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Welcome to the website of the 2017 annual meeting of the New Zealand Microbiological Society. It is with great pleasure that we invite members, visitors and exhibitors to join us in Auckland between November 20-23rd, 2017.

This year the theme of the NZ Microbiological Society (NZMS) conference is, “Our well-being and our microbes”. We will be highlighting the dependence of our economy on maintaining and developing healthy microbial interactions while minimising diseases of concern for humans, livestock and plants. Our conference covers the diverse field of microbiology and its disciplines including agricultural, environmental, food, medical and biotechnology sectors that rely on microbial knowledge, management and products.

The conference will be held at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) located in the Auckland CBD. As our biggest city, Auckland and the surrounding regions has something for everyone, from hot springs to harbours, whale-watching to wine-tasting, mountains to museums and we look forward to hosting your stay here.

Important Dates
Abstract Submissions Close: August 18th 2017SUBMIT NOW – STOP PRESS – Extended to 5pm, Friday 1st September
Earlybird registration NOW OPEN     [Early bird rates end on September 30th 2017]Sir Paul Reeves Building

Conference Chairs
Gavin Lear (University of Auckland)  |
Brent Seale (Auckland University of Technology)   |

Organising Committee
Mike Taylor (University of Auckland)
Thomas Proft (University of Auckland)
Kim Handley (University of Auckland)
Weiqin Zhuang (University of Auckland)
Steve Flint (Massey University)
Heather Hendrickson (Massey University)
Bevan Weir (Landcare Research)
Syrie Hermans – Student Representative (University of Auckland)

Rosemary Hancock (événements Limited) Conference Manager  |
Lauren Williams (Auckland University of Technology) Event Co-ordinator