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Preparation is now well underway for our Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum Summer Conference (#ECMConf22), 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 conference is dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking. It will provide undergraduate, masters and PhD students with a peer-led conference experience designed to offer an introductory experience to scientific conferences and professional development opportunities.

Organising committee:
  • Andres Ceballos Garzon (University of Nantes, France)
  • Ella Rodwell (UK Health Security Agency, UK)
  • Emilene Da Silva Morais (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • Jack Ferguson (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Raphael Galleh (University of Sheffield, UK)
COVID-19 mitigations

Microbiology Society is taking seriously its actions in doing its best to mitigate against COVID-19 at our in-person events.

Council members and members of the Virus Division, including Paul Kellam (Council Member), Gill Elliott (Chair of Scientific Conferences Panel), Stephen Griffin (Chair of Virus Division), Jo Parish (incoming Chair 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 its events throughout 2022, in order to ensure as COVID-secure an event as possible.
Implementation of this framework is a shared responsibility; shared between the Society, the venues we use for our events, and all potential delegates. 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

More details on these requirements will be provided in the Spring, with specific instructions for the ECM Summer Conference 2022.


The programme for the ECM Summer Conference 2022 will be announced in due course.

Abstracts and posters

Abstract submission for the ECM Forum Summer Conference 2022 is now open. The abstract deadline is 26 May 2022.

Submit your abstract


Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract for the meeting. All offered oral presentations and posters will be selected from the abstracts submitted. Once submissions are closed, they will be reviewed by the organising committee and submitters will be notified of the outcome by email.

By submitting an abstract to this meeting, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.

Abstract guidance

Abstracts can 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

Please note that the abstract is the only information session organisers use when deciding whether to accept your work for presentation as an offered oral or poster. If accepted, it will also be published in the abstract book for the meeting, so think carefully about what needs to be included.


Those who are presenting a poster must ensure the work is presented as below. We cannot accommodate incorrectly formatted posters during the conference.

  • 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).
  • Your poster number will be sent at least one week prior to the conference.

Registration for the ECM Forum Summer Conference 2022 is now open.

Members of the ECM Forum are eligible for subsidised registration fees for the ECM Forum Summer Conference. Join now to enjoy these discounts and many other opportunities that are designed for microbiologists at all stages of their career.

  Early bird rate
(Available until 7 June) 
Full price rate
ECM Forum member £50 £60
Microbiology Society member £60 £70
Non-member £75 £85
What's included in your registration fee?
  • A conference programme guide.
  • An introductory experience of scientific conferences in a peer-led environment.
  • Scientific sessions discussing the latest research from ECM Forum members.
  • Full access to scientific poster sessions.
  • Professional development sessions tailored to those in the early stages of their microbiology careers.
  • Buffet lunch.
  • Tea and coffee breaks.
  • Access to CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points.
  • Certificate of attendance (available after the conference upon request)
Registration confirmation

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


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].

Destination and accommodation

The conference will take place in Sheffield, UK. Further details about the destination and accommodation will be announced in due course. 

Grants and professional development

Society Conference Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to attend this event.

Further details will be made available online shortly.

We are aware of ongoing uncertainty around event attendance as the pandemic continues. To find out more about our grant refund policies, please visit our Grant Rules page.

Members who are ineligible for the Society Conference Grant should apply to the Travel Grant scheme for support. Applications for events taking place between 1 July–30 September 2022 will open in April and close on 1 June 2022.

Please contact [email protected] for any questions.