The Microbiology Society is delighted to be delivering the next meeting on Candida and Candidiasis as part of its Focused Meetings programme in 2025.                                                                     

Candida and Candidiasis 2025 will bring together scientists studying diverse aspects of Candida biology, as well as interactions between these fungal species and their mammalian hosts and other microbial community members. Candida species are commonly found colonizing multiple niches in the human body but are also responsible for a wide variety of important diseases that range from oral and vaginal candidiasis to life-threatening systemic infections. This meeting covers a broad spectrum of subjects that relate to Candida epidemiology, physiology, drug resistance, colonisation, infection, immune responses, the host roles in colonization and disease progression, and therapeutics.  We will also highlight the new trends in Candida infections including the rapid emergence of the multi-drug resistant strains and species including Candida auris. The goals of the meeting are to present the latest advances in the field, to spotlight the achievements of early career scientists, to ensure participation and promotion of diverse scientists, to foster synergistic and interdisciplinary interactions and to provide a forum for community-wide discussions and collaborations. 

Organising committee: 

  • Chair: Deborah Hogan (Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, USA)
  • Co-Chair: Todd Reynolds (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA)
  • Chair of Programme Committee: Ilse Jacobsen (Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Germany)
  • Co-Chair of Programme Committee: Anna Selmecki (University of Minnesota Medical School)

Topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Candida-host interactions and immune responses
  • Mechanisms and regulation of Candida biology (morphogenesis, mating and more)
  • Microbial interactions (microbiome, biofilms, co-infections, chemical signaling)
  • Clinical data and issues relating to the diagnosis, prevention and management of candidiasis
  • Epidemiology and trends 
  • Candida heterogeneity and genome dynamics 
  • Drug discovery, activity, and resistance
  • Novel tools and techniques for the study of Candida and candidiasis


COVID-19 Mitigation statement for Microbiology Society events

As part of the preparations for Microbiology Society events, 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.


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.


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 #Candida2025. We will also be sharing stories on Instagram throughout the event.

The programme is currently in production and will be announced soon. 

Registration for Candida and Candidiasis 2025 will open shortly.

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 as well as many other opportunities that are designed for microbiologists of all career stages.

All speakers and poster presenters are expected to attend in person.

Visa applications

If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment.

Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the Microbiology Society will not take any responsibility for travel or visa problems.

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.


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 for the Candida and Candidiasis 2025 will open soon.

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 2025. By submitting an abstract to this conference, 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:

https://microbiologysociety.org/preside/system/assets/images/asset-type-icons/32px/pdf.png 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

Candida and Candidiasis 2025 will be taking place in The ESTREL Congress Center (ECC), Berlin, Germany.

Find the google map here.

The Estrel Congress Center (ECC) is located at Ziegrastraße 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany.

The Estrel Congress Center (ECC) Berlin is a premier conference and event venue located within the Estrel Berlin complex. The ECC is renowned for its state-of-the-art technology, versatile spaces, and exceptional service, making it an ideal location for conferences, conventions, exhibitions, and special events. Its strategic location and comprehensive amenities make it a leading choice for both national and international events.


Car Parking:
  • Convenient location with highway access only 1.5 kilometers away.
  • Ample parking is available for guests.
By train:
  • Sonnenallee S-Bahn commuter train station is just a three-minute walk from the ECC.
By bus:
  • The bus stop located right in front of the ECC
  • A taxi rank also available at the front of ECC
By Airport:
  • Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is 13 kilometres away, providing easy access for travellers.


ESTREL HOTEL-Betriebs GmbH offers a limited number of rooms at a discount for conference delegates for the nights 6–9 October 2025. 

The following rates have been secured at the ESTREL HOTEL-Betriebs GmbH:

  • Standard Single room: Euro 178.00 + Berlin City Tax Euro 8.90 per room per night*
  • Double room: Euro 190.00 + Berlin City Tax Euro 9.50 per room per night*

Please follow the accommodation link to book your hotel stay at the ESTREL HOTEL. 

* Berlin City Tax:
As of January 1st 2014, all guests are required to pay the city of Berlin's Accommodation Tax in the amount of 5% of the net room rate plus 7% value-added tax (VAT) in addition to the contracted room rates.

Breakfast Buffet
There is an additional charge of Euro 25.00 per person/day for breakfast buffet plus city tax. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with accommodation arrangements, please contact the ESTREL HOTEL-Betriebs GmbH reservation team.