Micro-organisms play a pivotal role in agriculture, from cycling nutrients in soils to the treatment and disposal of wastes arising from the agri-food industry. This conference will focus on the diverse roles played by micro-organisms across this sector, from increasing farming efficiency to safe environmental management, and the production of value added products from agri-food and bio-based waste streams. An understanding of new approaches and biotechnological possibilities will improve our ability to harness microbial processes to provide solutions for more efficient and sustainable agri-food systems with better environmental stewardship. This meeting will thus be of interest to academics, industry and government institutions.
Allied to the conference will be a one-day workshop on Irish phosphorus sustainability aimed at bringing together regulators, researchers and industry to discuss needed solutions for agricultural sustainability and food security especially in the context of phosphorus (P) management. Through keynotes, panel discussions, and stakeholder/researcher breakout groups we will: a) discuss scenarios for effective P management; b) increase awareness of existing P recycling technologies and envision their implementation within the agri-food and waste treatment sector; and c) develop a market understanding for technological/management gaps requiring further research.
This Focused Meeting will take place on 21–23 June 2017 at the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK.
Organising committee: John McGrath, Vincent O'Flaherty, Katrina Macintosh, Jason Chin and John Quinn.
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. Delegates have the option to attend the workshop and conference either in their entirety, or as standalone events.
For any inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates on Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security can be found using the hashtag: #AgriFoodSec17
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Abstract submission is now open.
The submission deadline is Friday 5 May 2017.
Abstracts should be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts system. Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract. Once submissions are closed, these will be reviewed by session chairs and scientific committee members and you will be informed of the outcome directly. By submitting an abstract to this conference, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.
Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips from the session organisers on how to write a great abstract, which can be downloaded below:
Please note that the abstract is the only information session organisers use when deciding whether to accept your work for presentation as an offered oral or poster. If accepted, it will also be published in the abstract book for the conference – so think carefully about what needs to be included.
Those who are presenting a poster must ensure that their work is presented as below. We cannot accommodate incorrectly formatted posters during the meeting.
For tips on how to best prepare a poster presentation please click on the following link.
In order to ensure your presentation runs smoothly, you are asked to comply with the following:
For tips on how best to prepare an oral presentation please click on the following link.
Each year, the Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition recognises and rewards excellence in science communication by a Microbiology Society Member who is a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher, having gained their PhD in the last two years.
To enter this competition, applicants must tick the appropriate box during online abstract submission for the Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security meeting. Finalists will be notified in early summer if they have been selected, and will be invited to give a 10-minute oral presentation (plus 5 minutes for questions) at the final at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.
Registration is now open.
Please note: online registration made after midday on Thursday 15 June 2017 will need to be confirmed onsite to receive a name badge and delegate bag.
Book before Wednesday 14 June 2017 to take advantage of the early bird rates.
|Full Member||Student Member||Non-Member|
|All Island Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop – 21 June 2017||£150||£100||£200|
Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security – 22–23 June 2017
Rates after Wednesday 14 June 2017
|Full Member||Student Member||Non-member|
|All Island Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop – 21 June 2017||£160||£110||£210|
|Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security – 22–23 June 2017||£160||£110||£210|
What's included in your registration fee?
*All food will be provided by NATIVE and produced locally. Join us on Thursday night for a taste of local food and craft ales to celebrate some Northern Irish artisan producers of quality food and exquisite ale and cider.
Society Conference Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to present at this Focused Meeting. Support is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 25 May 2017. You can apply for a grant before receiving notification about the outcome of your abstract submission. A conditional grant offer can be made without evidence of abstract acceptance if unavailable at the time of application, however evidence must be provided to claim any grant offered.
Upon registration you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact email@example.com if after 24 hours this has not been received.
If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment.
To find out if you need a visa to visit the UK, please visit the UK visa and immigration website.
Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the Microbiology Society will not take any responsibility for travel or visa problems.
All registration fees must be paid in full BEFORE arrival at the meeting. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the meeting.
Refunds will not be provided.
Substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
International speakers are invited to present their work in this field of microbiology. Each person below is highly recognised.
We have been able to secure a discount on selected 3* and 4* hotels. Please see the rates below, available for delegates attending our meeting in June.
Delegates will receive a 10% discount off the best available rate on the day of the booking. To get your discounted rate quote promotional code GQUNA when registering online or over the phone.
Please book directly quoting the conference name.
Please book directly quoting the conference name.
Please check each hotel's website for their terms and conditions, and what is included in your stay.
The conference will be held at the Metropolitan Arts Centre, right in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.
Metropolitan Arts Centre
10 Exchange Street
Exhibition at this event will provide exposure to over 100 delegates and the Irish market for nutrient removal and recovery. The All Island Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop will host the water utilities across Ireland (north & south) along with regulators and agri-food companies. Delegate refreshments will be served in the exhibition area, allowing up to eight hours to network with delegates and technology providers.
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All Island Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop registration, exhibition space, insert in delegate packs & option for soapbox style presentation (21 June 2017)
Includes one person to man the stand for one day
Conference registration, exhibition space and insert in delegate packs (22–23 June 2017)
Includes one person to man the stand for 1½ days
Workshop and Conference (21–23 June 2017)
Includes one person to man the stand for 2½ days
The exhibition fee includes:
Please note that stands will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will be sent information on access and set-up approximately one month before the date of the conference.
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