Workshops & SIG Meetings

Workshop attendance for delegates not attending the conference is available. Please register as Workshop Only through the online process.
Alternatively, if you wish to attend the full Wednesday program, select Single Day Registration.

  Members Non Members
Conference Delegates Included for all Full Conference Registrations & Wednesday Single Day Registrations
Workshop Only $100.00 $150.00
Sponsored Workshops:
Day Time Workshop Details:  Location/Room
Monday 12:30pm-2:00pm Bruker Workshop 

Next generation, microbiological workflow for rapid identification, antibiotic resistance and subtyping of microorganisms

Dr Thien Tran, application scientist Bruker Pty Ltd

Brisbane Convention Centre
Monday 12:30pm - 2:00pm Illumina Workshop Illuminating the human gut microbiome

Professor Phil Hugenholtz, Microba 
Brisbane Convention Centre / Room P6


ASM Special Interest Group Workshops & Meetings:
Day Time Workshop Location/Room Contact
Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm

Title: Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

The CDS Workshop is open to all who are interested in Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (AST). The session is interactive and will cover a range of topics related to AST used in the diagnostic laboratory. Participants will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and their skills in recognising the different patterns of antibiotic susceptibility. The introduction of the 9 th edition of the CDS manual will be covered focusing on additions and updates from the previous edition. The session will conclude with the annual general meeting of the CDS Special Interest group.

Brisbane Convention Centre Dianne Rafferty
Wednesday 2:00pm-3:30pm
Culture Media SIG Workshop

Title: ASM Guidelines for the Quality Control and Quality Assurance of Microbiological Media Medical; mycology; solid TB; Food & Water microbiology

Click here to download the agenda

Brisbane Convention Centre

Peter Traynor



SIG AGM 4:00-4:30

Eurkaryotic Microbes SIG Workshop

Title: Cool tools for studying eukaryotic microbes

Synopsis: Eukaryotic microbes are fantastic model systems for deciphering the fundamental mechanisms of eukaryotic molecular and cell biology. In addition, fungi and parasites are serious pathogens of humans, animals and plants. The workshop will discuss advanced approaches for studying the biology and pathogenesis of eukaryotic microbes.


  • Timothy Tucey (Monash University)
  • Lucia Zacchi (University of Queensland)
  • Brianna Steed (University of Melbourne)
  • Aaron Jex (Walter and Elisa Hall Institute)
  • Ala Tabor (University of Queensland)
  • James Fraser (University of Queensland)

Brisbane Convention Centre

Ana Traven



Genomics Workshop
(Bioinformatics/Public Health & Food Microbiology SIGs)
2:00-3:30 - session 1
Scott Beatson (UQ) - Welcome on behalf of co-organisers (Deborah Williamson (UMelb) and Edward Fox (CSIRO))
Deborah Williamson (UMelb) - Overview of genomics in clinical microbiology and public health
Leah Roberts (UQ) - Genomics in hospital outbreaks (introducing
Amy Jennison/Rikki Graham (QFSS) - Direct patient sample sequencing
3:30-4:00: Coffee/Tea break 
4:00-5:30 - session 2
Brian Forde (UQ) - Application of long-read sequencing technologies
Gareth Price (QFAB) - Galaxy Australia demonstration and Q&A
Deborah, Leah, Amy and Brian will be giving 25-30 min talks. Gareth's demonstration will be an hour. Speakers will provide pdf versions of talks (excluding any unpublished research slides) after the workshop for distribution by email.
The Galaxy Australia demonstration will explore the process and results from applied bacterial genomics analysis. This will be an interactive session making use of Galaxy Australia with step-by-step tutorials to guide you through genome assembly, annotation, variant calling and MLST typing. Additional tutorials are available as an Introduction to Galaxy and Learn Key Tasks. It is strongly recommended that you familiarise yourself with Galaxy Australia, using these two tutorials, before performing your microbial WGS analyses.  
The link below contains all the information required to register/login (free) to Galaxy Australia plus links to all the tutorials. - please use the interactive survey at this link to pose any questions you'd like to see addressed during the practical session.

Brisbane Convention Centre

Scott Beatson

Ed Fox

Deborah Williamson



Clinical Serology and Molecular Biology Workshop

Title: Old diseases, new challenges in diagnosis

Modern medicine has seen a reduction in the prevalence of many infectious diseases, particularly in the last 60 years. Development of improved vaccines, better treatment options and government sponsored vaccination programmes have undoubtedly improved human health. This has led to the belief that many diseases with high morbidity and mortality rates have been eliminated or eradicated. Yet to date, the only human disease declared eradicated is smallpox. We have exerted a measure of control on many of the childhood killers of the past and some are moving towards elimination status – but they haven’t gone away. In fact over the last decade many of these “old diseases” are making a comeback. Measles for example killed 2.6 million people worldwide in 1980, by 2000 this was reduced to 550,000 and by 2016 was reduced to 89,780. Despite this obvious improvement we have seen outbreaks in 2015 across multiple states of the US originating from one traveller to Disneyland. Measles outbreaks have spiked in 15 European countries in 2017. Australia has seen several outbreaks in multiple states following introduction by viraemic travellers.

It isn’t just measles making a comeback, STD’s are on the increase. Syphilis cases have increased markedly in the MSM community and indigenous populations. Sadly we are now seeing the reappearance of congenital syphilis. Diptheria outbreaks have been noted in India, Latvia, Indonesia, Yemen and Australia since 2017. Brucellosis, is now considered an emerging threat in developing countries - but it’s not just developing countries facing problems with an old disease whose epidemiology is changing. Australia’s herds are considered brucella free yet in 2017 swine brucellosis was found to be spread by feral pigs to hunting dogs putting humans at risk.

The Clinical Serology and Molecular Biology Special Interest Group has gathered together 5 experts to discuss the the problems we face as these ancient diseases change their epidemiology and come back with a vengeance. Come to the workshop in the Brisbane Convention Centre on Wednesday 4th July 2017 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm to hear the latest. Bring along any diagnostic testing, interpretative or clinical challenges you have had with these organisms for discussion with the experts. Workshop places are strictly limited so register your interest to secure your spot today!!!!

The experts are:

Dr Diane Rowling
Dr Amy Jennison
Jamie McMahon
Dr Cathy Kneipp
Dr Jenny Robson

Brisbane Convention Centre

Linda Hueston


Day Time SIG Meeting Location/Room Contact
Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm

Education SIG meeting

Brisbane Convention Centre

Karena Waller

Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm

CAP SIG meeting

Brisbane Convention Centre

Alan Heritage

Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm

Bacteriophage SIG meeting

Brisbane Convention Centre

Jeremy Barr