21st International Symposium on Problems of Listeria and Listeriosis (ISOPOL)

10 September 2024 - 13 September 2024

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Hosted by: Quadram Institute

An international conference bringing together the global Listeria research community

Key dates

  • Abstract Submission: 8 April to 28 June 2024
  • ISOPOL Registration: 10 April to 4 September 2024
  • Booking of reserved accommodation block at Broadview Lodge: 8 April to 24 June 2024
  • Anticipated notification of accepted abstracts: late July, 2024

The Quadram Institute in Norwich, UK is pleased to announce that in September 2024 we will host the 21st International Symposium on Problems of Listeria and Listeriosis (ISOPOL).

This meeting will bring together the global Listeria research community and other food and health stakeholders to discuss new discoveries and opportunities to understand and control Listeria. Sessions will be convened to discuss advances in food safety, gut health, the biology of listeriosis and ecology of Listeria, and other topics developed by our expert Scientific Committee.

Norwich, the City of Stories, is a magnificent medieval city that is a short distance from London (two hours by train) and Amsterdam (one hour by air). Participants of ISOPOL will surely be charmed by this historic city set amongst the beautiful landscapes of Norfolk and the surrounding coastal regions.

The symposium will be held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The symposium will convene for full days over the 11  and 12 September, after opening on the afternoon of the 10 September  and then closing in the afternoon on the 13 September .

Please feel free to contact the co-Chair of the 21st ISOPOL, Dr Matthew Gilmour or complete this quick survey to register your interest in receiving further information as the programming develops.

Venue

The hub of the symposium will be the New Science Building at the University of East Anglia. The ISOPOL registration desk and all coffee breaks, lunches, posters and exhibitors will be set up here. Plenary and breakout sessions will occur at the neighbouring Julian Study Centre and the Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission for the upcoming 21st ISOPOL will be open until 28th June, 2024. After this time, the Scientific Planning Committee will review all submissions and develop a programme of oral and poster presentations.

We anticipate that the outcome of the Committee’s review will be shared with applicants by late July 2024. Accepted abstracts will be published in an online programme. Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

By submitting an abstract to ISOPOL, you are indicating to the symposium organisers your commitment to register and attend the event.

ISOPOL Registration

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Delegate registration fees for the 21st ISOPOL are £400 (approx. $500 USD). For those that need assistance, please see the bursary details below for early career researchers.

What do you get in your registration?

  • Admission to all ISOPOL scientific sessions (please note, this is an in-person meeting)
  • Attendance at the ISOPOL Welcome Reception on the evening of Tuesday 10th September at the renowned Norwich Cathedral (with a welcome drink and locally-produced artisan bakes from Bread Source)
  • Attendance to the ISOPOL Evening Meal on Wednesday 11th September at the historic Assembly House (with a welcome drink and an assortment of award-winning Chef’s selections)
  • Meals: coffee/tea breaks throughout the symposium, lunch on the 11th -13th September, and evening offerings (as above). Note, as is typical in the UK, it is best to arrange breakfast with your accommodation.
  • Transportation between scientific sessions and ISOPOL networking / social events in the Norwich City Centre
  • A customised map of Norwich to aid in your independent exploration of our fine city! We anticipate having organised walks and runs in Norwich on the morning of 10th September and/or afternoon of 13th September (weather dependent).
  • The ISOPOL event app with the scientific and social programme

Bursary for Early Career Researchers

The UK Food Safety Research Network (FSRN) is a sponsor of the 21st ISOPOL and will support the symposium registration costs (anticipated to be £400; approx. $500 USD) for up to 10 early career researchers. The FSRN is hosted at the Quadram Institute and is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and also by the UK’s Food Standards Agency.

To apply for the ISOPOL ECR Bursary, please note:

  • The bursary is intended to promote accessibility to the scientific and networking components of the 21st ISOPOL to early career participants who may otherwise be challenged to pay for all costs to attend the symposium.
  • For the purpose of this bursary, early career researchers are considered as graduate students and post-doctoral fellows/research associates
  • Applications are due by email to the conference chair by 28 June 2024. Please include a subject line specifying “Application to ISOPOL ECR Bursary” and include a brief rationale of up to 200 words of how the bursary would promote your participation at the 21st ISOPOL.
  • All bursary applicants must also submit an abstract to the 21st ISOPOL for consideration as a poster or oral presentation, and applicants must be prepared to pay symposium registration fees if their bursary application is not successful (e.g., in scenarios where the number of applicants exceeds the size of the bursary).
  • It is anticipated that funds will not be transferred directly to successful applicants, but rather registration fees will be paid on the applicant’s behalf (or refunded, if already paid).
  • The outcome of the Bursary applications is anticipated to be communicated in early July 2024.

