Antimicrobials 2014

Thursday, 20 February 2014 to Saturday, 22 February 2014

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia


Invitation to Attend

On behalf of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials I would like to invite you to the Society’s 15th Annual Scientific Meeting “Antimicrobials 2014” to be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, on Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd February 2014.

I am pleased to announce Susan Huang, University of California Irvine, USA; Maiken Arendrup, Statens Serum Institute, Denmark; and Jason Roberts, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Australia will be participating at the meeting. Susan will be presenting the plenary “Resistance Amplification by Cross Transmission: What can we do?”, while Maiken and Jason will be presenting “Epidemiology and Susceptibility Testing of Fungal Infections" and “Antibiotic Dosing in ICU: Moving towards Individualised Therapy” respectively. 

The 2014 Howard Florey Oration will be delivered by Roger Nation from Monash University, Victoria. Roger will be presenting the talk “My Polymyxin Life”

Two keynote lectures have also been included in the programme: “Targeted versus Universal Decolonization to Prevent ICU Infection by Susan Huang, and “BSAC Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Guidelines” by Andrew Seaton, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

The programme’s symposia cover many different aspects on antimicrobials and sessions include “Clostridium difficile - Still very Difficult”, “Therapeutic Drug Monitoring - Peaks and Troughs in the Real World”, “Investing in Fungal Futures” , “Bug Time Stories" and "MALDI-TOF Mark 2 - Resistance Detection”. In addition we have two pharmacy workshops on Saturday afternoon titled “TDM in Practice” and "Antimicrobials and Adjunctive Therapies: Controversies and Evidence". Seven proffered papers and two poster sessions are also planned for the meeting.

To promote discussion and interaction between delegates and the invited speakers the meeting’s registration includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and admission to the Howard Florey Reception and the Industry Reception.

I am confident that you will find the meeting’s programme both scientifically stimulating and informative and we look forward to meeting you in Melbourne.

Thomas Gottlieb
President ASA


Australian Society for Antimicrobials

Since becoming an Incorporated Society in March 1999, ASA membership now covers a diverse background of professions interested in the study of antimicrobials including clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases physicians, respiratory and ICU physicians, medical and non-medical microbiologists and scientists.

ASA Travel Awards

ASA has made funds available for travel awards to assist ASA Members wanting to attend the Society's annual scientific meeting. Awards are made to ASA financial members presenting a proffered paper (oral or poster) at the meeting. Applicants must have current ASA membership and must have been ASA member for at least the last 12 months. Recipients of an Award are required to write a report on the meeting for the ASA Newsletter.

The awards consists of a return economy airfare, accommodation and conference registration up to the value of AUD2,000.

ASA members who wish to apply for this award are invited to submit their application to the ASA Secretary Despina Kotsanas at The application should include a copy of the abstract and for an abstract with more than one author, a letter stating the relative contribution of the applicant towards the research.

The ASA bioMérieux Identifying Resistance Travel Award

This is awarded to an individual on the basis of a proffered paper (oral or poster) presented during the ASA's Annual Scientific Meeting dealing with the identification of antimicrobial resistance in a routine clinical setting.

The applicant must be a financial member of the ASA. The Award is restricted to ASA members residing in Australia or New Zealand. The award committee will take into account the quality and originality of the paper.

The award consists of AUD1,000 cash prize, a commemorative plaque, and the provisions of flights, accommodation and registration for the recipient to attend Antimicrobials 2014. The award committee will consist of three ASA committee members.

Pathology Update 2014

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia annual scientific meeting, "Pathology Update 2014", will be held from the 21-23 February at the Melbourne Convention Centre, and will overlap with the ASA meeting, at the same venue.

Pathology Update 2014 is pleased to offer registered ASA delegates a reduced rate to also attend Pathology Update 2014. For all enquires please email the RCPA Events and Sponsorship Manager Eve Propper (