Microbiology Society Roadshow 2019 - Reading

26 Nov - University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Park House, Reading, RG6 6UR, UK



As part of our commitment to developing, expanding and strengthening the vast networks and opportunities available to our members and local communities, the Microbiology Society is pleased to announce the latest event led by our President, Professor Judith Armitage as she continues her journey around the UK and Ireland.

The event will take place on Tuesday 26 November 2019, at the University of Reading from 15:00–17:00.

The theme of this meeting will be ‘Why Microbiology Matters in the food industry’ and our keynote speaker will be Microbiology Society member, Professor Bizhan Pourkomailian, Global Restaurant and Distribution Food Safety Director, McDonald’s Europe. Other speakers will be announced.

By attending this event, you will have a unique opportunity to:

  • meet the President, Professor Judith Armitage
  • engage in interactive topical related discussions
  • network with local like-minded individuals
  • find out why microbiology and being part of the Microbiology Society matters
  • learn how you can get more involved in Society activities, including our 75th Anniversary in 2020
  • meet the Microbiology Society team

ALL roadshow events are FREE to anyone who would like to attend and include light refreshments. Early registration is recommended as places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who should attend?

Anyone working in or with an interest in microbiology and wanting to find out more about the Microbiology Society. This event will be of particular interest to members in the South East.

Should you have any further enquiries, please contact Erin Taylor at [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7685 2672 .



The event will start at 14:30 and includes a networking session that will allow you to talk in more depth with local like-minded individuals as well as the President and members of the Microbiology Society Team. During the session, you will be able to learn how you can get more involved with Society activities.

14:30 – 15:00

Registration and refreshments 

15:00 – 15:05

Welcome to the University of Reading

Dr Gemma Walton, Lecturer in Metagenomics, University of Reading

15:05 – 15:15

An insight into current gut microbiota research at Reading

Dr Gemma Walton, Lecturer in Metagenomics, University of Reading

15:15 – 15:20

Presidents Welcome

Professor Judith Armitage, Microbiology Society

15:20 – 15:25

The Microbiology Society: An insight

Dr Peter Cotgreave, Microbiology Society

15:25 – 16.00

Why microbiology matters in the food industry

Dr Bizhan Pourkomailian, McDonalds

16:00 – 17:00

Networking session 

Refreshments will be served.



Professor Judith Armitage

Professor Judith Armitage FRS, is from the University of Oxford and is currently President of the Microbiology Society. Her Presidency runs for three years and began on 1 January 2019. Judy joined the Society as a PhD student in the early 1970s. She is a bacterial physiologist using interdisciplinary approaches to study bacterial behavior. She was an editor of the Journal of Bacteriology for 10 years and is currently one of the two Editors in Chief of Current Opinions in Microbiology. She is a member of EMBO, a Fellow of the American Society of Microbiology and the Royal Society of Biology. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013.


Bizhan Pourkamailian

Bizhan holds an Hons. Degree in Biochemistry, PhD in Microbial Physiology from Aberdeen University, MBA from Warwick University and is a visiting professor at Cranfield University. In 1994 he joined Unilever conducting research in S. aureus, Bacilli and managing the botulinum laboratory. In 1997 he moved to Leatherhead Food International as Principal Scientist, engaged in developing, training and auditing food safety systems. He then moved to McDonald’s Europe in January 2000 as Food Safety Manager overseeing food safety systems across the European Supply Chain from farm to front counter. Since 2015, his role has changed to Global Restaurant and Distribution Food Safety Director. Bizhan is responsible for establishing, maintaining and driving for continuous improvement in food safety standards and procedures. He is on various advisory boards and committees with professional bodies and academia. Bizhan has been a member of the Microbiology Society for over 20 years.



Registration is now open. Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Register today by emailing [email protected]

Upon registration you should receive a confirmation email. Please contact the Member Engagement Team if you have not received confirmation within 24 hours of registering.



Meadow Suite
University of Reading
Whiteknights Campus
Park House