Society events

Issue: The Microbiome

09 May 2017 article

Annual Conference 2017

3–6 April 2017, EICC, Edinburgh, UK

At the start of April, we were delighted to welcome over 1,800 of you to the EICC in Edinburgh to once again enjoy some amazing science and socialising opportunities over the course of four days.

Delegates attended our Conference from all over the globe to hear breakthrough research, and to network and build new connections. Our 2017 Conference programme included:

  • 29 scientific sessions
  • over 250 offered talks 
  • over 600 posters
  • talks from over 200 invited speakers

And for the first time:

  • We ran two sessions dedicated to professional development.
  • We provided a fun platform over the lunch period with flash poster presentations.
  • We awarded four poster prizes, including an Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum prize, a people’s choice award, prizes from our journal Editors, and a prize selected by principal investigators. 

To see for yourself what we got up to at Conference, why not check out our YouTube channel to view our videos from the event and see if you can spot someone you know!

Annual Conference 2018

10–13 April 2018, ICC Birmingham


Preparations are underway for Annual Conference 2018 and the programme is looking spectacular. Session topics have now been confirmed and key speakers are being identified to ensure that once again our Conference provide delegates access to hot topics, new developments and leading researchers. Keep your eyes peeled for abstract opening and updates on our website later this year. 

Main symposia*:

  • Biological insights from studying new eukaryotic models
  • CLIMB workshop (Genome bioinformatics)
  • Cool tools for imaging
  • DNA repair to cover control of mutation leading to evolution, recombination, MutS/MutL, phase variation and radioactive tolerant organisms
  • Drivers and consequences of virus diversity
  • E. coli to cover environmental isolates, UTI, cell biology and strains from animals and plants
  • Immunity session and immune models
  • Microbial diversity: Community interactions in live hosts to cover microbiome, signalling
  • Microbial diversity: Community interactions in the environment
  • Microbial mayhem – breaking bad to cover switch of commensal to pathogen including in immunocompromised host
  • Microbial metal homeostasis: impacts on pathogenicity
  • Synthetic ecology: from understanding ecological interactions to designing functional microbial communities
  • The games microbes play
  • The magic of mushrooms in nature and in industry
  • Viruses and translation
  • Zoonosis to cover food security and companion animals

Virus workshops:

  • Clinical Virology
  • DNA Viruses
  • Negative Strand RNA Viruses
  • Phylogeny
  • Plant Viruses
  • Retroviruses

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic forums: 

  • Environmental and Applied Microbiology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Microbial Infection 
  • Microbial Physiology, Metabolism and Molecular

*Session titles to be confirmed

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Society-Supported Conferences

The Microbiology Society is pleased to announce that nine meetings have been awarded funding in the first round of Society-Supported Conference Grants. The supported conferences include national and international events that are expected to attract over 1,000 delegates. 

Seventh Advanced Lecture Course on Human Fungal Pathogens: Molecular Mechanisms of Host–Pathogen Interactions and Virulence
13–19 May 2017, La Colle sur Loup, France

15th UK Meeting on the Biology and Pathology of hepatitis C virus
19–21 May 2017, Cumbria, UK

24th International HIV Dynamics and Evolution Workshop
23–26 May 2017, Isle of Skye, UK

London Microbiome Meeting
7 June 2017, London, UK

The Annual Irish Fungal Society Conference 2017
15–16 June 2017, Limerick, Ireland

Young Microbiologists’ Conference (YMC) 2017 Beyond Petri dishes: Capacity Building for Applied Research
27–28 June 2017, Ilishan Remo, Nigeria

EMBO Conference – Anaerobic protists: Integrating parasitology with mucosal microbiota and immunology
31 Aug–3 Sep 2017, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The 2nd International Symposium on Stress-Associated RNA Granules in Human Disease and Viral Infection
10–12 Sep 2017, Heidelberg, Germany

Staphylococcus Great Britain and Ireland 2017
14–15 Sep 2017, Swansea, UK

Call for Round 2 applications 

Round 2 of our Society-Supported Conference Grant application is now open! The next closing date is Monday 12 June 2017. If you are organising a conference in any field of microbiology and meet the eligibility requirements, don’t miss out on the opportunity to receive up to £2,000 to cover invited speakers’ costs.

