ECM Forum Online 2021: Presenting and networking online

16 March 2021

ECM Forum LinkedIn group

Man taking a photo of a poster

The Early Career Microbiologist Forum will host a LinkedIn event dedicated to supporting ECM Forum members who plan to present their work during online conferences and events.

This event will provide an opportunity for Forum members to gain tips and ask questions on how to present effectively without face-to-face interactions. The event will also create a space to interact with others and practice your virtual networking skills.

Organising committee:

  • Alison Macfadyen, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Andrew Bosworth, Public Health England, UK
  • Conor Feehily, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ireland
  • Gerard Sheehan, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
  • Winnie Lee, University of Bristol, UK

You can follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #ECMOnline21


The full programme for ECM Forum online will be made available shortly.

Tuesday 16 March


10:00 – 11:30

Chair – Conor Feehily



Chair – Alison Macfadyen

Making the Most of Presenting at Virtual Conferences

  • Tips from the Experts: Giving a Talk when you can’t see your audience
    Edze Westra, University of Exeter, UK
  • Preparing a poster: Being clear and concise
    Dr Dany Beste, University of Surrey, UK


11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 12:45

Chair – Alison Macfadyen



Making the Most of Presenting at Virtual Conferences

  • Practice for Success: Prepare for the challenges of presenting virtually
  • Stand out from the crowd and Attracting viewers
  • Managing the upsides and downsides of virtual conferences

12:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30


Chair – Winnie Lee

Networking in the Virtual Era

  • Features of the Annual Conference Online 2021 Conference App to aid Networking
  • How to approach people


14:30 – 15:00

Zoom networking

  • A Zoom event to practise chatting with new people and to make new acquaintances



How to take part

The ECM Forum LinkedIn group enables early career Microbiology Society members to expand their professional networks and hear about current opportunities and advice.

All ECM Forum members are invited to request to join the ECM LinkedIn group to take part in ECM Forum Online.

If you’re not yet part of the ECM Forum please visit the ‘How do I sign up and join the ECM Forum?’ page.

During the event

Asking questions and offering comments is strongly encouraged. All delegates are welcome to interact with a post by clicking on the ‘Comment’ icon to ask your question or start a discussion.

Finally, why not expand your personal LinkedIn network by adding other ECM Forum delegates?