CSM Annual Conference

Bringing together Canadian microbiologists since 1952

73rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists

This year’s Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM 2024), will be held at Western University.  Western is located on the ancestral and Treaty lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron (sometimes referred to as Chonnonton or Neutral Nation), on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796, predated by the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum.

Western University acknowledges historical and ongoing injustices that First Nations, Métis and Inuit endure in Canada, and we accept responsibility as a public institution to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation, as well as renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities and Peoples through our teaching, research and community service.

Our theme for this year’s meeting is “Microbiology in the Forest City“; a legacy name dating back to the founding of London in the late 1700’s. This meeting will showcase research in Microbiology conducted within our Department and our affiliated Lawson Health Research Institute, and our close association with the southwestern Ontario agricultural community, including the London Research and Development Centre of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada network of research labs. Recognizing the legacy of two former Department chairs, we are honoured this year to present the CSM RGE Murray Award at the home institution of Dr. Murray, and to have former chair Dr. Bhagirath Singh Chair a symposium that recognizes the research of the Bhagi Singh CIHR Young Investigator award recipients.

The Local Organizing Committee of CSM 2024 is excited to host a successful event that will showcase outstanding scientific and professional development program and anticipate attendance of over 600 delegates from Canada, the United States, and overseas, including faculty, postdoctoral fellows, educators, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers. The Keynote Speaker Dr. Vincent Young, will address “the impact of the gut microbiome on health and disease”. Our program includes twelve symposia: antimicrobial resistance, soil aquatic and environmental microbiology, virulence and gene regulation, microbial surface structures, food microbiology, microbiomes in health and disease, pandemic preparedness, climate change microbiology, bioinformatics genomics and genome evolution, fungal and eukaryotic microbiology, and pathogenesis and host response. The conference will be rounded out by three symposia representing the cornerstone foundations of the CSM community: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Infection and Immunity, and Molecular Genetics and Cellular Microbiology.

The Canadian Society of Microbiologists thanks its members for their support. We have many members nationwide and are proud to feature them here in our Member Directory. If you are interested in joining our directory, consider purchasing a membership to enjoy not just a listing here, but many other privileges and benefits.  Please note that CSM-SCM members get discounted registration fees – be sure to join or renew your membership today to benefit from these discounts!

Our Local Organizing Committee has assembled a Keynote symposium plus twelve additional symposia that, together with the three cornerstone symposia of the CSM, will both emphasize our theme of Microbiology in the Forest City and showcase the breadth, diversity and excellence of research for which the Canadian microbiology community is known.

Below, you will find quick links to conference details, available awards, registration and abstract submission deadlines, as well as details on poster presentations and student / postdoc symposiums. Browse the options below to learn more about the upcoming conference.

We look forward to hosting you at Western University for CSM 2024!


CSM 2024 Conference Chair Dr. Martin McGavin, and LOC members;

Drs Jeremy Burton, Carole Creuzenet, Veronica Guariglia, Jennifer Guthrie, David Heinrichs, Susan Koval, John McCormick, and Vera Tai

About the CSM Annual Conference

Organizing Committee & Theme

Learn about the local organizing committee and this year’s theme for the conference.


Register for our upcoming conference! Please remember to purchase or renew your membership before registering for the conference to enjoy discounted rates and benefits!

Program & Schedule

Take a look at what events and talks we have scheduled at our annual conference.

Poster Presentation & Competition

Awards are available for students with the best posters in our upcoming conference.

Student Symposium Competition

Intended to offer microbiology trainees at various stages the opportunity to highlight their research achievements with their peers at the annual CSM conference.

Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Recognizing excellence in scientific research and communication from CSM postdoctoral research fellows. Only 1 award available from Knowles Alumni Fund.

Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration

Support our dynamic conference by becoming a sponsor or showcasing your company, product, and service to a broad audience of scientists who have similar interests in microbiology!

Available Awards

We have numerous awards available at our conference, from keynote speakers to trainee awards. Check out the large list of awards we have for our society.

Past Conferences

The first CSM-SCM conference was held in 1952 and has grown since then in size and reach. View our history of conferences and highlights from each event.