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The discipline of microbiology at Trinity College Dublin celebrates its centenary in 2019 and this meeting will mark the occasion by focusing attention on the significant contributions that have been made by the College to microbial sciences. The meeting will be a celebration of the strength of microbiology today and the unifying scientific theme of the meeting will be Microbes in Medicine.

The meeting will bring together scientists and medical practitioners with an interest in pathogenic mechanisms and in the use of microbes and microbial products to treat and prevent diseases. Highlights of the meeting will include sessions on recent advances in the application of genomics to study antibiotic resistance and virulence in pathogens, persister cells, gene regulation in pathogens and microbial cells surfaces. The importance of the human microbiota and how it differs between healthy and diseased states will also be explored.

This Focused Meeting will take place from 24-25 October 2019 at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Organising committee:

  • Joan Geoghegan (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Charles Dorman (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

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The invited speakers who will present their work and research at this meeting are:

  • Jay Hinton (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Jodi Lindsay (St George’s University of London, UK)
  • Joe Keane (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Lindsay Hall (Quadram Institute, UK)
  • Liz Sockett (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Kevin Devine (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Carsten Kroeger (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Sophie Helaine (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Paul O'Toole (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • Ursula Bond (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Stephen Gordon (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Gordon Dougan (University of Cambridge, UK)
Grants and 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. 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.

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 meeting. 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?
  • Evidence of your expertise in this subject area.

All applications will be reviewed by the organising committee 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 email profdev@microbiologysociety.org.

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.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

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