Annual Conference

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10 May 2016 article

MT May 2016 conferences

Annual Conference


Thank you to all of our delegates, invited speakers and exhibitors who helped make our Annual Conference one of the Society’s best yet. During March, we welcomed over 1,400 of you to the ACC in Liverpool to enjoy four days of science and socialising, which included our super talented band The Radicals, who brought the party atmosphere and encouraged some movers and shakers to hit the dance floor!

Delegates attended the Conference from all over the globe to hear breakthrough research, take part in panels and debates, and to network and build connections. Once again our 2016 Conference featured a packed programme of 29 sessions, over 300 talks and 400 posters, all covering a range of microbiology, and this year we included additional lunchtime and evening events as part of the conference experience.

Particular highlights included our Prize Lectures, our Hot Topic Lecture on Zika virus, and our social programme.

As in previous years, research from our Conference received huge attention from the press, with researchers appearing in newspapers, on radio stations and on television channels across the globe.

Thank you to all those who gave us feedback; as always, we value your comments.


Every year we provide financial support for microbiology events held by other organisations. Below are some of the events we have sponsored so far this year. The next deadline for 2016 event applications will be 17 June 2016.

11th Recently Independent Virology Researcher’s Meeting, 2016 (RIVR 2016)

4–5 January


21st Glasgow Virology Workshop (GVW)

30 January


Legionella pneumophila (1976 to 2016) – From Whole Guinea Pigs to Whole Genome Sequencing: Do We Understand it Any Better After 40 Years?

31 March


The 7th European Spores Conference

18–20 April


14th UK Meeting on the Biology and Pathology of Hepatitis C virus

20–22 May


Protistology-UK Spring Meeting 2016

6–8 June


Young Microbiologists Symposium on Microbe Signalling, Organisation and Pathogenesis

29–30 June


British Yeast Group

29 June–1 July


Within Host RNA Virus Persistence: Mechanisms and Consequences

24–26 August

St Andrews

8th Meeting of the European Society for Chlamydia Research

6–9 September


Structural Aspects of Infectious Disease



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The countdown has begun to Conference 2017 and in preparation our Divisions have already started to create our next programme. Session titles have now been confirmed and speakers are being identified to ensure that once again our Annual Conference provides delegates access to hot topics, new developments and leading research.

Main symposia:

  • Anaerobes in infection
  • Aquatic microbiology
  • Cell biology of pathogen entry into host cells
  • Circadian and cell rhythms
  • Endemic mycoses
  • Epigenetic and non-coding RNAs in eukaryotes
  • Geomicrobiology
  • Heterogeneity and polymicrobial interactions in biofilms
  • Just passing through – virus infections of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Macromolecular machines
  • Microbial cell surfaces
  • Microbial genomics: whole population to single cell
  • Microbial mechanisms of plant pathology
  • Protistology UK Annual Meeting
  • Regulation of RNA expression during virus infection
  • Synthetic and systems biology applications in microbiology

Virus workshops:

  • Antivirals and vaccines
  • Clinical virology
  • Evolution and virus populations
  • Gene expression and replication
  • Innate immunity
  • Pathogenesis
  • Plant virology

Prokaryotic forums:

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

Add the date to your diary to not miss out next year. Sign up to our newsletter to ensure you are receiving regular updates about the Conference and other Society news, and visit the Events pages for further information.


Our programme of events is developed and driven from proposals submitted by our members. In addition to the Focused Meeting proposals, we also welcome proposals for Conference sessions to take place at our annual meeting and applications for grants to support speaker expenses at external events. Further information can be found online, including terms and conditions and forms.

The next key deadlines are below:

  • Proposals for Focused Meetings 2017 – 17 June 2016
  • Society-Supported Conference Grants 2016/17 – 17 June 2016
  • Proposals for Annual Conference 2017 – 16 December 2016

Further information can be found in our events section online.

Image: Delegates at Annual Conference 2016. Ian Atherton. Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Thinkstock..