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Delegates to this meeting gained an overview of the concept of antimicrobial resistance from the perspectives of environment, animal and human. The presentations included a wide range of scientific and governmental strategies to study antimicrobial resistance. This meeting provided researchers and policy-makers with the potential to network and form to strengthen collaborations across Ireland and the UK.

This Focused Meeting took place between 29–30 August 2017 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Organising committee: Fiona Walsh, Thuy Thi Do.

Key topics:

  • Antimicrobial resistance in animals
  • Antimicrobial resistance in the environment
  • Antimicrobial resistance in human health
  • Antimicrobial resistance evolution in science and politics

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Lecture View

Tuesday 29 August

Wednesday 30 August

Abstracts & Posters

The abstract book can be downloaded below.

Abstract book

Abstract guidance

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips from the session organisers on how to write a great abstract, which can be downloaded below:

How to... write a great abstract

Please note that the abstract is the only information session organisers use when deciding whether to accept your work for presentation as an offered oral or poster. If accepted, it will also be published in the abstract book for the conference – so think carefully about what needs to be included.


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

  • Poster size: A0 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 the meeting).

For tips on how to best prepare a poster presentation please click on the following link.

How to... give a poster presentation

Flash presentations

  • Flash presentations should be 5 minutes MAXIMUM (including Q&A).
  • Allow 1 minute for Q&A following your talk.
  • Please prepare no more than 3 PowerPoint slides (in total).
  • Slides should be provided to the IT support via a USB memory stick in advance of the session and should be tested.
  • Please present your poster following the above Posters guidelines.

Oral presentations

In order to ensure your presentation runs smoothly, you are asked to comply with the following:

  • Please allow 13 minutes for your talk and 2 minutes for Q&A.
  • PowerPoint presentations – PC version – are brought to the meeting on a USB memory stick.
  • PowerPoint presentations – Mac version – can only be accepted if you bring your own laptop and connecting cables.
  • PowerPoint presentations should be provided to the IT support in advance of the session and should be tested.

For tips on how best to prepare an oral presentation please click on the following link.

How to... give an oral presentation

Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition

Each year, the Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition recognises and rewards excellence in science communication by a Microbiology Society Member who is a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher, having gained their PhD in the last two years.

To enter this competition, applicants must tick the appropriate box during online abstract submission for the Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security meeting. Finalists will be invited to give a 10-minute oral presentation (plus 5 minutes for questions) at the final at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.


Registration is closed.

Conference rates

Book before Tuesday 22 August 2017 to take advantage of the early bird rates.

  Early bird rate Full price rate
Full Member including dinner £140 £150
Student Member including dinner £90 £100
Non-member including dinner £190 £200
What's included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Tea and coffee breaks
  • Lunch and dinner*
  • Delegate bag
  • Programme book
  • Certificate of participation (upon request)

*The conference dinner will be held at the elegant Pugin Hall, named after its architect Augustus Welby Pugin, in St Patrick's College at Maynooth University.

Conference grants

Society Conference Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to present at this Focused Meeting. Funding is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance. The closing date for applications is Monday 31 July 2017. You can apply for a grant before receiving notification about the outcome of your abstract submission. A conditional grant offer can be made without evidence of abstract acceptance if unavailable at the time of application, however evidence must be provided to claim any grant offered.

Registration confirmation

Upon registration you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact conferences@microbiologysociety.org if after 24 hours this has not been received.

CPD credits

Approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD, this event may be counted as 63 CPD credits.

Visa applications

If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment.

To find out if you need a visa to visit the UK, please visit the UK visa and immigration website.

Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the Microbiology Society will not take any responsibility for travel or visa problems.

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full BEFORE arrival at the meeting. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the meeting.


Refunds will not be provided.

Substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting conferences@microbiologysociety.org.


International speakers are invited to present their work in this field of microbiology. Each person below is highly recognised.

