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The Microbiology Society are delighted to be delivering the next meeting on Candida and Candidiasis in 2020 which was formerly delivered by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) as part of their highly successful conference series that finished in 2018.

This meeting will take place at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, Canada between 19 and 23 April 2020, and will address all aspects of Candida biology – species that are major causes of infectious disease in AIDS patients, cancer chemotherapy patients, premature infants, and many others and will provide a vital forum for the Candida research community to present the latest advances and ideas about:

  • The diagnosis and treatment of Candida infections
  • Antifungal drug resistance
  • The genomics and epidemiology of the Candida clade
  • The molecular mechanisms that underpin Candida pathobiology
  • The immunological responses of the host to the fungus

This meeting will be driven by the community, with most talks being selected from the submitted abstracts and will help determine the course of future research in this area and empower major ongoing efforts to understand, treat, and prevent Candida infections.

Organising committee:

Geraldine Butler (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Richard Bennett (Brown University, USA)

Chair of  Programme Committee
Mike Lorenz (University of Texas, USA)

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: #Candida2020

Questions or enquiries can be sent by email to conferences@microbiologysociety.org

If you would like to be the first to hear about the symposia, abstract submissions and registration details please tick the box below:

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Registration fees

Online registration for Candida and Candidiasis 2020 is now open. The early bird discount ends 26 March 2020.

The member rates apply to members of the Microbiology Society. To become a Microbiology Society member click ‘join’ at the top of the page.


Early bird

Full rate

Full Microbiology Society member



Full Concessionary member & Postdoc concessionary member*



Student Microbiology Society member



Non member



*For this event only, delegates working in postdoctoral positions that wish to become a member of the Microbiology Society are advised to join as a full concessionary member and register at the concessionary member registration rate. For further information contact members@microbiologysociety.org.

What’s included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Full access to the trade exhibition
  • Full access to scientific poster sessions
  • Hot buffet lunch and all break-time refreshments
  • Access to the drinks receptions
  • Access to the meeting dinner on Wednesday night
  • A delegate bag and printed programme
  • Certificate of attendance

Registration confirmation

Upon registration you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact conferences@microbiologysociety.org if this has not been received within 24 hours.

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.

Visa applications

If you require a letter of invitation to support a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment. It is the policy of the Microbiology Society not to supply an invitation letter to any delegate that has not registered to attend the meeting and paid the registration fees in full. Requests for invitation letters should be sent to conferences@microbiologysociety.org after registration has been completed.

Please note that all meeting delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements. Find out about visa requirements and important information about travelling to Canada

All visitors travelling to Canada are required to apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Find out more and register.

Citizens from many countries will need a US visa if travelling via a US airport. More information.


Refunds are not provided; however, substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting conferences@microbiologysociety.org


Abstracts submission is now closed.

Notifications will be sent out from 23 January 2020.

Abstract topics

Abstracts will be presented on the following topics:

  • Life in the host
  • Genome dynamics, variation and evolution
  • Infection models
  • Metabolism
  • Fungal and host signalling
  • The microbiome
  • Drugs and diagnostics
  • Cell biology
  • Drug discovery and resistance
  • Immune biology
  • Molecular pathogenesis
  • Other
Destination & Accommodation

Destination Montreal

The Candida and Candidiasis Conference will be taking place in Canada for the first time, in the vibrant city of Montréal.

Montréal is a busy, exhilarating city and is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec. The city is a leading international-calibre destination and the scientific excellence of Montreal institutions is recognised around the world.

Find out more about Montreal from Tourisme Montreal.

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel

The Candida and Candidiasis meeting takes place at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel.
1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West
H3B 2L


A special group rate has been arranged with the hotel for delegates attending the Candida and Candidiasis 2020 Conference from CA$205 per night (approx. US$160).

Book your accommodation

For further information or to discuss a booking, contact the reservations team on +1 514-878-2000


The hotel has accessible guest rooms with 32” wide doorways and fully accessible routes from the public entrance to accessible guest rooms.

All amenities and facilities including the spa, restaurant, business centre and all meeting spaces are fully accessible.

Further information on the venue’s accessibility can be found on their website.


Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel is part of ‘Marriot International’, which provides the following statement about its Serve 360 sustainability initiative:

“Guided by our sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, Marriott International commits to creating positive and sustainable impact wherever we do business.” - Marriot International

You can find out more on the Marriot website.


By air

Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is the biggest airport serving the Quebec province with regular flights from a range of domestic and international destinations. The airport is well supported by a range of public transport services, including the Autobus/747 Express service and VIA rail train service.

By train

The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the Gare Lucien-L’Allier train station.

By bus

A regular no. 747 bus service provides easy transport from the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel.

Car parking

On-site car parking is available at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel and charged at $25 CAD daily.

Garage height limit: 6 feet


Society Conference Grants

Society Conference Grants are available to support eligible Microbiology Society members wishing to present at the Candida and Candidiasis 2020 Focused Meeting.

Applications will open on 21 January and will close on 23 February 2020.

Full information is available on the Society Conference Grants page.

Travel Grants

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

Applications for the Travel Grant scheme are now open and will close on 1 March 2020.

Full information is available on the Travel Grant page.

Caring Costs

Support is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance up to a maximum of £500.

To enquire and apply for a grant to cover caring costs email grants@microbiologysociety.org

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting. For more information, please contact exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org or download and return the booking form to ensure your presence at the event.

Candida 2020 Exhibition Pack


American Society for Microbiology
Pathogens: an Open Access Journal by MDPI