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Preparation is now well underway for our Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum Summer Conference (#ECMConf23). This year’s Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Summer Conference, taking place in Bristol, will be titled: Method in the Madness: Microbiological Techniques and Approaches 

The conference is dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking. It will provide undergraduate, masters and PhD students with a peer-led conference experience designed to offer an introductory experience to scientific conferences and professional development opportunities. 

Organising committee: 
Joanne Kite (University of Cambridge, UK) 
Raphael Galleh (University of Sheffield, UK) 
Gillian Carney (University College Dublin, Ireland) 
Jack Ferguson (University of Birmingham, UK) 
Andres Ceballos Garzon (University de Nantes, France)
Ella Rodwell (UK Health Security Agency, UK) 
Ainsley Beaton (John Innes Centre, UK)  
Paz Aranega Bou (UK Health Security Agency, UK) 

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Abstracts & Posters

Abstract submissions are now open. 

Submit your abstract

The submission deadline for this event is 15 June 2023.


Access Microbiology is pleased to provide the 'Best Science Prize' to two scientific posters at the Early Career Microbiologists' Forum Summer Conference 2023. The winners, selected by members of the organising committee and will win a cash prize. All posters displayed at the ECM Forum Summer Conference are automatically entered for the prize.

© Kathryn Lilley
Kathryn Lilley

Kathryn received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield, UK. After being a laboratory manager for eleven years, she established the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics, University of Cambridge< UK in 2001. She became the Professor in Cellular Dynamics in Department of Biochemistry University of Cambridge in 2012. She directs a research programme focused on the development and application of technologies to map RNA and protein subcellular localization on a cell-wide scale. Her research looks at the effect of post transcriptional and post translational processing on location, and the extent of re-localisation in response to cellular stress and disease.
She was awarded the Juan Pablo Albar Proteome Pioneer Award from the European Proteomics Association in 2017 and received the HUPO Distinguished Achievements in Proteomics award in 2018. She was elected as a member of EMBO in July 2020 and Academia Europaea in May 2023.

© Nick O'Boyle
Nick O'Boyle
  • Nick O'Boyle is Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology at 
  • School of Microbiology, University College, Cork, Ireland. Nick uses a combination of global analyses (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and genomic variant calling) to study the response of diverse E. coli pathotypes to signals that are enriched in disease-associated niches. Nick's talk will discuss the utility of these methods and how they are best employed in tandem with classic molecular approaches like reverse genetics to gain comprehensive insight into the behaviour of bacterial pathogens, and possibly even identify novel therapeutics. Nick's team's recent work has shown that D-serine elicits surprising pleiotropic responses in different E. coli pathotypes including uropathogenic E. coli, enterohaemorrhagic E. coli and neonatal meningitis-associated E. coli. Some of the interesting phenotypes they have observed are directly attributable to the sensing of D-serine, and some are attributable to the protein products of the dsdCXA D-serine catabolism locus, occurring completely independent of D-serine.

Talk title: Multiple global analyses reveal surprising phenotypes associated with D-serine and the locus for its metabolism in pathogenic E. coli

Research interests: Host-microbe interactions, pathogenesis, environmental sensing, bacterial signal transduction


The meeting will take place in the Forest Suite at Mercure Holland House:
Mercure Bristol Holland House
Redcliffe Hill

More details regarding the venue's accessibility and transport links will be provided in due course.

Frequently asked questions
How do I share my dietary requirements?

All dietary requirements can be disclosed at the point of registration and will be shared with the catering team in advance. However, please ensure you ask for advice if required and the catering team will do their best to accommodate your needs.

Will there be any photography and filming at the event?

The Society may carry out filming and photography throughout the conference. The images and videos will be used to promote the conference and the activities of the Society. They may be used online, in Society publications, or for other PR and marketing purposes. Please do not photograph posters or record presentations unless the presenter has given prior consent.

Where can I find programme updates? 

While every effort has been made to ensure the online programme is accurate, changes during the event are unavoidable. We will ensure updates are provided throughout the conference.

Will there be a poster session? 

A dedicated poster session will run but posters can be viewed at any time during the meeting. Velcro and boards will be provided for poster presenters. A digital PDF abstract book will be made available on the event page ahead of the meeting.

Are there any COVID-19 mitigations?

The Microbiology Society is taking seriously its actions in doing its best to mitigate COVID-19 at our in-person events. Find out more on our Events COVID-19 Policy 2023 page.