Invited speakers

Fidelma Fitzpatrick

Fidelma is a Senior Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Consultant Microbiologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. As the first national clinical lead for the prevention of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from 2010–2014, she established the national clinical programme and oversaw the transition of governance of the functions of the SARI (Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ireland) national committee to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the HSE.  As clinical lead, Fidelma coordinated the national HCAI and AMR workplan, led the national public information campaign on antibiotics in conjunction with the ICGP AMR lead and oversaw the establishment of the National AMR Intersectoral Coordinating Committee. She is the chair of the National Sepsis Governance Committee and the National C. difficile guidelines committee, and a member of the national clinical advisory group of the HCAI and AMR clinical programme.

Jo Handelsman

Jo was appointed by former President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she served for three years until January 2017. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Molecular Biology and has since authored over 100 papers, 30 editorials and 3 books. She is responsible for groundbreaking studies in microbial communication and work in the field of metagenomics. Notably, in 2011, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama and in 2012, Nature named her one of “ten people who mattered this year” for her research on gender bias in science. Jo is the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hilary Humphries

Hilary is Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He has a long-standing research interest in hospital infections, has over 300 publications,  and he has led a number of guideline groups in Ireland and in the UK covering antimicrobial resistance. He is Dean of the Faculty of Pathology at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland since early 2016. He was chairman  of the Department of Health's National Clinical Effectiveness Committee from 2010 to earlier this year. This Committee reviews, assesses and recommends for national endorsement, clinical guidelines and audit.

Finola Leonard

Finola teaches veterinary microbiology and infectious disease in the veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing programmes in UCD. She has extensive experience in research in veterinary infectious disease and public health. Her particular interests are salmonellosis in pigs and antimicrobial resistance in both farm and companion animals. She is currently coordinator of/participant in a number of DAFM-funded projects with current funding amounting to ~€1,000,000. She has over 80 published papers in peer reviewed journals and is co-author of 3 books.

Celia Manaia

Celia is at the School of Biotechnology of the Portuguese Catholic University, where she is a member of the Environmental Research Group Diagnosis of the Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina (CBQF). Her research is focused on the bacterial ecology in human-impacted environments, with particular emphasis on the spread of antibiotic resistance over the urban water cycle and the interface water-soil. The approaches most used combine culture-dependent and culture-independent methods on the study of the dynamics of bacterial communities and genetic elements. Under the topic of antibiotic resistance, she holds a wide network of collaborations and is involved in several international projects and initiatives: STARE (project leader, Water JPI), NEREUS (vice president, COST Action ES1403), ANSWERS (team member, European Commission Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, TN-ETN), NORMAN-WG5 (team member, NORMAN network), HEARD (member of the international committee, the National Science Foundation of USA).

James O'Gara

A microbiology graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, James undertook postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and Trinity College, Dublin before taking up an academic position at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1999. Since then his research group have been investigating virulence mechanisms in staphylococci responsible for device-related infections, with a focus on biofilm and antibiotic resistance. In 2005, he moved to University College Dublin before returning to his alma mater as a Personal Professor in 2012. Notable scientific contributions from James's group include i) the identification of the major regulator of staphylococcal biofilm (IcaR), ii) the identification of entirely novel staphylococcal biofilm mechanisms mediated by the fibronectin binding proteins, major autolysin and coagulase, iii) the relationship between methicillin resistance, biofilm and virulence, and iv) new therapeutic approaches to the treatment of chronic MRSA infections using antibiotic combinations.

Eva Reinhard

Eva was appointed Assistant Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) on 15 September 2008 and Deputy Director on Mai 1, 2014. She is head of the Production Systems and Ecosystems Directorate. After completing her degree in biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), she obtained a doctorate in basic developmental neurobiology research. She then went to the USA for post-doctoral work and was appointed national expert by the European Chemicals Bureau in Ispra (Italy). For more than five years she headed a research team at the Pharmacological Institute of the University of Basle Biozentrum. From 1999 on she was employed by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), her final position being head of the chemicals department.

Rosemarie Slowey

Rosemarie is a research officer at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. She has been working in the National Reference Laboratories for Antimicrobial Resistance and Salmonella in food feed and animals since 2011. Prior to that, she spent several years working as a vet in large animal practice in the UK and Ireland, before undertaking postgraduate studies in Campylobacter and AMR.

