Each year, the Early Career (EC) Forum hosts its flagship Summer Conference dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking. The conference provides early career members of the society with a peer-led conference experience designed to offer an introductory friendly introduction to scientific conferences and professional development opportunities.

Alongside presented scientific research presented, delegates have the opportunity to experience professional development sessions focused on preparing you for the next steps in your career, and networking sessions to meet other microbiologists at your career level.

All people who identify as an early career researcher including undergraduate, Masters and PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers are welcome to attend

Preparation is now well underway for our Early Career (EC) Forum Summer Conference (#ECConf24), which will be held at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. With a theme of “Microbiology in Society” to try and encompass a broad range of the research performed by microbiologists.

Organising committee:

  • Joanne Kite (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Jack Ferguson (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Liam Rooney (University of Strathclyde, UK)
  • Kasia Parfitt (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Eve Benyei (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Ed Deshmukh Reeves (University of Kent, UK)
  • Aoife Mulry (Technological University of the Shannon, Ireland)
  • Rowan Casey (University of Cardiff, UK)
  • David Mark (University of Glasgow, UK)



Session View

Monday 08 July, Afternoon

Tuesday 09 July, Morning

Lecture View

Monday 08 July

Tuesday 09 July


Registration for the Early Career Summer Conference 2024 is now open.


Tier Early Bird Rate Standard Rate
EC Forum Member £60 £70
Microbiology Society Member £76 £88
Non-member £95 £110

Members of the EC Forum are eligible for subsidised registration fees for the EC Forum Summer Conference. Join now to enjoy these discounts and many other opportunities that are designed for microbiologists at all stages of their career.

What's included in your registration fee?

  • An introductory experience of scientific conferences in a peer-led environment.
  • Scientific sessions discussing the latest research from EC Forum members.
  • Full access to scientific poster sessions.
  • Professional development sessions tailored to those in the early stages of their microbiology careers.
  • Buffet lunch.
  • Tea and coffee breaks.
  • Access to CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points.
  • Certificate of attendance (available after the conference upon request)

Please note that the deadline for the early bird rate is 23:59 BST on Monday 17June.

The registration deadline for this year’s Early Career Summer Conference is Monday 25 June, 2024.

Registration confirmation

Upon registration, you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact  [email protected] if, after 24 hours, this has not been received.


Refunds are not provided, however substitutions of attendees can be made at any time before the event by contacting [email protected].

Abstracts & posters

We are now taking abstract submissions in line with this year’s Early Career Summer Conference theme: Microbiology in Society

Abstract submission is now closed.

If you experience any problems during the abstract submission process, please contact [email protected].

Grants and Professional development

Applications for the Society Events Grant to support members attending EC Summer Conference 2024 will open on 1 May 2024 and close on 15 May 2024 23:59 BST. Grants will act as contribution towards registration, travel, and accommodation expenses only.

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible membership categories:

  • Full Member
  • Full Concessionary Member
  • Postgraduate Student Members
  • Undergraduate Student Members

Minimum membership period required:

A minimum membership period of one year and two consecutive membership payments is required. Postgraduate and Undergraduate with three year memberships will need to have completed one year memberships (three-year membership payment constitutes consecutive payment). Please read all information carefully on the Society Events Grant page before submitting an application for funding.


Accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) for 12 CPD points and approved by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) for purposes of CPD for 32 CPD points.
Venue, Destination and Accommodation
The meeting will take place in the at Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences:
Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
161 Cathedral St
Glasgow G4 0RE


Detailed directions from Glasgow Central Station, Glasgow Airport and Buchanan Bus Station are available on the Institute’s website.

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences falls within the City of Glasgow’s  Low Emission Zone (LEZ). Charges only apply to older, more polluting vehicles. You can find out more about this via the Government website.

There is public parking within the Cathedral Car Parking Precincts around the Institute which are approximately 2-3 minutes’ walk from the venue. Please see the Government website for more details on this.


Details regarding the venue's accessibility, including their Accessibility Statement and rating, are available on their website.