The Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2023 will take place Monday 17 April–Thursday 20 April 2023 at Birmingham International Convention Centre.

The Conference takes place over four days and consists of scientific symposia, workshops, fora, professional development sessions, Prize Lectures and Hot Topics and much more.

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels and you can follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #Microbio23

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The programme is currently in production with our Scientific Conference Panel and Divisions who are working across the broad range of microbiology topics and its various disciplines to deliver an exciting and cutting-edge programme.

The programme will be posted on this page once finalised.


Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are invited to submit an abstract for Annual Conference. All offered oral, poster presenters and flash presentations will be selected from abstracts submitted.

Annual Conference attracts around 1,500 attendees for the UK’s largest gathering of microbiologists. Presenting an offered oral or poster provides an excellent platform to showcase emerging scientific research.

The key abstract deadlines for public abstract submission for Annual Conference 2023 are as follows:
Abstracts open: 24 October 2022
Abstracts close: 16 December 2022
Notification of acceptance: week commencing 23 January 2023

By submitting an abstract to this meeting, you are committing to attend the event.

Abstract guidance

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips on how to write a great abstract, which can be downloaded below:

 How to write a great abstract


Bookings for next year’s Conference open on 24 October 2022.

Early bird discount ends: 28 February 2023

Bookings close: 10 April 2023

Registration fees 

Members get heavily subsidised registration fees for Annual Conference, Focused Meetings and other Society events – both online and in-person. Join now to enjoy these discounts and many other opportunities that are designed for microbiologists at all stages of their career. 

Grants & Professional Development

Information on Grants and Professional development will be posted here shortly.

Destination, Accommodation & Travel

This meeting will take place at Birmingham International Convention Centre (The ICC).

Venue address
8 Centenary Square
B1 2EA
Destination Birmingham
Birmingham is a city with forward-thinking architecture, expansive waterways, and is lined with history, culture and lifestyle. If you’re planning on extending your stay around Conference, the city has world-class museums and galleries to explore and rewarding culture and heritage to discover.


Birmingham City is well connected by road, rail, and air. The ICC Birmingham is conveniently located within a 15-minute walk of the city centre.

Travel by car
Birmingham is easily accessible from the UK’s motorway networks, close to the M6, M5 and M42.
Visitors arriving by car will need to be aware of Birmingham's Clean Air Zone. The ICC and associated visitor car parks are located within this area. Daily charges apply to vehicles entering the zone which do not comply with the zone's criteria. For further information, and to check if your car is Clean Air Zone compliant, please click here.
Travel by train
There are four Birmingham rail stations providing fast and frequent connections to both local and national destinations.
Birmingham New Street is the closest station to the ICC and provides connecting services to London’s Euston station and many other major towns and cities across the UK. Services to London Marylebone are served by Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill.
Birmingham International sits right alongside Birmingham Airport.
Travel by plane
Birmingham Airport is the only UK airport with a train station connected to the terminal, which means it takes just a ten-minute train ride to get into Birmingham New Street. There is also a taxi rank directly outside the airport.


The Microbiology Society is working with accommodation providers to secure negotiated rates at hotels to suit a broad range of budgets. Details will be posted once finalised.

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 and the social programme offers informal opportunities for delegates to make new friends, forge future collaborations and have fun.

Details of social events will be posted on this page.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

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 Careers Fair, which 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.

Please download our invitation to exhibit for more details. If you have any questions about the packages available please email [email protected].

Annual Conference 2023 invitation to exhibit






Exhibitor New England BioLabs






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