St. Richard’s Hospital
Wessex Applied Microbiologists was formed in 1976 as the Wessex Microbiology Discussion Group. Evening meetings were organised covering medical, veterinary and environmental microbiology topics. The evening meetings have continued with up to 5 meetings each year, held in different venues across the Wessex area.
The first symposium was held in 1981 at the University of Southampton. Symposia then followed every three years, with the venue changing to the Novotel Southampton in 1996.
The successful symposium format of concurrent lectures following different themes has continued since the beginning of the symposia. This allows delegates a choice of lectures and a very full day. Regular support by around twenty microbiology supply companies, and the enthusiasm of the delegates, has allowed the symposium to develop and provide up-to-date lectures and a lively social programme.