The Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum will host its flagship Summer Conference (#ECMConf20) 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.

Alongside scientific research presented by early career researchers, delegates will experience professional development sessions focused on exploring the next steps in your career and building confidence.

Organising committee:

  • Andrew Bosworth (Public Health England)
  • Linda Oyama (Queens University Belfast)
  • Justine Rudkin (University of Oxford)
  • Tom Williams (Dundee University)
  • Conor Feehily (Teagasc Food Research Centre)
  • Winnie Lee (Imperial College)
  • Gerard Sheehan (NUI Maynooth)




Abstracts & Posters

Abstract submission for the ECM Forum Summer Conference 2020 is now open. The abstract deadline is 3 May.

Submit your abstract

Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract for the meeting. All offered oral presentations and posters 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. By submitting an abstract to this meeting, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.

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, lunch on Friday 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 7 June) 
Full price rate
ECM Forum member £50 £60
Microbiology Society member £60 £70
Non-member £75 £85

Find out more about becoming an ECM Forum Member.  

Social programme

Drinks reception and poster viewing

Thursday 25 June 2020
17:30 –19:00 

The drinks reception will offer a chance to view the poster and network with colleagues while enjoying drinks and nibbles.

Networking and dinner

Thursday 25 June

Following the drinks reception, delegates are invited to enjoy an evening meal.