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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.

Alongside scientific research presented by early career researchers, delegates will experience professional development sessions focused on exploring the next steps in your career including how to find appropriate funding such as smaller grants and fellowships.

All early career researchers including undergraduate, PhD students and post docs are welcome to attend.

Organising committee:

Alison MacFadyen, Strathclyde University, Conor Feehily, University of Oxford, Winnie Lee, University of Bristol

Key topics:

  • Translating microbiology
  • Harnessing microbes
  • Careers outside of academia
  • Finding funding — Fellowships and grants
Further information will be announced in the build up to the Conference on our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #ECMConf21.




Session View

Tuesday 28 September, Morning

Translating Microbiology

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of effectively translating academic research into the clinic and for the management of public health. From population genomics to structural biology and transcriptomics to host-microbe interactions, researching the fundamentals of microbiology allows us to respond to recurrent and emerging problems. This session will explore the exciting research that has potential for translation to global challenges, not only in healthcare but also for the environment.


Tuesday 28 September, Afternoon

Harnessing Microbiology

Microbes have been harnessed for their wonderful properties for millennia. This session will present research that is using microbes to improve food production, generate novel antimicrobials, and form the basis for countless pharmaceutical processes.


Abstracts and posters

Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract for the meeting. Once submissions are closed, they will be reviewed by the organising committee and submitters will be notified of the outcome by email on the week ending 12 August 2021. Abstracts accepted for poster presentation will be asked to submit a pdf version of their poster before 23 August 2021.

Submissions close on 9 August 2021.

Submit your abstract

By submitting an abstract to this meeting, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.


This event is free for all members of the Microbiology Society.

Members get heavily subsidised registration fees for Annual Conference, Focused Meetings and other Society events – both online and in-person. Join now to enjoy these discounts and many other opportunities that are designed for microbiologists at all stages of their career.

Conference rates


1 Day  

2 Days

Microbiology Society member






Affiliate member £25 £50

Affiliate members who are also ECM Forum members are eligible for a further discount. Please contact [email protected].

Find out more about becoming an ECM Forum Member.  

ECM Forum summer conference 2021 will be accessible remotely.

A link will be sent to all registered delegates closer to the event to allow you to access the event via Zoom.