Three third-year students from the Group for Extreme and Marine Microbiology at Edge Hill University have returned from participating in the 2018 Microbiology Society Annual Conference.

The Microbiology Society is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe and provides a unique opportunity for networking, learning and setting up new research collaborations. The meeting is particularly helpful for early career researchers as it provides them with an ideal setting to increase their visibility and research profile, and to make contacts that will fuel the rest of their careers.

Biology students Philippa Loftus, George Gray and Matthew Kelbrick, represented the University alongside Dr André Antunes, Dr Marta Simões and PhD student Priyanka More, in their first scientific conference. The three presented posters which focused on the microbiology of high salinity environments, biotechnological applications, geomicrobiology, and bio-animation.

Reflecting on her experience, Philippa Loftus said:

“As well as expanding my knowledge into the fascinating field of microbiology, it provided an invaluable introduction into the conference atmosphere, essential to a career in research science. It was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in microbiology, through attending seminars with award winning scientists, discussing interesting new topics and networking with prospective employers.”

The students’ attendance at the conference was made possible by the Student Opportunity Fund, which paid for travel, accommodation and the conference fees.

“Due to the expensive nature of attending such a prestigious conference, it would have not been possible to present there without the financial assistance from the Student Opportunity Fund,” said Matthew Kelbrick. “This conference has greatly heightened my knowledge of microbiology and advanced my presentation skills – plus I was able to network with world renowned scientists.”

If you are an undergraduate or PGCE student at Edge Hill University, you can apply for up to £2,000 to support a career-enhancing project, initiative or opportunity that will enrich your student experience and enable you to stand out in a competitive environment.