Microbiology Society Roadshow 2019 - Plymouth

18 Nov - University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, 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 Monday 18 November 2019, at the University of Plymouth from 15:30–17:30.

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 West.

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 15:15 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.

15:15 – 15:30

Registration and refreshments

15:30 – 15:35

Welcome and introduction

Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Plymouth

15:35 – 15:45

Discovery and development of first in class antibiotics

Mat Upton, Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of Plymouth

15:45 – 15:55

Microbiology Society: An introduction

Peter Cotgreave, Chief Executive

15:55 – 16:05

Why the Microbiology Society matters to me

Tina Joshi, Champion and member of Policy Committee

16:05 – 16:30

Keynote: Women and Diversity in Science

Judith Armitage, President

16:30 – 17:30

Networking session

Opportunity to talk in more depth with local like-minded people, talk about how you can get more involved with the Society and ask the President any questions you might have.

Refreshments will be served.


Close and thank you



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.

Professor Mat Upton

Mat Upton

Mat Upton is Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Plymouth. His research focus is in antimicrobial resistance with activities in antimicrobial drug discovery, diagnostics and infection control. He has a growing interest in the microbiology of deep-sea environments, which are being explored as a source of potentially novel bioactive molecules. Mat is Chief Scientific Officer at Amprologix, a company he span out last year to commercialise lead antibiotic candidate epidermicin. He is also co-founder of Spectromics, which was established to develop a rapid antibiotic susceptibility test. Mat joined the Society as a PhD student and has served as Editor for the Journal of Medical Microbiology. He is a member of the Society for Applied Microbiology, the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and the American Society for Microbiology and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology.

Dr Tina Joshi

Dr Tina Joshi is a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Plymouth. Tina leads the Microbial Diagnostics and Infection Control Research Group and is Employability Co-ordinator for School of Biomedical Sciences. She is on the scientific committee for Antibiotic Research UK, Microbiology Society Policy Committee and is a Microbiology Society Champion. Tina specialises in infection control of bacteria (Clostridium difficile spores) and development of molecular diagnostics for antibiotic resistant organisms. 

Tina was awarded the Hind Rattan ‘Jewel of India’ Award from the Indian Government (Non-Resident Indian Welfare Society of India) in 2018 for diasporal achievements in academia within the country of her birth - the UK. She was also a finalist in the “Inspirational Women in STEM” category at the 2019 regional Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards.



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.



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University of Plymouth
Drake Circus