ISOPOL themes

  • Pathogenesis of Listeria
  • Risk assessment and food safety of Listeria
  • Listeria biology
  • Listeria surveillance in animals, environments, and humans
  • Listeria genomics and evolution
  • Listeria and microbiota
  • Epidemiology and clinical aspects of listeriosis
  • Novel controls of Listeria

Preliminary programme

Tuesday 10 September

Opening and Keynote Presentations (3pm – 6pm)

  • Fundamental research on the virulence and survival of Listeria (Prof Pascale Cossart, Institut Pasteur)
  • Food safety risks and new insights on addressing Listeria challenges in food production (Prof Martin Wiedmann, Cornell University)
  • State-of-the-art approaches to understand or control Listeria (Prof Jörgen Johansson, Umeå universitet)

Welcome Reception (from 7pm at the renowned Norwich Cathedral with a welcome drink and locally-produced artisan bakes from Bread Source)

Wednesday 11 September

Plenary Sessions and Network session (9.30am – noon), with talks selected from the ISOPOL Themes.

Poster Session (1.30pm – 3pm)

Parallel Breakout Sessions (selected from two ISOPOL Themes) and Network session (3pm -5pm)

Evening dinner (from 7pm, at the historic Assembly House with a welcome drink and an assortment of award-winning Chef’s selections)

Confirmed Special Lectures:

Thursday 12 September

Plenary Sessions and Network session (9.30am – noon), with talks selected from the ISOPOL Themes.

Poster Session (1.30pm – 3pm)

Parallel Breakout Sessions (selected from two ISOPOL Themes) and Network session (3pm -5pm)

Confirmed invited lectures:

Friday 13 September

Plenary Sessions and Network session (9.30am – noon), with talks selected from the ISOPOL Themes.

Closing Session, ending by 1pm

Accommodation

Broadview Lodge at the University of East Anglia

ISOPOL has arranged for on-campus accommodation at the Broadview Lodge (at the University of East Anglia, approximately a 5-minute walk from the main ISOPOL scientific venues).

The Broadview Lodge have four different room types available:

  • Double: double bed en suite with TV – £70 per night, £80 per night if double occupancy
  • Twin: two single beds, en suite with TV – £70 per night, £80 per night if double occupancy
  • Nelson Room: single en suite with TV and a shared kitchen space – £60 per night
  • Nelson Court: single en suite with a shared kitchen space – £50 per night

Breakfast is available each morning at Zest, an eatery just a few minutes walk away from the accommodation at £9.00 per day.
From here, you can select items to build yourself a hot breakfast and will also get a drink.

If you would like to book a room at Broadview Lodge, email broadviewlodge@uea.ac.uk. Please provide the following information:

ISOPOL
Dates looking to stay
Contact email
Contact telephone
Room type you would like to book
Breakfast Y/N

Please be advised we have limited availability for each room type, so we cannot guarantee we will have your initial preference available.

Check out at the Broadview Lodge will be before 10:00 on the day of your departure as the conference falls over international arrivals day and rooms are required for servicing.

The deadline to book a room with Broadview Lodge within the reserved ISOPOL room block is Monday 24th June 2024. After this date, you are welcome to enquire about rooms, but these are subject to availability.

Please be advised that the Broadview Lodge will require payment to be made within 48 hours of a booking being created. Rooms are in high demand over this period due to it being arrivals week at the University, so payment is required for your reservation to be secured.
Payment can be taken either over the phone, or the Broadview Lodge can send you a payment link which will allow you to pay online.

St Giles House

For those wishing to stay in the Norwich city centre, ISOPOL has a room block booked at the St. Giles House Hotel. To book, please quote ‘Quadram’ to the receptionist. Please contact them over the phone on (+44)1603 275180. Please bear in mind that you pay at time of booking and it’s non-refundable.

Assembly House

Also in the city centre, we have a very limited number of reserved rooms at the historic Assembly House. To make a reservation please contact their office directly on (+44)1603 626402, noting you are an ISOPOL participant.

Other hotels in central Norwich

For other options in city centre, there are historic hotels such as the Maidshead and chain hotels such as the Premier Inn. These hotels are independent from ISOPOL and we cannot speak to their availability for September 2024. For those making independent bookings, we do suggest you confirm that you are staying in central location (e.g., the Duke Street branch of the Premier Inn) as there are branches at the periphery of Norwich that may present a challenge to easily commute to the ISOPOL venues on campus.

Visa applications

If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received payment of registration. To find out if you need a visa to visit the UK, please visit the UK visa and immigration website.

Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the meeting organisers do not take any responsibility for travel or the visas (if required).

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full before arrival at the conference. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the conference.

Norwich by train

Within the UK, Norwich is easily accessible from London Liverpool Street Station (2 hours, direct), from London Kings Cross Station (2.5 hours, via Cambridge), and from the train station at London Stansted Airport (1.5 hours, often direct). Other routes are possible from the west (e.g. from Manchester, Cambridge, Nottingham, Peterborough) and we suggest for all train journeys to book on the Trainline website or app, as rail travel in the UK is often easiest using ‘tap and go’ from QR codes on your smartphone.

It is possible to buy train tickets on the day of arrival, however it is cheaper and more flexible to pre-purchase an ‘open ticket’ for the day of travel (‘off peak open’ tickets are the cheapest, allowing you to get on any train outside of the ~8am and ~6pm rush hours).

If arriving internationally by rail on the Eurostar to London St Pancreas Station, connections to Norwich are possible from London Liverpool Street Station (20 minutes by tube) or from London Kings Cross Station (a very short walk from St Pancreas).

Once arriving at the Norwich train station, hotels in the city centre may be within walking distance if travelling light. Otherwise, or if staying at the University of East Anglia campus, a taxi is suggested. Pre-booking a taxi is recommended, with companies including ABC taxis, Courtesy, or Goldstar.

If connecting through London and if using the London Underground (tube), please note that travel is easiest by using a chip-enabled debit or credit card to ‘tap and go’ (i.e. tap to enter a station; tap out at the exit of your destination). Before you travel to ISOPOL, please ensure your card supports international payments. Purchase of tube tickets is also possible within stations.

If connecting through London and If using the London Underground (tube), please note that travel is easiest by using a chip-enabled debit or credit card to ‘tap and go’ (i.e. tap to enter a station; tap out at the exit of your destination). Before you travel to ISOPOL, please ensure your card supports international payments. Purchase of tube tickets is also possible within stations.

Norwich by air

Norwich has a small international airport that is part of the KLM network, providing quick connections from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The Norwich city centre or the University of East Anglia are then accessible by taxi. Pre-booking a taxi is recommended, with companies including ABC, Courtesy, or Goldstar.

Norwich is easily accessible by direct rail service from London Stansted airport (approx. 1.5 hours), which is a major hub for lower-cost airlines that service much of continental Europe. As noted in ‘Norwich by Train’ above, connecting rail tickets can be pre-booked on the Trainline website or app.

London Heathrow may be a preferred arrival option for some ISOPOL delegates. From Heathrow, a suggested option is to use the new Elizabeth line tube to London Liverpool Street station, and then connect to Norwich by train as described above. The Piccadilly tube line can also be used, albeit slower than the Elizabeth line, and providing a direct connection to London Kings Cross station or a change on the tube to London Liverpool Street Station. Another way to travel from Heathrow would be buy a more expensive ‘Heathrow Express’ ticket, however this only gets you into London Paddington station, and you’d need to find a taxi or tube ride over to London Liverpool Street or Kings Cross.

If connecting through London and if using the London Underground (tube), please note that travel is easiest by using a chip-enabled debit or credit card to ‘tap and go’ (i.e. tap to enter a station; tap out at the exit of your destination). Before you travel to ISOPOL, please ensure your card supports international payments. Purchase of tube tickets is also possible within stations.

Scientific Planning Committee

S. B. Barbuddhe, National Meat Research Institute (India)
John H. Brumell, The Hospital for Sick Children
Trinad Chakraborty, German Center for Infection Research
Julian Cooper, Institute of Food Science & Technology (UK)
Pascale Cossart, Institut Pasteur
Atin Datta, US Food and Drug Administration
Catherine Donnelly, University of Vermont
Jeff Farber, University of Guelph
Nancy Freitag, University of Illinois Chicago
Matthew Gilmour, Quadram Institute (ISOPOL Chair)
Karin Goodburn, Chilled Food Association (UK)
Darren E. Higgins, Harvard Medical School
Keith Ireton, University of Otago (NZ)
Frieda Jorgensen, UK Health Security Agency
Rob Kingsley, Quadram Institute (UK)
Marc Lecuit, Institut Pasteur
Martin Loessner, ETH Zürich
Conor O’Byrne, University of Galway
Anais Painset, UK Health Security Agency
Dan Portnoy, University of California, Berkeley
Aleisha Reimer, Public Health Agency of Canada
Debra Smith, Institute of Food Science & Technology (UK)
Jose Vazquez-Boland, University of Edinburgh
Martin Weidmann, Cornell University
Anthony Wilson, Food Standards Agency (UK)
Anat Herskovits, Tel Aviv University

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