With the UK hosting the COP26 summit this year, our ECS Committee are hosting a week-long webinar series focused on the role of microbes in climate change and why microbiology research is so important to a sustainable future. 

Part of the motivation for this event is the announcement by the UK government in February 2021 about the creation of an Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA), which will make funding available to cutting edge research and development, including in the climate sector. To find out more, click here.

Event Format 

To improve accessibility of this webinar series, captioned speaker presentations will be available on the AMI website during the period 18 - 21 October.  Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions which will be answered on 22 October at 10:00 (BST) when we host a live panel session with the speakers.  


Monday 18 October 10:00-11:00 BST

Microbial degradation and up-cycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, Alice Banks, Imperial College London, UK

Bioconversion of methane to biodegradable plastic, Marina Lazic, University of Alberta, Canada

Tuesday 19 October 10:00-11:00 BST

Protein Engineering of dyp1B from Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5 for the oxidation of lignin and lignolytic substrates, Austine Ehibhatiomhan, Coventry University, UK

Inner Workings of Tiny Polluters, Nitrous Oxide Production by Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria, Sujani Gomes, University of Alberta, Canada

Wednesday 20 October 10:00-11:00 BST

Development of a free radical scavenging bacterial consortium to mitigate the effects of climate change in cnidarians, Ashley Dungan, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Forecasting cow milk microbial safety and quality by considering climatic dynamics, Lydia Katsini, Ku Leuven, Belgium

Thursday 21 October 10:00-10:30 BST

Naganishia liquefaciens, a yeast endophyte of high-altitude plant, imparts cold stress tolerance in Arabidopsis, Rahul Jain, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, India

Friday 22 October, 10:00-11:30 BST

All speakers join us for a live question and answer panel.


This free online event is available to members and non members, please register by clicking the red button Book Now

Monday 18 October

10am – 11am
Monday talks premiere


Tuesday 19 October

10am – 11am
Tuesday talks premiere


Wednesday 20 October

10am – 11am
Wednesday talks premiere


Thursday 21 October

10am – 11am
Thursday talks premiere


Friday 22 October

10am – 11.30am
Q&A Panel


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