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Overview

Aerosols and microbiology combined sharply during recent pandemics integrating the interfaces of microbiology, aerobiology, atmospheric sciences and aerosol science. The conference seeks to bring multiple disciplines together into one space, at the same time, supporting new collaboration across industry, academia within the UK and abroad setting the aerobiology scene for the future.

The conference spans all aspects of aeromicrobiology to connect public health, agriculture, veterinary and biodefence scientists. Key topics explore characterisation of bioaerosol source, aerosol transport and transmission, detection, control and mitigations (both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical). Promotion of aerobiological standards provides researchers in the field with background knowledge on the microorganisms, and importantly the impact of physical and chemical aspects of aerosol behaviour.

We anticipate exciting sessions on emerging topics such as impact of climate and pollution on microorganisms and transmission, the environmental aeromicrobiome, and aerosols as initiators of biofilms. A running theme will be prioritising novel techniques to support expansion of experimental and modelling tools, for example advances in molecular and ‘omic approaches will likely provide step-wise changes in aerobiology understanding.

Organisers:

  • Richard Thomas (Dstl, UK)
  • Sharon Brookes (APHA, UK)
  • Natalie Garton (The University of Leicester, UK)
  • Simon Clark (UKHSA, UK)
  • Claire Colenutt (Pirbright Institute, UK)
  • Simon Gubbins (Pirbright Institute, UK)

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels and you can follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #MicroAerosols24.


Image credits: iStock/magicmine, iStock/Maksim Safaniuk and iStock/JadeThaiCatwalk

Programme

Aerosols and Microbiology: Connecting Disciplines in the Post-Pandemic Era programme is currently in production. Scheduled sessions will be on offer to delegates at Aerosols and Microbiology conference, which you can explore below:

Session 1: Sources and characterisation of bioaerosols

Topics covered will include understanding and characterising the broad range of bioaerosol sources. Interest is welcomed from human, animal, plant, and environmental dispersion both outdoors and indoors of pathogenic and non-pathogenic micro-organisms. Aspects of biosafety pertinent to aerosols such as aerosol generation procedures, biofilms etc. A key focus will be on innovative methods and technologies.
 

Session 2: Bioaerosol transport and environmental sampling

A range of research including the challenges and methods for monitoring and analysing bioaerosols in an array of situations will be covered. The developing areas interfacing molecular approaches such as analysis of the aeromicrobiome and transcriptomics with sampling and understanding the aerosol phase will be explored. Climate change and the impact of pollutants on bioaerosols and their effects offer another exciting area of research rich in innovative techniques.
 

Session 3: Bioaerosol Detection and Mitigation of Transmission

This topic explores developing effective bioaerosol sensing technologies mapped against the challenges of previous sessions spanning a range of disciplines. Mitigations to bioaerosol exposure will also be covered spanning non-pharmaceutical interventions and strategies deployed during recent pandemics but broadening into protective strategies for agriculture and livestock. Novel containment solutions for conducting bioaerosol research in a safe work environment are welcomed.
 

Session 4: Inhalation, Transmission, and Treatment

This topic will cover approaches to gain insight into source bioaerosol content and transmission. Creative developments in both in vitro and in vivo models of bioaerosol transmission and their use for development of pharmaceutical interventions are also anticipated. Animal-to-animal transmission models have gained much interest in recent years and advances to understanding respiratory disease will be explored.


Session 5: Novel modelling approaches to bioaerosol challenges

Finally, the conference concludes with exploration of novel modelling approaches and data assimilation supporting bioaerosol research integration with policy and decision-makers across a range of research fields including public health, biodefence, farming, climate change and others.
 

Keynote speakers :

Prof. Jonathan Reid - University of Bristol

  • Presentation Title: Respiratory aerosol from the source: Size, composition and dynamic change

Dr. Paul Dabisch - National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center

  • Presentation Title: 

    Laboratory Approaches for Understanding and Modelling Airborne Transmission of Infectious Bioaerosols.