Kornelia Smalla

Kornelia is the head of the microbial ecology group in the Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics at the Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, in Braunschweig. She studied Chemistry and did her PhD in Biochemistry at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle. The venia legendi for microbiology was obtained at the Technical University Braunschweig where she is an adjunct Professor for Microbiology. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Kornelia has contributed to the new field of molecular microbial ecology. The development of cultivation-independent methods to study microbial communities in complex environments and their response to pollutants such as antibiotics is a major theme of her work. Her long-term research interests are unravelling the factors that shape the transferable resistome and plasmid-mediated bacterial adaptation to changing environments

Nicola Williams

Nicola is a microbiologist and Professor in Bacterial Zoonotic Disease and has 16 years’ research experience on bacterial zoonoses (including antibacterial resistance) in wildlife, food and companion animal species, investigating reservoirs, survival in the environment, fitness and transmission between animals and to humans.


We have been able to secure a discount on campus accommodation. Please see the rates below, available for delegates attending our meeting in August.

Campus accommodation

South Campus: Academic discounted rate

College Room – €38.00 B&B per single guest per night / €32.00 B&B per person sharing per night.
Classic En Suite – €57.00 B&B per single guest per night / €39.00 B&B per person sharing per night.
Superior En Suite – €72.00 B&B per single guest per night / €47.00 B&B per person sharing per night.
Suite – €89.00 B&B per single guest per night / €60.00 B&B per person sharing per night.

*College rooms have shared shower and toilets on the corridor but rooms are private

North Campus : Academic discounted rate

Apartments consist of five private bedrooms with shared kitchen and living area. The non-en suite apartment has two shared bathrooms.
You may be sharing the apartment with other guests if you do not fill it with your own people.
All rooms are single bedded with the exception of a few twin bedded rooms.
Apartment En suite – €39.00 per single guest per night / €33.00 per person sharing in twin bedded rooms.
Apartment non En suite – €33.00 per single guest per night.

Continental breakfast can be booked for additional €7 per day.

Please book one of the following ways and use the voucher code below:

  • Visit www.maynoothcampus.com, enter your arrival and departure dates and type in the voucher code OHCONF_03/17 in the appropriate field to claim your discounted rate.
  • Call 01 708 6400 and quote 'One Health Conference' when booking with a receptionist to avail of the above rate.
  • Email front.desk@nuim.ie and quote 'One Health' when enquiring about the availability.

Alternative accommodation

Carton House Hotel (approximately 8 minute drive). Tel: +35315052000

Glenroyal (approximately 10 minute walk or 5 minute  drive). Tel: +35316290909


The conference will be held at the Maynooth University:

Maynooth University
Newtown Road
Co. Kildare

Maynooth University is located 25km from Dublin city centre. The university is easily accessible by carbus and train.

Scientific sessions will be held in the John Hume Building on North Campus, room JHL 1.

Lunch will be served at the Phoenix Restaurant on North Campus.

Conference dinner will be held at the elegant Pugin Hall on South Campus.

Campus map

You can download the campus map below.

Campus map


Exhibition & Sponsorship


Exhibition and sponsorship

The exhibition will give your organisation immediate exposure to about 200 delegates and an opportunity to meet with academics, researchers and other professionals working in the field of antimicrobial resistance. The lecture programme includes internationally renowned keynote speakers. Additionally, there will be individual papers and posters presented, plus social activities and networking opportunities. Delegate refreshments will be served in the exhibition area, offering an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your products, interact with conference delegates and maximise leads.


Rate (inc. VAT)

Table top exhibition stand


Inserts into delegate packs


Programme book inside front cover advert


Programme book outside back cover advert


Programme book inside back cover advert


Programme book inside page advert


Display table literature


Drinks reception sponsorship


The exhibition stand fee includes:

  • Stand space
  • Power supply
  • One person to man the stand, including refreshments.
  • Exhibiting companies will be listed on the conference website and in the programme book.
  • Conference delegate pack
  • Insert into delegate pack

Further information about available exhibition packages and registration form can be found below.

Exhibitor and promotion guide

Please contact conferences@microbiologysociety.org to discuss pricing and your requirements.