The Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2016 was held from 21-24 March in Liverpool (UK). The event was one of Europe’s largest annual gatherings in the field of microbiology.

The conference, which brought together 1,200 microbiologists from around the world, was an excellent opportunity for attendees to share their latest research andexchange views on pressing public health issues.

New developments in the research on Ebola were brought forward. The conference also included a workshop on aspects of DNA virology. Participants discussed – amongst other topics – genome replication, particle structure, assembly, and egress of viruses.

Wendy Barclay, Professor of Influenza Virology at Imperial College London, was awarded the 2016 Peter Wildy Prize for her work on the pandemic flu, and her continuing efforts to ensure open debate about gain-of-function virology studies.