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The Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum will host its flagship Summer Conference dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking. The conference 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.

The Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Summer Conference (#ECMConf19) will take place at Trinity College Dublin, Moyne Institute.



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Thursday 20 June

Abstracts and posters

Abstract submission is open now. The deadline is 3 May. 

Submit your abstract


Those who are presenting a poster must ensure the work is presented as below. We cannot accommodate incorrectly formatted posters during the conference.

  • Poster Size: A0 size 841mm(w) x 1189mm(h) – your poster must not exceed these measurements.
  • Poster layout MUST BE portrait orientation.
  • Posters will be displayed on poster boards measuring 1m(w) x 2m(h), one to a side.
  • Posters can ONLY be fixed by Velcro (provided at conference).
  • Your poster number will be sent at least one week prior to the conference.

What's included in your registration fee?

  • A conference programme guide
  • An introductory experience of scientific conferences in a peer-led environment
  • Scientific sessions discussing the latest research from ECM Forum members
  • Full access to scientific poster sessions
  • Professional development sessions tailored to those in the early stages of their microbiology careers
  • Networking over dinner and drinks on the Thursday evening, as well as tea and coffee breaks
  • Access to CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points
  • Certificate of attendance (available after the conference upon request)
Conference rates

Early bird rate
(Available until 27 May) 

Full price rate
ECM Forum member £50 £60
Microbiology Society member £60 £70
Non-member £75 £85
Grants & Professional Development

Grants are available to support Undergraduate Student, Postgraduate Student and Full Concessionary Members attending the ECM Forum Summer Conference. Funds may be used as a contribution to any cost associated with attendance (for example, registration, travel, accommodation, etc.).

Further details and grant applications for support will open shortly.

Professional development (CPD) credits

The ECM Forum Summer Conference has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (21 CPD credits). Further information can be requested by email at profdev@microbiologysociety.org.

Exhibition & Sponsorship