The scrolling photo images above are courtesy of Scott Chimileski (Harvard Medical School)
See below for more information.


PNatNight The NZMS 2019 MICRObes across ‘SCOPEs organising committee is excited to welcome you to Palmerston North (Palmy) for the NZMS annual conference in 2019.

Our conference logo reflects the focus of our conference on microscopic imaging and exploring the scope of microbiology today.

The conference will be held in the Convention Centre in our city centre with easy access to numerous cafes, bars and restaurants – all within walking distance of a variety of accommodation.

Palmy is a centre for scientific research – we have the most PhDs per head of population in NZ! Massey University, Ag Research, Plant and Food Research, Fonterra Research Centre and many smaller science based research and training organisations can be found right here.

We have excellent facilities and world-leading research teams including those at the new Joint Food Science Research Centre (a joint AgResearch/Massey facility) on the Massey University Campus.

Unique features in Palmy include a new Wildbase Recovery centre for native wildlife, the New Zealand Rugby Museum, Manawatū river walkway and professional live theatre. windfarm

To complement our stimulating conference we have some special, uniquely local entertainment, including the conference dinner.

Check out the list of themes based on our local expertise and invited speakers.

Steve Flint (on behalf of the organising committee)

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


Abstract Submissions

 Registrations – OPEN NOW. Early bird fees until 30 September.

Conference Chair:
Steve Flint (Massey University)  |

Organising Committee:
Adrian Cookson (AgResearch)
Carl Mesarich (Massey University)
Caroline Kim (Plant and Food Research)
Charles Lee (University of Waikato)
Christina Moon (AgResearch)
Christine Voisey (AgResearch)
Eteta Trueman (Massey University)
Jasna Rakonjac (Massey University)
Patrick Biggs (Massey University)
Rose Collis (AgResearch)
Sandeep Kumar (AgResearch)
Sara Burgess (Massey University)
Rosemary Hancock (événements Limited) Conference Manager  |

**Scott Chimileski (Harvard Medical School).
Scott is a microbiologist, photographer and fantastic science communicator based in Roberto Kolter’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School. He is co-author of the book Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World  (Harvard University Press, 2017), which led to development of the exhibition “Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. In addition he is an associate blogger for Small Things Considered (ASM). His research interests are on developing new microbial imaging techniques to understand the development of multi-cellular structures and behaviours.  You can find his microbial science photography portfolio at .