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Delegates to this meeting will gain an overview of the concept of antimicrobial resistance from the perspectives of environment, animal and human. The presentations will include a wide range of scientific and governmental strategies to study antimicrobial resistance. This meeting will provide researchers and policy-makers with the potential to network and form to strengthen collaborations across Ireland and the UK.

This Focused Meeting will take place between 29–30 August 2017 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Organising committee: Fiona Walsh, Thuy Thi Do.

Key topics:

  • Antimicrobial resistance in animals
  • Antimicrobial resistance in the environment
  • Antimicrobial resistance in human health
  • Antimicrobial resistance evolution in science and politics

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Days to event:
93 days
Abstracts & Posters

Abstract submission is now open. Abstracts are welcome in any topic of microbiology. The poster session and short presentations will be selected from the abstracts.

Submit your abstract

The submission deadline is Sunday 25 June 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

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.

  • 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

Flash presentations

  • Provide a maximum of three summary slides on PowerPoint to e.gould@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

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 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.

Register now

Please note: online registration made after midday on Wednesday 23 August 2017 will need to be confirmed onsite to receive a name badge and delegate bag.

Conference rates

Book before Tuesday 22 August 2017 to take advantage of the early bird rates.

  Early bird rate Full price rate
Full Member including dinner £140 £150
Student Member including dinner £90 £100
Non-member including dinner £190 £200
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)

*The conference dinner will be held at the elegant Pugin Hall, named after its architect Augustus Welby Pugin, in St Patrick's College at Maynooth University.

Conference grants

Society Conference Grants will be available to support eligible members wishing to present at this Focused Meeting. Funding is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance. The closing date for applications is Monday 31 July 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.


Refunds will not be provided.

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


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

Invited speakers

  • Fernando Baquero (Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, Spain)
  • Fidelma Fitzpatrick (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital, Ireland)
  • Nola Leonard (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Celia Manaia (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)
  • Eva Reinhard (Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Switzerland)
  • Kornelia Smalla (Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany)
  • Nicola Williams (University of Liverpool, UK)

We have been able to secure a discount on campus accommodation. Please see the rates below, available for delegates attending our meeting in August.

Campus accommodation

South Campus: Academic discounted rate

College Room – €38.00 B&B per single guest per night / €32.00 B&B per person sharing per night.
Classic En Suite – €57.00 B&B per single guest per night / €39.00 B&B per person sharing per night.
Superior En Suite – €72.00 B&B per single guest per night / €47.00 B&B per person sharing per night.
Suite – €89.00 B&B per single guest per night / €60.00 B&B per person sharing per night.

*College rooms have shared shower and toilets on the corridor but rooms are private

North Campus : Academic discounted rate

Apartments consist of five private bedrooms with shared kitchen and living area. The non-en suite apartment has two shared bathrooms.
You may be sharing the apartment with other guests if you do not fill it with your own people.
All rooms are single bedded with the exception of a few twin bedded rooms.
Apartment En suite – €39.00 per single guest per night / €33.00 per person sharing in twin bedded rooms.
Apartment non En suite – €33.00 per single guest per night.

Continental breakfast can be booked for additional €7 per day.

If you decide to book on campus accommodation please contact reservations@nuim.ie quoting the conference name.

Alternative accommodation

Carton House Hotel (approximately 8 minute drive). Tel: +35315052000

Glenroyal (approximately 10 minute walk or 5 minute  drive). Tel: +35316290909


The conference will be held at the Maynooth University:

Maynooth University
Newtown Road
Co. Kildare

Maynooth University is located 25km from Dublin city centre. The university is easily accessible by carbus and train.

Scientific sessions will be held in the John Hume Building on North Campus, room JHL 1.

Lunch will be served at the Phoenix Restaurant on North Campus.

Conference dinner will be held at the elegant Pugin Hall on South Campus.

Campus map

You can download the campus map below.

Campus map


Exhibition & Sponsorship

The exhibition will give your organisation immediate exposure to about 200 delegates and an opportunity to meet with academics, researchers and other professionals working in the field of antimicrobial resistance. The lecture programme includes internationally renowned keynote speakers. Additionally, there will be individual papers and posters presented, plus social activities and networking opportunities. Delegate refreshments will be served in the exhibition area, offering an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your products, interact with conference delegates and maximise leads.


Rate (inc. VAT)

Table top exhibition stand


Inserts into delegate packs


Programme book inside front cover advert


Programme book outside back cover advert


Programme book inside back cover advert


Programme book inside page advert


Display table literature


Drinks reception sponsorship


The exhibition stand fee includes:

  • Stand space
  • Power supply
  • One person to man the stand, including refreshments.
  • Exhibiting companies will be listed on the conference website and in the programme book.
  • Conference delegate pack
  • Insert into delegate pack

Further information about available exhibition packages and registration form can be found below.

Exhibitor and promotion guide

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