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Newsletter: July 2019

The Microbiology Society’s Annual Conference 2020 will host a dedicated day of Fleming lectures to celebrate our 75th anniversary. We are launching a call for abstracts from final year PhD students to take part in a series of five-minute thesis slots. The showcase has been designed for the best early career microbiologists to present their work at this prestigious scientific event, joining the world-renowned scientists speaking and attending.

Submissions should include:

  • A graphical abstract. Please send us an exciting image that conveys the story of your work.
  • The three key findings of your PhD in single sentence bullet points.

The submission deadline is 16 September 2019. More information is available on the event page.

Professor Matt Hutchings

Professor Matt Hutchings wins 2019 Microbiology Outreach Prize

The 2019 Microbiology Outreach Prize has been awarded to Professor Matt Hutchings, University of East Anglia, for his project Antibiotic Hunters and the way that it has helped to educate the public about microbiology, antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance. Learn more on the website.

Young Microbiologist of the Year competition 2019

Young Microbiologist of the Year competition 2019: meet the finalists

The Microbiology Society is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2019 Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year competition, which takes place during our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September.

The competition, which is closely fought every year, gives early career microbiologists the chance to go head-to-head to be recognised as the best communicator of the year.

Meet the finalists in this news story.

Upcoming Focused Meetings

Upcoming Focused Meetings

IMAV 2019: International Meeting on Arboviruses and their Vectors
Early bird registration for IMAV 2019 is closing on 25 August.

Microbes in Medicine: A Century of Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin
If you would like to present your work at this meeting, submit your abstract before 22 August.

Antimicrobial drug discovery from traditional and historical medicine
The abstract submission deadline is fast approaching – 5 August.
Bridging the clinical research gap

Bridging the clinical-research gap: a collaborative workshop with the Healthcare Infection Society

Join this workshop which will bring academic and clinical microbiologists together to find ways to collaborate meaningfully, with the aim of improving the translation of research into advances in infection prevention and control.

There will be ample opportunity for members of both societies to network and identify areas of interest for potential collaborations, and the opportunity to speak to funders to facilitate those collaborations.

FIS 2019

After FEMS2019, what next?

Thank you to everyone that attended our symposium on host–pathogen interactions: chronic and persistent infections at FEMS2019. We had a great turn out with lots of great discussion and engagement.

If you work in infectious diseases or clinical microbiology, don’t forget that the Society will be hosting FIS 2019 11–14 November in Edinburgh, UK. Over four days you will see a programme packed with sessions covering the most important issues facing infectious disease control, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Submit your abstract to FIS by 19 August.


20th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO 2019)


The Microbiology Society are proud to be an official supporter of CHRO 2019 and are offering a discount to members who wish to attend the event.

For more information, head over to our benefit highlights page. To access this and other great benefits, find out more about becoming a member.

Lister prize fellowships

2020 applications for Lister Prize Fellowships are now open


The Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, which is a registered charity established to support biomedical and related research, now invites applications from outstanding researchers for its 2020 Research Prizes.

The deadline to apply for the Research Prizes, valued at £250,000 each, is 27 September.

Bacteriophage collection

A world in which the science of microbiology provides maximum benefit to society.

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