St. Richard’s Hospital
I've been a regular attendee of WAM evening meetings since the early 90s.
The first meeting I went to was at Porton Down, I remember ending up, in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere, driving past high wire fences and then seeing the armed soldiers, I wondered what on earth I was going to, but over the years I've attended some fascinating meetings on a wide range of topics.
I've also attended six symposia, first at Southampton University and then at the Novotel. The symposia have managed to incorporate a whole range of topics over the years and have included some breaking news topics, such as vCJD.
I've been a member of the WAM committee for 15 years and took on the role of Evening Meeting Secretary about 12 years ago. Being involved on the committee has given me an opportunity to get to know people from a number of different laboratories. Ive found that attending WAM meetings has been a good way to meet up with people from other laboratories, keep in contact with friends and colleagues and generally keep up with what is happening in microbiology and what is happening in other laboratories in the region.