Prof. Wendy Barclay - Imperial College London

  • Presentation Title: Understanding transmission of respiratory viruses

Dr. Jonathan S. West - Rothamsted Research

  • Presentation Title: Innovations for detecting and monitoring airborne plant pathogens

Jason Rodriguez

  • Presentation Tittle: Modeling As a Means to Quantifying the Risks and Uncertainties Associated with CB Threats
Registration

Registration is now open.

Membership type

Delegate Fee (with VAT)

Microbiology Society Full member –
for those with an academic or professional interest in microbiology

£379.00

Microbiology Society Student member -
for those registered for a higher degree / studying at undergraduate level

£249.00

Microbiology Society Concessionary member– for those with an academic or professional interest in microbiology earning less than £35,000 (or equivalent) per year

£299.00

Non-member

£459.00

Microbiology Society members get heavily subsidised registration 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.

What's included in your registration fee?

Admission to break and lunchtime information and career development sessions

Full access to scientific poster sessions

Tea and coffee breaks, Lunch during the event period and Conference Dinner which will be held on the evening of 5th June.

Access to an online abstracts book

Certificate of Attendance (on request)

Access to CPD Points

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.

Cancellations

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

Abstracts & Posters

Abstract submission is now open and will close at 23:59 GMT on Monday 4 March 2024.

Submit your abstract

 

Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract for the meeting. All offered talks presentations and posters will be selected from the abstracts submitted. Once submissions are closed, they will be reviewed by the session organisers and submitters will be notified of the outcome from Mid-April 2024. By submitting an abstract to this conference, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.

Abstracts are welcome for any of the following topics:

  • Sources, control and mitigation of airborne human, veterinary and plant pathogens
  • Atmospheric transport, sampling and detection of microorganisms
  • In vitro and in vivo inhalational transmission and treatment models
  • Omics and aerosols: aeromicrobiome and molecular analysis
  • Impact of climate and pollution on microorganisms and airborne transmission
  • Aerosols and biofilms: formation and dispersal
  • Aerosol standards in microbiological research
  • Novel experimental and modelling techniques and their application to aerobiology and biosafety

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 & Travel

The conference will take place at the Wessex Suite and Ballroom| Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel.

You can find the map here.

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel is located at Broad St, Bristol BS1 2EL.

The property is located in Bristol City Centre less than one mile from Bristol Temple Meads, in the heart of the historic Old City and is ideally located just a short walk from Cabot Circus shopping mall.

Directions

Car Parking:

Mercure Grand Car Park:
the building next to the hotel on Broad Street. Chargeable. 7 floors.

 

Nelson Street Car Park:
3-minute walk to the hotel Nelson Street,
Fairfax Street,

Bristol, BS1 3DB


Rupert Street Car Park:
5-minute walk to the hotel.
Rupert Street, Bristol, Avon, BS1 2PY

 

By train:

TEMPLE MEADS - 0.8 miles – 16 minute walk

Walk north-east, turn left towards Friary. Turn left onto Friary for 0.2 miles. Turn right

onto Temple Gate for 43 ft. Turn left onto Victoria Street for 0.2 miles. Continue onto

High Street for 456ft. Turn left onto Broad Street and the hotel will be on your right.

 

By bus:

73, A1, M1, Y1, Y3.

Accommodation

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel offers a limited number of rooms with breakfast at a discount for conference delegates for the nights of 3–5 June 2024. Details to be announced.

If you have any questions or need assistance with accommodation arrangements, please email the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel reservation team at [email protected]. They will be happy to assist you with any inquiries.

Reservations:  [email protected] |  Telephone number: +44 117 929 1645
Grants, Prizes and CPD

Applications for the Society Events Grant to support members attending Aerosols and Microbiology: Connecting Disciplines in the Post-Pandemic Era will open on 15 April 2024 for two weeks and close on 29 April 2024 (midnight GMT).

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 will need to have completed one year (three-year membership payment constitutes consecutive payment).

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


UK-ICN ECR travel bursary 

You can apply for the UK-ICN ECR travel bursary on their website. This will prompt for a membership sign up.

