Welcome to the BSMT Website
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.
- 32nd BSMT Annual Scientific Conference Friday 12 May 2017 - Watch this space!
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.
- Professor Eric Bolton, President of the BSMT
Introduction to the day
- Professor Derrick Crook, Director of Microbiology,
Public Health England
The role of the microbiology laboratory in the vision for a National Infection Service
- Dr Kate Baker, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
Intercontinental dissemination of azithromycin-resistant shigellosis through sexual transmission: a cross sectional study
- Dr Nick Loman, Independent Research Fellow, University
Disruptive technologies for pathogen diagnostics and epidemiology
- Dr Matthew Donati, Consultant Medical Virologist,
PHE Microbiology Services, Bristol
Personalised medicine: one sized medicine – it has all gone pear-shaped
- Dr Gwenda Hughes, Head of Sexually Transmitted
Infection (STI) Surveillance at Public Health England
Integration of public health microbiology into STI surveillance to improve health outcomes
- Professor Ian Goodfellow, Head of Virology,
Addenbrookes Hospital, University of Cambridge
The role of new (and not so new) technologies in understanding the evolution and transmission of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone
- Professor Matthew Baylis, Chair of Veterinary
Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of
Epidemiology and entomology of the Zika virus outbreak
- Professor Eric Bolton, President of the BSMT, and Professor Brian Duerden CBE chaired the conference
We are grateful to the following companies for supporting the meeting:
- Alpha Laboratories
- Becton Dickinson UK Limited
- 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)
- Professor Eric Bolton, President of the BSMT
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:
Professional presentations in high profile establishment with excellent Chairs
Excellent trade show and opportunity for networking
Variety of topics
Please follow the link to find out about the criticisms and how we are responding!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to Comment on UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations
All microbiologists are invited to comment of the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs).
Fifty years of microbiology, antibiotics and vaccines
Read Trevor Winstanley's article: 'Fifty years of microbiology, antibiotics and vaccines'.
Over the past few years, the BSMT has run several very successful annual scientific meetings at the Centre for Infections, Colindale, in North London.
Regional Symposium: 'To Screen or Not to Screen'
Held on Friday 27th November 2015 at Liverpool Maritime Museum
30th BSMT Annual Scientific Conference: Friday 15 May 2015
Venue: Colindale, Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency)
Diagnostic microbiology: Lab life but not as we know it
- 29th Annual Scientific Meeting: Antimicrobial resistance - a bitter pill to swallow
Held on Friday 16th May 2014 at Colindale, Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency)
Regional Symposium: 'Microbiology of the Compromised Host'
Held on Friday 11th October 2013 at Mercure Sheffield St.Paul's Hotel and Spa
28th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Microbiology of Normally Sterile Sites: Enrich your Culture'
Held on 17th May 2013 at Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency), Colindale, London.
27th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Sexually Transmitted Infections: Warts and All'
Held on Friday 18th May 2012 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
Enterics Symposium – 'Current Practices – a bog standard approach?'
Held on 25 November 2011 at Liverpool ACC Conference Centre, Albert Dock, Liverpool
26th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'New Technologies: Thoroughly Modern Methods'
Held on Friday 20th May 2011 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
25th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Back to the Future - 25 Years of Clinical Microbiology'
Held on Friday, 14th May 2010 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
Scientific Workshop 2009 - "Enterics – a bog standard approach?"
Held on Friday, 27 November 2009 at The Hinckley Island Hotel, Watling Street, Hinckley
24th Annual Scientific Meeting - "Tips for TATs: The Importance of Turn-Around Times and Point of Care Tests in Microbiology"
Held on Friday, 8 May 2009 at the Centre of Infections, HPA Colindale.
23rd Annual Scientific Meeting - "Doing more for less - giving up on culture"
Held on Friday, 16 May 2008 at the Centre for Infections, HPA Colindale.
22nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2007 - "Do the Sick no Harm"
This ASM was held on Friday, 4 May 2007 in the Wilson Lecture Theatre, Centre for Infections, HPA Colindale.
The 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, TB or not TB? was held on Friday 12th May 2006.
A Programme of the 21st ASM is available.
The 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, "CNS Infections: A Laboratory Headache" was held on Friday 20th May 2005.
A Programme of the 20th ASM, with links to presentations is available.
- The 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Changing Perspectives", was held on Friday 14th May 2004. View the Programme of the 19th ASM.
- A Workshop on Enteric Investigations was held in November 2003. Slides are also available.
- The 18th meeting, "Get it off your Chest", was held on Friday 16th May 2003. Slides are available.