Further information and application guidelines can be found on the Microbiology Society’s website.

Focused Meetings 2017

Focused Meetings are a central part of the Microbiology Society’s events programme, with each meeting on a specific microbiological theme. They offer the opportunity of a smaller scale meeting, allowing for informal networking and dedicated time on one subject.

Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security

21–23 June 2017 – Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK

The meeting will run over three days, with the All Island Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop on day one, followed by the conference on days two and three. 

Key workshop topics:

  • Industrial perspectives on phosphorus recycling
  • Policy, research and future directions for phosphorus sustainability
  • Regulatory perspectives on phosphorus management

Key conference topics:

  • Harnessing microbial processes within the agri-food sector
  • Nutrients in the environment with a focus on agricultural systems
  • Microbial ecosystems and nutrient cycling

Abstracts have closed for this meeting but registration is open. 

Find out more online.

International Meeting 2017: ISSY33 – Exploring and Engineering Yeasts for Industrial Application

25–29 June 2017 – University College Cork, Ireland

Four days of science, fascinating speakers, networking, posters and the magical city of Cork.

Key topics:

  • Analysing and engineering regulatory networks in yeast
  • Cell factory product pitches
  • Engineering novel (to yeast) product pathways
  • Evolutionary approaches for yeast strain improvement
  • Exploration of yeast biodiversity for industrially relevant traits
  • Hybrid genomes of industrial yeasts: analysis and engineering
  • Metabolomics and proteomics of industrial yeasts     
  • New synthetic pathways in yeast
  • New tools for yeast genome engineering

Registration is open. 

Find out more online.

Antimicrobial Resistance and One Health

29–30 August 2017 – Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Key topics:

  • Antimicrobial resistance in animals
  • Antimicrobial resistance evolution in science and politics
  • Antimicrobial resistance in human health
  • Antimicrobial resistance in the environment

Abstract submission and registration is open. 

Find out more online.

16th International Conference on Pseudomonas

5–9 September 2017 – St George’s Hall, Liverpool, UK

Key topics include:

  • Antibiotics and biofilms
  • Ecology, evolution and environment
  • Genomics
  • Infections and host–pathogen interactions
  • Mechanisms: signalling, systems and synthetic

Abstract submission and registration is open. 

Find out more online.

2nd International Meeting on Arboviruses and their Vectors (IMAV)

7–8 September 2017 – University of Glasgow, UK

The meeting will run over two days. The key topics will be:

  • Antivirals/vaccines
  • Emergence from A to Zika
  • Vector biology & ecology
  • Virus discovery
  • Virus–host interactions and evolution

Abstract submission and registration is open. 

Find out more online.

British Yeast Group (BYG) – The Versatility of Yeasts

11–13 September 2017 – University of Kent, UK

The key topics will be:

  • Chromosome structure and function
  • Molecular biology of pathogenic yeasts
  • Protein folding and quality control
  • Synthetic and evolutionary genomics
  • The Cytoskeleton
  • Yeast metabolism

Abstract submission and registration is open. 

Find out more online.

Call for 2018 Focused Meeting proposals

All Microbiology Society Focused Meetings are the result of accepted proposals from our members, and it is our members who provide the expertise in the wide range of fields that shape the Focused Meetings series. We deeply value the relationships we have and the partnerships we make when working together with our members to deliver such fantastic events. 

We encourage our members to submit their ideas and proposals for our Focused Meetings series in 2018 and applications are now open. It is a great opportunity to put your name to a meeting and work alongside the Microbiology Society to turn your vision into reality. 

The deadline for 2018 applications is 12 June 2017. All forms will be reviewed by our Scientific Conferences Committee, who oversee our scientific programme. 

Please send your 2018 proposals to [email protected] by the deadline. 

The application form and the terms and conditions can be found on the Microbiology Society website.