SfAM and the ECS committee are proud to invite undergraduate, postgraduate and early career scientists to attend and participate in the third ECS Research Conference on 11 October 2016 at The Royal Society of Medicine, London.

Transhumanism, cryonics, assisted suicide and sex reassignment therapy are just a few of the areas that ensure bioethics remain a popular topic for the media.

Traditional ethical standards are in constant flux and always open to review. Conversations may be sparked by new research, such as in the field of cloning, but can equally be applied to old issues, such as the use of placebos and pain management. Our understanding of what is ethical has grown, but it’s a constantly evolving field.

While debates on such topics are consistent and often heated, it’s rare to see bioethics discussed within the context of microbiology.

Our keynote speaker at the ECS conference on Bioethics is Professor Anne Glover who’s pursued a distinguished career in microbiology and served as chief scientific adviser to the president of the European commission from 2012 to 2014.

Glover’s no stranger to controversy, recently taking on the BBC regarding the treatment of a contribution to the Today programme and her stance on genetically modified crops made her a target for parts of the green lobby and beyond.

In addition to being a strong advocate for attracting women to careers in science, she’s been interviewed by the puppet Captain Busta, making science and environmental issues fun and accessible to young people.


“Science isn’t bothered about your sex, your accent, your social position, all science is interested in is do you have an inquiring mind” – Professor Anne Glover CBE

Other speakers include Bobbie Farsides (Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at University of Brighton), David Jones (David Albert Jones is Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford) and John Bryant (Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology and Head of Biosciences at the University of Exeter)

This year’s conference is specifically aimed at highlighting how bioethics is relevant in microbiology and will feature a panel discussion with leaders in the field.

As always, the conference has a highly social element and it’s a superb opportunity for early career microbiologists to discuss and present their data. In addition to offering a space to share ideas, it’s the perfect setting to network with other early career microbiologists.

This year’s event will be followed in the evening by the SfAM Environmental Microbiology Lecture by Professor Margaret McFall-Ngai

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