Terms and conditions:

Standard travel and accommodation support for the following activities:

  • Poster/oral presentation on coronavirus-related research at scientific meetings (£500 domestic or £1000 international travel)

Candidate eligibility

  • Must be a member of the UK-ICN network
  • Student (undergraduate or postgraduate included), post-doctoral researcher (must be within 10 years of obtaining PhD; special consideration will be given to those who have taken a career-break) or research assistant/technician on a fixed term contract
  • Applicant must be not be employed on a permanent/tenured role

The following rules apply to these awards:

1. Applicants must be meet the early career researcher criteria as set out by UK-ICN
2. Applicant must be a member of the UK-ICN membership sign up
3. Applications can only be accepted from institute-affiliated email addresses only
4. Submission via application form to [email protected] a minimum of 1 month before the event
5. Travel costs can only be reimbursed for standard economy fares
6. Expenditure must be justified and considered reasonable
7. Please state whether payments should be made to your institute (via invoicing) or to personal account (via payment request form).
8. Payments will be made retrospectively. University of Liverpool Expenses form, evidence of expenditure (receipts/invoices) and proof of attendance must be returned to [email protected] within 1 month after the event for payment.

Scientific Meetings

1. Applicants must be an invited speaker presenting coronavirus research
2. Proof of invite/acceptance is required at time of application.
3. Successful applicants must agree to include acknowledge UK-ICN support by inclusion of UK-ICN logo on presentations.
4. We kindly request a case study and photo (a short summary of what was achieved from the funding) after the event for our website

Bioairnet ECR travel bursary

Travel bursaries are available to help fund UK-based BioAirNet members (membership is free and can be joined via https://bioairnet.co.uk/join-our-network/) attend and travel to and from national and international events/meetings.

Funds are available for a)Travel bursaries for early career researchers (UK only) and (b) Travel bursaries for early career researchers (UK to overseas) for qualifying BioAirNet members to present their work at high profile international meetings which have a primary focus on some aspect of Bio(PM) science and technology, or where this is one of the main themes of the conference. These Bursaries are intended to further the aims and objectives of BioAirNet by:

  • encouraging and fostering collaboration and networking opportunities for ECRs
  • enabling members to attend relevant events that they would otherwise be unlikely to access
  • promoting BioPM related research to a wider audience4

Travel bursary grants have a maximum value of £300 for UK only and £1100 for UK to overseas.

If you wish to apply, please download the guidance document and an application form. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Early Career Researcher Forum co-chairing scheme

If you wish to be considered for a session co-chairing role at Aerosols and Microbiology: Connecting Disciplines in the Post-Pandemic Era you can find more information on our website

You must fit the Society’s criteria for an Early Career Researcher/ Microbiologist to be considered for the co-chairing scheme. The Society considers you Early Career if you are a student at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, within five years of appointment to your first position after your highest qualification earned or if you identify as a member in the early stages of their career.

To apply for the scheme, please complete the section in the abstract submission form.

 

 

Exhibition & Sponsorship
Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for this conference. For more information, please get in touch with [email protected].
COVID-19 Mitigation statement

As part of the preparations for Microbiology Society events due to be held in 2024, the Microbiology Society Council has further discussed the implementation of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 mitigations and has agreed the following:

Personal responsibility:

Attendance at any Microbiology Society event is a personal choice, and Council expects delegates to take personal responsibility for their actions to minimise the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Ventilation:

The Microbiology Society will continue to work with venues to seek assurance that these are adequately ventilated.

Vaccination and pre-event testing:

We strongly urge all delegates to ensure they are as fully vaccinated as practicable, which we recognise will depend on their age and home country, and to test before travelling to any of our events. Delegates should not attend if they test positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, should they wish to, delegates should feel comfortable wearing a mask in any of our venues. 

Mask usage and lateral flow tests:

A limited number of masks (FFP3) and lateral flow tests will be available upon request at all Microbiology Society events should any delegates wish to use them. However, these will not be routinely supplied.

The Microbiology Society Council will continue to monitor the situation and update these mitigations as required.