UPDATE: Young Microbiologists Symposium, 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.

EVENT UPDATE: Due to the global spread of the COVID-19, and in alignment with best practices laid out by the CDC, WHO, and other relevant entities, the YMS2020 organising committee has decided to run the symposium this year as a virtual conference. It will be scheduled for the same dates (26 – 27 August 2020) and will be free of charge. Refunds will be arranged shortly for already registered participants and the committee will be in touch regarding the next steps.

The entire YMS2020 team are working hard to prepare an experience that still provides immersive learning in an online format. Replacing the in-person event with dynamic virtual content will enable us to bring attendees and speakers together in a healthy and productive way.

Please send your abstract to YMS2020@soton.ac.uk to obtain a registration code.

Confirmed Speaker List


César Sánchez, Nature Communications, UK

Gabriele Berg, Graz University of Technology, AT

Priscille Brodin, Institut Pasteur, FR

Joan Geoghegan, University of Birmingham, UK

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

Zheng Zhang, The Second Affiliated Hospital/Southern University of Science and Technology, CN


University of Southampton

The Young Microbiologists Symposium will be taking place between 26-27th August 2020 

Abstract submission

If you are interested in attending and presenting at this meeting, please send an abstract and your contact details to: YMS2020@soton.ac.uk. 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.

FEMS Early Career Conference Participation Grants

YMS2020 has been selected by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies to offer grants for congress participation for Early Career Scientists. We have multiple grants to assist with the costs of online meeting tech support. More information available soon.


For any queries please email us at YMS2020@soton.ac.uk

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