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We are pleased to invite you to the New Zealand Microbiological Society (NZMS) and New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NZSBMB) joint annual meeting, to be held in Dunedin from 26th-29th November 2018.

Our theme is “Microbes & Molecules”, and the programme showcases an exciting line-up of international and local speakers.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics including plant-microbe interactions, synthetic biology, biomolecular engineering, structural biology, proteins, virology, medical microbiology, environmental microbiology, food microbiology, molecular microbiology, biochemistry and genetics.

Our unique Scientific Thoughts sessions feature talks on scientific ethics and fraud, science and society, what statistics really mean, and a philosophical comparison of models and experiments.

The conference also features exciting events including a mentoring speed dating lunch to facilitate contact between seasoned academics and up-and-coming researchers, a technician’s breakfast, and a student mixer – something for everyone!

If you’re a student check out our student speaker competition and apply for a grant-in-aid.

The conference will be held at the  University of Otago located centrally in Dunedin. Dunedin ( is a small University city in the South Island of New Zealand and boasts incredible scenery and wildlife on the Otago peninsular and surrounds. It is also just a few hours to drive to Central Otago or Fiordland – some of the top tourist destinations in New Zealand.


Abstract Submissions
OPEN NOW until 18 August. Click HERE EXTENDED until Friday 31 August
Registrations –
OPEN NOW. Early bird fees until 30 September. Click HERE

Conference Chairs
Peter Fineran (University of Otago)  |
Monica Gerth (Victoria University)   |

Organising Committee
Jane Allison (University of Auckland)
Nick Heng (University of Otago)
Xochitl Morgan (University of Otago)
Matthew Templeton (Plant and Food, University of Auckland)
Mariya Yevstigneyeva – Student Representative (University of Otago)
Rosemary Hancock (événements Limited) Conference Manager  |