The Microbiology Society is delighted to be delivering Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Ireland in October 2023.

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 bringing people together, building new relationships and reaffirming those already established. At the meeting we will learn about some of the fantastic microbiology research that is happening on the island of Ireland across a diverse range of topics, reflecting the idea that interdisciplinarity can broaden horizons and open new doors to breakthroughs. Microbiology in Ireland has always been strong and we would like a conference such as this to reflect that strength 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 papers, flash talks and posters.

There are excellent rates on accommodation for early registrants and very competitive registration costs. There is also a travel bursary available to make attendance easier. 

We encourage you to book early as places are limited and we look forward to welcoming you to the Hodson Bay Hotel in October!


Organising committee:

Gerald Barry, University College Dublin

Jerry Reen, University College Cork

Florence Abrams, University of Galway

Rebecca Owens, Maynooth University

Gary Moran, Trinity College Dublin

Carsten Kroger, Trinity College Dublin

Jason Chin, Queen's University Belfast

Kate Reddington, University of Galway

Nicky O'Boyle, University College Cork

Gunnar Schroeder, Queen's University Belfast

Guerrino Macori, University College Dublin

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 #MicrobioIrish23. We will also be sharing stories on Instagram throughout the event.



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

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.

The Society are providing bursaries of up to £250 to support delegates who require financial support with travel expenses to attend Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Ireland

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

Tickets  Full Price 
Microbiology Society member (in-person attendance) €140
Non-member (in-person attendee) €180
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 and Posters

The abstract submission for the Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Ireland 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 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:

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.

Venue, Accommodation and 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 : €105 per room with breakfast

Twin / Double room : €115 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 12th of September 2023.

Reservations : [email protected]

Telephone Number : +353 9064 42004



Travel Bursary

The Society are providing bursaries of up to £250 to support delegates who require financial support with travel expenses to attend Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Ireland. Once you have registered for the event, please email [email protected] to apply for the bursary. The final deadline for claims is 1 November 2023.

Exhibition and Sponsorship

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