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The 2022 biennial bacterial cell-cell communication meeting will be held at Robinson College in the historic city of Cambridge. The meeting is intended to bring together researchers working on all aspects of bacterial cell-cell communication, with a particular emphasis on showcasing the work of early career researchers. In addition, a stellar line-up of established international leaders in the field will be discussing the very latest developments and insights. Our goal is to achieve a balanced blend of invited and offered talks, poster sessions, and flash posters/talks, giving everyone the opportunity to present their work.

Key topics:
  • Evolutionary aspects of intercellular signalling
  • Molecular mechanism(s) of signalling
  • Engineering and modelling intercellular signalling; synthetic and systems considerations
  • The chemical biology of signalling
  • Inter-species and inter-kingdom signalling
  • Blocking the message; quenching the signal
Organising committee:
  • Paul Williams (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Marvin Whiteley (Georgia Tech, USA)
  • Kim Hardie (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Steve Diggle (Georgia Tech, USA)
  • Miguel Camara (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Sam Brown (Georgia Tech, USA)
  • Ana Maria Otero Casal (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Martin Welch (University of Cambridge, 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 #Cell2CellBacteria22.


The programme for Cell–Cell Communication in Bacteria: Fundamental and Applied Aspects will be announced in due course.


Details of the Cell–Cell Communication in Bacteria: Fundamental and Applied Aspects invited speakers will be announced in due course.

Abstracts and posters

Abstract submission for the Cell–Cell Communication in Bacteria: Fundamental and Applied Aspects is now open. 

Submissions close on 14 February 2022.

Submit your abstract

Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract for the meeting. All offered oral, posters and flash presentations 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 in early March 2022.

By submitting an abstract to this meeting, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event in person.

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.


Registration is now open. 

Registration fees 

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. 

Early bird discounted rates close on 9 May 2022 at 23:59.

The deadline to register is 14 June 2022.


Early bird

 Full price




Full member 



Concessionary member 



Student member 



We are aware of ongoing uncertainty around event attendance as the pandemic continues. While we plan for 2022 events to take place in-person (unless specified otherwise), should the Council of the Microbiology Society be forced to announce the cancellation of an event in the interests of public health, we will refund all registration fees in full.

What's included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Refreshments on all three days
  • Two buffet lunches
  • Evening tour of Cambridge with Martin Welch
  • One conference dinner
  • Certificate of participation (upon request)
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. 


Please inform the conferences team if you can no longer attend the event after registering by contacting [email protected]. Refunds are not provided; however, substitutions of attendees can be made at any time. 

Venue & Accommodation

This meeting will take place at Robinson College in Cambridge.

Venue address

Robinson College
Grange Road


We have secured a limited number of Single En-Suite rooms at the venue for the nights of 2730 June 2022. These are available to book directly with Robinson College.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting.

Please download our exhibitor and sponsor pack to view our options, which suit varying budgets and help create the opportunities you need to connect with new and existing customers. If you have any questions about the packages please email [email protected].

Cell–Cell Communication in Bacteria 2022 Exhibition and Sponsorship Pack