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School of Biosciences

School of Biosciences

UK Cellular Microbiology Network Meeting

UK Cellular Microbiology Network Meeting


UK Cellular Microbiology Meeting

The UK Cellular microbiology network meetings were started in 2019 and aim to be a must-attend for anyone working on host-pathogen interactions. With an emphasis on interactions at or within the host cell, we will focus specifically on how pathogens subvert host cellular processes and how the cell responds. While attendees from any country are most welcome, the meetings are intended to bring together the disparate host-pathogen interaction community in the UK and to provide a network to foster collaboration and interchange across the various pathogens under study.

We have two great keynote speakers in Prof Claire Bryant (University of Cambridge) Prof Marek Basler (University of Basel) but the majority of the talks will be delivered by early-career researchers (ECRs). We will also have a vibrant poster session and flash talks selected from the posters. 

This year we will be holding the meeting over 2 days at Firth Hall, University of Sheffield during 8th-9th July 2024. We hope everyone will stay overnight and join the social on 8th July.

Registration cost £70. The cost of registration has been minimised to encourage ECRs and whole labs to participate. This includes two buffet lunches, refreshments ​but not accommodation, for which there are many options around central Sheffield and should be booked separately.

Abstract submission (deadline 20 th May)

Please can you complete the following registration form for abstract submission and indicate preferences, which include the evening social: https://forms.gle/SoCQDsV1YDYHJwcGA

Attendee CategoryCost   
Registration£70.00[Read More]
Metabarcoding and environmental DNA wetlab and bioinformatics - Mon 22/7 to Fri 26/7/2024

Metabarcoding and environmental DNA wetlab and bioinformatics - Mon 22/7 to Fri 26/7/2024


Generating DNA sequence barcodes from mixed sources of DNA is an increasingly-used and efficient way to survey biodiversity, whether monitoring aquatic species by sampling water-derived DNA, characterising communities from soil samples, or analysing diet from faecal-derived DNA. This course provides an overview of metabarcoding with different barcoding genes to target particular taxa, and consists of a technical wet lab component and a bioinformatics component. Interested delegates may apply to attend either or both workshops.

During the wet lab programme in the first half of the week, we will give an overview of experimental design, head outside for a field sampling demonstration and return to the laboratory for a full course on the metabarcoding process. The laboratory techniques will include DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, magnetic bead cleaning and quantification. Finally, we will outline the different platforms that are typically used for sequencing.

In the bioinformatics component in the second half of the week, we will use an example data set to go from raw sequence data through to assigning taxonomy to identified sequence variants. We will then conduct typical downstream analyses to quantify and examine differences in diversity.

Each component can be booked separately for £50, or £100 for both components.

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Wetlab component£50.00[Read More]
2. Bioinformatics component£50.00[Read More]
3. Both components£100.00[Read More]
Conservation agriculture in practice in Tanzania

Innovation in plant and soil sciences to tackle critical global challenges


This symposium will bring together the plant and soil science communities, with a focus on current and future global challenges. Halifax Hall, Sheffield. 12-13th August 2024.

Our planet is experiencing rapid and transformative changes, largely due to human-induced environmental impacts over the past two centuries. Plants and soils simultaneously stand at the crossroads of these changes, serving as vital components in our mitigation efforts while also being profoundly affected by them. The concurrent challenges posed by climate change, urbanization, population growth, and the urgent need for sustainability necessitate a paradigm shift in how we use and manage our planet's plants and soils to achieve productivity and sustainability goals. This approach must prioritise both productivity and sustainability. To address these pressing challenges, this symposium will unite experts from various disciplines, offering a unique platform for them to share groundbreaking research and foster innovative collaborations.

Speakers will highlight recent advances in plant and soil sciences that are relevant to global challenges related to production, sustainability, and climate change mitigation. By showcasing cutting-edge research, this symposium will provide exciting opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration among researchers, scientists, and policymakers to enhance the implementation of innovative approaches. 

All participants are strongly encouraged to submit a 150 word abstract for a poster presentation. We will select a number of these for a 2 minute flash talk presentation (please indicate if you do NOT wish to be considered for this).  Please see 'More Info' tab.

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Student Rate£50.00[Read More]
2. Non-student Rate£75.00[Read More]
3. UoS Delegate Rate£0.00[Read More]

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