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The discipline of microbiology at Trinity College Dublin celebrates its centenary in 2019 and this meeting will mark the occasion by focusing attention on the significant contributions that have been made by the College to microbial sciences. The meeting will be a celebration of the strength of microbiology today and the unifying scientific theme of the meeting will be Microbes in Medicine.

The meeting will bring together scientists and medical practitioners with an interest in pathogenic mechanisms and in the use of microbes and microbial products to treat and prevent diseases. Highlights of the meeting will include sessions on recent advances in the application of genomics to study antibiotic resistance and virulence in pathogens, persister cells, gene regulation in pathogens and microbial cells surfaces. The importance of the human microbiota and how it differs between healthy and diseased states will also be explored.

This Focused Meeting will take place from 24-25 October 2019 at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Organising committee:

  • Joan Geoghegan (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Charles Dorman (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Key topics:

  • Use of genomics to study antibiotic resistance and virulence
  • Gene regulation in pathogens
  • Antibiotic persistence in bacteria
  • Microbiota in health and disease
  • Microbial surfaces

To get the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #MicroMed19, and like our Facebook page.


Registration is now open.

What's included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Delegate bag
  • Drinks reception
  • Meeting dinner
  • Programme book
  • Certificate of participation (upon request)

Early bird rate

(Available until 11 October)

Full rate

(Available until 21 October)
Student member £90 £100
Full & Concessionary member £130 £140
Non-member £230 £240
Registration confirmation

Upon registration you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact conferences@microbiologysociety.org if after 24 hours this has not been received or you encounter any problems registering online.

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.

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has primary responsibility for Ireland’s immigration and visa policy. For more information on visa requirements for Ireland please see their website: www.dfa.ie

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 meeting. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the meeting.


Refunds will not be provided.

Substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting conferences@microbiologysociety.org.


The invited speakers who will present their work and research at this meeting are:

  • Ursula Bond (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Kevin Devine (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Gordon Dougan (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Stephen Gordon (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Lindsay Hall (Quadram Institute, UK)
  • Sophie Helaine (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Jay Hinton (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Joe Keane (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Carsten Kroeger (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Jodi Lindsay (St George’s University of London, UK)
  • Paul O'Toole (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • Thomas Rogers (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Liz Sockett (University of Nottingham, UK)
Abstracts and Posters

Abstracts for the meeting can be submitted online now. The abstract deadline is 22 August. 

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 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:

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.

Grants and Professional Development

Conference grants

Applications for support to attend the Microbes in Medicine 2019 Focused Meeting are now open and will close on 12 September 2019.

Society Conference Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to present at this Focused Meeting. Funding is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance. You can apply for a grant before receiving notification about the outcome of your abstract submission. A conditional grant offer can be made without evidence of abstract acceptance if unavailable at the time of application, however evidence must be provided to claim any grant offered.

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 meeting. 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 who are submitting an abstract to the meeting are asked to express interest in the Co-Chairing Scheme via the abstract submission system, and are invited to provide a statement outlining the following information:

  • Why do you want to be a session Co-Chair?
  • Evidence of your expertise in this subject area.

All applications will be reviewed by the organising committee and successful Co-Chairs will be introduced to the relevant session Chair.

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 email profdev@microbiologysociety.org.

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.

To enter this competition, applicants must tick the appropriate box during online abstract submission. Finalists will be invited to give a 10-minute oral presentation (plus 5 minutes for questions) at the final at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting. For more information, please contact exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org.