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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

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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 including dinner £90 £100
Student member without dinner £60 £70
Full & Concessionary member including dinner


Full & Concessionary member without dinner £100 £110
Non-member including dinner £230 £240
Non-member without dinner £200 £210
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:

Charles Dorman (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Charles Dorman

The 2019 Microbes in Medicine: A Century of Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin focused meeting, marks the centenary of the establishment of the Professorship of Bacteriology and Preventive Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Charles Dorman is only the fifth person to hold this Professorship since its inauguration in 1919 and is now known as the Chair of Microbiology.

Adrian Stokes, the first Chair of Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin, trained in bacteriology at St Mary's Hospital, London, now part of Imperial College. Charles was born at St Mary's Hospital, London just meters from the laboratory of Alexander Fleming. As a child he lived opposite the Fleming laboratory on Praed Street for several years. When Fleming observed the killing of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria by the Penicillium mould in 1928, he was repeating work on Staphylococcal variants by Joseph Bigger, the second Chair of Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin (Greenwood, D. 2008. Antimicrobial Drugs, OUP).

Charles Dorman graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc in Microbiology in 1981. He completed his PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 1985 and an ScD in 2005. In 1988, following a postdoctoral stint at the Biochemistry Department at Dundee University, he was awarded a University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society and subsequently was appointed by Dundee University to a lectureship in biochemistry in 1992. In 1994, Trinity College Dublin recruited him to be Chair of Microbiology and in the same year he was awarded the Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.

Charles’ research aims to understand the mechanisms by which bacteria exploit variable DNA topology, nucleoid-associated proteins and conventional transcription factors, to coordinate gene expression within regulatory networks and hierarchies.

His interest in the stochastic generation of physiological diversity in genetically homogeneous populations has parallels with the work of Joseph Bigger on the 'persister' phenomenon in antibiotic-treated bacterial cultures. Charles’ work with bacteria of medical significance echoes some of the research themes explored by Adrian Stokes (first Chair of Microbiology), Stanley Stewart (third Chair of Microbiology) and Sir John Arbuthnott (fourth Chair holder). Charles Dorman's latest book, Structure and Function of the Bacterial Genome is due to be published by Wiley in 2019.

Ursula Bond (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Kevin Devine (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Graduated with a BSc (Hons) from University College Dublin and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego investigating development in Dictyostelium discoideum and at Trinity College Dublin researching plasmid biology and stress responses in Bacillus subtilis. Appointed lecturer in genetics (1987) and Professor of Microbial Molecular Genetics (2014). Elected to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin (1994) and to membership of the Royal Irish Academy (2013).

A member of the original consortium formed to sequence the whole genome of Bacillus subtilis and participant in the ensuing projects that investigated genes of unknown function, genome minimalisation and regulatory networks. Additional research focused on (i) two-component signal transduction systems in cell wall metabolism (WalRK, PhoPR) and in nutrient, secretion and phosphate-limitation stress responses (Spo0A, CssRS, PhoPR respectively) and (ii) class I lysyl tRNA synthetases of Borrelia burgdorferii and Bacillus cereus.   

Gordon Dougan (University of Cambridge, UK)

Stephen Gordon (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Stephen Gordon obtained his BSc from NUI Galway, Ireland (1990), PhD from the University of Leicester, UK (1995) and pursued postdoctoral research at the Institute Pasteur, Paris as a Wellcome Trust Fellow. He was a team leader in the TB Research Group, Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge (UK) from 1999–2007, and took up his current position at University College Dublin in 2008. His research focuses on understanding the molecular basis for virulence in mycobacterial pathogens and is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and EU H2020.

Lindsay Hall (Quadram Institute, UK)

Lindsay obtained a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Cambridge (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute). She was then a postdoctoral fellow at University College Cork, Ireland (APC Microbiome Institute).

Lindsay returned to the UK to take up her first independent post as a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia before moving to the Quadram Institute at the end of 2015 where she is now the Microbiome Group Leader working within the Gut Microbes and Health Strategic Programme.

