British Society for Microbial Technology

Welcome to the BSMT Website

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About Us:

The BSMT is a not-for-profit organisation of healthcare scientists and medical microbiologists working mainly in the NHS and Public Health England. The society's aim is to promote an exchange of information on laboratory practices in clinical microbiology and it does this mainly by organising an annual scientific conference every May in Colindale and every other year holds an autumn symposium in a regional venue.

The BSMT was founded in 1985 by microbiologists from a widespread geographical area in the UK with a common interest in antimicrobial susceptibility sensitivity testing and with concerns about the plethora of methods and the need for validation of procedures. Since then, the BSMT has become broader in its interests and covers many different aspects of microbial technology and management. The BSMT has complementary roles by offering grants to support laboratory based education and facilitating consultation of microbiology guidance / policies via this website.

In 1986, the Society produced a Handbook for Multipoint Methods which is available for download.

BSMT Scientific Conferences are aimed at bench microbiologists to provide up-to-date information about organisms and techniques especially with regard to new molecular technologies.

Forthcoming Events

  • 18 May 2018

    The 33rd BSMT Annual Scientific Conference will be held on Friday 18 May 2018 entitled Rapid Diagnostics – Time is Relative at PHE Colindale

    BSMT conferences are aimed at senior biomedical and clinical scientists, other scientists and medical microbiologists.

    We hope you agree that we have developed a provocative programme that attempts to tease out how molecular techniques affect turn round times and what conventional microbiology can still offer. Access the programme and application form.

    • Optimising recovery of bacteria from blood cultures
      Dr Mike Weinbren, Consultant Microbiologist, Kingsmill Hospital, Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust
    • Device related orthopaedic infections and the potential place of new technologies
      Dr Bridget Atkins, Consultant, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Clinical Lead, Bone Infection Unit, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
    • Tracking Staphylococcus aureus around the Intensive Care Unit
      Dr Stephanie Dancer, Consultant Microbiologist, NHS Lanarkshire and Professor of Microbiology, Edinburgh Napier University
    • Increased efficiency to meet winter demands for rapid detection of respiratory viruses
      Dr Gemma Clark, Clinical Scientist, Nottingham University Hospitals
    • Molecular diagnostics for enteric infections – Relevance for clinical diagnosis and public health
      Professor Eric Bolton, Honorary Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Liverpool
    • Rapid metagenomic diagnosis of hospital acquired pneumonia
      Dr Justin O’Grady, Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
    • Rapid diagnostics, bad bugs and antibiotics: not that easy
      Dr Vanya Gant, Clinical Director for Infection, University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Professor Brian Duerden CBE and Professor Eric Bolton will chair the symposium.

    Cost: An Early Bird Discount Rate of £95.00 applies to registrations received before 16th April 2018
    The higher rate of £115.00 will apply to registrations received after this date
    (Fee includes morning coffee, light refreshments & lunch)

    The BSMT Autumn Symposium will be held on Friday 19th October 2018 in Liverpool at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock and is entitled: Going Overboard with Microbiology – Women and Children First.

    Watch this space for more details.

Honorary BSMT Web Developer

The British Society for Microbial Technology (BSMT) is recruiting a Web Developer to take over management of the BSMT website from the current Developer. The post is an honorary appointment. Ideally, the successful applicant would be a scientist with experience of working in a diagnostic or research laboratory who could also contribute their scientific and technical knowledge to the committee meetings. Alternatively a Web Developer without a laboratory background would also be considered.

Key Technologies:

  • PHP
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • SQLite
  • Javascript

Further information: Web_Developer_Advert_May_17.docx

Recent Events

  • 32nd BSMT Annual Scientific Conference Friday 12 May 2017
    Hot Topics in Microbiology: Join the Grapevine

    The conference was aimed at senior biomedical and clinical scientists, other scientists and medical microbiologists

    Please access the programme.

    The symposium included the following speakers and subjects:

    Professor Brian Duerden CBE and Professor Eric Bolton chaired the symposium.

    We are very grateful to the following commercial companies for supporting the May conference as it is only with their support that the BSMT conferences can take place:

    Alpha Laboratories Limited
    Becton Dickinson UK Limited
    Bioconnections Limited
    BioMérieux UK Limited
    Bruker UK Limited
    Don Whitley Scientific Limited
    Launch Diagnostics Limited
    Mast Group Limited
    Medical Wire and Equipment Co Limited
    Pro-lab Diagnostics
    R-Biopharm Rhône Limited
    Werfen Limited

Evaluation Reports

View the Evaluation Report on the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting here

View the Evaluation Report on the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting here

View the Evaluation Report on the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting here

View the Evaluation Report on the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting here

View the Evaluation Report on the 2013 Sheffield Symposium here

View the Evaluation Report on the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting here

View the Evaluation Report on the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting here

Responding to the Evaluation Reports

The BSMT committee is very pleased with the feedback from delegates on the scientific meetings where over 90% of those completing the form scored the content, speakers and venue very highly. Praise from delegates included:
Excellent speakers
Professional presentations in high profile establishment with excellent Chairs
Excellent trade show and opportunity for networking
Good food
Variety of topics

Please follow the link to find out about the criticisms and how we are responding!

Laboratory Education Grants

The BSMT offers Laboratory Education Grants of up to £1000. Ideally, these will support the practical side of laboratory-orientated education. For example, they may be used to purchase consumables or commercial kits used in the project module of microbiology courses.

Grants will be awarded on the basis of the application’s quality and its relevance to diagnostic microbiology. Submissions should include a budget breakdown of costs.

If you would like to apply, please fill out the Laboratory Education Grants Application Form and post it to the address in the form. If you would like to discuss an application in advance of applying, please contact Sally Lowe at

Invitation to Comment on UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations

All microbiologists are invited to comment of the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs).
To access current SMIs and documents under consultation follow the following link on the PHE website: UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations.
To access documents "under consultation" please go to the following link Publications: Consultations.

Additional information on the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations can be viewed here.

Fifty years of microbiology, antibiotics and vaccines

Read Trevor Winstanley's article: 'Fifty years of microbiology, antibiotics and vaccines'.

Past Events:

Over the past few years, the BSMT has run several very successful annual scientific meetings at the Centre for Infections, Colindale, in North London.

The BSMT, with colleagues from the NHS and HPA, has also convened four Management in Microbiology Conferences in October 2004, November 2005, November 2006 and November 2007.


Contact the BSMT at or any of the committee members.