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The Microbiology Society is delighted to be delivering What’s in a Name? Fit-for-purpose bacterial nomenclature as part of its Focused Meetings programme in 2023.

Rapid and economical DNA sequencing has led to an unprecedented upheaval in bacterial nomenclature. The impact of such rapid changes on practical aspects of Microbiology can be perceived as being inconvenient and, in relation to infectious disease diagnosis, potentially dangerous.

The aim of this meeting is to highlight the potential impact of nomenclature changes on the various disciplines of practical Microbiology including Plant Pathology, Food Security, Industrial Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. This meeting seeks to foster a mutual exchange of perspectives between the communities of specialist taxonomists, phylogeneticists and practical Microbiologists with a view to stimulating ongoing dialogue.

Topics will include the impact of nomenclature change proposals on selected aspects of practical Bacteriology; an explanation of the intricate and highly necessary rules of bacterial nomenclature, which sometimes appear unfathomable to the non-specialist; genome-based phylogenomics and how this fits with the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes.   In addition, a half-day optional Phylogenomics Methods Workshop will be held at the University of Strathclyde.  There will be opportunities for offered oral and poster presentations and for participation in round-table discussions.


  • Sheila Patrick (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Susan Butler-Wu (Keck School of Medicine of USC)
  • Martha Trujillo (University of Salamanca)
  • Nick Tucker (University of Suffolk)
  • Leighton Pritchard (University of Strathclyde)

Key Topics: 

  • Global Genome-Based Taxonomy
  • Phylogenomics and Bacterial Nomenclature
  • Overview of Bacterial Nomenclature: the roles of the ICSP and the IJSEM
  • Nomenclature Change in Practical and Applied Microbiology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Food Safety
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Pathology


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 #FitForPurpose23. We will also be sharing stories on Instagram throughout the event.



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Registration will close on 19 September 2023, 12.0 pm BST.

Registration fees 

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. 

Early bird discounted rates close on 28 August 2023, 23:59 (midnight) BST.



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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 the start of the event. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before any joining instructions containing information on how to access the event are sent out. 


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


The programme of invited speakers will be announced in due course.

Abstracts & Posters

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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 by email on 7 August 2023.

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 & Travel

University of Strathclyde Glasgow Technology and Innovation Centre

The meeting will take place at the following venue:

University of Strathclyde Glasgow Technology and Innovation Centre
99 George Street
G1 1RD
United Kingdom

Venue Accessibility

All conferencing spaces in the Technology and Innovation Centre are fully accessible



The closest railway stations are:

National Services

  • Queen Street (0.4 miles), a 7-minute walk
  • Glasgow Central (0.9 miles), a 14-minute walk

Local Services

  • High Street (0.1 miles), a 4-minute walk
  • Queen Street (0.4 miles), a 7-minute walk
  • Argyle Street (0.6 miles), a 10-minute walk
  • Glasgow Central (0.9 miles), a 14-minute walk
  • Buchanan Street Underground is an 8-minute walk away.

Discounted parking is available nearby. The 24-hour Duke Street Car Park currently offers an all-day special rate of £5.00. Alternatively, you can validate your ticket at Reception in the Technology and Innovation Centre or at Security Control in the Livingstone Tower (22 Richmond Street) for the capped rate of £5.00 for 24 hours.

For discounted parking at the 24-hour NCP George Street, download the ParkPass app and register with the code L6PN4FX.  Scan the QR code using the app upon entry to the car park rather than taking a ticket to receive your discounted rate - visit NCP George Street for prices via the ParkPass app.

Prices correct at April 2023.


Buchanan Bus Station is 0.6 miles away, with frequent services to Glasgow International Airport.

A direct bus connection to Glasgow International Airport is also available from North Hanover Street, outside Queen Street Station, every 15 minutes. This is a 10-minute walk and the single fare is approximately £10. Depending on traffic, the journey time is around 20-30 minutes.


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Grants & Professional Development

Society Conference Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to present at the What’s in a Name? Fit-for-purpose bacterial nomenclature Focused Meeting. Support is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance. Further information about these grants and where to apply will be advertised shortly.

If you are a member who is not eligible for a Society Conference Grant, please apply via the Travel Grant scheme.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This course has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 33 CPD points.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

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