Sophie Helaine (Imperial College London, UK)

Sophie Helaine has a PhD from Universite Paris 5, Paris, France in molecular microbiology. Sophie did her postdoctoral work in the Centre for Molecular Bacteriology of Infection at Imperial College London, where she developed innovative tools to investigate the interaction of Salmonella and host macrophages at the single cell level. Awarded a Junior Research Fellowship by Imperial College London, Sophie started her own research group to study the formation and biology of Salmonella persisters during infection of the host. She was granted a 5y MRC Career Development Award from January 2015 to investigate the role of Toxin-antitoxin modules during Salmonella infection, and an ERC starting grant from February 2018 to investigate how persisters wake up. Sophie is a Lister Research Prize fellow since 2017 and an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College London. She recently took up a new position in Havard Medical School where she runs her research group.

Jay Hinton (University of Liverpool, UK)

Joe Keane (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Carsten Kröeger (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Carsten Kröger is an Assistant Professor in Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin. He studied Biology at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and the Helmholtz Research Centre Jülich. He obtained his PhD from Technische Universität München and then moved as a ostdoc to Trinity College Dublin and later to the University of Liverpool to work in Jay Hinton’s laboratory. After a short stint at Andrew Cameron’s lab at the University of Regina, Canada, he moved back to Ireland in October 2015, where he now leads a research group that studies gene regulation, RNA biology and antibiotic resistance in Salmonella enterica and Acinetobacter baumannii and teaches microbiology at Trinity College Dublin.


Jodi Lindsay (St George’s University of London, UK)

Jodi Lindsay is Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis at St George’s, University of London, and specializes in bacterial evolution, horizontal gene transfer, antimicrobial resistance and the population structure of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA in humans and animals. She began her career with a PhD from the University of Western Australia, followed by post-docs at New York University Medical Center and the University of Sheffield, and joined St George’s in 1998. She collaborates widely with bioinformaticians, chemists, mathematical modellers, clinical microbiologists and infectious disease physicians, veterinarians and public health experts. She edited the book Staphylococcus: Molecular Genetics in 2008, Co-Chaired the GRC on Staphylococcal Diseases in 2011, and is currently Chair of the ESCMID study group on Staphylococci (ESGS) and Chair of the Publishing Committee and Council Member of the Microbiology Society.

Paul O'Toole (University College Cork, Ireland)

Thomas Rogers (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Liz Sockett (University of Nottingham, UK)

Liz Sockett

Liz is a bacteriologist who researches and teaches at Nottingham University. Liz is a Microbiology Society Member, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and Fellow of the Royal Society.

Liz’s research group works on the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus with funding from Wellcome Trust, DARPA, BBSRC and Leverhulme Trust. This bacterium naturally kills Gram-negative bacteria and is coming to the fore in the fight against antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative pathogens.

Research interests include the application of Bdellovibrio as antibacterials to kill antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Collaborating with Dr Andrew Lovering (University of Birmingham, UK) and colleagues including Prof. Waldemar Vollmer (Newcastle University, UK) and Dr Erkin Kuru (formerly Indiana University, USA, now Harvard University, USA), she works on the fundamental understanding of how predatory enzymes kill Gram-negative bacteria. Bdellovibrio have been researched as a solution to Gram-negative bacterial infections, including infections in zebrafish (working with Dr Serge Mostowy, Imperial College London, UK) poultry (working with Dr Rob Atterbury and Laura Hobley, University of Nottingham, UK) and mushrooms. Research relevant to human infections is at a pre-clinical state, pioneered by our lab and others.

Abstracts and Posters

Abstract submission is now closed.

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.

Destination and accommodation

This meeting will take place in the Joly Theatre, Hamilton building at Trinity College Dublin.

Venue address

16 Westland Row
Dublin 2


Exclusive rates have been secured for delegates of this meeting at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin, which is short walk from Trinity College Dublin. Book your room for the discounted rate of €175 per night using the link below.

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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 22 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 or download and return the booking form to ensure your presence at the event.

Microbes in Medicine Exhibition Pack