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.
We are delighted to announce the following speakers have been confirmed to speak at the Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Summer Conference.
Job title: Tenure Track Fellow
Place of work: Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour in the University of Liverpool
Research interest: I am interested in microbial evolution, particularly on the role of mobile DNA and horizontal gene transfer
Theme of talk: I’m going to be talking about how mobile DNA lets microbes evolve rapidly, with examples from parasites to plasmids and beyond
If you were not a microbiologist what would you be? I’m interested in how we learn new things, so if I wasn’t a microbiologist I’d probably be a teacher.
Job title: Research Associate
Place of work: University of Strathclyde
Research interest: bioimaging, evolution, microbial metabolism and ecology
Theme of talk: microbial metabolism, evolution
If you were not a microbiologist what would you be?: Ecologist or psychologist
Job title: SFI Experienced Post-doctoral researcher
Place of work: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ireland
Research interest: Microbiology of the vagina, maternal transmission of microbes, infectious disease
Talk title: The vaginal microbiome in health and disease
Theme of talk: Changes in the microbial communities in the vagina have been associated with poor health outcomes for women and new born infants. Whilst bacterial vaginosis is a recurring, often chronic condition that reduces quality of life and increases the risk of sexually transmitted infections, shifts in vaginal microbial populations have also been linked to the risk of preterm birth. My talk will discuss what we know about the link between vaginal microbes and health, and reveal the opportunities we have in terms of both treatment via probiotics and improved research thanks to next generation sequencing technologies.
If you were not a microbiologist what would you be?: I’d like to think I could have given carpentry a go, or else pursued some stage performance
Job title: Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Place of work: The Pirbright Institute
Research interest: Mosquito borne viruses and high containment microbiology
Talk title: The ability of British mosquitoes to transmit Rift Valley fever virus
Theme of talk: Understanding the capability and limiting factors of temperate British mosquitoes to support replication and transmission of RVFV is critical in order to understand the potential for this virus to establish were it introduced to the UK.
If you were not a microbiologist what would you be?: I’ve had an interest in Microbiology since the age of 17/18 I’m really not sure what else is for me (I think I missed the boat to play football for a living)
Job title: Senior Research Fellow in Microbial Sciences
Place of work: Faculty of Medicine and Southampton NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), University of Southampton
Research interest: Respiratory tract microbiomes; epidemiology of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae; carriage studies; microevolution of pathogens
Talk title: Microbiota Interactions in the Upper Respiratory Tract
Theme of talk: Using genomic epidemiology and microbiome data to understand the interactions between pathobiont and commensal species of the human upper respiratory tract.
If you were not a microbiologist what would you be?: As a teenager I’d have said professional rugby player. More realistically, historian or perhaps archaeologist.
Job title: Research Associate
Place of work: Microbiomes, Microbes and Informatics Group, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
Research interest: Polymicrobial biofilms, fungi-bacteria inter-kingdom interactions, infection modelling and host responses to infection.
Theme of talk: Candida albicans virulence in polymicrobial biofilms; modulation of C. albicans behaviour and thus expression of virulence factors by oral bacteria in in vitro biofilms, and using an in vitro infection model.
If you were not a microbiologist what would you be?: I’d like to have been involved in healthcare/medicine somewhere, or follow my other passion of music and tried to ‘make it’ with my pop-punk/rock band! I genuinely think microbiology is my calling though, and cannot actually see myself doing anything else!
Job title: PhD Student
Place of work: Health Protection Research Unit for Emerging & Zoonotic Infections, Public Health England
Research interest: Vector-borne diseases, particularly tick-borne viruses, disease ecology and medical entomology.
Theme of talk: Utilising serological screening of deer and testing field collected ticks, to contribute to the mapping of evidence of louping ill virus distribution in the UK and conduct surveillance for tick-borne encephalitis virus.
If you were not a microbiologist what would you be?: I would probably be a vet.
Job title: MSCA, MedTrain Fellow
Place of work: National University of Ireland, Galway.
Research interest: Biofilm infections and ways to prevent them, infectious disease, AMR and glycobiology.
Theme of talk: It is estimated that 65–80% of infections involve biofilm formation. These biofilms often form on implanted devices and cause device-related infections that are difficult to treat. We are looking at novel carbohydrate coating (often produced by the microbes themselves) to prevent device-related infections.
If you were not a microbiologist what would you be?: I’m not sure, but possibly psychology or a baker with a focus on celebration cakes.
Abstract submission is now closed.
The poster abstract book can be dowloaded below.ECM Forum Summer Conference poster abstracts book
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Registration is now closed.
What's included in your registration fee?
|Full price rate|
|ECM Forum member||£50||£60|
|Microbiology Society member||£60||£70|
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This meeting will take place at Moyne Institute, Trinity College Dublin:
Department of Microbiology
Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine
School of Genetics and Microbiology
Trinity College Dublin
From Dublin airport:
Although we do not arrange accommodation for delegates, here are some suggested hotels in the nearby area:
There is also reasonably priced accommodation available on the university campus and in student apartments within easy commuting distance.
Join us for pizza at the Pavilion Bar on the first day of the conference, which is included for all delegates.