Microbial Ecology SIG Annual Meeting

Join the Microbial Ecology SIG for their annual meeting, where the programme includes a two day symposium, an early career event, and an amplicon sequencing workshop.

A microscope image of bacteria

The British Ecological Society’s Microbial Ecology Special Interest Group will be holding a “pick and mix” event at the University of Leeds including:


Monday 2 September

Early Career Event

This day will include talks on career pathways and sources of funding for postdocs, grant writing tips, a CV workshop, and a publication workshop. It is primairly aimed at Masters and PhD students, but any one is welcome! Places limited to 20 so book early to avoid disappointment!

Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 September

“Microbial Ecology: From Lab to Field and Back Again” Symposium

The complex interactions between microbiomes and host traits are best understood through both field (i.e. real world) and experimental (i.e. tightly controlled) set ups. This meeting will explore how field studies and experimental lab models enable us to gain an understanding of the environment-microbiome-host axis across plants, animals and humans. We welcome contributions from attendees about their research, including posters, flash talks (5 minutes) and full talks (15 minutes). We are also excited to welcome the following keynote speakers:

  • Dr Sarah Knowles, University of Oxford
  • Dr Damien Rivett, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Thuy Do, University of Leeds

Thursday 5 and Friday 6 September

Bioinformatics Workshop: Using DADA2 and phyloseq in R for amplicon sequence data

This two day workshop will guide you through the R-based pipelines for analysing 16S and/or ITS rRNA amplicon sequence data. This will include the use of DADA2 for filtering and trimming your raw seqeunce data into amplicon sequence variants, and analysing those data using packages such as phyloseq and vegan. Places limited to 20 so book early to avoid disappointment!

Talks and Posters

To submit a talk or poster abstract to the “Microbial Ecology: From Lab to Field and Back Again” symposium, please complete this form.

If you have any queries, please contact Rachael or send an email to microbial@britishecologicalsociety.org.

Registration closes at 18:00 (BST) Friday 22 August.

Register here