Focused Meeting proposals

Focused Meetings concentrate on one specific area of microbiology and incorporate presentations from leading scientists as well as opportunities for those new to the field to present their research. Applications to organise a Focused Meeting are invited from any field of microbiology.

Focused Meetings:

  • organisers are entitled to full secretariat support services
  • can be located in the UK or internationally where there is an existing community
  • can be held jointly with another organisation

The Scientific Conferences Committee (SCC) will have final decision making on all proposals. Up and coming deadlines and notification dates are as follows:

2019 events

Deadline: 11 June 2018
Notification date: 13 August 2018

2020 events

Deadline: 10 June 2019
Notification date: 12 August 2019

2021 events

Deadline: 8 June 2020
Notification date: 10 August 2020


Applications are invited from current members of the Society. To become a member please see the membership section of our website.

Terms and conditions

  • The decision of the award panel is final
  • Invited speakers must present for 30 minutes
  • Funding for invited speaker costs will only be made up to the current publicised Society limits
    • Geographic limits per half day of science:
      • a maximum of one speaker from the Rest of the World (ROW)
      • a maximum of one speaker from mainland Europe
      • a minimum of one speaker from the UK and Ireland
    • Travel expense allowances including flights, ground travel and in-travel subsistence:
      • UK and Ireland: up to a maximum of £150.00 in total
      • Mainland Europe: up to a maximum of £250.00 in total
      • USA/Canada up to a maximum of £900.00 in total
      • ROW: up to a maximum of £1,200.00 in total
    • Accommodation and registration.




    0.5 and 1 day sessions

    up to 2 days

    up to 2 nights

    1.5 and 2 day sessions

    up to 3 days

    up to 3 nights

    2.5 and 3 day sessions

    up to 4 days

    up to 4 nights

    Application process

    • Focused Meeting guidelines can be downloaded below:
    Focused Meetings guidelines  
    • Applications must be made on the Focused Meetings proposal form and submitted by the published deadlines.
    Focused Meeting Proposal Form  
    • Applicants should check the list of recently-covered topics prior to submission.
      Focused Meetings topics 2014-2018  
    • Applications are reviewed by the members of Scientific Conferences Committee
    • Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome of their application within two months of the closing date

    Administration process

    Successful applications should note:

    • The responsibility for the scientific content, including the identification of invited speakers, lies with the organisers, with assistance from the appointed Division representative
    • Full secretarial support is provided by the Society’s Conferences team
    • The organisers are expected to work closely with the Society’s Conference team, including possible attendance at planning meetings and regular updates to relevant Division Chairs
    • No confirmation of speakers should be undertaken before written confirmation of the acceptance of a proposal is received from the Society

    Further questions on submitting a Focused Meetings proposal should be addressed to the Society’s Conference Office:

    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7685 2689

    Please use the Society Focused Meetings proposal form to submit your proposal.