• Microbiology Images: Tips for Photography

    May 24, 2019

    As part of the celebrations for our 75th anniversary, we’re inviting the microbiology community to submit images related to the microbiological world to help highlight how microbiology answers big questions by giving us knowledge of very small things. We welcome images of your science, of nature, of people, places and events that will inspire, inform and demonstrate how the study of microbes helps us to understand our world and our place within it. Photography can be a little daunting if you’ve never done much more than snap memory shots with your phone or compact camera, so we asked Matt Bassett, Content & Media Officer at the Microbiology Society to share his thoughts, hints and tips for photography.

  • Using insect larvae to study disease

    May 22, 2019

    Researchers from Maynooth University have been using larvae as a model to examine the progress of Staphylococcus aureus infection. Here, PhD student Gerard Sheehan discusses his research which has recently been published in the journal Microbiology.

  • Q&A with Professor Janet Quinn, member of the organising committee for British Yeast Group: Discovery to Impact

    May 20, 2019

    On 26–28 June 2019, the Microbiology Society will be hosting the British Yeast Group Focused Meeting: Discovery to Impact at the County Hotel, Newcastle, UK. We spoke with one of the meeting organisers, Professor Janet Quinn, about what she is looking forward to at the meeting and why ‘Discovery to Impact’ is such an interesting topic.

  • Microbe Talk: Thinking Small

    May 17, 2019

    Sometimes the big picture can be too big. Microbes are everywhere, and sometimes looking at the small things can answer questions you weren’t expecting to ask.

  • Bacterial World Exhibition at the Oxford Museum of Natural History

    May 16, 2019

    Last week, a group of Microbiology Society staff visited the Bacterial World exhibition at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and were lucky to be accompanied by our President, Judith Armitage, who was lead research consultant for the exhibition.

  • New microbes discovered in a Patagonian mara, tobacco fields and hospitalized patients

    May 14, 2019

    Each month, the Microbiology Society publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are some of the new species that have been discovered and the places they’ve been found.

  • Sir William Dunn Postdoc Symposium: presentation prize winners

    May 8, 2019

    This year, the Microbiology Society’s journals will be sponsoring oral and poster prizes at conferences and meetings around the world. We will be getting to know a little more about the winners and their research.

  • JMM Editor's Choice: Developing vaccines against Staphylococcus epidermidis

    May 7, 2019

    The Journal of Medical Microbiology (JMM) is a journal published by the Microbiology Society, focused on providing a comprehensive coverage of medical, dental and veterinary microbiology and infectious diseases, including bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. This month, ​​​​Dr Kim Hardie has selected an outstanding paper from the May issue to highlight as Editor's Choice. The paper, titled 'Synthesis of conjugated PIA-rSesC and immunological evaluation against biofilm-forming Staphylococcus epidermidis' discusses strategies researchers are using to develop a conjugate vaccine against S. epidermidis.

  • Justine Rudkin: Irish Division ECM Representative

    May 3, 2019

    The second in our series of Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum Division Representatives spotlights focuses on Justine Rudkin, from the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford, as she tells us about her role and experience so far as the ECM Forum Irish Division Representative.

  • Annual Conference 2019: The Road to Belfast

    May 1, 2019

    When I first saw the 2019 Annual Conference in Belfast advertised, I knew that I wanted to attend. I had a poster and flash talk at the Microbiology Society Conference in Edinburgh in 2017 but didn’t make it to Birmingham in 2018. As I am now in the final year of my PhD (and a keen traveller that hadn’t yet visited Northern Ireland), I really wanted to present my work in Belfast. I’ve already spent almost all of my PhD travel budget, so I applied for two talks – one on my PhD research, on plastic biodegradation, and one on the results of a three month mini-project modelling bacteria in biofilms that I did as part of my PhD’s 'training year' – hoping that I’d get one of them and be in a better position to apply for a Travel Grant.