Early Career Mycoplasma and Chlamydia Researcher Conference 2022


The ESCMID Study Group for Mycoplasma and Chlamydia Infections (ESGMAC) invite you to attend the first conference for Early Career Mycoplasma and Chlamydia Researchers – ECMCR 2022. 

The conference will place virtually on Tuesday 18th October 2022


Focus of the conference

This conference has been designed to give early career researchers an opportunity to present their research in a low-pressure and welcoming environment and build on their presentation skills. It will also serve to highlight career development opportunities in this field.  Finally, we have two invited speakers who will give an overview of their career paths and provide insight on making the most out of your research career.


We welcome abstract submission on all aspects of mycoplasma and chlamydia biology with relation to human health and disease. This may encompass clinical presentation, epidemiology, development and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in relation to Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma and Chlamydia infections in humans as well advances in diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention.


Who can attend?

This conference is aimed at early career researchers (ECRs). 


We do not want to restrict attendance to this conference, but as a guide we have loosely defined ECRs as undergraduate or postgraduate students, technicians, post-doctoral researchers, or newly appointed academic/physicians within their first five years of appointment.  There may be specific individual situations, which do not fall within this definition, therefore we are flexible on whether you see yourself as an ECR.



Register now here

To promote participation from early career researchers, registration for this conference is FREE.


Although not mandatory, we encourage delegates to sign up to the ESCMID Study Group for Mycoplasma and Chlamydia Infections (ESGMAC) - ESCMID members can sign up for free here


Prizes will be awarded to the best oral and poster presentations. To be considered for theses prizes you MUST be a member of ESGMAC at the time of abstract submission. See Prizes section for more details.  



Posters for the ECMCR accepted abstracts can be viewed here by clicking on the titles of the abstracts. Abstracts selected for poster presentation will be compiled into a digital poster booklet and distributed to delegates alongside summaries of oral presentations. Contact us about abstracts at: ECMCR2022[at]outlook.com


Poster NumberTitleAuthor
002Evaluating Potential Vaccine Candidates for Chlamydia using a Flow Cytometry Neutrophil Phagocytosis AssayZ. Wilton
003Factors Associated with Chlamydia trachomatis infections among sexually active women in a high-burden region, western KenyaM. Nyakambi
007Developing a Multilocus Sequence Typing Scheme for the Emerging Respiratory Pathogen Mycoplasma amphoriformeL. Simpson
009Chlamydia trachomatis and the Characterization of its Inclusion Membrane Protein CT226C. Holcomb
012H-89 Pharmacological Inhibition of Host Signaling During Chlamydia trachomatis InfectionN. Dasgupta
013Down regulation of circulating micro-RNA 873 correlates with bacterial load in Chlamydia trachomatis-associated tubal ectopic patients A. Dimri
014Towards identification of microbiome derived biomarkers predicting chlamydial ascensionS. Jeong
015Establishment of Murine Sexual Transmission Models with Luciferase-expressing Chlamydia muridarumA. Jamus
019Developing a molecular based method for determining antimicrobial resistance in Mycoplasma amphoriformeG. E. Pugh
021Prevalence of Ureaplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma hominis and their antimicrobial susceptibility during 2017-2021 G. Lila
022Recommendation of a method for harmonized antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Mycoplasma ('Mycoplasmopsis') bovis via broth microdilution F. Gütgemann
025Characterising Mycoplasma hominis biofilmsR. Lloyd




Programme Overview

Time (CEST)SessionSpeakers (Chairs)
9:00-9:10Introduction and welcome to the meetingDr Mike Beeton
9:10-10:00Invited guest speaker – Dr Vicki Chalker – Chief Scientific Officer, National Health Service Blood and Transplant

Dr Vicki Chalker

(Dr Mike Beeton)

Session 1 - Accepted oral abstracts:

State-of-the-art approaches to understanding Chlamydia and Mycoplasma of the genital tract

4 talks

(Dr Jorgen Jensen)
11:00-11:15Comfort break and online poster viewing

Session 2 - Accepted oral abstracts:

Respiratory infections in humans and animals through the lens of 'One Health'

4 talks

(Prof. Sabine Pereyre)
12:15-13:10Mid-meeting break and online poster viewing
13:10-14:00Invited guest speaker – Dr. Sunčanica Ljubin-Sternak - Full Professor at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Dr Sunčanica Sunčanica Ljubin-Sternak

(Dr Tomislav Mestrovic)

Session 3 - Accepted oral abstracts:

Pathogenesis, novel treatment solutions and antimicrobial resistance

4 talks

(Prof. Barbara Van Der Pol)
15:00-15:15Comfort break and online poster viewing
15:15-15:45Joint discussion on the Mycoplasma and Chlamydia Delphi StudyDr Tomislav Mestrovic
15:45-16:00Awarding of prizes and closing of the meetingDr Mike Beeton & Dr Tomislav Mestrovic




Guest Speakers

Victoria Chalker

Chief Scientific Officer, National Health Service Blood and Transplant

Dr. Chalker worked on Mycoplasma and Chlamydia species for 22 years. She started her career on Mollicutes in dogs, cats, tortoises and animals with the Royal Veterinary College. The former head of the UK national reference unit with remit for human mollicutes and chlamydia species, introducing services in respiratory chlamydia, mollicutes in neonates and Mycoplasmapneumoniae. She developed the sexually transmitted reference services to include Mycoplasmagenitalium. She Chairs the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Mollicutes and has led global studies and established ESGMI – the Mycoplasma study group that contributed to the formation of ESCMAC.


Dr. Sunčanica Ljubin-Sternak

Full Professor at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Dr. Sunčanica Ljubin-Sternak is a Medical Doctor, Clinical Microbiology Specialist/Consultant and a Head of the Molecular Microbiology Department at the Teaching Institute for Public Health Dr. Andrija Štampar in Zagreb, Croatia. She is also a Full Professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, where she coordinates and leads a postgraduate study programme in clinical microbiology. She is actively involved in the research of Chlamydia and Mycoplasma epidemiology and susceptibility patterns, and she has successfully mentored several PhD candidates and clinical microbiology trainees. She is a member of many scientific societies and an avid lecturer.


We are pleased to announce prizes will be awarded to the top oral and poster presentations.


These will be a cash prize in addition to reimbursement of two years ESCMID membership fees at the Young Scientist membership value (Euro 80).


To be considered for theses prizes you MUST be a member of ESGMAC at the time of abstract submission.