months, we are retaining some of the best online elements as part of our ‘enhanced digital experience’ for Annual Conference 2022. This includes a mobile event app and a virtual event platform, hosting an e-poster directory and legacy content from Conference.