Save the Date: AusME 2024


Job Opportunity: Senior Lecturer Microbiology

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) at The University of Sydney is seeking to appoint a Research & Teaching academic (Senior Lecturer) in Microbiology. The successful applicant will bring to the school expertise in microbiological systems – for example in synthetic biology, molecular microbiology, microbial ecology or environmental biotechnology. 

The advertisement for the position and position description can be found here. The advertisement closes on 8 January 2024.


Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The UTS Chlamydia Research Team has an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct molecular microbiology and cell culture research activities.

The advertisement for the position and position description can be found here. The advertisement closes on 9 January 2024.


ASM Nancy Millis Student Awards 2024 - Advance Notice


ASM NSW/ACT Branch Xmas Party

It’s that time of year again!!! Come celebrate a great year of microbiology in NSW/ACT.

When: 6pm, Thursday 23 November

Where: The Royal Albert hotel, 140 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills – food and drink provided

Cost: Members – free! Guests $25



ASM Student Summer Research Award 2023

Applications for the ASM Student Summer Research Award are now open. Students are invited to apply for experience working in a laboratory over the 2023/24 summer months for a maximum of 8 weeks. Successful awardees will receive a $1500 research award on completion of the project and a report and, one year free student membership to the Australian Society for Microbiology. An abstract from the research project which will be published in Microbiology Australia.

For further details about the award and eligibility criteria please see the application form. The deadline for applications is 8 December 2023. Please contact the Branch Awards Coordinator Thiru Vanniasinkam if you have any questions.


The Australian Biofilm Meeting 2023 #ABM2023

We are excited to announce our one-day national meeting – The Australian Biofilm Meeting 2023 #ABM2023. This will be a fantastic day, bringing together biofilm researchers Australia Wide. We have a wonderful line up of Australian biofilm experts and international keynote speakers, an exciting student/ECR competition with the chance to win FREE Gold Open Access Publishing in Biofilm (IF 6.8, prize valued at USD $2770), delectable catering, and the opportunity to hear the latest from our special sponsors (MP Biomedicals, CSIRO, Biofilm Journal, ASM National, and ASM NSW/ACT Branch)!

When: 8:15 am – 5 pm, Thursday 16th November, 2023

Where: The Teachers Federation College, Surry Hills, NSW (OR Join Online via Zoom)

Ticketing: Full Day Catered Event

In-person: Register

  • ASM Student (UG, Hons, Masters, PhD) – $20
  • Non-ASM Student (UG, Hons, Masters, PhD) – $30
  • ASM Associates, MASM, FASM – $35
  • Non-ASM Attendees – $45

Online: Register

  • Available to all – $5

Please register your attendance by COB Wednesday 1st November 2023. We kindly ask you all to encourage your colleagues, lab groups, and any industry partners who may find this day of interest to attend!


LGBTIQA+ Microbiology Network Event - 7 September 2023

Chris Greening will be speaking at the LGBTQIA+ Network next month. He’ll cover some of his lab’s key discoveries, from enzyme to ecosystem level, and discuss his wider life / career journey.

When: Sep 7th, 6pm

Where: In-person (Surry Hills, Syd) and Online.



Tri-State Scientific Meeting, Darwin - 8-10 September 2023


Annual General Meeting for the ASM NSW/ACT Branch - 31 August 2023

Our AGM is scheduled for August 31st and we are very excited to announce our Post-AGM Speaker.


Date: Thursday, August 31 2023

Location: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

Time: 6:00-7pm

RSVP by August 28, 2023 –

*NSW-ACT members only, and in-person only 

Post-AGM Speaker**:

Prof. Belinda Ferrari (UNSW) – “The Abys (Sydney) to Antarctica”

Speaker from 7pm, August 31, 2023

RSVP by August 28, 2023 –

**ALL ASM members welcome. This is a catered event ($10 non-members). The piost-AGM speech will be hybrid – for online attendees a Zoom link will be provided 2 days prior to event. 


