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Focused Meeting 2017: Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security and All Island Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop

21 - 23 June 2017

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 conferences@microbiologysociety.org

Follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc and @Phosphorus_ie

Updates on Microbial Resources for Agricultural and Food Security can be found using the hashtag: #AgriFoodSec17


Image credit: Thinkstock.

Highlights

Regulatory perspectives on phosphorus management

Regulatory perspectives on phosphorus management

Nutrients in the environment with a focus on agricultural systems

Nutrients in the environment with a focus on agricultural systems

Microbial ecosystems and nutrient cycling

Microbial ecosystems and nutrient cycling

Harnessing microbial processes within the agri-food sector

Harnessing microbial processes within the agri-food sector
Programme

Session

Wednesday 21 June

Registration and welcome refreshments

08:45 - 09:30

Registration and welcome refreshments

Welcome and overview of the Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome and overview of the Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop

Keynote speaker

09:45 - 10:15

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker

10:15 - 10:45

Keynote speaker

Panel 1

10:45 - 11:15

Panel 1

Coffee break and networking; soapbox pitches from technology providers

11:15 - 11:45

Coffee break and networking; soapbox pitches from technology providers

Open discussion on Panel 1

11:45 - 12:15

Open discussion on Panel 1

Keynote speaker

12:15 - 12:45

Keynote speaker

Panel 2

12:45 - 13:15

Panel 2

Working lunch and networking

13:15 - 14:00

Working lunch and networking

Open discussion on Panel 2

14:00 - 14:30

Open discussion on Panel 2

Keynote speaker

14:30 - 15:00

Keynote speaker

Panel 3

15:00 - 15:30

Panel 3

Coffee break and networking; soapbox pitches from technology providers

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break and networking; soapbox pitches from technology providers

Open discussion on Panel 3

16:00 - 16:30

Open discussion on Panel 3

Wrap-up

16:30 - 16:50

Wrap-up

Closing address

16:50 - 17:00

Closing address

Buffet dinner and drinks reception

17:00 - 19:00

Buffet dinner and drinks reception

Thursday 22 June

Registration and welcome refreshments

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and welcome refreshments

Opening welcome and overview

09:00 - 09:10

Opening welcome and overview

Keynote speakers

09:10 - 09:50

Keynote speakers

Offered paper

09:50 - 10:10

Offered paper

Keynote speaker

10:10 - 10:50

Keynote speaker

Flash poster

10:50 - 11:00

Flash poster

Coffee break and poster viewing

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break and poster viewing

Keynote speaker

11:30 - 12:10

Keynote speaker

Offered paper

12:10 - 12:30

Offered paper

Keynote speaker

12:30 - 13:10

Keynote speaker

Flash poster

13:10 - 13:20

Flash poster

Lunch and poster viewing

13:20 - 14:00

Lunch and poster viewing

Keynote speaker

14:00 - 14:40

Keynote speaker

Offered paper

14:40 - 15:00

Offered paper

Offered paper

15:00 - 15:20

Offered paper

Coffee break and poster viewing

15:20 - 15:50

Coffee break and poster viewing

Flash poster

15:50 - 16:00

Flash poster

Offered paper

16:00 - 16:20

Offered paper

Keynote speaker

16:20 - 17:00

Keynote speaker

Drinks reception, networking and poster viewing

18:00 - 19:00

Drinks reception, networking and poster viewing

A taste of local street food and local beer & ale tasting

19:00 - 20:30

A taste of local street food and local beer & ale tasting

Friday 23 June

Keynote speaker

09:30 - 10:10

Keynote speaker

Offered paper

10:10 - 10:30

Offered paper

Offered paper

10:30 - 10:50

Offered paper

Coffee break and poster viewing

10:50 - 11:20

Coffee break and poster viewing

Offered paper

11:20 - 11:40

Offered paper

Keynote speaker

11:40 - 12:20

Keynote speaker

Speaker from the Microbiology Society

12:20 - 12:30

Speaker from the Microbiology Society

Wrap-up, prizes and close

12:30 - 13:00

Wrap-up, prizes and close
  • Abstracts & Posters

    Abstract submission is now open.

