British Society for Microbial Technology

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The BSMT is famous for its excellent Microbiology conferences!

  • Date for your Diary!

    BSMT Annual Scientific Conference 2019
    Thursday 16 May 2019, Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon
    Respiratory Microbiology – A Day of Inspiration

  • Autumn Symposium 2018 Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool

    Going Overboard with Microbiology – Women and Children First

    We had a great Symposium on 19 October in Liverpool - many thanks to everyone who came.

    Thank you to the Exhibitors for their continued support and thank you to the delegates who joined us, many of whom travelled significant distances.

    Thank you especially to the speakers who provided some very interesting and thought provoking talks and to the chairs for keeping everyone in order.

    Thank you also to the Maritime Museum for providing an excellent venue.


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

BSMT conferences are aimed at senior biomedical and clinical scientists, other scientists, medical microbiologists and other healthcare professionals. They are particularly relevant for bench microbiologists to provide up-to-date information about organisms and techniques especially with regard to new molecular technologies.

The BSMT 33rd Annual Scientific Conference, held in May at PHE, Colindale, was another decisive success. The conference this year focused on Rapid Diagnostics – Time is Relative. It teased out some of the benefits and advantages of new technology whilst also reviewing and describing improvements with some older technologies. This use of conventional methods was shown to be particularly relevant in blood stream infections where streamlining the process from blood collection to identification of the organism responsible improved patient outcomes. This excellent presentation from Dr Michael Weinbren is accessible below, along with some of the other talks from the meeting. We also have a comprehensive write-up from the meeting in Pathology in Practice.

We are grateful to the following commercial companies for supporting the confrerences. It is only with their support that BSMT conferences can take place:

  • Altona Diagnostics
  • Becton Dickinson UK Limited
  • Bioconnections Limited
  • BioMérieux UK Limited
  • Bruker UK Limited
  • Contronics Ltd
  • Culture Collections Public Health England
  • E&O Laboratories
  • Hain Lifesciences UK Limited
  • Launch Diagnostics Limited
  • Mast Group Limited
  • Medical Wire and Equipment Co Limited
  • Pro-lab Diagnostics
  • Qiagen Ltd
  • R-Biopharm Rhône Limited
  • Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Limited
  • Sysmex UK Ltd

Recent Events

Evaluation Reports

View the Evaluation Report on the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting here

View the Evaluation Report on the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting here

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!

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.

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.