Microbiology Society Roadshow 2020 - Birmingham (Postponed)

17 Jun - Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET , UK



As part of our commitment to developing, expanding and strengthening the vast networks and opportunities available to our members and local communities, the Microbiology Society is pleased to announce the latest event led by our President, Professor Judith Armitage as she continues her journey around the UK and Ireland.

The event will take place on Wednesday 17 June 2020, at Aston University, in the Great Hall, from 15:00–17:30.

By attending this event, you will have a unique opportunity to:

  • Meet the President, Professor Judith Armitage.
  • Engage in interactive topical related discussions.
  • Network with local like-minded individuals.
  • Find out why microbiology and being part of the Microbiology Society matters.
  • Learn how you can get more involved in Society activities, including our 75th Anniversary in 2020.
  • Meet the Microbiology Society team.

Help us celebrate our 75th anniversary

To celebrate our 75th anniversary we will be toasting the anniversary year with a celebratory cake and light refreshments.

ALL roadshow events are FREE to anyone who would like to attend. Early registration is recommended as places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who should attend?

Anyone working in or with an interest in microbiology and wanting to find out more about the Microbiology Society.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Member Engagement Team at getinvolved@microbiologysociety.org or call +44 (0) 203 034 4870.



14:30 – 15:00 Break and registration for Roadshow
15:00 – 15:05 Welcome and introduction

Dr Jonathan Cox, Aston University
15:05 – 15:10 An insight into the Microbiology Society

Peter Cotgreave, Microbiology Society
15:10 – 15:35 How did I get here? The view from the other side of the microscope

Professor Judith Armitage, Microbiology Society
15:35 – 15:55 Why the Microbiology Society matters to me

Dr Jonathan Cox, Aston University
15:55 – 16:00 Round up
16:00 – 17:30

Networking session

Opportunity to talk in more depth with local like-minded people, talk about how you can get more involved with the Society and ask the President and other speakers any questions you might have.

Includes celebration of the Microbiology Society’s 75th anniversary.

17:30 End




Professor Judith Armitage

Professor Judith Armitage FRS, is from the University of Oxford and is currently President of the Microbiology Society. Her Presidency runs for three years and began on 1 January 2019. Judy joined the Society as a PhD student in the early 1970s. She is a bacterial physiologist using interdisciplinary approaches to study bacterial behaviour. She was an editor of the Journal of Bacteriology for 10 years and is currently one of the two Editors in Chief of Current Opinions in Microbiology. She is a member of EMBO, a Fellow of the American Society of Microbiology and the Royal Society of Biology. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013.

Dr Jonathan Cox

Dr Jonathan Cox is a Lecturer in Microbiology and leads the Mycobacterial Research Group at Aston University. They are a multidisciplinary team with a diverse skill-set, spanning microbiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, structural biology and drug discovery. Their main focus is to study the physiology of various pathogenic mycobacteria (such as Mycobacterium abscessus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis) and to discover new ways to treat infections. By using the physiology to inform antibiotic drug discovery, they develop new treatment regimens that are able to overcome factors contributing to antibiotic resistance in these highly antibiotic-tolerant bacteria. Jonathan joined the Microbiology Society as a PhD student and has been a regular attendee of the annual meetings for many years. He is a member of the UK Acid Fast Club, a Fellow if the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).



Registration is now open. Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Please contact us at getinvolved@microbiologysociety.org.

Upon registration you should receive a confirmation email. Please contact the Member Engagement Team if you have not received confirmation within 24 hours of registering.



Great Hall
Aston University
B4 7ET