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Cryptosporidium is the most common parasitic cause of gastroenteritis in the UK and one of the most important contributors to the burden of childhood diarrhoea morbidity and mortality globally. It is an organism of interest to those working in clinical, industrial, veterinary and agricultural settings and recent outbreaks have highlighted the lack of awareness of current guidance around Cryptosporidium. This one-and-a-half-day meeting will bring these strands together and feature a varied programme of renowned invited speakers and offered paper presenters, showcasing the latest research.

The audience will have the opportunity to hear about advances in the field, share good practice, and establish collaborations with others, across science, industry, public and environmental health and clinical and veterinary practice.

This Focused Meeting is organised in collaboration with Swansea University Medical School and the England and Wales Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales Microbiology Swansea.

Organising committee:

  • Angharad Davies (Swansea Uiversity Medical School, UK)
  • Rachel Chalmers (Public Health Wales, UK)
  • Kristin Elwin (Public Health Wales, UK)

Key topics

  • Clinical cryptosporidiosis
  • Environmental health
  • Public health
  • Laboratory research
  • Veterinary aspects of Cryptosporidium

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.

Abstracts & Posters

Abstract submission for the What’s new in Cryptosporidium meeting is now open. Abstracts are welcome in all areas of Cryptosporidium research.

Submissions close on 27 March 2020.

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 the week commencing 4 May 2020.

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.

Destination & Venue

Swansea University Bay Campus

Swansea University is research-led university and the highest ranking in Wales. The meeting takes place at the School of Management building at Bay Campus. The newly built £450m campus, opening in 2018, has state-of-the-art facilitates and features an outstanding glass atrium and purpose-built modern meeting rooms and lecture theatre.

Swansea University Bay Campus
Fabian Way


Swansea University is a leading, sustainable university with ambitions to help drive forward sustainable development both in the UK and further afield.

It and is currently ranked 9th in the Guardian University Green League and tops the list of Universities in Wales.

You can read about Swansea University’s Sustainability Policy, Strategy and Objectives and more online.


You can view a map of Bay Campus featuring detailed directions and useful information to find the venue and navigate your way round the campus.

By road

Travelling west on the M4 leave the motorway at junction 42 and follow signs for Swansea on the A483 (Fabian Way). The Bay Campus is situated to the left-hand side of Fabian Way and the main entrance is controlled by traffic lights. There is a Visitors’ Car Park immediately to the left of the main entrance. There is a large Park and Ride facility located at Fabian Way, which is a short distance from the Bay Campus.

By bicycle

Swansea University is a cycle-friendly university with plenty of bike parking on campus.

By bus

Bus travel to and from Swansea University is reliable, affordable and sustainable. With regular services between campuses and routes covering the majority of the city, it's easy to get about.

Find out about routes, prices and tickets.

Social Programme

Drinks reception and poster viewing

17:10 – 19:10, Monday 6 July
School of Management, Swansea University Bay Campus

The drinks reception offers the chance to view the posters and network with colleagues while enjoying drinks and nibbles.

Meeting dinner

19:30 – 21:30, Monday 6 July

The Core, Swansea University Bay Campus
Following the drinks reception, delegates are invited to enjoy a three-course meal in the main dining space at the Bay Campus.

Grants & Professional Development

Society Conference Grants are available to support eligible members wishing to present at this Focused Meeting. Support is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance. Further information about these grants and where to apply will be advertised shortly.

If you are a member who is not eligible for a Society Conference Grant, please apply via the Travel Grant scheme.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Please contact exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org to enquire about exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.