Microbial Ecology Symposium and Bioinformatics Course



Come along to this event, hosted by the BES Microbial Ecology Special Interest Group in collaboration with the Microbiology Society.

Choose whether to attend the symposium, the bioinformatics course, or both!


Publishing Workshops, Manchester Metropolitan University

09:30 – 12:30 Tuesday 2 June

Run by the BES, there will be two one-hour sessions that cover “How to Get Published” and “Promoting Your Research”.

How to Get Published – Getting published is a crucial part of any academic career, but what does it actually involve? In this workshop, we’ll cover the basics of the writing and submission process, how to choose the right journal for your manuscript, and more. Students and Early Career Researchers preparing to submit their first manuscript or looking to learn more about publishing will find this workshop helpful.

Promoting Your Research – With an increasing number of articles being published in an increasing number of journals, it can be difficult for readers to find relevant papers. With tools like social media and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), you can help readers to find your work. This workshop will cover the basics of those tools and give you skills that you can immediately apply to promoting your research.

Microbial Ecology Symposium: From Lab to Field and Back Again, Manchester Metropolitan University

13:00 Tuesday 2 June & Wednesday 3 June

This one and a half day meeting will explore how field studies and experimental lab models (traditional or otherwise!) enable us to gain a mechanistic understanding of the environment-microbiome-host axis. We also welcome flash talks from any area of microbiome research, particularly from early career researchers. This event will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Bioinformatics Workshop for Amplicon Sequence Data, University of Salford (Manchester)

Thursday 4 June & Friday 5 June

The complex statistical packages required to analyse the enormous volume of data produced by next-generation sequencing are a particular barrier (and source of frustration!) for scientists, particularly PhD students new to the area. This workshop will provide attendees with training in two commonly used R packages – dada2 and Phyloseq for analysing rRNA amplicon sequence data (16S or ITS). We will also discuss different ways of normalising and ordinating data. This event will be held at the University of Salford, which is a short train/bus ride from Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Oxford Road station to Salford Crescent station; attendees of the symposium won’t need to move accommodation).

Keynote speakers

  • Dr Ellen Decaestecker, KU Leuven
  • Dr Damian Rivett, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Sarah Knowles, University of Oxford

Submit a talk

We are accepting abstracts for full length (15 minute) and flash (5 minute) talks. If you would like to submit an abstract, visit here.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 March 2020


Tuesday 2 June & Wednesday 3 June – Manchester Metropolitan University, Room 3.14, Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH (nearest train station is Manchester Oxford Road, or 15 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly)

Thursday 4 June & Friday 5 June – University of Salford, Room 331, Peel Building, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT (nearest train station is Salford Crescent, ~10 minute train ride from Manchester Oxford Road)


Please note, this event has been postponed until 2021.