BES Microbial Ecology Symposium, Publishing Workshop, Bioinformatics Course
This event is hosted by the Microbial Ecology Special Interest Group from the British Ecological Society in collaboration with the Microbiology Society. Members of either society qualify for the discounted prices!
Choose whether to attend the publishing workshop, symposium, the bioinformatics course, or some combination of these three!
Tuesday 2nd June (AM) - Publishing Workshop (9.30 - 12.30)
Tuesday 2nd June (PM) & Wednesday 3rd June - Microbial Ecology Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University (1pm onwards)
Thursday 4th June & Friday 5th June - Bioinformatics Workshop for Amplicon Sequence Data, University of Salford (Manchester)
Run by the BES, these two one-hour sessions will cover "How to Get Published" and "Promoting Your Research". This event will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Tuesday 2nd June from 9.30 to 12.30. Lunch will be provided for attendees.
How to Get Published
Getting published is a crucial part of any academic career, but what does it actually involve? In this workshop, we’ll cover the basics of the writing and submission process, how to choose the right journal for your manuscript, and more. Students and Early Career Researchers preparing to submit their first manuscript or looking to learn more about publishing will find this workshop helpful.
Promoting Your Research
With an increasing number of articles being published in an increasing number of journals, it can be difficult for readers to find relevant papers. With tools like social media and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), you can help readers to find your work. This workshop will cover the basics of those tools and give you skills that you can immediately apply to promoting your research.
Microbial Ecology Symposium - From Lab to Field and Back Again
Starting at 1pm on Tuesday 2nd June, this one and a half day meeting will explore how field studies and experimental lab models (traditional or otherwise!) enable us to gain a mechanistic understanding of the environment-microbiome-host axis. We also welcome flash talks from any area of microbiome research, particularly from early career researchers. This event will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Dr Ellen Decaestecker - KU Leuven
Dr Damian Rivett, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Sarah Knowles, University of Oxford
To submit an abstract for a full length (15 minute) or flash (5 minute) talk, visit:
Abstract submission deadline: 31st March 2020
Programme released: 7th April 2020
On the evening of Tuesday 2nd June, everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at a reasonably-priced Asian fusion restaurant (
The complex statistical packages required to analyse the enormous volume of data produced by next-generation sequencing are a particular barrier (and source of frustration!) for scientists, particularly PhD students new to the area. This workshop will provide attendees with training in two commonly used R packages – dada2 and Phyloseq for analysing rRNA amplicon sequence data (16S or ITS). We will also discuss different ways of normalising and ordinating data. This event will be held at the University of Salford, which is a short train/bus ride from Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Oxford Road station to Salford Crescent station; attendees of the symposium won't need to move accommodation).
Tuesday 2nd June & Wednesday 3rd June - Manchester Metropolitan University, Room 3.14, Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH (nearest train station is Manchester Oxford Road, or 15 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly)
Thursday 4th June & Friday 5th June - University of Salford,Room 331, Peel Building, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT (nearest train station is Salford Crescent, ~10 minute train ride from Manchester Oxford Road/Manchester Piccadilly)
If you are interested in becoming a BES member to purchase the BES member-rate ticket, you can find out more information and join