Molecular Microbial Ecology Group Meeting (MMEG) 2018

MMEG is coming 17th-18th December 2018

Swansea University

About MMEG

The major aim of Microbial Ecology is to understand the roles microbes play in their terrestrial, aquatic, aerial or glacial environments, whether this is a natural, engineered, or living ecosystem. Modern molecular approaches are critical to determine the dynamics and functional traits of microbial communities and how microbes interact with other microbes and their hosts.

The annual MMEG meeting aims to provide an informal platform for Early Career Microbiologist (ECMs) and early-career postdoctoral researchers to present their research in microbiomes, microbial ecology and environmental/applied microbiology, facilitating ample opportunities for discussion and networking. Experienced microbial ecologists contribute to the meeting via provision of a supportive environment, via a keynote and/or via a workshop for skills and personal development, e.g. ‘bioinformatics skills for molecular ecology/microbiome studies’ or a careers development panel discussion.

Meeting Information

MMEG will celebrate its 25th meeting in 2018, hosted at Swansea University’s Singleton Campus on 17-18 December 2018. The exact venue will be confirmed.

The 2018 meeting’s scientific organising committee include:

  • Dr Geertje van Keulen (Chair, soil and applied microbiology),
  • Dr Marcela Figueiredo (insect-microbiome interactions),
  • Dr Miranda Whitten (insect-microbiome interactions),
  • James Delaney (applied and environmental microbiology; local representative of the Early Career Microbiologists Forum of the microbiology Society),
  • Dr Ricardo del Sol (microbial genetics) and
  • Dr Matthew Hitchings (microbiome bioinformatics lead)

The committee will be jointly responsible for reviewing submitted abstracts for contributions to the program and for selecting ECMs for FEMS conference support.

Senior PVC and current FEMS Vice-president Prof Hilary Lappin-Scott will welcome delegates in an Opening Address, which will include memories of MMEG’s early days and a workshop on ECM career development.

MMEG Programme 2018


Delegates must register by 23:59 GMT on 2nd December 2018.

The cost of the MMEG meeting will be £75 (excluding VAT) for Early Career Microbiologists and £100 (excluding VAT) for Senior Microbiologists and academics. This includes lunches and refreshments each day and the MMEG dinner on the evening of the first day, which will be held at the university campus. Attendees who wish to give a presentation will be allocated between 10-15 minutes (will be confirmed after registration period) for both the presentation and discussion.

PLEASE NOTE: the registration fee does not include accommodation. Delegates must arrange their own accommodation for the conference.

FEMS Grants

This meeting is selected by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) to offer grants for congress participation for Early Career Researchers*.


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

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

*Applicants must be a member of a FEMS Member Society OR be recommended by a member. The recommending member must include their name and membership number in their applicant recommendation email to Find out if your society is a FEMS Member at
**These are active microbiologists who obtained the highest academic degree – Bachelor, Master or PhD – less than five years prior to the application deadline date, or are a Master or PhD student.

Application process

Please submit a completed Early Career Scientist Application From to

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Additional benefits:

As a FEMS Member Society member, you can:

  • benefit the grant provided for this meeting (see Eligibility above)
  • apply for FEMS Grants
  • benefit a discount off the registration fee for FEMS congresses
  • benefit a 25% discount off a selection of OUP books

Successful applicants will be awarded a discount code to be used during registration.

Abstract Submission

The MMEG Abstract e-booklet can be downloaded here.

Abstracts are invited in any area in ecological, applied and industrial microbiology. For more information, and to submit your abstract, please do so via the abstract submission portal by the deadline.

  • Call for Abstracts: 8th October 2018
  • Deadline for Abstract submission: 19th November 2018 10am GMT
  • Deadline for application of ECM conference support: 19th November 2018 10am GMT
  • Notification of Abstract Selection/Conference support : 1 week after the deadline, target date for decision announcement 21st November

Poster Competition

Prizes for best oral/poster presentations are offered by the Microbiology Society and the Federation of European Microbiological Society journals:

Contact Us

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We gratefully acknowledge support from our sponsors:

Microbiology Society
Federation of European Microbiological Societies
The Learned Society of Wales/ Cymdeithas Ddysgedig Cymru
Society for Applied Microbiology
Giant Microbes