Overview

Genomes of Microbiomes will provide a forum for discussion of the impact of MAGs, including how they should be incorporated into public databases, metagenomics advances in general, and the contributions technologies are making toward more readily achieving complete microbial genome sequence assemblies.

Join us to:

  • Discuss how advances in sequencing technologies and computational methods can be best exploited to understand the microbial world.
  • Redefine our understanding of evolution and microbial diversity using metagenomics and metagenome assembled genomes.
  • Explore wider issues around obtaining genomes from microbial communities, including viruses, archaea, bacteria, and microbial eukaryotes, and how this data can contribute and be enhanced.

This focused meeting will be an excellent opportunity for those working in the field to network and to build upon and establish collaborations.

Organising committee:

  • Lori Snyder (Kingston University London, UK)
  • Evelien Adriaenssens (Quadram Institute, UK)
  • Nicholas Thomson (Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK)
  • Nicholas Loman (University of Birmingham, UK)

Key topics:

  • Microbial ecology
  • Microbial communities in health and disease
  • Evolution and microbial diversity
  • Metagenomics
  • Metagenome assembled genomes

COVID-19 Mitigations

As part of the preparations for returning to delivering in-person events, Microbiology Society Council members and members of the Virus Division have worked with Society staff to develop a framework of mitigations for the Society to apply to all of its events throughout 2022, in order to ensure that these are as COVID-secure as possible.

Implementation of this framework is a shared responsibility; shared between the Society, the venues we use for our events, and all potential attendees. Attendance at any of our events is a personal choice, but it will be incumbent on all of us to deliver these mitigations in order for us to keep all delegates and staff as safe as we can.

The framework covers the following five areas.

1. Vaccines
2. Ventilation
3. Masks
4. Testing
5. Spacing, particularly during communal activities such as lunch and poster sessions
 

The following mitigations will be implemented for all those attending a Focused Meeting in 2022. The Society staff will continue to consult with the organising committee in the lead up to the event and these mitigations will be kept under review and may be amended to ensure they remain appropriate as circumstances change.

Mitigation area

Vaccines

All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine against COVID-19 to attend a Focused Meeting in 2022. For many individuals, this will mean a primary course and booster vaccine, and with the booster administered at least 14 days before the meeting. However, if you do not meet this requirement or if you have any concerns around your vaccination status, please get in touch with us to discuss it further by emailing [email protected]

You can find further information on vaccines on the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 vaccine advice page, which includes a list of vaccines that have been approved for use against COVID-19.

Ventilation

Best efforts will be made to promote the circulation of fresh air into each Focused Meeting venue. This will include use of air conditioning, if available at the meeting venue, or opening of doors and windows during appropriate intervals in the event programme if possible.

Masks

FFP3 masks will be provided to all individuals attending a Focused Meeting in 2022 and everyone will be expected to wear them inside the meeting venue, except when eating or drinking and except for those that have medical exemptions.

Testing

Attendees will be provided with LFT devices and are expected to test themselves daily before entering the meeting venue.

Spacing

All attendees are reminded to adhere to social distancing where possible, particularly during communal activities such as lunch and poster sessions.

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels and you can follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #GenomesMicrobiome22

Programme

Type

Session

Session View
Lecture View
Speakers

The programme of invited speakers will be announced in due course.

Registration

Registration for Genomes of Microbiomes will open shortly.

COVID-19 Mitigations

As part of the preparations for returning to delivering in-person events, Microbiology Society Council members and members of the Virus Division have worked with Society staff to develop a framework of mitigations for the Society to apply to all of its events throughout 2022, in order to ensure that these are as COVID-secure as possible.

Implementation of this framework is a shared responsibility; shared between the Society, the venues we use for our events, and all potential attendees. Attendance at any of our events is a personal choice, but it will be incumbent on all of us to deliver these mitigations in order for us to keep all delegates and staff as safe as we can.

The framework covers the following five areas.

1. Vaccines
2. Ventilation
3. Masks
4. Testing
5. Spacing, particularly during communal activities such as lunch and poster sessions
 

The following mitigations will be implemented for all those attending a Focused Meeting in 2022. The Society staff will continue to consult with the organising committee in the lead up to the event and these mitigations will be kept under review and may be amended to ensure they remain appropriate as circumstances change.

Mitigation area

Vaccines

All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine against COVID-19 to attend a Focused Meeting in 2022. For many individuals, this will mean a primary course and booster vaccine, and with the booster administered at least 14 days before the meeting. However, if you do not meet this requirement or if you have any concerns around your vaccination status, please get in touch with us to discuss it further by emailing [email protected]

You can find further information on vaccines on the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 vaccine advice page, which includes a list of vaccines that have been approved for use against COVID-19.

Ventilation

Best efforts will be made to promote the circulation of fresh air into each Focused Meeting venue. This will include use of air conditioning, if available at the meeting venue, or opening of doors and windows during appropriate intervals in the event programme if possible.

Masks

FFP3 masks will be provided to all individuals attending a Focused Meeting in 2022 and everyone will be expected to wear them inside the meeting venue, except when eating or drinking and except for those that have medical exemptions.

Testing

Attendees will be provided with LFT devices and are expected to test themselves daily before entering the meeting venue.

Spacing

All attendees are reminded to adhere to social distancing where possible, particularly during communal activities such as lunch and poster sessions.

 

Abstracts & Posters

The abstract submission for the Genomes of Microbiomes meeting is now open. Abstracts are welcome in all areas of research in microbial genetics and genomics.

Submissions close on 6 June 2022.

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 on 27 June 2022.

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

Abstract guidance

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips 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 meeting – so think carefully about what needs to be included.

Venue, Accommodation & Travel

Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre

The meeting will take place in Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre. It is the University of Birmingham’s hotel, and is part of the University of Birmingham Group.

The University of Birmingham is a World Top 100 institution. The hotel allows the University to host major international conferences across a range of disciplines.

Opened in 2018, Edgbaston Park Hotel features a contemporary building housing 172 bedrooms, a restaurant, a bar and a variety of meeting facilities, all in a peaceful leafy spot on campus.

Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre
53 Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham
B15 2RS
United Kingdom
 

Venue Accessibility

You can find the venue’s accessibility statement here.

Directions

Rail: As you exit University Railway Station, turn left towards the University of Birmingham’s campus. Continue to follow the road (Westgate) down the hill without crossing over; you will walk past some car parks, which are now boarded up.

At the end of this road, turn left onto Ring Road North and walk up the hill, passing behind the Main Library and Teaching and Learning building.

At the top of the road, turn right onto Pritchatts Road and cross at the pedestrian crossing. Continue walking on Pritchatts Road until you see the entrance of the multi-storey North East Car Park. Turn left here and walk past the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH). Edgbaston Park Hotel will be on your left.

Car

Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6:

Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38 (M). Continue on the A48, then take the B4127. Turn left onto Wheeley’s Lane, then continue straight until you reach the hotel (on your right).

Approaching from the M42 north:

Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above.

Approaching from the south west:

Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW to join the A38.

Approaching from the M40:

From Junction 3A, head west on the M42. At Junction 3 take the A435 exit (Birmingham South).

Taxi

There are taxi ranks at New Street Station and throughout the city centre. If you hail a cab, you’ll need to pay the driver in cash. The Uber and Ola apps are also available in Birmingham.

The journey to the hotel from the city centre takes around 15 minutes, depending on traffic.

Air

Birmingham International Airport is just a 25-minute drive away. Alternatively, take a train from the airport’s own station and travel to University station, changing at Birmingham New Street.

Grants & Professional Development

Society Conference Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to attend this Focused Meeting.

Applications will open on 23 June 2022 and close on 7 July 2022. Further information is available on the Society Conference Grants page.

We are aware of ongoing uncertainty around event attendance as the pandemic continues. To find out more about our grant refund policies, please visit our Grant Rules page.

Members who are ineligible for the Society Conference Grant should apply to the Travel Grant scheme for support. Applications for events taking place between 1 July–30 September 2022 will open at the end of April and close on 1 June 2022.

Please contact [email protected] for any questions.