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More than 90% of all human and animal infections occur at mucosal surfaces. In addition, mucosa are colonised by commensal beneficial micro-organisms, meaning that the mucosal immune system must be able to differentiate between friend and foe. This meeting aims to focus on how microbes interact with mucosal surfaces, cross-talk that occurs between the host and microbes, and strategies that we use to treat mucosal infections and maintain well-being.

Recent advances in our understanding of the composition of mucus and in glycobiology, combined with sequencing technologies which have identified polymicrobial communities living in distinct niches in the body, enhances our ability to decipher how microbes interact with their hosts, and how to use that knowledge to both treat infections and maintain health. This meeting aims to bring together microbiologists in Ireland, the UK and further afield working on both bacteria and viruses that live at mucosal surfaces to share their knowledge and expertise and promote collaboration.

This Focused Meeting will take place between 21–22 June 2018 at George Moore Auditorium, O'Brien Centre for Science at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Organising committee: Marguerite Clyne (University College Dublin, Ireland) and Gerald Barry (University College Dublin, Ireland).

Key topics:

  • Microbe–host interaction
  • Microbe–host cross talk and signalling
  • Infection and immunity
  • Therapeutics and vaccine development for mucosal infections

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We are delighted to announce the following speakers have confirmed to speak at Microbes and Mucosal Surfaces.

  • Cormac Gahan (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • Ian Goodfellow (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Michelle Kilcoyne (NUI Galway, Ireland)
  • Catherine Robbe Masselot (University of Lille, France)
  • Siobhán McClean (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Tadhg Ó Cróinín (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Stephanie Schüller (University of East Anglia, UK)
  • Christoph Tang (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Sebastian Winter (UT Southwestern, USA)
Abstracts & Posters


Abstract submission is now open.

Submit your abstract

Abstracts are welcome in any topic of microbiology. The poster session and short presentations will be selected from the abstracts.

The submission deadline is Sunday 22 April 2018.

Abstracts should be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts system. Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract. Once submissions are closed, these will be reviewed by session chairs and scientific committee members and you will be informed of the outcome directly. By submitting an abstract to this conference, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.

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 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 one month prior to the conference.
Journal of Medical Microbiology Poster Prize

Journal of Medical Microbiology poster prize will be awarded at the meeting. The prize will be awarded to a poster that presents particularly compelling or novel research in the journal's subject field, and will be presented by former Journal of Medical Microbiology Editor, Marguerite Clyne. The winner will receive a cash prize, certificate and a year's membership to the Microbiology Society.


Registration is now open.

What's included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Tea and coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Delegate bag
  • Programme book
  • Certificate of participation (upon request)
Conference rates
  Early bird rate
Available until
Monday 11 June
Full price rate
Full and Full Concessionary Member (including dinner*) £170 £180
Full and Full Concessionary Member (excluding dinner) £120 £130
Postgraduate and Undergraduate Student Member (including dinner*) £120 £130
Postgraduate and Undergraduate Student Member (excluding dinner) £70 £80
Affiliate Member (including dinner*) £200 £210
Affiliate Member (excluding dinner) £150 £160
Non-member (including dinner*) £220 £230
Non-member (excluding dinner) £170 £180

*The conference dinner will be held at the family-run O'Connells restaurant, and will include a three-course meal and half a bottle of wine.

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.

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.

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has primary responsibility for Ireland’s immigration and visa policy. For more information on visa requirements for Ireland please see their website www.dfa.ie

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.

Destination & Accommodation


This conference will take place at George Moore Auditorium (east entrance), O'Brien Centre for Science at University College Dublin, Ireland.

O'Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin
Dublin 4

Getting there

The carpark is located near O'Reilly Hall and will be open for our delegates free of charge.

For directions on how to get to the university, please visit the University College Dublin’s website or download the Commuting Guide below:

UCD Commuting Guide

For advice on how to get to the O'Brien Centre for Science, please download the campus map below:

UCD Campus Map

Please visit the Visit Dublin website to view a guide of what's on around the time of the conference.


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

University College Dublin (on-campus accommodation)

Please book directly on the UCD campus accommodation website.

  • €69.75 per single occupancy ensuite room per night (room only)
Talbot Hotel

Please book directly online or by emailing reservations@talbotstillorgan.com and quoting the discount code ‘MMS2018’. Please note the discounted rate is subject to availability.

  • €119.00 per single occupancy room per night on a bed and breakfast basis
  • €129.00 per double/twin occupancy room per night on a bed and breakfast basis
Local accommodation

If you would like to source your own accommodation, Discover Ireland's website offers suggestions for a variety of options nearby.

Social Programme

Drinks reception and poster session

Thursday 21 June, O'Brien Centre for Science

Following the first two sessions of the conference, we would like to invite you to an informal drinks reception and poster session that will allow you to discuss the research with the authors, and to catch up with old contacts and make new ones. Drinks will be served in the Concourse area from 17:30.

Conference Dinner

Thursday 21 June, O'Connells restaurant
Conference dinner will be held in the elegant O'Connells restaurant, which uses ingredients from Irish food producers to create a distinctive family Irish dining experience in Dublin. Three course dinner exclusively for conference delegates will provide a great opportunity to continue the discussions from the day in a relaxed atmosphere. Bus transfer will be provided from the university to the restaurant.
Grants & Professional Development

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 Thursday 3 May 2018. 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.

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. 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.

ECM Forum Co-chairing Scheme

The ECM Forum Co-chairing Scheme provides ECM Forum members with the opportunity to be involved in the chairing of scientific sessions at the conference. The Co-chairs will not receive any monetary value in co-chairing and will not take the place of a session Chair, but will receive a fantastic professional development opportunity to learn about being a session chair from more experienced colleagues.

ECM Forum members who are submitting an abstract to the meeting are asked to express interest in the Co-chairing Scheme via the abstract submission system, and are invited to provide a statement outlining the following information:

  • Why do you want to be a session Co-chair?
  • Which session(s) would you like to Co-chair?
  • Provide evidence of your expertise in this subject area.

All applications will be reviewed by the Society's Divisions and successful Co-chairs will be introduced to the relevant session Chair.

Co-chairs will receive a letter of thanks from the ECM Forum Executive Committee confirming that they participated in the Co-chairing Scheme, and will be recognised in the conference programme.

For questions about the ECM Forum Co-chairing Scheme, please contact profdev@microbiologysociety.org.
Exhibition & Sponsorship

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting. For more information, please contact exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org or download the exhibition pack. 

Exhibition Pack Microbes and Mucosal Surfaces