With great regret, we have indefinitely postponed this November’s joint conference of the NZMS and Australian Society for Microbiology.  In the circumstances we hope you will understand this difficult decision; we wanted to act early to provide clarity for everyone going forward.  There is a genuine desire on both sides of the Tasman to proceed with a joint meeting at a future point, so stay tuned.  Please keep yourselves and your loved ones safe over the coming weeks.

Cheers, Mike Taylor (NZMS President) and Helen Withers (Chair, Conference Organising Committee)


Welcome to our 2020 Conference

This year, New Zealand Microbiological Society and the Australian Society for Microbiology are getting together for a joint conference in November.  This will be an excellent opportunity to network, to present your research and share your ideas on a wide range of microbiological topics.

Our conference theme this year is “Microbes on the Move”. There are many ways to interpret this – from the process of individual cell motility to the evolution of new species through acquisition of DNA, to microbial colonisation of new environments during infection and the establishment of complex biofilms in the environment, and what about the move from villain to hero (or hero to villain) as we delve into the nature of microbiome and understand more about the complex relationships that microbes have with each other, their eukaryotic hosts and environments– so come and share how you see your favourite microbe is on the move!

This year we are hosting the conference at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua, the cultural heart of New Zealand and home to New Zealand’s unique geothermal landscape- this is truly a memorable conference location! Check out what Rotorua has to offer HERE – with a wide variety of sights and activities close by you will be spoilt for choice on what to do to unwind!

So on behalf of the conference organising committee, I look forward to welcoming you all to Rotorua, New Zealand, to participate in our joint conference and make it a conference to remember for years to come!

Helen Withers
Conference Chair

PS: If you’re a student check out our student speaker competition and apply for a grant-in-aid.

Abstract Submissions
– Opening soon

 Registrations –  Early bird fees until 30 September.

Conference Chair:
Helen Withers | MPI

Organising Committee:
Scott Beatson (Deputy Chair  | University of Queensland
Kristi Biswas  | University of Auckland
Dragana Gagic | Massey University
Joanna Mackichan  | Victoria University of Wellington
Cheryl Power | University of Melbourne
Rebecca McDougal  |  Scion Research
Kate Seib | Griffith University
Jaspreet SinghAgResearch Ltd
Mike Taylor | University of Auckland
Deborah Williamson | University of Melbourne

Conference Manager:
Rosemary Hancock (événements Limited)