Young Microbiologists Symposium, 26th-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 26th – 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.

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.


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.

Meeting venue:

Nightingale Building 67

Highfield Campus, University of Southampton,

Southampton, UK

SO17 2BJ

How to get 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.

Explore Southampton

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

The Visit Southampton webpage will provide 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.

Click here to explore Southampton.


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.

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

Contact us:

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