British Society for Microbial Technology

Welcome to the BSMT Website

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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.

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.

Forthcoming Conference

  • BSMT Annual Scientific Conference Friday 20 May 2016 - PHE Colindale

    Assessing the Impact of New Technology in Diagnostics on Global Epidemiology:
    How Laboratories make a Difference

    The focus this year is on the relationship and relevance of microbiology laboratories, including virology, in identifying the spread of disease. The conference is aimed at senior biomedical and clinical scientists, other scientists and medical doctors.

    Access the Application form here and Programme here send to Yvette Howell, Education and Training Unit, Colindale, PHE, 61, Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ. Tel: + 44 (0) 20 8327 7427; E-mail:

    As usual, we have attracted some excellent speakers including:
    • Professor Derrick Crook, Director of Microbiology, Public Health England
    • Dr Kate Baker, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridgeshire
    • Dr Nick Loman, Independent Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
    • Dr Matthew Donati, Consultant Medical Virologist, PHE Microbiology Services, Bristol
    • Professor Ian Goodfellow, Head of Virology, Addenbrookes Hospital, University of Cambridge
    • Dr Gwenda Hughes, Head of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Surveillance at Public Health England
    • Professor Matthew Baylis, Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool

    • Professor Eric Bolton, President of the BSMT, and Professor Brian Duerden CBE will chair the conference

    Cost £85 (Early Bird Discount Extended until 30 April; £105 thereafter) including refreshments and comprehensive Trade Show

    We are grateful to the following companies for supporting the meeting:

    • Alpha Laboratories
    • Becton Dickinson UK Limited
    • Bioconnections
    • Biomerieux UK
    • Bruker UK Ltd
    • Don Whitley Scientific Ltd
    • Launch Diagnostics
    • Mast Diagnostics
    • Medical Wire & Equipment
    • Oxoid Ltd (Thermofischer)
    • Pro-Lab Diagnostics
    • Werfen Ltd. (Instrumentation Laboratory)

Evaluation Reports

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!

Laboratory Education Grants

The BSMT offers ten £250 Laboratory Education Grants each year. 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. The grants will not normally be awarded to applicants who have received grants from other sources but will be available to those who have funding for tuition fees but not for project consumables.

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.