Welcome to the BSMT Website
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.
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.
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.
- Optimising recovery of bacteria from blood cultures
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.
Further information: Web_Developer_Advert_May_17.docx
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:
Moving towards delivering precision medicine in sepsis
Professor Paul Dark, Chair of Critical Care Medicine, University of Manchester
Cultivating the uncultured
Professor William Wade, Professor of Oral Microbiology, Queen Mary University of London
Community acquired pneumonia update
Dr Kate Templeton, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Honorary Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh
The application of MALDI-TOF in mycobacterial species identification and drug resistance monitoring
Dr Pieter Jan Ceyssens, Head of Antibiotics and Resistance Unit, National Reference Centre for Mycobacteria and Tuberculosis, Institute Santé Publique, Belgium
Multi resistant Candida auris outbreaks
Dr Silke Schelenz, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Laboratory detection of carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae
Dr Katie Hopkins, Head of Resistance Mechanisms, Public Health England, Colindale, London
Carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae - how de we cope with them clinically?
Dr Kathy Bamford, Infection Head of Specialty and Deputy Director Infection Prevention and Control, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London
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
BioMérieux UK Limited
Bruker UK Limited
Don Whitley Scientific Limited
Launch Diagnostics Limited
Mast Group Limited
Medical Wire and Equipment Co Limited
R-Biopharm Rhône Limited
- Moving towards delivering precision medicine in sepsis
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:
Professional presentations in high profile establishment with excellent Chairs
Excellent trade show and opportunity for networking
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 email@example.com.
Invitation to Comment on UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations
All microbiologists are invited to comment of the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs).
Fifty years of microbiology, antibiotics and vaccines
Read Trevor Winstanley's article: 'Fifty years of microbiology, antibiotics and vaccines'.
Over the past few years, the BSMT has run several very successful annual scientific meetings at the Centre for Infections, Colindale, in North London.
31st BSMT Annual Scientific Conference: Friday 20th May 2016
Venue: Colindale, Public Health England.
Assessing the Impact of New Technology in Diagnostics on Global Epidemiology: How Laboratories make a Difference
Regional Symposium: 'To Screen or Not to Screen'
Held on Friday 27th November 2015 at Liverpool Maritime Museum
30th BSMT Annual Scientific Conference: Friday 15 May 2015
Venue: Colindale, Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency)
Diagnostic microbiology: Lab life but not as we know it
- 29th Annual Scientific Meeting: Antimicrobial resistance - a bitter pill to swallow
Held on Friday 16th May 2014 at Colindale, Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency)
Regional Symposium: 'Microbiology of the Compromised Host'
Held on Friday 11th October 2013 at Mercure Sheffield St.Paul's Hotel and Spa
28th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Microbiology of Normally Sterile Sites: Enrich your Culture'
Held on 17th May 2013 at Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency), Colindale, London.
27th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Sexually Transmitted Infections: Warts and All'
Held on Friday 18th May 2012 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
Enterics Symposium – 'Current Practices – a bog standard approach?'
Held on 25 November 2011 at Liverpool ACC Conference Centre, Albert Dock, Liverpool
26th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'New Technologies: Thoroughly Modern Methods'
Held on Friday 20th May 2011 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
25th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Back to the Future - 25 Years of Clinical Microbiology'
Held on Friday, 14th May 2010 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
Scientific Workshop 2009 - "Enterics – a bog standard approach?"
Held on Friday, 27 November 2009 at The Hinckley Island Hotel, Watling Street, Hinckley
24th Annual Scientific Meeting - "Tips for TATs: The Importance of Turn-Around Times and Point of Care Tests in Microbiology"
Held on Friday, 8 May 2009 at the Centre of Infections, HPA Colindale.
23rd Annual Scientific Meeting - "Doing more for less - giving up on culture"
Held on Friday, 16 May 2008 at the Centre for Infections, HPA Colindale.
22nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2007 - "Do the Sick no Harm"
This ASM was held on Friday, 4 May 2007 in the Wilson Lecture Theatre, Centre for Infections, HPA Colindale.
The 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, TB or not TB? was held on Friday 12th May 2006.
A Programme of the 21st ASM is available.
The 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, "CNS Infections: A Laboratory Headache" was held on Friday 20th May 2005.
A Programme of the 20th ASM, with links to presentations is available.
- The 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Changing Perspectives", was held on Friday 14th May 2004. View the Programme of the 19th ASM.
- A Workshop on Enteric Investigations was held in November 2003. Slides are also available.
- The 18th meeting, "Get it off your Chest", was held on Friday 16th May 2003. Slides are available.