Bridging the clinical-research gap

29 Sep - Birmingham, UK



The Microbiology Society and the Healthcare Infection Society are delighted to co-host a collaborative one-day workshop, Bridging the Clinical-Research Gap in Birmingham on 29 September 2022.

The workshop aims to bring academic and clinical microbiologists together to find ways to collaborate meaningfully, with the aim of improving the translation of research into advances in infection prevention and control. There will be ample opportunity for members of both societies to network and identify areas of interest for potential collaborations, and the opportunity to speak to funders to facilitate those collaborations. 

Attendees will hear from experienced scientists and clinicians and learn about the realities of collaborations – both things to remember and things to watch out for – before participating in a workshop that will answer some common questions.

Continued Professional Development CPD Credits

The Bridging the Clinical-Research Gap workshop has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (21 CPD credits) and Royal College of Pathologists (6 CPD credits).

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Registration and coffee



Overview from Research microbiologist and Consultant microbiologist

Surabhi Taori, NHS Lothian, UK

Catrin Moore, St George's, University of London


Existing collaboration projects: how to set up and considerations when applying for funding and running a project

Matt Holden, University of St Andrews, UK

Thamarai Schneider, University of Edinburgh, UK

Jamie Scriven, University of Birmingham, UK


Coffee break



A funders perspective

Helen Compton, National Institute for Health and Care Research, UK

Carolyn Johnson, Medical Research Council, UK


Lunch and poster presentation pitches



Workshop session covering topics submitted by attendees during registration Part 1



Workshop session covering topics submitted by attendees during registration Part 2



Drinks reception and networking including project pitches





Attendance at the workshop is free for Microbiology Society and Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) members, however a refundable deposit of £50 will be required to secure your registration. This will be refunded after attendance.

Registration for the meeting is now closed.

1.1 For confirmed attendees only

Once registered, confirmed attendees will be contacted and asked to suggest workshop topics for the afternoon breakout groups – topics discussed in the previous workshop were:

  • Ways of working
  • Preparing a proposal or publication
  • Public Patient Involvement and ethical considerations

Ideas for workshop topics should be emailed to [email protected] by Friday 9 September.

Confirmed attendees are also invited to participate in delivering a project pitch either as a short oral pitch or as a poster during the lunchtime session. Project pitches will stimulate discussion between attendees and hopefully lead to further discussion and collaboration after the workshop.

Abstracts for a project pitch can be submitted to [email protected] by Friday 9 September.

1.2 Cancellations

Cancellations will be accepted in writing by email up to 30 days prior to the event and the deposit will be refunded in full. Deposit refunds will not be provided for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the event or for delegates who do not attend on the day.

Please contact [email protected] for further details.


Bursaries of up to £100 are available to support Microbiology Society members requiring support to travel to the workshop. To apply for the bursary please email [email protected] after registering.


Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Members are eligible to apply for support to attend this meeting. Priority will be given to trainee scientists, Fellows, senior postdoctoral researchers and early career Lecturers (or equivalent). If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact [email protected]



The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
Hill Street
B5 4EW