    Submit your abstract

    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.

    Abstract guidance

    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:

    How to... write a great abstract (PDF)

    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.

    Posters

    Those who are presenting a poster must ensure that their work is presented as below. We cannot accommodate incorrectly formatted posters during the meeting.

    • Poster size: A0 841mm (w) x 1189mm (h) – your poster must not exceed these measurements.
    • Poster layout must be portrait orientation.
    • Posters will be displayed on poster boards measuring 1m (w) x 2m (h), one to a side.
    • Posters can only be fixed by Velcro (provided at the meeting).

    For tips on how to best prepare a poster presentation please click on the following link.

    How to... give a poster presentation (PDF)

    Flash presentations

    • Provide a maximum of three summary slides on PowerPoint to conferences@microbiologysociety.org.
    • Prepare a two-minute presentation/pitch.
    • Answer one quick-fire question.
    • Please present your poster following the above Posters guidelines.

    Oral presentations

    In order to ensure your presentation runs smoothly, you are asked to comply with the following:

    • Please allow 12 minutes for your talk and three minutes for Q&A.
    • PowerPoint presentations – PC version – are brought to the meeting on a USB memory stick.
    • PowerPoint presentations – Mac version – can only be accepted if you bring your own laptop and connecting cables.

    For tips on how best to prepare an oral presentation please click on the following link.

    How to... give an oral presentation (PDF)

    Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition

    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

    Registration is now open.

    Register now

    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.

    Registration rates

    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

    £150 £100 £200

    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?

    • Admission to all scientific sessions
    • Tea and coffee breaks
    • Lunch and dinner*
    • Delegate bag
    • Programme book
    • Certificate of participation (upon request)

    *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.

    Conference grants

    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.

    Registration confirmation

    Upon registration you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact conferences@microbiologysociety.org if after 24 hours this has not been received.

    Visa applications

    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.

    Payment information

    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.

    Cancellations

    Refunds will not be provided.

    Substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting conferences@microbiologysociety.org.

  • Speakers

    Invited speakers

    International speakers are invited to present their work in this field of microbiology. Each person below is highly recognised.

    • Dana Cordell (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
    • Kari Dunfield (University of Guelph, Canada)
    • Lionel Dupuy (The James Hutton Institute, UK)
    • John Gilliland (Devenish Nutrition, UK)
    • Phil Haygarth (Lancaster University, UK)
    • Penny Hirsch (Rothamsted Research, UK)
    • Brent Jacobs (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
    • Christian Kabbe (Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin, Germany)
    • Katrina Macintosh (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
    • Richard McDowell (AgResearch & Lincoln University, New Zealand)
    • Anna Schnürer (University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
    • Kimo van Dijk (European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform, Belgium)
  • Accommodation

    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.

    Hilton Belfast (4*)

    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.

    Ibis Belfast City Centre (3*)

    Please book directly quoting the conference name.

    • £75 Bed & Breakfast per single occupancy room per night
    • £80 Bed & Breakfast per double occupancy room per night
    Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre (3*)

    Please book directly quoting the conference name.

    • £89 Bed & Breakfast per single occupancy room per night
    • £99 Bed & Breakfast per double occupancy room per night

    Please check each hotel's website for their terms and conditions, and what is included in your stay.

  • Venue

    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
    Belfast
    BT1 2LS

  • Exhibition & Sponsorship

    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.

    Fees Rate (incl. VAT)

    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

    £500

    Conference registration, exhibition space and insert in delegate packs (22–23 June 2017)

    Includes one person to man the stand for 1½ days

    £500

    Workshop and Conference (21–23 June 2017)

    Includes one person to man the stand for 2½ days

    £750

    The exhibition fee includes:

    • Stand space
    • Power supply
    • One person to man the stand, including refreshments
    • Exhibiting companies will be listed on the event's webpage and in the programme book
    • Conference delegate pack
    • Insert in delegate pack

    Optional extras:

    • Buffet dinner on Wednesday 21 June – £25 per ticket
    • Buffet dinner and craft beer tasting on Thursday 22 June – £35 per ticket

    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.

    Please contact conferences@microbiologysociety.org to discuss pricing and your requirements.

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