European Melioidosis Congress:

19th-21st March 2018

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK

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Designed by Dr Philippa Matthews

We would like to warmly invite you to The European Melioidosis Congress 2018, which is to be based at Lady Margaret Hall, one of the colleges of University of Oxford. The congress will open with a drinks and canapé welcome reception on the evening of Monday 19th March 2018. This will be followed by two full conference days on Tuesday 20th March and Wednesday 21st March. 

The Congress will bring together clinicians and researchers to discuss the latest developments in the microbiology, diagnosis and treatment of the pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei and aims to continue the progress made at the earlier European congresses (most recently in Cambridge in 2015). There will be a particular emphasis on encouraging early career researchers to present their work, either orally or in posters. We wish to make the most of the college atmosphere and the friendliness of the melioidosis research community by giving lots of opportunities for informal networking in the breaks and in the college bar in the evenings.

Rice farmers are at risk of contracting the disease

Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei, a bacterium found in soil and water. It is prevalent throughout the tropics but is greatly under-diagnosed. It is believed to kill some 89,000 people a year worldwide, more than diseases such as dengue or leptospirosis. Clinical presentations are diverse and may include fever, pneumonia, and abscesses in any organ.

Lady Margaret Hall was founded in 1878 to right a wrong: the fact that a great university saw fit to educate men, but not women. The foundation of a college to remedy that injustice was, in the words of the writer Vera Brittain, “the quintessence of the whole movement for women’s emancipation, the context for the equal citizenship of the mind.”  

We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy Oxford. 



Talbot Hall is located within the Talbot building

On Monday 19th March there will be a welcome reception with drinks and canapés, starting at 18:00h at the Talbot Hall.

The conference will take place in the Simpkins Lee theatre at 09:00h on Tuesday 20th March and continue until 17:00h. Proceedings will begin with Opening Remarks, followed by the scientific programme which includes international speakers, oral presentations, poster displays and refreshments. On Wednesday 21st March the conference will begin at 09:00h and conclude at 17:00h.


The non-residential package incorporates:

College accommodation

The residential package includes all non-residential items specified above and 2 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at Lady Margaret Hall, arriving on 19 March and departing on 21 March. Rooms are single with ensuite facilities. We regret that only single room accommodation is available because the college does not have any double or twin rooms. Check-in is from 2pm on the day of arrival and check-out is by 10am on the day of departure. Luggage storage will be provided.

Alternative accommodation

If you are on a non-residential package or are a day visitor, you are welcome to explore other nearby accommodation. Our recommendations include Linton Lodge and Parklands. For further University accommodation options please go to University Rooms.

Chosen package for EMC 2018:

Early Bird registration (available until 30 November 2017)
Standard residential early bird £400
Student residential early bird £250

Standard non-residential early bird £250
Student non-residential early bird £100

Day rate excluding dinners and evening events £150 (per day)

Registration (from 1 December 2017)
Standard residential £500
Student residential £325

Standard non-residential £325
Student non-residential £150

Day rate excluding dinners and evening events £150 (per day)

Please note: Day rate of £150 is per day between 9am and 6pm on the 20th and/or 21st March 2018 - thus it excludes dinners and evening events.


Registration has closed.


Delegates are requested to book their own travel and local transfers to and from Oxford, and to make own arrangements for an entry visa (if required) and travel insurance cover. On request we will provide a letter to support your UK visa application. These costs will not be reimbursed.

From London Heathrow or London Gatwick you can either use the Airline bus or National rail to travel to Oxford. Services offered under National rail include Heathrow express or Gatwick express

If using the airline bus, ensure you disembark at Gloucester Green, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BU. Walking directions from Gloucester Green to Lady Margaret Hall College. If using National rail, we recommend travelling to the city centre railway station at Oxford Railway Station, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HS. Walking directions from Oxford Railway Station to Lady Margaret Hall College. Alternatively, you can get a taxi from Gloucester Green or Oxford Railway Station.


The EMC 2018 Organising Committee - Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health


EMC 2018 website: European Melioidosis Congress 2018

CTMGH website: Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health