Young Microbiologists Symposium, 26-27th August 2020, Southampton, UK

We are pleased to announce that the Young Microbiologists Symposium on Microbe Signalling, Organisation and Pathogenesis will be held on Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, United Kingdom between 26– 27th August 2020.

The Young Microbiologists Symposium is intended to bring together graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to discuss their current research. The symposium will provide an excellent opportunity for junior scientists to present their work and receive constructive feedback, to network with other students, post-docs and young Principal Investigators in the field, and to facilitate future collaborations.

The two-day programme will have several keynote addresses, a set of “hot-spot” poster talks and a poster session involving all participants, and opportunities for social interaction. Offered papers will be selected from poster abstracts and will be presented by students or post-docs. Attendees not giving an oral presentation will present a poster on their work.


University of Southampton

The Young Microbiologists Symposium will be taking place between 26-27th August 2020 at the University of Southampton

There will be a £100 registration fee for all participants. This fee covers registration, coffee breaks, lunches, conference dinner and evening entertainment.

Please register below by paying your registration fee. Your acceptance to the conference is only confirmed when the registration fee has been paid.

Abstract submission

If you are interested in attending and presenting at this meeting, please send an abstract and your contact details to: Please indicate if you would like to be considered by the scientific committee for selection as an offered oral presentation.

Deadline for abstract submission: 30th June 2020.

Please note that there are limited spaces to present and attend so please enter your abstract as early possible to avoid disappointment.


The meeting will take place in Nightingale Building 67, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, UK.

There are several accommodation venues nearby (within 10-minute walk). We suggest Highfield House Hotel, which is convenient and reasonably priced.

The University of Southampton has compiled a list of accommodation near Highfield campus.

Confirmed Speaker List

Gabriele Berg, Graz University of Technology, AT

Priscille Brodin, Institut Pasteur, FR

Joan Geoghegan, Trinity College Dublin, IE

Brendan Gilmore, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Mark Golmesky, University of Wyoming, US

Jacob Malone, John Innes Centre, UK

Suzan Rooijakkers, Utrecht University, NL

Lotte Sogaard-Andersen, Max Planck Institute, DE

Natalia Tschowri, Humboldt University of Berlin, DE

Marvin Whiteley, Georgia Institute of Technology, US

Liang Yang, Southern University of Science and Technology, CN


FEMS Early Career Conference Participation Grants

This meeting has been selected by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) to offer grants for congress participation for Early Career Scientists*. We have 12 grants of up to £250 each to assist with the costs of registration, travel and accommodation.


To apply for this grant, you would need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • be an Early Career Scientist*
  • be a member of a FEMS Member Society** or be recommended by such a member
  • be an Active Microbiologist
  • be presenting author at the meeting (oral or poster)

*Active microbiologists who obtained their highest academic degree – Bachelor, Master or PhD – less than five years prior to the application deadline date, or are currently a Master or PhD student.

**Find out if your society is a FEMS Member here.

Application process

Please submit a completed ECS Meeting Grant Application Form to by July 31st 2020 for consideration. Priority will be given to those giving an oral presentation, and will be decided upon by the YMS2020 scientific committee.

Travelling to Southampton

Southampton is a city with exceptional connectivity, regionally, nationally and internationally with an international airport, Europe’s largest cruise port, two ferry ports and national rail and coach links. Add to this the fact that Southampton is located at the convergence of two major motorways, and it is easy to see why our city is one of the easiest to reach.

By Air

Southampton International Airport is the leading ‘fast track’ airport in central-southern England.

The airport is located on the northeast side of the city, near to Eastleigh and has easy access from the M27 and M3 motorways. It takes just 6 minutes by train and around 20 minutes by bus to reach the city centre from the airport.

By Rail

Southampton Central rail station is served by direct trains to and from many cities across the country including:

South Western Railway

Great Western Railway

Cross Country Train

By Coach

The main National Express coach station for the area is located on Harbour Parade.

National Express coaches also pick up/drop off at the University of Southampton and St Mary’s Stadium.

By Car

Southampton has excellent road links, with access from both the M3 and M27 motorways.


For any queries please email us at

You can also contact us via Twitter @YMS2020Soton


Alternatively, please contact any member of the organising team:

Dr Shi-qi An

University of Southampton, UK

Dr Clare Kirkpatrick

University of Southern Denmark, DK

Dr Bruno Silvester Lopes

University of Aberdeen, UK

Explore Southampton

You will find a wealth of information to help you book accommodation and make travel arrangements.

The Visit Southampton website provides you with access to exclusive discounts at local restaurants, visitor attractions and shopping to name a few and suggested itineraries to allow you to explore more of the local area or plan an extended stay in Southampton.


Nightingale Building 67

Highfield Campus, University of Southampton,

Southampton, UK

SO17 2BJ

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