Going virtual: A report from the sixth young microbiologists symposium on ‘microbe signalling, organisation and pathogenesis’

Shi Qi An, Bruno Silvester Lopes, James P.R. Connolly, Connor Sharp, Thi Kim Loan Nguyen, Clare Louise Kirkpatrick

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Abstract

The sixth Young Microbiologists Symposium on 'Microbe Signalling, Organisation and Pathogenesis' was scheduled to be held at the University of Southampton, UK, in late August 2020. However, due to the health and safety guidelines and travel restrictions as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium was transitioned to a virtual format, a change embraced enthusiastically as the meeting attracted over 200 microbiologists from 40 countries. The event allowed junior scientists to present their work to a broad audience and was supported by the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Federation of European Microbiological Societies, the Society of Applied Microbiology, the Biochemical Society, the Microbiology Society and the National Biofilms Innovation Centre. Sessions covered recent advances in all areas of microbiology including: Secretion and transport across membranes, Gene regulation and signalling, Host–microbe interactions, and Microbial communities and biofilm formation. This report focuses on several of the highlights and exciting developments communicated during the talks and poster presentations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number001024
JournalMicrobiology (United Kingdom)
Volume167
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are indebted to the European Molecular Biology Organization, Microbiology Society, Society for Applied Microbiology, Federation of European Microbiological Societies, National Biofilms Innovation Centre, Trends in Microbiology, Nature Reviews Microbiology, FEMS Microbes, Greiner Bio-One, New England Biolabs and all our other sponsors for their financial support.

Funding Information:
The sixth Young Microbiologists Symposium on 'Microbe Signalling, Organisation and Pathogenesis' was scheduled to be held at the University of Southampton, UK, in late August 2020. However, due to the health and safety guidelines and travel restrictions as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium was transitioned to a virtual format, a change embraced enthusiastically as the meeting attracted over 200 microbiologists from 40 countries. The event allowed junior scientists to present their work to a broad audience and was supported by the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Federation of European Microbiological Societies, the Society of Applied Microbiology, the Biochemical Society, the Microbiology Society and the National Biofilms Innovation Centre. Sessions covered recent advances in all areas of microbiology including: Secretion and transport across membranes, Gene regulation and signalling, Host–microbe interactions, and Microbial communities and biofilm formation. This report focuses on several of the highlights and exciting developments communicated during the talks and poster presentations.

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