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The Microbiology Society is delighted to be delivering Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Ireland in November 2024.

The Irish Division of the Microbiology Society invites you to join us in Athlone, for a one and a half day meeting that is focussed on the best of Microbiology on the island of Ireland, building new relationships and reaffirming those already established.

At the meeting we will learn about some of the fantastic Microbiology research that is happening across a diverse range of topics, reflecting the idea that interdisciplinarity can broaden horizons and open new doors to breakthroughs. This meeting builds on the strength of Microbiology in Ireland across all thematic areas of research, while at the same time acting as a meeting place to encourage new collaborations and new ideas to flourish. It will also provide a range of opportunities for early career researchers to present their work in offered oral presentations, flash talks, and posters.

This year we will also host an Education and EPE session prior to the scientific symposium, with presentations/workshops on innovations in practical engagements that will foster the next generation of microbiologists across the land. This is an excellent opportunity for researchers and educators to make connections and develop innovations around the teaching of Microbiology on the island and to explore new initiatives in public/policy engagement.

There are excellent rates on accommodation for early registrants and very competitive registration costs. There are also options for grants, available through the Microbiology Society and FEMS to further support attendance.

We encourage you to book early as places are limited and we look forward to welcoming you to the Hodson Bay Hotel in October. Bígí linn ag MSAMI24.

Organising committee:

Jerry Reen, University College Cork

Florence Abrams, University of Galway

Carsten Kroger, Trinity College Dublin

Jason Chin, Queen's University Belfast

Kate Reddington, University of Galway

John Kenny, Teagasc

Nicky O'Boyle, University College Cork

Guerrino Macori, University College Dublin

Stephen Kelly, Queen's University Belfast

Rebecca Owens, Maynooth University

Aoife Mulry, TUS Athlone

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #MicrobioIrish24. We will also be sharing stories on Instagram throughout the event.



Lecture View

Dr Bridget Kelly and Dr Orla Sherlock (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Prof. James P. O'Gara (University of Galway)

Prof. Orla O'Sullivan (Teagasc)

Prof. Ultan Power (Queen's University Belfast)

Prof. Geraldine Butler (University College Dublin)


Registration for Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Ireland is now open.

Microbiology Society members get heavily subsidised registrastion 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.

All speakers and poster presenters will be attending in-person.


Microbiology Society Full member

for those with an academic or professional interest in microbiology


Microbiology Society Student member -

for those registered for a higher degree / studying at undergraduate level.




**If you have any problems or queries with your transaction, please contact the Conferences team at [email protected]

What's included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Lunch and Tea and coffee breaks
  • Conference dinner
  • 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 after 24 hours this has not been received. 

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full BEFORE arrival at the conference. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the conference.


Refunds are not provided, however substitutions of attendees can be made at any time before the event by contacting [email protected].

Abstracts & Posters

The abstract submission for the Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Ireland is now open.

Submissions close on 1 August 2024.

Abstract notifications will be sent Mid-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 directly.

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.

Venue, Accommodation & Travel

Hodson Bay Hotel

The meeting will take place at the following venue:

Hodson Bay Hotel

Roscommon Road,



N37 XR82




Athlone Town Centre is 5km away


Air Dublin Airport – Hodson Bay Hotel: 135 Km (84 Miles)

Shannon Airport – Hodson Bay Hotel: 137 Km (85 Miles)

Ireland West Airport, Knock – Hodson Bay Hotel: 97 Km (60 Miles)


The following rates have been secured at the Hodson Bay Hotel:

Single room : €112 per room with breakfast

Twin / Double room : €123 per room with breakfast

To book, please contact the hotel reservations directly and quote '’Microbiology Society’’.

Please note that early booking is advised as there is a strict cut-off date for Microbiology Society Irish Division room release back to the hotel. All free hotel rooms will be released back to the Hodson Bay on 23rd September 2024.

Reservations : [email protected]

Telephone Number : +353 9064 42004



Members of the Microbiology Society can apply for a FEMS Meeting Attendance grant. The grant enables early career researchers to attend microbiology meetings worldwide to network, collaborate and keep abreast of new developments in their field. Support is limited to a maximum of € 750.


Applicants should be active microbiologists, having obtained their highest degree less than five years prior to the application deadline date or be a PhD student*. They should be a member the Microbiology Society and a presenting author (oral or poster) at the meeting.

*periods of maternity/paternity leave, special leave or illness do not count toward this definition

Complete applications should be submitted on or before 1 September 2024.

Please read all information carefully on the FEMS Meeting attendance Grants page before submitting an application for funding.

Society Events Grant

Applications for the Society Events Grant to support members attending Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Ireland will open on 18th August and close on 2nd September 2024 at 23:59 BST.

Grants will act as contribution towards registration, travel, and accommodation expenses only.

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible membership categories:

  • Full Member
  • Full Concessionary Member
  • Postgraduate Student Members
  • Undergraduate Student Members

Minimum membership period required:

A minimum membership period of one year and two consecutive membership payments is required. Postgraduate and Undergraduate with three year memberships will need to have completed one year memberships (three-year membership payment constitutes consecutive payment).

Please read all information carefully on the Society Events Grant page before submitting an application for funding.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Please contact [email protected] to enquire about exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.