Antibiotic Resistance and Mechanisms (ARM)

Workshop for Researchers 2024

21 -22 November

In person event held at The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham, UK

Welcome to the Antibiotic Resistance and Mechanisms Workshop for Researchers brought to you by the BSAC.

Our 2024 workshop will offer members of the UK community researching mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance the opportunity to meet, to consolidate and extend the expertise held within individual laboratories in the United Kingdom. The workshop will provide a much needed forum to allow the sharing of knowledge between all grades of researchers, including PhD students and technicians.

As in previous years, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) will underwrite the majority of costs for this meeting.  We encourage everyone who can support their own attendance to pay the Standard registration fee.

We look forward to welcoming you in Birmingham.

Ronan McCarthy & Freya Harrison
Chairs, Programme Committee

Register now and take advantage of our early bird offer!

BSAC Membership is FREE, join here.

For any queries regarding this workshop series, please contact Esme Carruthers.

The posters from the 2023 event are available to view here:

View The posters



Introductory Remarks
Dr Ronan McCarthy, Brunel University London - View Bio

SESSION ONE: Antimicrobial Discovery and Delivery Mechanisms
Stimuli responsive systems for targeted delivery of antimicrobial therapy
Professor Eleanor Stride, Professor of Bioengineering, Oxford University - View Bio
Presentation title to be confirmed
Dr Jeannine Hess, Imperial
Antibiotics from the abyss – combined ‘omics biodiscovery from the deep-sea
Dr Katherine Duncan, Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle - View Bio
Presentation title to be confirmed
Professor Greg Challis, University of Warwick


SESSION TWO: Genomics and Surveilance
Evolutionary drivers of mobile AMR: insights from colistin resistance
Professor Craig MacLean, Oxford - View Bio
Embracing One Health to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
Dr Linda Oyama, Queen's University Belfast - View Bio
Sustainable interventions such as the use of diagnostic tools, training, and communication in LMICs
Dr Catrin Moore, St George's University London

SESSION THREE: Offered papers
Presentation to be confirmed
Presentation to be confirmed
Presentation to be confirmed
Presentation to be confirmed


Introductory Remarks
Dr Freya Harrison, University of Warwick

SESSION FOUR: Potentiating Antibiotic Activity
Antimicrobial challenges and opportunities in the management of complex biofilms in diabetic foot ulcers
Professor Gordon Ramage, Professor of Infection Prevention & Control, Glasgow Caledonian University - View Bio
Cell Envelope
Dr Melissa Webby, Oxford
Interfering with bacterial communication as a therapeutic approach
Professor Miguel Cámara, Nottingham - View Bio


SESSION FIVE: Mechanisms of Resistance
Antibiotic Tolerance: A "New" Threat to Antibiotic Therapy
Dr Jo Hobbs, Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, University of St Andrews - View Bio
Molecular basis of colonisation, copper, biofilms
Professor Joan Geoghan, University of Birmingham
Chronic pulomonary infections
Professor Jane Davies, Imperial

Presentation title to be confirmed
Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, UKHSA

Closing remarks and poster prize


Please use the links below to register. For any queries regarding registration, please contact Esme Carruthers.

No refunds can be given for cancellations notified after Friday 8 November 2024.

Registration package includes: 2 day course, 1 night accommodation, all course meals + networking dinner

Early bird offer (closes Friday 21 June) £175.00 plus VAT (£210.00)
Abstract submission discounted rate (closes on Friday 11 October) £200.00 plus VAT (£240.00)
Standard registration £300.00 plus VAT (£360.00)
Student registration £225.00 plus VAT (£270.00)
Industry registration £600.00 plus VAT (£720.00)

Abstract Submission

Please submit your abstract(s) using the online submission form for consideration for ORAL and/or POSTER presentation at the conference.

The deadline for abstract submission is 1200hrs UK time on Friday 11 October 2024.

Please note our Conditions of Submission:

  1. The presenting author must register for the conference.
  2. Abstracts must be submitted by 1200hrs UK time on Friday 11 October 2024
  3. The first author should ideally be the presenting author. All correspondence will be sent to the lead author.
  4. If selected for poster presentation authors are required to submit their poster in pdf format prior to the conference.
  5. A printed poster (A1 portrait) will be required for the in-person event.
  6. All abstracts need to be submitted using the online submission form.

Format of Abstracts:
Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and contain:

  • the title, authors, affiliations
  • an initial statement of specific objectives of the study, unless this is given in the title;
  • a brief statement of methods;
  • a summary of the results obtained;
  • specific conclusions.

The material presented should be relatively new but may have been presented at another conference in the past 12 months.

For any queries regarding abstract submissions, please contact Esme Carruthers.

    Lead Author Name

    Lead Author Contact Email

    Role and Organisation

    Presentation Preference (please select)

    Abstract Title

    Author Names and Organisations

    Structured Abstract (maximum word count 400 including graphs)

    Supporting document


    There are various sponsorship opportunities available at this conference, please contact Esme Carruthers for further details.

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