Annual Conference

Issue: Microbial Tools

15 May 2018 article


Annual Conference 2018

10–13 April, ICC, Birmingham, UK 

This April we welcomed over 1,600 of you to the ICC in Birmingham to once again enjoy some amazing science and unlimited socialising opportunities over the course of four days. 



Delegates attended our Conference from all over the globe to hear breakthrough research, take part in debates, and to network and build new connections. Our 2018 Conference programme included:


•     28 scientific sessions 
•     talks from over 130 invited speakers
•     over 200 offered talks 
•     over 450 posters
•     three sessions dedicated to developing essential skills:

  • Funders Round Table
  • Exploring data tools and resources at EMBL-EBI
  • Engaging in science policy

•     two Hot Topics: 

  • Kevin O-Connor Plastic Waste is a global challange. Are plastics the answer?
  • Derek Smith and Richard Pebody Déjà Flu: Can science help the NHS cope with the annual burden of respiratory infections?

•     and awarded three poster prizes:    

  • Microbiology Society journals ‘most promising science’
  • Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Poster Prize
  • People’s choice poster prize

To see for yourself what we got up to at Conference, why not check out our YouTube video.

Annual Conference 2019

8–11 April 2019, Belfast Waterfront

Preparation is underway for Annual Conference 2019, and the programme is coming along nicely – as always, considerations have been made to complement and cover the breadth of microbiology research developments. Session topics have now been confirmed, and key speakers are being identified to ensure that, again, our Conference provides delegates access to hot topics and leading researchers. Keep an eye on social media and our website for abstract opening dates and updates on our programme throughout the year.


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Applications now welcome – Society-Supported Conference Grants!

The Microbiology Society is pleased to announce that 10 meetings have been already awarded funding this year. The supported conferences include national and international events that are expected to attract about 2,000 delegates. 

Event Name



XVth Archaeal UK Workshop at Lancaster University

11–12 January 2018

Lancaster, UK

23rd Glasgow Virology Workshop (GVW)

10 February 2018

Glasgow, UK

ECFG14 – The 14th European Conference on Fungal Genetics

25–28 February 2018

Haifa, Israel

Microbial Stress: From Systems to Molecules and Back

23–25 April 2018

Cork, Ireland

16th UK Hepacivirus and Flavivirus meeting

18–20 May 2018

Cumbria, UK

Biofilms 8

27–29 May 2018

Aarhus, Denmark

22nd Meeting of the International Society of Evolutionary Protistology

28 May – 1 June 2018

Paphos, Cyprus

Young Microbiologists Symposium 2018

27–28 August 2018

Belfast, UK

MedVetPATHOGENS 2018 – 5th Prato Conference on Animal Bacterial Pathogenesis

8–11 October 2018

Prato, Italy

25th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses

8–11 October 2018

Dublin, Ireland

Applications are now invited for a second round of submissions, and the next closing date is 11 June 2018. Further information and application guidelines can be found here.

Images: The first, thumbnail image and first image are photos taken at Annual Conference 2018. Ian Atherton. The third image shows Belfast, the location of Annual Conference 2019. surangaw/Thinkstock.