MicroSeq2023 - 6-7 September 2023

We invite NSW/ACT ECR and PhD students to MicroSeq2023, an online conference designed to bring together early career researchers in Australia from a broad range of microbiology domains, united by their use of DNA and RNA sequencing technologies to investigate microbes. The first 50 ECR’s and graduate students who are ASM members will receive free registration, kindly provided by ASM. Upon registration, you will receive a link for abstract submission.

We will be accepting abstracts for medium length (10min) and lightning talks (3min).

Abstracts from Australian or New Zealand-based PhD and ECRs will be preferred with prizes for the best medium and lighting talks!

Date: 6-7 September

Cost: ASM member: $10 Non members: $20

Registration: Opens 26 July 2023,  closes 5 September 2023

For more details, keep an eye on the website: or follow the Twitter account @Microseq_ASM


Biofilm SIG Speaker Series - 1 June 2023

We invite you to our next ASM NSW/ACT Branch Biofilm SIG Speaker Series Event from 6-7:30pm on Thursday 1st June at The Teachers Federation College, Surry Hills, NSW (or Join online via Zoom – link provided upon registration).

This is a catered event (pizza and beverages), FREE to ASM Members/Online viewers, $5 for non-ASM Members.

Please register attendance by COB Tuesday 30 May:


LGBTIQ+ Microbiology Network Event - 23 May 2023

Please join us for our LGBTQIA+ Network Presents series featuring Professor Cynthia Whitchurch from the Quadram Institute in the UK on her presentation entitled Morophing Microbes: Understanding and Exploiting Shapeshifting in Pseduomonas aeruginosa on Tuesday the 23th May at 6 pm. 

Cynthia is a Fellow of the Australian Academy and is internationally recognised for her research in P. aeruginosa on biofilm formation, eDNA, explosive cell lysis and morphological transitions. This will be an exciting presentation so don’t miss out!

The presentation will be broadcast from the UK and will be available on Zoom (link via TryBooking). Additionally, a group of us will meet at Sydney Uni (location via TryBooking) to watch the presentation and then head for a social gathering afterward so feel free to register and join us.

Register here:

All are welcome!


ASM x JAMS Student Special - 28 July 2023

Calling all Honours, Masters and PhD Students!

JAMS and ASM-NSW/ACT Branch proudly present the inaugural JAMS x ASM-NSW/ACT Student special.

Join us on the 28th of July, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre for a JAM-packed night of student-led research!

  • Food and drinks are provided!
  • Two prizes to be won!
  • Best presentation – determined by our independent judge panel
  • People’s choice award – voted by you!

Registration and abstract submission is now live:

  • Submit your abstract within the registration form
  • Abstract submission closes 11:55 pm 14th July 2023


Careers in Microbiology - 12 April 2023 at WSU Parramatta City Campus

Ever wondered where your microbiology qualifications will take you? Western Sydney University and the NSW-ACT Branch are presenting a Careers in Microbiology event in April. Come along and hear from established microbiologists working in industry, hospital labs, science policy, communication and biotechnology.

Please RSVP here:


2023 ASM Student Travel Awards Night - 29 March at UTS or Online

Congratulations to our finalists!

Please register your in person attendance here:

Or join us online via zoom: 

(Password: 600252)

Nancy Millis 2023 finals


EduCon 2023 - Save the Date!

Save the date for this year’s EduCon which will be held immediately after the ASM2023 Annual Meeting in Perth with the theme of “Diversity, Inclusion and Education for All”. Register here, and submit your abstracts for an oral or poster presentation here!

EdSIG is also looking for their next convenor, and they remind you to apply for the following ASM awards: ASM Teacher travel awardASM David White Excellence in teaching award, and the ASM USA Teacher travel award.


Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostics SIG Inaugural Event - 21 March 2023

Food and refreshments courtesy of AusDiagnostics. Register your attendance at


Biofilm SIG Speaker Series - 9 March 2023

Register your attendance by Tuesday 7th March for the upcoming Biofilm SIG March Speaker Series Session: