Microbiology Society and Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Diseases Centre Roadshow 2022 – Leicester

10 May - College Court Conference Centre and Hotel, Leicester, 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 first President’s Roadshow of 2022, a joint event with Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Diseases Centre (LeMID), to be held on 10 May in Leicester, to be hosted by Professor Andrea Cooper (University of Leicester, UK) and Professor Julie Morrissey (LeMID, UK).

President Professor Gurdyal S. Besra will provide insights into his journey as a TB researcher. Attendees will have an opportunity to join a discussion with the President, as well as find out more about the wide range of opportunities at the Society, and network with other local microbiologists.

The event will take place on Tuesday 10 May at College Court Conference Centre and Hotel in Leicester, UK.

During the event, attendees will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet the President, Professor Gurdyal S. Besra FMedSci FRS.
  • Take part in a discussion about career paths in microbiology.
  • Network with local like-minded people.
  • Find out why microbiology and being part of the Microbiology Society matters.
  • Learn how to get more involved with the Society and find out more about the wide range of opportunities at the Society to advance your career, build your networks, raise your profile and communicate your work.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in microbiology or wanting to find out more about the Microbiology Society, based in Leicester, UK.

All Roadshow events are free to attend. You will need to register in advance, so numbers can be limited to allow for better networking and engagement during the event and COVID-19 safety measures.  

Early registration is advised as places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Membership Team at [email protected].



*Please note the programme is subject to change. 

09:30–10:00 Tea and coffee

Opening welcome and overview (Professor Andrea Cooper, University of Leicester, UK and Professor Julie Morrissey, LeMID, UK)


My Academic Journey as a TB Researcher (Microbiology Society President, Professor Gurdyal S. Besra)

10.30–10.40 Q&A and discussion

Publish for the Community (Dr Kim Hardie, University of Nottingham, UK, Journal of Medical Microbiology Senior Editor)


Grants and benefits for Early Career Researches at the Microbiology Society (Dr Jack Ferguson, University of Birmingham, UK, Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Executive Committee Member)


Get more involved with our antimicrobial resistance project (Koyel Basu, Policy and Engagement Officer, Microbiology Society, UK)


Q&A and discussion 


Diagnostic microbiology: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic (Dr Chris Holmes, University of Leicester, UK)

11:40– 12:15

Flash presentations:


Metabolic regulome of Tuberculosis (Dr Mrinal Das, University of Leicester, UK)


Assessing the efficacy of bacteriophage therapy to reduce Salmonella colonisation in broiler chickens (Dr Anisha Thanki, University of Leicester, UK)


Modelling phase variation and stochastic events in bacterial populations (Jonathan Holmes, University of Leicester, UK)


Nitric oxide induces Resuscitation promoting factor (Rpf)-dependency in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Brindha Gap-Gaupool, University of Leicester, UK)


The role of air pollution and bacteria in Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (Lillie Purser, University of Leicester, UK)

12:15 Networking and lunch




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COVID-19 Mitigations

COVID-19 Mitigations

The Microbiology Society has planned a set of mitigations against COVID-19 at our in-person events. Council members and members of the Virus Division, including Paul Kellam (former Council Member), Gill Elliott (Council member), Stephen Griffin (former Chair of Virus Division), Jo Parish (Chair of Virus Division), Matthew Reeves (Chair Elect of Virus Division) and Elly Gaunt (Virus Division member), 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 our delegates, members, 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 Roadshow events. In the run up to the Roadshow, these mitigations have been reviewed by the Society’s Council to ensure they remain appropriate.

Mitigation area



All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated to attend this event. For many individuals, this will mean a primary course and booster vaccine, and with the booster administered at least 14 days before the event. By attending the event, you confirm that you are fully vaccinated, or have a valid exemption from the Society’s Conferences team and approved by the General Secretary.


Real-time monitoring of CO2 levels will take place throughout the venue, with regular review and necessary rapid action.


FFP3 masks will be provided to all individuals on arrival at the event, and everyone will be expected to wear them inside the venue, except when eating or drinking, at which time attendees are reminded to socially distance.

We are mindful that some delegates have legitimate reasons for not wearing a mask or are exempt. In recognition of exemptions which may or may not be evident, no-one will be challenged regarding mask wearing within the venue. 


It is the responsibility of the attendee to secure a LFT device and test themself before their arrival at the event. If you require additional LFT devices, please ask at the registration desk.

If you test positive before the event, please do not come to the venue.


All attendees are reminded of social distancing, particularly during communal activities such as lunch.



Oak Room
College Court Conference Centre
Knighton Road

Please find more information and directions to College Court below.

Directions to College Court