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Molecular Microbial Ecology Group Meeting 2019

MMEG Conference


5th and 6th December 


The Molecular Microbial Ecology Group (MMEG) meeting 2019 will be held between the 5th and 6th of December at the Open University. The annual MMEG meeting is a two-day symposium for early-career postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students to present their research in microbial ecology and environmental microbiology. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for researchers to discuss their work and network within the community.


The cost of the MMEG meeting will be a flat rate of £85.00 for all participants. This includes buffet lunches and refreshments each day and the MMEG dinner on the evening of Thursday 5th December (please send any food allergies or special dietary requirements to us at

Click here to register

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

Carer’s award

In recognition of carer’s responsibilities, an award of £120 will be made available to enable delegates to attend MMEG2019.  Awardees can spend this money as they think will best support their attendance.

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • Career stage.
  • Description of caregiver role. (Note: there is no age limit restriction for dependent).
  • A brief (max 300 words) justification of the need for this award.

Please email all applications to with the header “Carer’s Award”


The programme for the meeting is available here.

Abstract Submission

Attendees who wish to present their work should submit an abstract of no more than 350 words to by 11:59pm on Friday 15th November. The submission e-mail should indicate whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred.

Abstracts should be in Word document format and should include the names and affiliations of all authors with the speaker as the first author and an e-mail contact for the author. Successful applicants will automatically be entered into consideration for travel grants.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission in early November.

How to arrive

The Open University is the largest academic institution in the UK. Our main campus is easily accessible from London - 30 mins from Euston by fast train at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. The Open University is easily reached by car or train and travel information can be found here. For campus map and parking click here.

From the station, the campus can be reached by bus (lines 11 and 12)

The meeting itself will be hosted in the main lecture hall of the Berrill building.


The Open University has no on-campus accommodation. The Milton Keynes Hotel (5 min walk) and Kents Hill Park Conference Centre (10 min walk), shown in red below, are the closest hotels to the venue, shown in black. There are also numerous hotels in Central Milton Keynes area, which can be reached in 15-25 mins by the 11/12 bus from St. Michaels Drive near the Betty Boothroyd Library (shown on the map).


Conference dinner

A conference dinner is included in the registration fee and will take place on the evening of Thursday 5th December following the poster session. Details of the venue and time will be announced in due course.

Panel of organisers

Michael Macey

Mario Toubes-Rodrigo

Ceri Gwyther

Alex Price

Karen OIsson-Francis

The organisers will be responsible for reviewing submitted abstracts for contributions to the program.

Conference contacts

Please contact us for further information

Follow us on Twitter @MMEG2019 and feel free to post using #MMEG2019


We gratefully acknowledge support from our sponsors:

Geomicrobiology Network

Astrobiology Society of BritainPCR Biosystems

Microbial Genomics International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

ISME Federation of European Microbiological Societies The Genetics SocietyAstrobiologyOUMicrobiology SocietySociety for Applied Microbiology

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